Dallas, Texas (August 5, 2016) – For major highway construction projects like the LBJ Express to be successful, it requires a robust workforce pipeline of professionals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math. Knowing that this education must start early to be most effective, the LBJ Express project developer, LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG), has once again invested in STEM-related initiatives in a local school district, and awarded a $40,000 grant to the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (CFBISD) Education Foundation on August 4, 2016.
The LBJ Express project team first invested in CFBISD five years ago, providing a five-year grant to expand access for students to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and support through a partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Based on the strong results from that program, the LBJ Express team wanted to extend its relationship with the school district to ensure students have access to curriculum, equipment and exposure to STEM professionals that will foster their interest in STEM subjects.
While the newly reconstructed highway opened in September 2015, the developer and the operations and maintenance team will be present and active in the corridor for the next five decades, providing a unique opportunity for a long-term partnership.
“We know the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD is committed to starting early in cultivating an interest in and love for math, the sciences and engineering,” said Robert Hinkle, corporate affairs director for LBJ Infrastructure Group. “We are proud to provide the resources necessary to help students achieve success in these fields, as well as see, firsthand, how their studies have real-world applications in the community in which they live.”
The LBJ team will work collaboratively with the education foundation in the coming months to identify how best to leverage the funds for greatest good, as well as identify opportunities for mentoring and interaction among students and project personnel. The project team has a long track record of supporting school districts located in close proximity to their highway projects, including the Interstate 635 corridor (LBJ Express), the Airport Freeway/Loop 820 corridor (North Tarrant Express 1 & 2W), and I-35W construction currently underway (North Tarrant Express 35W).
“Schools cannot do it alone. We value a corporate partner that is dedicated not only to providing financial support to create educational opportunities for students, but also one that wants to engage hands-on with students in helping them see the applicability of what they learn in the classroom to the world around them,” said Dr. Bobby Burns, superintendent of Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. “The LBJ Express project team has demonstrated its commitment to our schools, to advancing STEM education and to being an active partner in the development of a highly educated workforce of the future.”
ABOUT THE LBJ EXPRESS
The $2.7 billion LBJ Express project, which began in 2011 and was completed in September 2015, included the reconstruction of expanded frontage lanes and main lanes, as well as the addition of bypass lanes and TEXpress managed lanes along IH 635 between Luna Rd. and Greenville Ave. and IH 35E between Loop 12 and Valley View Ln. in Dallas. This expansive reconstruction project is successfully alleviating traffic congestion along one of the busiest highway corridors in the state, with as many as 250,000 cars traveling the stretch daily.