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Texas unveils plans for £620M Dallas PFI road

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking firms to assist in creating a strategy for a $900M (£620M), 11km highway project in Dallas County.

State Highway 183 — also known as the Airport Freeway — connects western Dallas County with eastern Tarrant County, south of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International airport. The project seeks to tackle two sections that are listed among the 50 most congested stretches of highway in Texas.

The RFI seeks innovative ideas on development and risk balance under all possible business models from individual firms or teams with experience in developing or financing large transportation infrastructure projects.

Specifically, the RFI focuses on SH 183 from SH 161 to Carl Road, and from SH 114 to Empire Central. These sections fall between the North Tarrant Express project on the west and Project Pegasus/Trinity Parkway on the east.

“SH 183 has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s, even as development has increased in the area,” said TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson. “Improvements to SH 183 will ease congestion, improve access to DFW airport and enhance economic opportunity for the businesses and communities along the highway. Issuance of this RFI is an important first step toward delivering this substantial project for the region.”

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