AECOM to Provide Inspection Services for $4.5 Billion Capital Express Central Project in Austin

AECOM has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation to provide project inspection services for the $4.5 billion Capital Express Central project in Austin, Texas. The project involves building two large-diameter drainage tunnels and a pump station to alleviate flooding and improve safety along the I-35 corridor.

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AECOM to Provide Inspection Services for $4.5 Billion Capital Express Central Project in Austin

AECOM to Provide Inspection Services for $4.5 Billion Capital Express Central Project in Austin

AECOM, a global infrastructure consulting firm, has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to provide project inspection services for the construction of drainage tunnels for the $4.5 billion Capital Express (CapEx) Central project in Austin, Texas. The project involves the delivery of two large-diameter drainage tunnels and a pump station to provide storm drainage infrastructure, relieve flooding, and improve safety along the vital I-35 corridor serving the state's capital.

Why this matters: This project has significant implications for the safety and mobility of Austin's residents and commuters, as it aims to alleviate congestion and enhance safety along a critical transportation route. The successful completion of this project could also serve as a model for addressing infrastructure challenges in other urban areas.

The two drainage tunnels will be built along I-35 and Cesar Chavez Boulevard to collect stormwater and function as a drainage conveyance system, safely guiding water beneath the road without disrupting traffic or above-ground infrastructure. The pump station will divert the accumulated water into the Colorado River. The eight-mile stretch of I-35 carries nearly 200,000 vehicles each day, serving as a vital transportation link connecting Austin, Central Texas, and beyond.

Matt Crane, chief executive of AECOM's U.S. West region, expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating, "With extensive experience working on more than 2,000 miles of tunnel projects worldwide, we are excited to partner with TxDOT on this technically complex project, which will serve as a key foundation for the CapEx Central project." Mark Southwell, chief executive of AECOM's global Transportation business, added, "We're proud to continue our ongoing partnership with TxDOT to create a better-connected, dependable road network for Austin commuters."

Once complete, the I-35 CapEx Central project is expected to enhance safety, alleviate congestion, optimize operations, and establish a more reliable route for all travelers, including bicyclists, pedestrians, emergency responders, and transit users. The project will also reconstruct east-west cross-street bridges, add pedestrian and bicycle paths, and make additional safety and mobility improvements within the project limits.

AECOM, a Fortune 500 firm with a Professional Services business that had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023, is driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through its unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social, and governance priorities. The company's selection for this high-profile project in Austin underscores its reputation as a trusted partner for delivering complex infrastructure projects worldwide.

Key Takeaways

  • AECOM selected by TxDOT for $4.5B CapEx Central project in Austin, TX.
  • Project involves 2 large-diameter drainage tunnels and a pump station to alleviate flooding.
  • Tunnels will collect stormwater and guide it beneath I-35 without disrupting traffic.
  • Project aims to enhance safety, alleviate congestion, and optimize operations on I-35.
  • AECOM's selection underscores its reputation as a trusted partner for complex infrastructure projects.