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CEMEX supplier for part of infrastructure project awarded US$ 250 million in stimulus money, most of any project to date

Date published: January 10, 2011

CEMEX in the US is the sole supplier of cement and fly ash for the Dallas-Fort Worth Connector Project, part of one of Texas' largest current building infrastructure efforts. In addition to supplying 77,000 tons of cement and 26,000 tons of fly ash, CEMEX has played a major role in the project's design and construction through a partnership with the project's contractor, NorthGate Constructors.


CEMEX supplier for part of infrastructure project awarded US$ 250 million in stimulus money, most of any project to date

The project is being funded in part with money from the stimulus package created by the United States to help the national economy recover from the current downturn. The highway connector is part of an overall project which has been awarded US$250 million of stimulus money, the single largest amount of stimulus money that any infrastructure project has received.

Reconstruction and expansion of an 8.4-mile stretch along state highways 114 and 121 began in February 2010 and is aimed at decongesting heavy traffic, expanding economic opportunity, enhancing air quality, and improving roadway safety.

This project is an example of the type of collaborative service CEMEX provides for major infrastructure projects. When the Texas Department of Transportation sought a partnership with the private sector to lead the construction project, CEMEX contacted NorthGate Constructors and began planning a proposal using the company's understanding of the most effective paving designs.

CEMEX started talking to NorthGate a year before the project was awarded and helped them with their proposal by showing them how to use locally available materials most efficiently. Traditionally, the Department of Transportation designs project plans before granting them to contractors, but due to the DFW Connector's size and four-year time constraint, the state agency required bidders to present designs for approval.

The project's highway upgrades include doubling the capacity of the existing highway corridor, rebuilding portions of four highways, two interchanges and five bridges, as well as 14 main lanes and four toll-managed lanes. At its widest point, SH 121 will be 24-lanes wide. There will also be new frontage roads and ramps connecting four thoroughfares where both highways converge. The project's completion is projected to be in 2014.

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