Grand Parkway project receives prestigious award
June 29, 2016
HOUSTON – The partnership that successfully delivered the Grand Parkway segments F1, F2 and G (from US 290 to I-69/US 59) has been recognized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) for its innovative approach at achieving faster delivery, lower costs and better design.
The award was presented to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders and CH2M at the NCPPP P3 Connect event held last night in Chicago, Illinois.
“NCPPP recognizes those organizations and individuals that advance the concept and implementation of public-private partnerships across the country,” said NCPPP President Sandra Sullivan. “We are proud to recognize innovators and leaders whose work serves as exemplary partnership models.”
The Grand Parkway is a proposed 184-mile highway around the greater Houston area spread across seven counties. The parkway, which is divided into 11 segments, will ultimately serve as an outer loop around the Houston metropolitan area to improve connectivity within the existing highway network, reduce transportation congestion, enhance mobility and travel options, and accommodate demographic and economic growth. It also provides additional hurricane and emergency evacuation routes for the greater Houston area.
Segments F1, F2 and G of the Grand Parkway consist of 38.4 contiguous miles of roadway connecting communities from US 290 to US 59/I-69 Eastex in Harris and Montgomery counties. These segments were built through a partnership among TxDOT, Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders and CH2M. The three segments were delivered as a single design-build project that began construction in July 2013 and opened to traffic in March 2016.
The design-build contract unified the flow of work from conception to completion for faster delivery, lower costs and better design. The public-private partnership also streamlined coordination with federal, state and local stakeholders.
“We are thankful to the NCPPP for recognizing the solid partnerships that we have built,” said Varuna Singh, TxDOT Houston District special projects director. “It is this hard work and dedication that has made the newest segments of the Grand Parkway a reality.”
Photo by Christopher Sherman