LBJ Express

Location: Dallas, TexasLength: 13.3 MilesProject Value: $2.6 Billion
“Today Dallas is stronger. We are stronger because our quality of life is better because of this road. Commerce is better because of this road. Families will get to their children faster because of this road.”Mike Rawlings – Mayor, City of Dallas

In 2009, a Cintra-led team was selected to rebuild a 13.3 mile portion of the LBJ Express on I-635 and I-35E in Dallas, Texas. The project was designed to reduce traffic delays, enhance safety and provide a reliable transportation solution in one of the largest cities in the United States. The LBJ Express features an innovative, multi-level highway system that allows drivers to choose to bypass congestion in the general-purpose lanes by using new, high-speed managed lanes. Construction included rebuilding eight general purpose lanes, rebuilding and expanding frontage roads, adding additional shoulders on the outside of the general purpose lanes and building six barrier-separated managed toll lanes located between or below all frontage roads.

The project, currently the largest P3 project in Texas, opened in September 2015 approximately three months ahead of schedule and has been described by the Texas Department of Transportation as the most comprehensive, complex project of its type in the country.

Facility Type: General purpose and tolled managed lanes
Start of Concession: 2009
End of Concession: 2061
Term of Concession: 52 years
Concession Company: LBJ Infrastructure Group
Client: Texas Department of Transportation
Equity Structure: 54.6% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.; 28.33% APG; 17.07% Meridiam
  • 2016 P3 Award Finalist for Best Operational Project-selected by P3 Bulletin.
  • 2016 AGC in the Community Awards—awarded by Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
  • 2016 Global Best Project, Road/Highway Category—awarded by Engineering News Record (ENR).
  • 2016 Don Capelle Award for Leadership—awarded by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Managed Lanes Committee.
  • 2016 Alliant Build America Award in the Design-Build Civil category—awarded by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
  • 2016 Texas Engineering Excellence Award for a Transportation Project—awarded by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas.
  • 2014 Minority Business Leader Award—awarded by the Dallas Business Journal to Angela Berry-Roberson.
  • 2014 Contractor of the Year—awarded by ENR Texas & Louisiana for Ferrovial Agroman’s work the project.
  • 2014 General Contractor of the Year Pillar Award— awarded by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.
  • 2013 Globe Award for Environmental Excellence—awarded by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
  • 2013 Runner up for Best PR Campaign of the Year—awarded by Ragan’s PR Daily.
  • 2013 Honorable mention for best Digital PR Campaign ($100-200k)—awarded by Ragan’s PR Daily.
  • 2013 Award of Honor for Community Relations—awarded by PRSA Dallas.
  • 2013 LUNA Award for Business Advocate of the Year—awarded by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association to Angela Berry-Roberson for her work on the project.
  • 2013 Small Business Advocacy Award—awarded by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Office of Civil Rights.
  • 2013 Small Business Advocate Award—awarded by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Office of Civil Rights to Angela Berry-Roberson for her work on the project.
  • 2013 MBE Best Practices Recognition Award—awarded by DFW Minority Supplier Development Council.
  • 2013 LUNA Award for Administrative Professional of the Year—awarded by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association to Margarita Moreno for her administrative work the project.
  • 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Award for “Best Stakeholder Engagement”—awarded by PR Daily.
  • 2012 Gemini Teaming Partner Award—awarded by Asian Contractors Assn. of Texas.
  • 2010 North American Project Bond Deal of the Year—awarded by Project Finance Magazine.
  • 2010 Developer of the Year—awarded by Infrastructure Investor Magazine.
  • 2010 P3 Transaction of the Year—awarded by Infrastructure Investor Magazine.
  • 2010 Project of the Year—awarded by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
The project included improving local trails used to connect local parks with other entertaining areas, like White Rock Creek. The design-build team evaluated pedestrian movements within the project area. It was noticed that many areas had worn footpaths and the pedestrians were underserved. Sidewalks were added to the frontage roads to provide safe passage for these pedestrians.

The project also included the replacement of a pedestrian bridge crossing the highway. The new bridge meets modern ADA requirements and provides a more aesthetic structure. Pedestrian traffic was also a concern during construction. During all phases of construction, pedestrian paths were signed and delineated at all crossing streets.

Additionally, Cintra and Ferrovial Agroman donated 135,000 cubic yards of fill from the project to the City of Dallas, which was reused to convert a brownfield site into a new soccer complex. This community driven idea and generous donation saved the city $1,080,000, provided a much-needed resource to the community and, most importantly, provided an environmentally-friendly and sustainable solution to avoid the disposal of the soil in a landfill.

Cintra and the design-build team strategically partnered with several diverse industry groups, organizations and chambers to educate and reach out to the local workforce. Additional outreach efforts were performed in conjunction with local schools, especially female students regarding science, technology, engineering, mathematics and construction career opportunities associated with the project.

The team participated in an On-The-Job Training and Supportive Services Program with the Texas Department of Transportation in which seven trainees participated. The design-build team also conducted an annual summer internship program (the Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program) intended for civil engineering students and other related fields to gain practical experience in construction management. Under the direction of senior construction management and professional engineers, interns participated in all aspects of construction management. Twenty-five students participated in this program, six of which joined the company in full-time careers after graduation.

The LBJ Express project team partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and AP Strategies (APS) to expand Advanced Placement math and science programs in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, which is located in the heart of the project. The team supported the implementation of an AP Training and Incentive Program at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton that launched in 2011 and impacted approximately 1,900 students.

The five year grant will support the following:

  • Intensive teacher training sessions
  • Vertical alignment of teachers/”lead” teachers to coach less experienced AP and pre-AP teachers
  • More time on tasks for students; Saturday prep sessions
  • Financial incentives for teachers and students based on academic performance.

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