Fluor, Balfour Beatty team up again for $1.7B project along I-635 LBJ East
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The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded a joint venture between Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. the design and construction of the I-635 LBJ East Project in Dallas.
The project is expected to improve capacity, operational efficiency and safety around north and east Dallas from east of U.S. Highway 75 to I-30 along a portion of the I-635 loop. The key commuter corridor carries more than 200,000 vehicles each day, according to a news release from Irving-based Fluor.
Substantial completion for the project is anticipated in the second half of 2024.
The work for the project includes widening and full reconstruction of about 11 miles of I-635 at the LBJ Freeway, in addition to creating a new general purpose lane in each direction and rebuilding the existing managed lane. Significant reconstruction and improvements to the I-30 interchange and a section of I-30 from west of Gus Thomasson Road to east of N. Galloway Avenue are also part of the scope of the project.
Continuous frontage roads and intersection improvements for the frontage roads and cross streets to improve efficiency is also within the scope of the project. The joint venture also plans to design and construct a signature bridge at the intersection of Skillman Street and Audelia Road.
The joint venture between Fluor and Balfour Beatty will provide about 500 jobs for craft workers at the peak of construction.
The contract holds an option for capital maintenance services following the construction of the project.
The two companies have collaborated in the past. For instance, TxDOT awarded the joint venture the $625 million roadway reconstruction and improvement project along 35E and U.S. 67 at the southern gateway of Dallas.