The IH 35 4B project is a 7-mile, $341 million dollar, complete ROW-to-ROW reconstruction of IH 35 in the heart of Texas. Considered the largest design-bid-build project in the state, TxDOT’s goals for the project include improving safety and mobility, adding capacity and reducing congestion, enhancing aesthetics and incorporating ITS technology. In addition, the project aims to improve access and connectivity to pedestrian and bike facilities in the cities of Waco and Bellmead. This project entails the reconstruction and widening of 84 lane miles of concrete pavement, 22 bridges and 420,000 SF of retaining walls. Additionally, 55 major water and wastewater utilities, including 13 bores across IH 35 will be relocated.
BGE is the prime consultant for construction management and inspection services for this important project. With an accelerated pace of construction, BGE has successfully managed challenges with a clear communication strategy and a battle-tested team of problem solvers. BGE’s utility subject matter experts have provided countless solutions to complex utility relocation issues and have successfully helped the client reach 95 percent completion of relocations within the first year of construction.
Stakeholder communications and engagement are also a key component of the project. BGE developed a comprehensive public communication plan centered around a three-pronged approach to provide stakeholders and the traveling public with accurate project progress info, lane closure and incident management information. As one team, TxDOT, BGE and CD&P, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have conducted over 500 public outreach events and over 30,000 emails, texts and phone calls. Quarterly, our public information outreach efforts provide project information to over 7 million users.
This project is scheduled for completion in 2023.