Monday, March 07, 2005

Texas Transportation Commission accepts unsolicited bid from a Swedish firm on proposed Texas 121 toll road

Vive la difference!

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Copyright 2005

It's not quite as impressive as the arrival of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones or even the Kinks, but a recent trend on Texas roads is beginning to look like its own kind of European invasion.

Two months ago, a Spanish firm, Cintra, was selected to build the Trans -Texas Corridor , a toll road bypassing Interstate 35 from Dallas-Fort Worth to San Antonio.

Now, a Swedish firm may have the inside track on a proposed Texas 121 toll road from Business 121 in Lewisville to U.S. 75 in McKinney.

The Texas Transportation Commission accepted an unsolicited bid last month by Stockholm-based Skanska BOT to build the toll road. The commission is asking other companies to submit competing bids over the next few months.

OK, let's get this straight: Trucks carrying goods from Mexico to Canada may be crossing Texas on pavement laid by companies from Spain and Sweden?

About the only thing American in the equation may be the currency changing hands at the toll plazas.

Gordon Dickson, (817) 685-3816

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