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CTRMA awards US 183 project contract
Friday, May 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s Board of Directors awarded its largest design-build contract to date for the Bergstrom Expressway/US 183 South project on Wednesday. The project was recently cleared by the Texas Department of Transportation’s Environmental Division to move into the final design and construction phase. The board unanimously approved a motion to award the $581.5 million design-build contract to Colorado River Constructors (CRC). The total cost of the project is estimated to be between $750 and $800 million. “The Bergstrom Expressway will be the largest roadway project in Central Texas since the construction of SH 130,” said Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, in a statement to the press. “The Board’s approval of this contract represents a huge milestone – not only for the Mobility Authority, but for our entire region. Offering a non-stop, signal-free route to the airport while preserving and enhancing the non-tolled frontage lanes is a win for all Central Texas motorists.” Construction along the 8-mile stretch of US 183 is scheduled to begin in early 2016 and expected to last just over four years. The construction will take place in phases, with the first phase of improvements, between US 290/290 Toll and Bolm Road, expected to be complete in late 2019. The second phase will open to traffic about a year later.
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