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HDR Engineering, Inc.
Southwest Parkway Interchange
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Southwest Parkway is a proposed 8.2-mile, six-lane tollway that north texas
Tollway Authority (NT TA) will build and maintain. It will improve regional
mobility by relieving the growing traffic congestion in the greater Fort Worth
area. Extending from Fort Worth’s central business district at IH- 30 to
southwest Fort Worth, Southwest Parkway eventually connects to the 13-
mile Chisholm Trail project in Johnson County.
Meeting NT TA’s aggressive 18-month schedule, from notice to proceed to
final design, required HDR to pool multiple resources for bridge and roadway
design. The firm mobilized a seamless design team comprised of 90 HDR
engineers, CAD designers, and staff from 12 offices along with more than 40
team members from four subconsultants.
As part of the project, HDR designed a new five-level interchange at SH- 183
and IH- 20. HDR’s segment comprised designing two miles of new roadway,
six-lane mainlines on Southwest Park way with localized frontage roads, more
than one mile of SH- 183 reconstruction with new frontage roads, and direct
connectors to IH- 20. As the largest of the project’s five design segments, the
project includes nine direct connectors, 15 slip ramps, and reconstruction
of one cross-street underpass. The corridor master plan calls for a visually
narrow cross section, improved landscaping, and bridge and wall treatments
that are sensitive to the natural and constructed environment.
To integrate such a diversified design team across multiple locations,
Project Wise was selected as the document management system for
all project files, which included not only CAD files but also engineering
calculations, spreadsheets, word documents, and all e-mail correspondence.
Because HDR had used Project Wise on previous large-scale collaborations,
the project management team easily installed the framework for efficient
work sharing and workload balancing. The properly configured system and
continued support provided the design team with a tool that increased
productivity, improved quality, and provided an efficient way to collaborate.
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