RFI issued for $900m Texas highway

The Texas Department of Transportation has issued a Request for Information for a State Highway 183 project expected to result in a public-private partnership. The process will run until February 2012.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a project that will aim to ease congestion on two sections of State Highway 183 (SH 183), also known as the Airport Freeway. 

SH 183 connects western Dallas County with eastern Tarrant County, south of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The project will seek to address two highly congested sections of the highway from SH 161 to Carl Road and from SH 114 to Empire Central. 

Construction costs for the 6.7-mile project have been estimated at more than $900 million.  The RFI process will be brought to a close on 29 February 2012. 

During its 82nd legislative session in January this year, TxDOT received authority under Senate Bill 1420 to develop certain projects through public-private partnerships. SH 183 was among those projects to gain approval. 

In a statement, TxDOT said 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”. 

In the same statement, TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson said: “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 Airport and enhance economic opportunity for the businesses and communities along the highway.”

Copies of the RFI are available here