At almost $2 billion, the I-35 NEX project is one of the Texas Department of Transportation’s largest. TxDOT and Garver worked together to obtain environmental clearance and a schematic design to allow design-build teams to pursue the massive project in the near future.
To put the size of the new I-35 project into perspective, it consists of more than 40 miles of elevated structure, including 12,000 beams and 1,800 total piers (with 550 straddle bents) between main lanes and frontage roads. The project included the addition of two general purpose lanes and one high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction and direct connectors at three major interchanges.
“Not only is this a high-priority project for TxDOT, it’s one of Garver’s most significant projects, too,” said Transportation Project Manager Nandita Kaundinya. “I’m very proud of our team for stepping up and delivering this complex project on a tight schedule.”
More than 80 engineers, designers, planners, and technicians from Garver collaborated with TxDOT to deliver schematic design and environmental re-evaluation on an accelerated schedule of 18 months. The new I-35 elevated highway will increase travel eﬃciency from downtown San Antonio to northeast of the city, and provide mobility and safety improvements to one of the country’s most vibrant metropolitan areas.