NTE Project Update December 2012
Winter Watering Can Be Hazardous

As winter approaches and we start to see colder temperatures and increased precipitation, it is important to focus on ways to keep corridor drivers, residents and businesses safe.

Winter watering can be one of the most significant hazards, particularly in and around a construction zone. Each year when we experience freezing temperatures, sprinkler systems that overflow onto sidewalks and into the streets cause huge problems for pedestrians, motorists and construction crews, many of which could be avoided!

Please check and maintain your sprinkler system and adjust the timers or turn them off if North Texas is experiencing a freeze warning. This will help ensure your safety and that of your neighbors and fellow drivers.

Look for freeze warnings on the "Latest News" section of our home page; we also encourage you to tune into local weather forecasts regularly during the winter months.

Construction Updates & Milestones

Here are updates on a few recent milestones and completions:

  • Opening of newly paved eastbound IH 820 frontage road between Rufe Snow Drive and Holiday Lane
  • Setting beams for managed lane tie-ins near North East Mall
  • Pouring decks for new Hurstview bridge
  • Utility work along IH 820 frontage road near Beach Street
Upcoming activity and milestones will include:
  • Partial demolition of Brown Trail bridge
  • Setting beams at Norwood Drive and SH 121/183
  • Continuing placement of sound walls along Plainview Drive
  • Extended closure of off-ramp to Murphy Drive from southbound SH 121
  • Opening of new eastbound SH 121/183 frontage road at Precinct Line Road
  • Opening of new westbound off-ramp from SH 183 to Murphy Drive/Westpark Way
  • Opening of new eastbound on-ramp to SH 183 at Murphy Drive/Westpark Way
  • Completion of new eastbound SH 121/183 frontage road between Bedford Road and Central Drive.

NTE Project Team Preps for Winter

The temperatures may be in the 70s, but the NTE project team is focused on winter!

In preparation for the impending change in season, including inclement weather and freezing temperatures, Operations & Maintenance teams for the NTE and LBJ Express projects recently participated in their annual "Snow and Ice Rodeo." This competition tests effective handling of equipment like the front-end loader, tandem dump truck, snow plow and spreader with the various de-icing chemicals.

"Safety is the top priority for our team," said Robert Hinkle, Corporate Affairs Director for the North Tarrant Express.

These teams are visible all year keeping the highways clear and maintained, as well as assisting motorists and local emergency service responders. But they are probably better recognized when they are moving snow and ice off the roads, especially during peak travel times.

We greatly appreciate our crews for the work they do every single day in keeping the NTE corridor safe for drivers round-the-clock. For more photos from this year's rodeo, please click here.

Ferrovial-Cintra Ranked Top Transportation Developer

Ferrovial-Cintra, a global infrastructure developer and the parent corporation of the NTE project, was recently named by Public Works Financing as the world's top transportation developer based on invested capital. The annual ranking recognized the company for its 53 projects worldwide totaling $72 billion, including NTE, the LBJ Express in Dallas, SH 130 in the Austin area, and projects in Indiana, Illinois, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Profile: Scot Walker, Roadway Manager

Overseeing the maintenance of a 13.5-mile highway corridor that is under construction is no small feat. But Roadway Manager Scot Walker has the background to execute the job successfully, having recently joined the NTE project team from the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), where he was responsible for maintaining the Dallas North Tollway from downtown Dallas to IH 635.

Walker and his team of nearly a dozen operations and maintenance (O&M) workers represent a combination of first responders and crisis managers: they work 24/7 to assist stranded motorists, make repairs to signs, guardrails and roadways, and help keep traffic flowing. "Our number one customer is the traveling public, and we work to ensure that they are safe," said Walker.

Walker helped manage the recent "Snow and Ice Rodeo" for the NTE and LBJ Express project teams; having been involved with the award-winning winter-weather preparation program at NTTA, he knows the importance of getting his teams ready for inclement weather, even when it doesn't yet feel like winter. "I've seen more than 20 snow and ice events in the region," he said. "Being prepared and knowing how to respond in different situations are essential."

Walker lives in Royse City with his wife and two children.

Remember: Please Drive Safe in the Zone!

As we see more rain and colder weather, we encourage you to "Know Before You Go," and stay safe and alert in the work zone. Please visit our website regularly for project updates, lane closures and photos of construction progress.

Happy Holidays!

The North Tarrant Express project team would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.


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