San Antonio: I-35 NEX Project Team Selection Delayed to Next Year
Feature Illustration (above) courtesy of TxDOT.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The selection of a team to design-build the Interstate 35 Northeast Expansion has been delayed from this summer to early 2021.
TxDOT officials recently reported to the city of Cibolo on the status of the I-35 NEX Project–a 15.4-mile project that will bring non-toll elevated lanes to a stretch of I-35 that crosses Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties. According to Strategic Partnerships Inc., they were told that the preferred team will be selected January 2021 and a contract will be signed by summer 2021.
That would mean that TxDOT has delayed the execution of a contract by at least six months. TxDOT issued their Request for Qualifications in May 2019, and presented the Texas Transportation Commission last September with a short list of three of the four contractor teams that responded.
During the September 2019 meeting, the Transportation Commission authorized staff to solicit the Request for Proposals and to allow a stipend of up to $4.867,500 to each of the unsuccessful proposals.
Those proposals were due this summer. The commission was expecting to decide on a conditional award this summer and have a contract signed by this Fall 2020.
The three teams in competition are Alamo NEX Construction, Fluor Enterprises Inc., and WBCCI LLC. The teams, with their major participants, are comprised as follows:
Alamo NEX Construction: Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. and Webber LLC, with Conso-Othon (a yet to be formed joint venture made up of Consor Engineers LLC and Othon Inc.), PaveTex Engineering LLC.
Flour Enterprises Inc., with AECOM Technical Services Inc., and Professional Service Industries Inc.
WBCCI LLC (Williams Brothers Construction Co. Inc.), Parsons Transportation Group, Raba Kistner Inc., and DBi Services LLC.
The extent of the I-35 NEX Project is from I-35 at I-410 South in San Antonio to I-35 at FM 1103 in Schertz. The scope of work has been divided into three sections:
I-410 South to I-410 North – the construction of: additional elevated main lanes comprised of two General Purpose (GP) lanes and one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction; four additional direct connectors at the I-410 South interchange to connect to the I-35 elevated lanes; and two additional direct connectors at the I-410 North interchange to connect to the I-35 South elevated lanes.
I-410 North to FM 3009 – the construction of: additional elevated main lanes comprised of two GP lanes and one HOV lane in each direction from I-410 North to FM 3009; two additional direct connectors at the I-410 North
interchange to connect to the I-35 North elevated lanes; and four direct connectors for the State Loop (SL) 1604 western connections to the I-35 elevated lanes at the I-35/SL1604 interchange.
FM 3009 to FM 1103 – reconstruction to provide at-grade additional main lanes from FM 3009 to FM 1103 comprised of one GP lane and one HOV lane in each direction.
The total project cost has been estimated at almost $2 billion. To date, the Transportation Commission has funded about $1.6 billion, enough to address 12.5 miles.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.