Publicada el 8 de Abril de 2016
Did you know that the Dallas – Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States? The city holds a quarter of the population of Texas – that’s more than 6.6 million people – making it one of the richest parts of the country, and the tenth richest area in the world. In fact, 10,000 companies have their head offices here, amongst them 21 corporations from the Fortune 500 list, such as American Airlines, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Fluor, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, JC Penney or Kimberly-Clark.
Such a congested and densely populated area needed a special road to help its people make the most of their time. And so the project for building a 27 km road in the space of 5 years represented a significant challenge for Ferrovial, but was a resounding success: the LBJ Express toll road was finished on 10th September 2015. And now, barely 6 months after opening, it has been recognised as one of the most impressive constructions in the country by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as winner of the 2016 Alliant Build America Award in the Design-Build Civil category .
The project entailed building concrete structures with a surface area as large as 120 football fields, laying 280 football fields’ equivalent of road surface, and excavating close to 7 million cubic metres of earth. It used about 100 km. of pilings and 330 km. of precast beams, and raised 320,000 square metres of walls of varying types. To achieve nine lanes in each direction, over 350 km. of lanes had to be built; one section of the road is 28 lanes wide. The road incorporates the latest technology in “managed lanes”, or dynamic tolls, in an urban toll road setting, with sensors installed along it to constantly transmit information on traffic conditions.
As a tribute to this amazing toll road, we share here some of the most impressive photographs of the LBJ Express.