The Ferrovial subsidiary Webber has been awarded the $341 million contract for the reconstruction of interstate 35, which passes through Waco, Texas, and is preparing for the works that will begin at the end of April.
According to the company, the 6.7-mile stretch which constitutes Webber’s contract is the largest it has ever been awarded through a bid process.
Josh Goyne, president of Webber LLC’s heavy civil division, commented on the bid process stating that they had been tracking the project and waiting for the right opportunity to place a bid, aware of the good fit the project was for the company.
“It’s a large, high-profile project, a project that really fits us well with where our major resources are located with offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston.”
Goyne commented on the company’s previous experience with similar projects, stating only the scale as a new factor.
“This is a large project for TxDOT and for us. I think that it was a project we studied. With all the different traffic movements and things like that we just felt like that was a good project to go after.”
“With a project of such a large scale, it could call for hiring 75 to 100 people over the duration of the project, drawing from local subcontractors and the local labor force.”
TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) has planned for the reconstruction to accommodate increased truck traffic as well as regional population growth that would create traffic that exceeds the interstate’s current capacity.
Concerning the construction of the project, it will consist of several bridge replacements, layout changes, lane additions, new frontage roads, as well as the installation of more than 132,000 feet of reinforced concrete box culvers and pipe, and utility and landscaping work. The construction is scheduled to take approximately 46 months, and it is expected to be in the substantial completion phase by Spring of 2023.