Written by Will Jukes
The North Central Texas Council of Governments held one of its first public meetings on the new update for Mobility 2035 at the NCTCOG office in Arlington May 14. The meeting, part of a series being held in locations all over the Metroplex, was one of the first opportunities for members of the public to speak directly with NCTCOG about the new update.
“We have to keep up with ongoing studies that have new recommendations or new financial models, we have new air quality rules, we have a transportation improvement plan from 2013 to 2016 that we have to remain consistent with,” said Chad McKeown, Principal Transportation Planner for the NCTCOG. “It gives us a chance to be consistent with all the studies and data that have come about since Mobility 2035 was first approved.”
For the uninitiated, Mobility 2035 is the North Central Texas Council of Governments' long-term plan for improving transit, access and air quality in the DFW area. The plan is distinct from DART's 2030 plan, though the two projects are related.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 15:35
Written by Elaine Paniszczyn
Solar Impulse lands at DFW, setting distance world record
A pioneer of solar power hovered over the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport shortly after midnight, May 23. Unlike earlier pioneers' vehicles, the Wright brothers' plane or Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Solar Impulse filled the night sky with light. At its previous stop in Phoenix, its long, lighted wingspan prompted calls to police and the FAA about UFO sightings. For this arrival, Public Affairs at DFW Airport notified local media asking them to blitz their audiences ahead of time to prevent a UFO scare.
“At DFW Airport we have about 650,000 airport operations, but there is nothing like the operation we had last night after midnight when Solar Impulse landed at DFW Airport,” said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW Airport. “Normally, we charge our airlines about $2.65 per thousand pounds of landed weight. Since this plane weighs slightly over 3,000 pounds, we believe they owe us $7.95, but since they only used about 800 feet of runway, we’re going to waive their landing fees, so everything is free.
“The message that this provides is one that is very near and dear to our hearts,” Fegan said. “It’s about renewed efforts on clean and renewable sources of energy and technologies that reduce our planet’s dependence on fossil fuels. The Solar Impulse team represents the spirit of innovation.”
Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 15:36
Written by Amanda Casanova
In the wake of an election that seemingly overhauled the Irving Independent School District Board of Trustees, Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden interviewed on May 28 for the superintendent job of Wake County Public School System in North Carolina.
Bedden was one of three finalists for the position who attended a public forum in Raleigh, NC to take questions from the audience about the job. Other finalists include Jim Merrill, a former superintendent for a Virginia school division, and Ann Clark, a deputy superintendent for another North Carolina school system.
“This represents an opportunity to come home,” Bedden said at the forum. “My wife is a graduate from Wake County public schools, and the move would significantly honor the work my father-in-law did in the area as a judge."
Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 14:55
Written by Tracy Begland
Alco Stores, based in Abilene, KS, will relocate its company headquarters to Coppell this summer. From its humble beginnings as a single variety store in 1901, the company now boasts more than 200 stores in 23 states.
According to the company’s 2013 annual report, last year’s sales were almost $500 million with net earnings of $1.7 million. Alco employs approximately 3,400 people. Its stock (ALCS) is publicly traded on NASDAQ.
The chain retails electronics, house wares, and apparel. Most Alco stores are located in communities of less than 16,000 where competition from national chains is minimized. Texas is home to 35 Alco Stores; the closest to Coppell are in Grand Prairie and Pilot Point.
The annual report cited the move to Coppell as a “transformational event” that will allow the company to recruit and retain top talent.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 14:54
Written by Staff
Fluor Corporation announced that a company joint venture recently executed the contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the design, construction, and potential maintenance of the Horseshoe Project in Dallas. Pegasus Link Constructors LLC (PLC), the Fluor-led joint venture, was selected as the best value proposer for the project by TxDOT in the fourth quarter of 2012. Along with the signing of the contract, PLC received a notice to proceed (NTP) with the design phase and the construction NTP is expected shortly.
TxDOT’s overall estimate for the design, construction, utilities and right of way for the project is approximately $798 million. Fluor booked the contract into backlog in the first quarter of 2013.
“Our selection for the Horseshoe Project in Dallas is another great example of the exceptional expertise and world class execution that Fluor brings to infrastructure work in Texas,” said Herb Morgan, business line lead for Fluor’s Infrastructure business. “Whether it’s SH-130 outside of Austin or the recently completed SH-161 extension in Dallas/Fort Worth, we are proud of the safe, on-time and on-budget projects we have helped accomplish in the state.”
The Horseshoe Project’s scope of work includes I-30 from Sylvan Avenue to I-35E and I-35E from north of Eighth Street to north of the I-30/I-35E interchange in Dallas as well as construction of a fully designed Santiago Calatrava signature bridge. When completed, the project will correct some of the existing geometric issues causing congestion, repair and replace some of the deteriorating structures, and add capacity to the interchange and frontage roads. The I-30 and I-35E corridor carries more than 460,000 vehicles per weekday and portions were rated ninth and 17th on TxDOT’s 2012 most congested roadways report.
TxDOT is utilizing design-build project delivery which will result in a shorter construction schedule and lower overall cost. Construction on the Horseshoe Project is expected to begin in the summer of 2013 with a projected completion date of 2017.
Pegasus Link Constructors is a joint venture made up of Fluor Enterprises, Inc. (55 percent owner), and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. (45 percent owner). The PLC team includes Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. (lead designer), AECOM (design), Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc. (independent construction quality assurance support and independent environmental compliance support), Kleinfelder Central, Inc. (geotechnical engineering), VMS (capital maintenance), and a number of local engineering consultants.
The Horseshoe Project is dedicated to improving mobility along I-30 and I-35E near downtown Dallas' Central Business District in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sensitive manner.
Source: Fluor Corporation
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 16:53