VRX is performed construction inspection services on this $2 billion mega project to rebuild the corridor through Southlake, Grapevine, and the north edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At its widest point on SH 114, the DFW Connector has 24 lanes, including 14 main lanes, four toll-managed lanes, and six frontage road lanes. Construction began in February 2010 on 8.4 miles of the 14.4-mile project and the project was completed in December 2013, a year ahead of schedule.
VRX also provided on-call threatened and endangered species consultation, biological surveys, and wetland permitting consultation services during construction. When threatened and endangered species are encountered, VRX provided report preparation, agency coordination, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Section 7 consultation, as needed, to maintain compliance with applicable state and federal regulations. Biological survey services were provided for known and potential biologically-sensitive areas encountered during construction, including nesting surveys to ensure compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In addition, VRX provided wetland permitting consultation for potential and anticipated impacts to waters of the U.S. occurring with the project corridor.
Under Northgate Constructors’ capital maintenance agreement with TxDOT, VRX was recently selected to provide bi-annual structures inspection following project completion. These services will include bridge inspections, bridge class culvert inspections, overhead sign bridge inspections, culvert sign structure inspections and load rating calculations.