Fluor JV wins interstate expansion contract from NCDOT

WCN Editorial Team 16 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

A joint venture of US engineering and construction company Fluor and United Infrastructure Group has been selected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to widen and improve the nearly 12km stretch of Interstate 26 from Exit 40 (N.C. 280/Airport Road) to the I-40 interchange in Asheville.

The $263m (£217m) contract involves the widening of I-26 from two lanes to four lanes in each direction. The project will include reconstruction of two interchanges, one at N.C. 280 (Airport Road) and the other at N.C. 146 (Long Shoals Road).

The project also includes the construction of seven new bridges – two over Glenn Bridge Road, two over Biltmore Farms Road, two over the French Broad River and one segmental bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway over I-26. Currently, the I-26 stretch carries more than 58,000 vehicles per day.

Construction is scheduled to begin later in 2019 and the project is expected to be completed in 2024.

Fluor infrastructure and power business group president Terry Towle said: “This project will help alleviate traffic congestion and improve the safety and operational efficiency for drivers on this vital stretch of interstate heading in and out of Asheville and intersecting with I-40.

“When completed, it will upgrade access to existing roadway connections and improve existing road surface conditions.

“Fluor plans to serve the project needs in Asheville from our nearby and well-established operations center in Greenville, South Carolina. We are thrilled to be able to lead a project that is in our backyard and that will improve the daily lives of so many citizens.

“This is a significant strategic milestone for Fluor. Not only does it help us to showcase the advantages of Fluor’s heavy civil business model, but it firmly establishes our position in the bid-build, self-perform market and expands Fluor’s market offering beyond the traditional design-build and public private partnerships.”

In May 2019, Fluor and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure joint venture was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to design and construct the $1.7bn (£1.4bn) I-635 LBJ East Project in Dallas.

The I-635 LBJ East Project is expected to improve the capacity and operational efficiency of the portion of I-635 loop around north and east Dallas from east of US Highway 75 to I-30. It will include significant reconstruction and improvement to the I-30 interchange and a section of I-30 from west of Gus Thomasson Road to east of N Galloway Avenue in Dallas County, Texas.

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Image: Visualisation of the completed Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge on I-26. Photo: Courtesy of Fluor Corporation/Business Wire.

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