SH 130 is an alternative to IH-35 between San Antonio and northern Austin, providing a way for medium and long-haul routes to bypass one of the most congested roadways in the United States.
In 2006, a Cintra-led consortium was awarded a long-term lease for the design, development, finance and management of Segments 5 and 6 of SH-130 which run from southeast Austin, at SH-45 to the city of Seguin, at I-10. The SH-130 is a four-lane, 41-mile divided, toll highway bypassing a heavily-congested stretch of I-35 in Texas.
A long, linear corridor, the project traverses three counties and is the first design-build, finance, operate and maintain contract awarded and completed in Texas. Built at no cost to Texas taxpayers, this new thoroughfare relieves traffic congestion on nearby I-35 and serves as a major commerce route, providing strategic value to Texas trade and to the state’s economy.
|Facility Type:||Toll road|
|Start of Concession:||2007|
|End of Concession:||2062|
|Term of Concession:||55 Years|
|Concession Company:||SH 130 Concession Company, LLC|
|Client:||Texas Department of Transportation|
|Equity Structure:||65% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.; 35% Zachry American Infrastructure|
|SH 130 Filing:||SH 130 Concession Company Chapter 11 Filing|
- 2008 North American Transport Deal of the Year—awarded by Project Finance Magazine.
The SH 130 Segments 5 & 6 project also incorporated measures to protect the natural and built environment of Central Texas, including: (1) Water pollution controls during construction & after completion; (2) Protecting, monitoring & plugging/remediating water & oil/gas wells; (3) Safely managing & limiting use of all hazardous materials; (4) Recycling construction debris & materials; (5) Mitigating noise pollution during construction & after completion; (6) Mitigating air quality impacts during construction & after completion; (7) Mitigating impacts on historical structures & cultural resources; and (8) Monitoring & responding to potential discovery of archaeological & paleontological sites.
To do so, the project team sized construction packages such that smaller firms could better compete for the work and used multiple subcontractors in various segments, enabling similar work to be performed concurrently in all segments. We worked closely with local subcontractors and suppliers by:
- Purchasing specialized paving equipment required for the echelon-style paving operation and bringing in outside experts to train the employees of the asphalt paving contractor
- Providing DBE firms with flexible bonding and retainage requirements to facilitate their participation
- Providing our steel supplier with ample notice so material could be produced during slow times
To support DBE firms, we developed a small business mentor-protégé program that provided opportunities for firms to enhance their growth potential by learning standard construction business practices and receiving mentoring and networking from project staff and others in the industry. Protégés received vital information, tools and resources from mentors who were subject matter experts in their field.
In 2014, the SH 130 Concession Co. partnered with community leaders and a group of Lockhart area businesses to create the first non-profit education foundation to assist the Lockhart Independent School District. The Education Foundation for Lockhart ISD provides direct financial support to teachers for innovative classroom projects that are not supported in the school district’s regular operating budget. Grants are awarded annually by the foundation’s board and are limited to $1,000 per teacher or $2,000 for joint applications.
In 2015, the foundation awarded 19 grants totaling $21,930 to Lockhart teachers. The grants enable teachers to purchase classroom technology such as iPads, Google Chromebooks and specialized online teaching tools as well as books, fitness equipment and supplies for an outdoor learning garden.