SUPERSIZING DESIGN/BUILD

Interstate 35 in the Austin, Texas area has experienced serious congestion issues for many years. This article describes how the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to alleviate this congested area with the construction of a new network of roads called the Central Texas Turnpike System (CTTS). The main component of the system is the 90 mi long Highway 130. To expedite the construction of the CTTS, the Texas DOT developed innovative economic and procedural strategies. A nontraditional financing package was adopted to fund design and construction of the first phase of the project. The financing package includes funds from a state fuel tax, city and county funding, revenue bonds and a federal loan. To streamline the project, the northern portion of Highway 130 was structured as the Texas DOT's first design/build highway contract. Groundbreaking for the project occurred in October 2003 and completion is scheduled for December 2007.

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  • Accession Number: 00989124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2005 12:00AM