The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) issued a Request for Information (RFI) earlier this week to assist in creating a strategy for project development for the 6.7-mile SH 183 project which runs through Irving.  The RFI seeks to address two sections of highway listed among the 50 most congested in Texas, and will close February 29, 2012. 

“SH 183 has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s, even as development has increased in the area. Improvements to SH 183 will ease congestion, improve access to DFW International Airport and enhance economic opportunity for the businesses and communities along the highway,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Issuance of this RFI is an important first step toward delivering this substantial project for the region.”

Construction costs for the 6.7 miles of construction covered under the RFI are estimated at more than $900 million. The RFI excludes the diamond interchange at SH 114 and Loop 12. “In the many years I have lived in and represented this area, I have witnessed the increasing need to address mobility issues along SH 183,” said State Rep. Linda Harper-Brown from House District 105 in Irving. “Knowing the demands on this roadway and the limited funds available to add the desperately needed capacity and safety improvements, I worked during the legislative session to make sure all project delivery options were available to advance this project in the near term because we need relief now.”

During the 82nd legislative session, TxDOT received authority under Senate Bill 1420 to develop certain projects through Public Private Partnerships, agreements between the department and the private sector for the design, construction and possibly the finance, operation and maintenance of a tolled project. State Highway 183 was among those approved. “This area of the DFW Metroplex will benefit greatly from using this innovative RFI approach to this project’s development,” said Bill Meadows, Texas Transportation Commissioner. “Over the years, growth along the Airport Freeway has led to increased congestion and we look forward to finding and working with a partner to reduce it, making it easier for everyone who travels this vital stretch of roadway.”

The RFI seeks innovative ideas on development and risk balance under all possible business models from individual firms or teams with experience in developing and/or financing large transportation infrastructure projects.

Copies of each RFI are now available online: http://www.txdot.gov/business/partnerships/rfi.htm

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