Ferrovial subsidiaries awarded contract for I-35 NEX design build project in Texas, US

WCN Editorial Team 6 Apr 2021 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Ferrovial Construction and Webber, subsidiaries of Spain-based Ferrovial, have been awarded the $1.5bn Interstate 35 (I-35) Northeast Expansion (NEX) design-build project (DBP) by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Construction and transport infrastructure multinational company Ferrovial will begin the DBP in 2022, with completion expected around 2028.

The project involves the design, construction and maintenance of nearly 9.5 miles of non-tolled improvements along I-35. This also includes the construction of about 18 miles of extra, elevated main lanes. 

The DBP covers San Antonio, Live Oak, Selma and Schertz, cities in Bexar and Guadalupe Counties.

Construction work for the project encompasses over 800 bridges, 4,500 concrete beams, 31 million pounds of steel girders and six million ft2 of bridge decks.

Ferrovial Construction US CEO Angel Luis Sanchez said: “We look forward to leveraging our respective companies’ strengths and our collective commitment to innovation for the benefit of Texas drivers who use I-35 daily to meet work and family obligations. The combination Ferrovial Construction’s track record successfully managing large, complex infrastructure projects in the U.S. with Webber’s strong self-perform capabilities will yield another transformational mobility solution for one of the most congested roadways in our state.”

“I-35 serves as a main artery for travel and international commerce in Texas, in addition to the project itself bringing jobs and economic opportunities to Texans over the next six years and beyond,” said Jose Carlos Esteban, President & CEO of Webber. “We’re proud to have been selected to work with TxDOT on this vital project that will help keep Central Texas moving forward safely and efficiently.”

Ferrovial Construction US and Webber have collaborated on five major DBPs in Texas, totalling over $6bn in construction value.

The current I-35 corridor spans about 550 miles across the state of Texas, right from the Mexican border to the Oklahoma state line.

The I-35 is the largest interstate highway connecting Mexico and Canada through the US, through which most of Mexico’s trade with the US and Canada is executed via commercial trucks.

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The project involves the design, construction and maintenance of nearly 9.5 miles of non-tolled improvements along I-35. Credit: Matthew T Rader/Unsplash.

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