WINNER: On Time – Large Project
The game must go on, and the Texas Department of Transportation’s $216 million State Highway 161 extension project helped make sure fans didn’t miss a single play. The project was an ambitious effort with an aggressive schedule. The 5.4 mile-long project included construction of 10 main lanes, six lanes of frontage road and more than 17,000 feet of bridge work.
Texas DOT worked with its contractor to make sure at least two lanes in each direction were open by August 2009 in time for the start of the Dallas Cowboys football season, only 18 months after construction began.
With Super Bowl XLV coming to Dallas, Texas DOT had additional pressure to maintain the timeline of completion, which wrapped up in December 2010, just prior to the February 2011 game and five months ahead of schedule.
In addition to the mobility that the SH 161 extension provided to football fans, this project provided increased connectivity between major corridors in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. It also provided travelers with an alternative to the Dallas Metroplex’s roadways.