Capital Beltway Express (CBE) LLC, a concession formed by Fluor and Transurban (USA), signed a Comprehensive Development Agreement with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 2007 to design, construct, finance, and operate a new EXPRESS Lanes system along a 14-mile segment of I-495 (Capital Beltway.) The project was a public-private partnership (P3) between VDOT and Fluor-Transurban.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) played an active role in the project that expanded public transportation in the corridor.
CBE contracted the Fluor-Lane team for the design-build portion of the project. The Fluor-Lane design-build team opened 11 major interchanges and bridges along the 14-mile project footprint. The 1,100 member Fluor-Lane and subcontractor teams worked two shifts, often seven days a week replacing bridges, overpasses and adding four new lanes to the Beltway.
The Capital Beltway (I-495) EXPRESS lanes expansion completed ahead of schedule in November 2012.
The project was recognized for creating business opportunities for minority subcontractors. The National Association of Minority Contractors Washington Area Chapter (NAMC-WMAC) cited Fluor-Lane's "vigorous outreach" and noteworthy engagement of more than 185 minority contractors on this important project. Fluor-Lane had a significant impact in developing local transportation contractors to take on future work in the region, according to the NAMC-WMAC.
The I-495 EXPRESS Lanes project achieved 5 million safe work hours without a lost-time incident in September 2012. This outstanding safety performance ranks the I-495 EXPRESS Lanes among the safest heavy civil projects in the nation.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Fluor was heralded by public and private officials for their momentous effort to complete the project safely and efficiently.