The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) at their July 9, 2015 meeting approved using $7 million of Regional Toll Revenue (RTR) funds in an effort to help offset the high cost ($28,120,000) to construct all SH 360 crossing arterials to their ultimate capacity as shown in TxDOT’s plans for the construction of SH 360 between Camp Wisdom and US 287. In addition, Tarrant County has verbally agreed to fund $3 million towards this project. Michael Morris from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will be addressing the Commissioners Court at a future meeting to answer any questions the Court may have prior to the expected approval. The expected costs for the cities will be reduced to $1,180,000 for Arlington, $9,960,000 for Mansfield and $6,980,000 for Grand Prairie.
The Texas Highway Commission by Minute Order 114206 at their February 26, 2015 meeting approved the determination by TxDOT Staff that the proposal submitted by Lane-Abrams Joint Venture provides the best value and authorized Staff to commence and complete negotiations to finalize the design-build contract and associated comprehensive maintenance agreement (COMA) to design, construct and maintain approximately 9.7 miles of improvements to SH 360 generally between Green Oaks Boulevard and US 287.
Lane-Abrams Joint Venture will design and construct SH 360 to include two tolled lanes in each direction between Green Oaks and US 287, 9 grade separation cross streets, grade separate the US 287 main lanes with the SH 360 frontage roads, construct the northbound frontage roads from Heritage Parkway to US 287 and repair and resurface the existing frontage roads. In addition, Lane-Abrams Joint Venture was approved to maintain the facility for up to three five-year terms.
The Texas Highway Commission by Minute Order 114245 at their April 30, 2015 meeting approved the design-build agreement and associated comprehensive maintenance agreement (COMA) with Lane-Abrams Joint Venture. This action was the final step towards the actual start of the design/construction phase for SH 360. We should be seeing dirt being turned by late Summer.
“This is a very significant project for motorists that use I-30 and 360,” said Val Lopez, spokesman for highway department’s Fort Worth district. “It will be the scale and size of the 360 and I-20 interchange.”
It is anticipated that the Texas Transportation Commission will award the contract at their April 2015 meeting and approve the base bid and all options as well as the 15 year maintenance contract. Option 3 as stated above will be the responsibility of the Local Governments should they have the necessary funding. The Design/Build Contractor will receive the Notice to Proceed (NTP) in May 2015 with construction likely to start in September 2015. Based upon the 810 days to complete the project from NTP to substantially complete, it is anticipated that SH 360 will be open to traffic by not later than September 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday he was appointing former state Rep. Tryon Lewisand San Antonio banker J. Bruce Bugg Jr. to the Texas Transportation Commission. Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
Bugg will replace Commission Chairman Ted Houghton, and Lewis will replace Commissioner Fred Underwood, Abbott spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said. Abbott has not yet said who will be the commission’s new chair. The five-member commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.
Visiting Midland for the first time since becoming the 48th governor of Texas, Greg Abbott outlined his tasks at hand during the Midland County Republican Party’s annual Bush Day Dinner, emphasizing the ones relevant to the Permian Basin, such as transportation funding and open carry.
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Developer selected for $300 million toll road project
Feb. 26, 2015
AUSTIN – In an effort to bring traffic-congestion relief to more than 52,000 daily drivers in Tarrant, Ellis and Johnson counties, the Texas Transportation Commission today chose Lane-Abrams Joint Venture as the developer to provide corridor improvements on SH 360. The project will construct a 9.2-mile toll road between existing SH 360 frontage roads south of I-20.
“In response to local requests for a solution to traffic congestion, we are excited to partner with the North Texas Tollway Authority to provide Texas drivers with much-needed relief,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Victor Vandergriff. “Local leaders in this area have been united in this project being their top priority for decades.”
Under the partnership, TxDOT will develop, procure, initially finance and construct and maintain the toll lanes and frontage roads of this portion of SH 360 for five years. An option to continue the maintenance for two additional five-year terms is available. Once built, the NTTA will operate the tolled main lanes.
This initial phase of the SH 360 project will build the main lanes from the end of the current highway at E. Sublett Road/W. Camp Wisdom Road to US 287 as a four-lane toll road. The project also will construct a northbound frontage road (non-tolled) from Heritage Parkway to US 287 and portions of the US 287/SH 360 interchange including frontage road bridges over the US 287 main lanes. The $300 million project will deliver continuous, non-tolled frontage roads throughout and will be constructed through a design-build approach providing needed safety improvements, congestion relief and greater economic development.
The Lane-Abrams Joint Venture is a team comprised of AECOM Technical Services, Inc., Blanton & Associates, Inc., CSJ Utility Coordinators, LLC, Fugro Consultants, Inc., Hayden Consultants, Inc., Infrastructure Corporation of America, K Strategies Group, LLC, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Pinnacle Consulting Management Group, Inc., Rios Engineering, LLC, Rodriquez Engineering Laboratories, LLC and SE3, LLC.
Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2015 with the roadway completed by late 2017/early 2018.
The following was received from Vic Suhm, TRTC Executive Director:
Attached photo is from press conference by Sen Robert Nichols, Lt Governor Dan Patrick, et al following today¹s senate session. While SB 5 and SJR 5 aren¹t yet available electronically, we have learned that they will permanently reserve $2.5 billion of the vehicle sales tax revenue each year for the state¹s General Fund, with all revenues above that amount being constitutionally dedicated to the State Highway Fund starting in 2018. The new funds could be used only for the acquisition of right of way, construction and maintenance of non-tolled roads and bridges, and to pay off general revenue transportation related debt. We haven¹t yet seen house committee appointments–may still occur later today–but we have learned that Joe Pickett will be the transportation committee chair.
In November 2014 Texas voters approved Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment that provides a new source of state funding for the construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of public roadways in Texas. Toll roads and transit projects are not eligible to receive funds. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to receive about $367.6 million for projects this year, and transportation partners and local officials have worked diligently and with a sense of urgency to develop a list of potential projects to receive Proposition 1 funding. Projects must go to construction in 2015. This is a significant step toward meeting the unmet roadway funding needs in Texas, and input from the public is important. Staff will discuss the impact to the region, potential projects and an expedited schedule for decision-making.