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Grand Parkway Segments D–G

Grand Parkway Segments D–G
Project Type: 
Roadways and Bridges
Sponsor / Borrower: 
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Credit Agreement Status: 
Active
TIFIA Assistance: 
$841 million
Primary Revenue Pledge: 
Toll Revenues
Project Cost Details: 

$2.913 billion

Duration / Status: 

Segment D has been constructed and is open. TxDOT awarded Segments F-G to Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders in September 2012. Construction began July 2013; substantial completion occurred during 2016.

Fiscal Year Closed: 
FY2014
Project Description: 

When completed, Grand Parkway Project will be a four-lane, 53-mile toll road in Harris County and Montgomery County, Texas. The TIFIA loan will go toward the design and construction of specific sections of the project. Grand Parkway is part of the planned 180-mile circumferential Grand Parkway toll highway around the Greater Houston Metropolitan Region. The project includes five segments (a portion of segment D and segments E, F-1, F-2, and G in full), which are situated along the northwest portion of the Parkway from just south of I-10 to I-69/US 59N (Eastex Freeway).

The Grand Parkway is divided into 11 segments in all (A through I-2), to be constructed at different times as deemed necessary. Segment I-2 has been constructed and is open. The remaining five segments are in planning and environmental stages. Segments F-1, F-2, and G include more than 50 bridges, frontage roads, utilities, and associated drainage. The Parkway will feature all-electronic tolling, with toll booths placed intermittently along the completed segments.

  • Segment D opened to traffic in December 2013
  • Segment E opened to traffic in December 2013
  • Segments F1, F2, and G are part of Phase 2
  • Segment G will open to traffic in 2016

According to the project’s environmental impact statement, the projected transportation improvements will connect suburban communities and major roadways and address transportation demand, which currently exceeds capacity, combining to result in an estimated average travel time savings of approximately 25 minutes per trip (totaling 10,300 hours a day). Assuming a value of time of $13 per hour, residents will derive approximately $133,900 a day in value from time saved. These mobility benefits are expected to generate approximately 17,700 jobs and $7.89 billion in total economic impact. The project will also reduce congestion, preventing accidents and curtailing auto emissions. The utilization of TIFIA financing allows for the realization of these benefits 23 years sooner and with approximately $1 billion in interest savings over the life of the loan compared to conventional financing methods.

Funding Sources: 
  • TIFIA Loan: $840.6M
  • First Tier Toll Revenue Bonds: $196.8M
  • Subordinate Tier Toll Revenue Bonds (TELA supported): $1.876B
Project Delivery / Contract Method: 

Design-Build

Project Participants: 
Segments D-E Design-builders: Williams Brothers Construction, Webber, Hassell Construction, J.D. Abrams, and Lone Star Road Construction
Segments F-G Design-builder: Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders (Joint venture of Zachry Construction Corporation and Odebrecht USA)
Engineering consultant: Parsons Transportation Group
Engineering consultant: Dannenbaum Engineering
Engineering consultant: Brown & Gay Engineers, Inc.
Engineering consultant: PGAL
Project Advisors / Consultants: 

Estrada Hinojosa & Co., Inc. - Financial Advisor

Goldman Sachs, Underwriter for the Revenue Bonds

Mayer Brown- Counsel to the Borrower

To USDOT TIFIA JPO:

  • TIFIA Financial Advisor - Taylor-DeJongh
  • TIFIA Legal Advisor - Bryant, Miller, Olive, PA
Project Lender(s): 
Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA
TIFIA Credit Assistance Detail: 

Direct loan: $840.645 million. TIFIA will be repaid with toll revenues from the Grand Parkway System.

Financial Status: 
TIFIA credit agreement was executed in February 2014. Interest payments are set to begin in 2020, with principal payments starting in 2025; final loan maturity is expected to occur in 2050.
Innovations: 
  • The design-build team is scheduled to complete the project in 842 days, 150 days faster than the draft schedule created by TxDOT.
  • TxDOT may opt to have the design-builder perform maintenance of the project for up to a 15-year period, as stipulated in the contract.
Project Contacts: 

Texas Department of Transportation
James Bass, Interim Executive Director
Chief Financial Officer
(512) 305-9501
James.Bass@txdot.gov

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