Balfour Beatty and Fluor win Texas highway contract

A joint venture between American engineer Fluor and UK contractor Balfour Beatty has won a highway upgrade contract for an undisclosed amount from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The team will widen and reconstruct 11km of US Route 290 west of downtown Austin, Texas.

Construction will act as a gateway to Texas Hill Country and as a route into Austin for those living west in Oak Hill, Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Dripping Springs.

Balfour Beatty and Fluor will add a third lane in each direction on US Route 290, as well as three frontage-road lanes.

Flyovers between US 290 and State Highway 71 will be created, as well as an overpass for the US 290 main lanes over William Cannon Drive.

Terry Towle, Fluor Infrastructure & Power’s president, said: "This project is part of TxDOT’s long-term plan to promote congestion management in one of the state’s most congested corridors. Our design-build presence began in Austin in 2002 with State Highway 130 Segments 1-4, and we’ve been executing continuously in Texas ever since."

Construction is due to begin at the start of 2021, and be completed in 2025.

Image courtesy of Balfour Beatty/Fluor

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