Turner Collie and Braden Inc, Vickery Alternative, Texas and Pacific Railroad, U.S. Post Office,Fort Worth Water Gardens, Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement, Award of Merit, Texas Department of Transportation, Fort Worth District, Turner Collie and Braden Inc, A.R.S. Engineers Inc., SWA Group
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IH-30/IH-35W Interchange, 2003 OCEA
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The development of the IH-30/IH-35W Interchange was in response to a need for extra lanes as well as structural improvements to the existing design. Instead of making changes to the existing facility, the decision was made to eliminate the existing overhead freeway and build a new section of I-30 to the south.  This alternative was chosen from a comprehensive analysis, comprising 15 alternatives, including preliminary engineering, environmental studies, and artist renderings, which had been prepared by Turner Collie & Braden Inc. The, so named, “Vickery Alternative” was well-supported by citizens’ groups who favored it for promoting “aesthetic value and economic vitality” by reuniting the southern end of downtown with the central business district and providing unobstructed views of three important historic buildings: the U.S. Post Office, the Texas & Pacific Railroad (T&P) Building, and the T&P Warehouse (all circa 1920s); as well as the renowned Fort Worth Water Gardens.

 

The plan involved both the reconstruction of the existing interchange and re-aligning and re-routing of four miles of Interstate Highway. The final design also accommodated the T&P Railroad’s plan to provide commuter rail adjacent to the interchange and newly re-routed overhead. TxDOT and the T&P were able to share use of the right-of-way through extensive use of straddle bents in the IH-30 bridges. This project was remarkable for extensive efforts to gain input from every segment of the interested public, and its departure from standard highway design practice in finding the best solution for the broader needs of the community. Through innovation in sequencing of final design and construction – wherein construction began on the first phases before the final design of the remaining phases was complete – construction of the project was accelerated by several years. The entire project was completed in April of 2003 at a cost of $172.6 million. It received the Texas Section OCEA Award of Merit in 2004. 


Owner:
Texas Department of Transportation, Fort Worth District
Engineers: 
District Engineer, J.R. Stone PE
 Design Engineer, Billy Hardie PE
 Consulting Engineer, Turner Collie & Braden Inc.
Sub-contractors:
A.R.S. Engineers Inc., and SWA Group 

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