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The Bridge is on Deck at the Southern Gateway Project
January 27, 2021
Southern Gateway, a much-anticipated project in Dallas, is led by Pegasus Link Constructors (PLC), a joint venture partnership between Balfour Beatty and Fluor Corporation.
Since breaking ground in 2018, the JV team has made diligent and safe progress on the $666 million project that is located south of Downtown Dallas. The project is beginning to take shape with the beam erection of the project’s Marsalis Avenue bridge.
Extending nearly 11 miles along the I-35 Southern Gateway corridor, the area has been referenced as the 17th most-congested highway in Texas with an estimated 218,000 vehicles traveling in and out of Downtown Dallas daily.
The design-build project team will rebuild and widen I-35E south of Downtown Dallas, as well as widen U.S. 67 between I-35E and I-20, and the I-35/U.S. 67 split to provide congestion relief.
The project scope includes replacing the current interchange with new bridges, as well as providing the foundation for a five-acre “deck” park that will be built over the highway between Ewing Avenue and Marsalis Avenue. The future deck park will be completed by the City of Dallas.
Recently, the JV team completed a beam erection for the Marsalis Avenue bridge, which will serve as the south portal to the future deck park extending to the Ewing Avenue bridge (north portal).
The JV team is also placing Tx70-inch beams, extending 148-feet long, totaling 184,000 pounds. This step represents a major project milestone, as the team moves closer to completing the foundation for the deck park. When the bridge pour is complete in early 2021, Marsalis Avenue can be opened to improve traffic flow.
“I am proud to work with a team that has been together for four consecutive projects,” says Dan Young, Southern Gateway’s project director. “This is a team that never gives up, is innovative and has maintained the project metrics and schedule while effectively navigating the challenges of COVID-19.”
PLC is the same design-build team that completed the Dallas Horseshoe project and is currently working on the $1.7 billion project to widen I-635 East in Dallas.