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TxDOT, Project Partners Take Home National Awards
Contact: Tony Hartzell
Phone: (214) 320-4481
Date: June 19, 2014

North Tarrant Express, 35Express honored for environmental efforts, public outreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Texas Department of Transportation and two of its project partners took multiple honors recently at an industry award ceremony recognizing excellence in public outreach and environmental efforts on nationwide construction projects.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) awarded the North Tarrant Express (NTE) project a first-place Globe Award for its environmental efforts and a first-place Pride Award for its public outreach and community efforts. In addition, ARTBA-TDF awarded the 35Express project a third-place Pride Award for its extensive public outreach efforts. The awards were presented by ARTBA-TDF at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. on June 10. Both projects are overseen by TxDOT’s Strategic Projects Division.

The Globe and Pride awards reflect TxDOT’s commitment to being a best-in-class agency. TxDOT project members are integrated into every aspect of both projects, and the department supported the award applications. "Both project teams have been very proactive in their communications and public outreach, and the NTE’s environmental management approach has been exemplary," said Russell Zapalac, TxDOT’s chief planning and project officer.

The $2.05 billion NTE project is rebuilding 13 miles of SH 121/183 and I-820 in Tarrant County to include two to three managed lanes in each direction. The design-build concession project will be complete by the end of 2014. The $1.4 billion 35Express project began last year and will add general purpose lanes and managed lanes along portions of the 30-mile corridor from I-635 to US 380. The design-build project began last year and will be complete in mid-2017.

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