The Texas Department of Transportation, US, has awarded Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS two contracts totalling $79m to design, build and integrate the managed lane system (MLS) for the North Tarrant Express (NTE) and LBJ Express projects in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.
Under the contract, Kapsch will deliver a toll collection system, intelligent transportation system (ITS) and network communication system to create a fully integrated MLS for the 30 miles of managed lanes, which will have 65 toll lanes and 33 toll zones.
Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS president and CEO Chris Murray said: "Innovative investment approaches and advanced transportation solutions, like this managed lanes project, are critical to the successful delivery of new infrastructure projects needed to keep America strong and the economy moving."
Kapsch TrafficCom Group chief executive officer Georg Kapsch said that winning the NTE and LBJ projects represents a major accomplishment for the company in North America and around the world.
"Road transportation issues such as network performance, congestion, variable pricing, work zones, air pollution and pavement quality are among the top ranked concerns of private, commercial and public transportation users," Kapsch added.
The company will create a team of civil, ITS and network infrastructure experts to implement the project, while the first phase of the system is anticipated to start operations in the second half of 2013.
The 13.5-mile NTE project is expected to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety along the IH820 and SH 121/183 corridor in Northeast Tarrant County, and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
The 17-mile-long LBJE project will improve travel times along the I-35E and I-635 in Dallas County, with completion scheduled for 2016.