Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Horseshoe Project?
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Horseshoe Project (dubbed “Horseshoe” because of its U shape) is a design-build construction project that will improve traffic flow along Interstates 30 and 35E through downtown Dallas, the Mixmaster and the city’s central business district. Ranked as two of the most congested roadways in Texas, I-30 and I-35E carry over 460,000 vehicles per weekday. Coupled with outdated roadway geometry, this only adds to the increased traffic congestion and the further decline of bridges and roadways.
The Horseshoe Project has been given the highest priority by TxDOT, and once completed motorists will experience improved safety, increased capacity and improved mobility.
- How much will it cost?
Approximately $798 million, paid for in part by federal grants, Proposition 12 funding, and regional toll revenues.
- Who are the principal owners?
Heading the project is the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT); the construction management team is Pegasus Link Constructors (PLC), a joint venture between Fluor Enterprises Inc. and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc.
- What improvements will be made?
Improvements include the expansion, repaving and addition of several new bridges and roadways along Interstates 30 and 35E, which together shuffle more than 460,000 vehicles per weekday through the heart of the city, the city’s Mixmaster and central business district; and the construction of a new signature bridge over I-30, the Margaret McDermott Bridge.
- When will the Horseshoe Project start?
The 4-year construction project broke ground in April 2013. Because the Horseshoe Project is a design-build project, design, approval and construction occur together to ensure safety and minimize mobility impacts. Construction could begin earlier or later based on these factors.
- How long will the Horseshoe Project take?
The project is scheduled to be completed in four years. As the project is a design-build, it greatly improves the speed and efficiency of its construction (a project this size would normally take twice the time to complete). However, obstacles discovered during construction, like unknown utilities, etc., could play a factor in the timeline. The expected date of completion is summer 2017.
- Where can I go for more information and to stay informed?
From the website to mobile alerts, there are many ways to keep up with the Horseshoe Project. You can find us on:
Facebook Horseshoe Project
To sign up for notifications, simply click here or visit the website and click the link at the top of the page.
- What if I have an issue?
If there is a police, fire or medical emergency, immediately call 911. If there is something of concern, or a non-emergency issue that needs to be addressed, call our 24-hour hotline at 214-Fix-MixD (214-349-6493) and leave a message with your information and someone will return your call promptly. You may also go to enter your comment or inquiry on our website on the “contact us” section.
- I’m a contractor/construction company. How do I get on the project?
The Horseshoe Project not only welcomes contractors on the project, it encourages them to be a part of it! Visit www.dallashorseeshoe.com/contract-opportunities to learn more about the services needed on the project, and to fill out the contractor questionnaire to begin the process of working on the Horseshoe Project.
- What areas (neighborhoods, businesses, streets, highways, etc.) will be affected by the project?
Because the project concentrates on Dallas’ largest roadways that run in and around its epicenter, Interstates 30 and 35E, mobility in these areas will at times be affected as will those areas immediately in the city’s perimeter. Any area being affected by construction will be listed on our website and via traffic alerts. Visit www.dallashorseshoe.com/notifications to keep up with any traffic updates.
- What impacts can I expect?
Interstates 30 and 35E being major pipelines of travel through the city, keeping traffic disruptions to a minimum is imperative. Typical impacts might include a lane closure on these roads, and detours on smaller feeder roads just outside the project area.