Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Dallas District chief engineer, Bill Hale, visited LBJ Infrastructure Group’s LBJ Express to learn more and see progress of the $2.7B highway project, which will transform one of the most congested highways in the United States.
“As the new executive director of TxDOT, Gen. Weber understands the importance of a strong and reliable public-private partnership (P3),” said Antonio Alvarez Cedron, CEO of LBJ Infrastructure Group. “His effort to visit the LBJ Express solidifies yet another stellar example of how important this infrastructure project is to the State of Texas.”
During a special meeting in April, the Texas Transportation Commission selected Gen. Weber as TxDOT’s 20th executive director. TxDOT is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion and connecting Texas communities.
“It is a true honor for me to be selected to lead TxDOT at this time in its evolution and as it continues to fulfill its mission,” said Weber. “I look forward to working closely with the dynamic TxDOT team, the Legislature and transportation stakeholders keen on using transportation as an economic development tool that continues to make Texas a great destination for businesses and visitors, and for the 26 million of us who call it home.”
Earlier this year, the LBJ Express project team worked alongside TxDOT leaders to host about 30 federally elected officials and committee staff for a two-day visit in North Texas to help congressional members develop a firsthand understanding on how P3s continue to advance much-needed infrastructure projects. The visit by Gen. Weber also conveyed how the LBJ Express project will dramatically improve the capacity of the current roadway.
“It is very important for us to meet Gen. Weber and for him to see the LBJ Express project at work in North Texas,” said David Laney, chairman of the board of LBJ Infrastructure Group. “It is a great story of success for the region and one that we need to continue to tell globally.”