Dubbed the LBJ Express, this design-build managed lanes project is estimated to be over $3.2B in total value, with over $2.1B in construction cost alone. Approximately 17 miles in total length, the project includes reconstruction of over 10.7 miles of Interstate Highway 635 (known as the Lyndon B. Johnson or LBJ Freeway) and more than 5.8 miles of elevated bridges and new frontage roads along Interstate Highway 35E.
VRX is part of the Trinity Infrastructure Environmental Team, assisting with design and construction phases of this managed-lane project. VRX prepared the ISO 14001-compliant Project Comprehensive Environmental Protection Plan during preconstruction phases.
During the construction phases, VRX’s Hazardous Material Management (HMM) duties include waste characterization and disposal evaluation; disposal permitting, compliance and sampling; emergency land and water spill response operations oversight; state and federal agency regulatory reporting and notification; assessment and remediation of pre-existing hazardous materials encountered; and environmental issue coordination with TxDOT.
VRX’s scope also included preparation of USACE nationwide permit preconstruction notifications and mitigation plans and coordination the USACE for temporary discharge approval and re-authorization of the entire project. VRX provides daily construction inspections to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local environmental regulations.
The LBJ Express project was selected by an independent panel of industry and environmental judges as the winner of the American Road and Transportation Builder Association – Transportation Development Foundation’s 2013 Globe Award in the Major Highway ($100 or greater) category.