Mosaic Strategy Partners
Fort Worth, TX – July 19, 2018 –As of this afternoon, the North Tarrant Express 35W project is officially open to the public. Elected officials and honorary guests gathered together on the Spur 280 bridge for the inaugural I-35W ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony marks the substantial completion of the $1.6 billion project and represents the diligent efforts of the collaborative partners involved. The 10.1-mile stretch, from downtown Fort Worth to North Tarrant Parkway, began reconstruction in May 2014 and is being delivered two months ahead of schedule due to the innovative design-build method and the effort of thousands of companies and local workers.
The ceremony commenced with remarks from Chairman David Laney, “This has been a decade-long effort of moving this project forward… it has the collective vision to build a highway system that modernizes and effectively manages the ever-growing influx of people drawn to North Texas for its quality of life and opportunity.”
Mayor Betsy Price followed Laney’s remarks and stated how critical this project was to the region.
“We have looked forward to the completion of this project for quite some time as well as the 900,000 residents who have moved to this area. This is a project that has come together through many different sources. We have been able to complete this project ahead of schedule and can have more buses, express buses, more people and students and get them to the inner cities.”
Commissioner Gary Fickes stated how drivers now have a choice with the new I-35W project. “You can drive on the managed lanes or you can drive on the newly rebuilt main lanes. We have been working for 10 years to have this project and we must keep going! I-35W is a NAFTA highway that is essential for people and goods as we run from Mexico City to Canada. Go I-35W!”
Commissioner Andy Eades spoke after Commissioner Fickes about the viability and sustainability of the managed lanes system. “The project is already carrying more than 25,000 cars per day as it did before construction. We have added capacity and provided the TEXpress Lanes for drivers. This system gives them predictable travel times.”
Loyl Bussell, Fort Worth District Engineer from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), commented on the collaborative efforts of all the partners in regards to maintaining safety throughout these years. “Safety is our number one priority at TxDOT and our partners at NTE Mobility Partners (NTEMP) took this effort as their priority throughout construction and provided this to our drivers.”
Rafael Del Pino, Chairman Ferrovial Group, concluded the ceremony by honoring the endeavors of all those who have labored to complete this milestone. He also discussed the success of other projects in the region.
“This project averaged more than 1,400 workers every day in the corridor, accounting for 7.6 million man-hours on the job. More than 1,000 firms were utilized during construction of which approximately 740 were based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Furthermore, future business grown and economic development opportunities will come. We know that the vitality of this region serves as an engine that helps drive the national economy. The TEXpress Lanes are already alleviating congestion for some 1 million motorists daily in Dallas-Fort Worth region. And we know that a modern, efficient transportation network is a key element of the state’s economy today and in the future. We are writing another success story that others around the country, and even the world, are reading.”
Following the ceremony remarks, officials and company partners joined the Fort Worth Herd for the ceremonial I-35W ribbon cutting. Then, classic trucks from the Mad Dog Car Club and a motorcade of emergency vehicles were the first vehicles to inaugurate the newly opened TEXpress Lanes on I-35W.
The NTE Mobility Partners (NTEMP), North Tarrant Infrastructure (NTI) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are proud to deliver this project two months ahead of schedule and with it provide traffic congestion relief to those in Tarrant County.