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Construction Contract Awarded for Woodall Rodgers Park

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Dallas South News Wire

DALLAS (August 3, 2009) — The Texas Department of Transportation awarded the Woodall Rodgers Park (The Park) construction contract to Archer Western, an Atlanta-based company with a regional office in Dallas that specializes in highway and bridgework, rapid transit, design-build projects and more. Archer Western is currently part of a joint venture expanding the DART line. TxDOT selected Archer Western as the lowest bidder among nine competing contractors after reviewing proposals submitted on July 7.

Archer Western will build the 5.2 acre bridge across eight lanes of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, creating the primary infrastructure for The Park. This first phase of construction will begin in September, after the $44.5 million contract is negotiated by TxDOT and Archer Western. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 14. The park’s landscaping and amenities will be built in future phases of construction.

“The construction contract award is an exciting and significant milestone for The Park,” said Linda Owen, president of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. “This public-private partnership will result in a beautiful, sustainable green space that will connect Uptown and Downtown Dallas with improved pedestrian accessibility.”

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In March, The Park received $16.7 million in federal stimulus funds dedicated to transportation enhancement.

“The Woodall Rodgers Deck  Project not only demonstrates the power of ARRA dollars in putting people to work, it also demonstrates the power of partnerships,” said Cynthia Northrop White, TxDOT public information office supervisor. “The commitment of the private sector, the City of Dallas, and the State of Texas has created a project that contributes to mobility while at the same time promotes green development that enhances the quality of life in Dallas.”

For more information about The Park, visit www.woodallrodgerspark.org. The Park’s Web site is currently being re-designed and will be unveiled in time for groundbreaking. TxDOT mobility information, including lane closures, will be found on the new Web site, among other enhanced features.

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