Wednesday, February 25, 2009

NTTA picks Michael Baker Corp. as engineer for Trinity Park Toll Road Boondoggle

Baker Selected by North Texas Tollway Authority to Serve as Section Engineer on Trinity Parkway


Press Release
Michael Baker Corporation
Copyright 2009

ARLINGTON, Texas, -- Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE Alternext US: BKR), has been awarded an initial $3.65 million contract by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) to provide design and engineering services for the Trinity Parkway, a new toll road approximately nine miles in length, with up to six tolled main lanes.

The new road will provide a reliever route to the west of downtown Dallas connecting the I-35/State Highway183 interchange northwest of downtown to the State Highway 310 interchange southeast of downtown. Baker is responsible for the design of Section 5 of the Trinity Parkway Project which includes two miles of tollway and a four-level interchange with I-45.

"This project will have high visibility in the region, will provide a much needed transportation artery for Dallas, and an economic boost to the area," said Michael Behrens, P.E., director of National Transportation Programs.

The project is being fast-tracked for completion by 2014 due to the region's need for additional transportation alternatives in this busy area. Intense coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Dallas is required in order to obtain approvals for construction in and around existing and proposed levee systems.

Baker will be providing preliminary and final design services which include surveying, right-of-way, environmental, utilities, roadway design, traffic control, drainage design, ITS, bridge design and reconstruction, construction access and contractor staging-area assessments, context-sensitive design and agency coordination.

"Without question, this is a significant win for Baker in North Texas," said Juan Contreras, P.E., project manager. "In serving this client, we have proven to be dependable on smaller projects, and now NTTA has chosen to place us over a much larger undertaking."

Michael Baker Corporation ( provides engineering and operations and maintenance services for its clients' most complex challenges worldwide. The firm's primary business areas are aviation, defense, environmental, facilities, geospatial, homeland security, municipal & civil, pipelines & utilities, transportation, water, and oil & gas. With more than 4,500 employees in over 50 offices across the United States and internationally, Baker is focused on creating value by delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for infrastructure and the environment.

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