Streets & Highways

Robust Staff & Experience

The single largest asset for most government agencies is their road network. When it comes to tackling roadway issues, most agencies often need to rely on an outside source with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Challenges to maintain or improve roadway infrastructure come in many forms including:

  • Lack of funding to properly address project needs
  • Understanding of rehabilitation priorities
  • Full replacement of failing roads
  • Unsafe corridor segments
  • Land acquisition to accommodate expanding infrastructure needs
  • Reviewing accesses for new developments

Whether your transportation network faces specific or overarching issues, our robust team of over 100 transportation planners, engineers, traffic specialists, right-of-way agents, and construction technicians can help. Many of our staff have planned, studied, designed and administered roadway improvements ranging from small pavement patching to large highway projects.


Comprehensive Road Network Solutions

Our transportation project managers listen intently during the beginning phases of a project and are skilled at identifying the proper approach to fulfill the needs of each corridor. Through detailed project planning, schedules are preserved, tough challenges are overcome, and service to our clients remains exceptional.

Roadway networks need to accommodate the highest number of users with the greatest skill variation. To address the challenges presented by the traveling public and streamline the development and implementation of long-term improvements:

  • Our plans MUST address the need for each project and meet the owner’s objectives.
  • Our designs MUST be correct to strive for the ultimate goal of “Zero Fatalities.”
  • Each corridor MUST be reviewed to determine which modes of transportation are appropriately accommodated and which modes should be considered for inclusion or improvement.
  • Effective communication MUST be a foundational building block to gain consensus amongst stakeholders, elected officials, and the public.
  • Construction costs MUST be within programmed budgets. If corridor needs are greater than available resources, outside funding sources should be investigated.

Dedicated to the long-term success of our clients, we take pride in our ability to meet project deadlines and keep projects within budget. We believe the most important element of any project is the people it serves. This belief has supported us well through 40+ years of existence and continues to be the inner fabric of our culture.


Our Expertise Includes:

 

Transportation Planning

With budget and time constraints in mind, we overcome current transportation challenges and prepare a roadmap for the future to enhance your transportation network.

 

Traffic

Our experts analyze safety issues, review options to increase demands of the roadway network, and design effective solutions to address deficiencies.

 

Urban Design

Our planners, engineers, and landscape architects work seamlessly to develop comprehensive corridor plans that support economic redevelopment with the goal of community revitalization.

 

Bridges & Structures

Aging roadway structures and limited funding continue to challenge government agencies throughout the Midwest. Our approach to structural engineering focuses on “right-sized solutions” and life-cycle costs to maximize the value of every dollar spent on bridges, retaining walls, and large drainage and pedestrian structures.

 

Multi-Modal Accommodation

Roadway corridors provide opportunities to better serve our communities when a “complete streets” evaluation process is implemented. We evaluate and address the demands of bus and vehicle users as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. Working together, our engineers and planners identify which modes of transportation to accommodate and how to blend them into a symbiotic relationship.

 

Pavement Management

There never seems to be enough resources to accomplish all the goals, so prioritization often controls the implementation plan. Our team of pavement experts quickly evaluates the condition and contributing factors of all pavement failures. Following evaluation, we develop strategies to address the most critical failures first and maximize the lifespan of lesser-distressed pavements.

 

Right-of-Way Acquisition 

One of the most difficult tasks of any roadway expansion project is acquiring adjacent land to accommodate new improvements. From platting to relocations, we serve as a one-stop shop for land acquisition services with a team of specialists that takes great care in working with affected property owners.

 

NEPA – Environmental Compliance

Every project utilizing federal or state funding requires an environmental review of the area being disturbed. Our engineers, environmental scientists, and planners work together to avoid negative impacts to environmentally sensitive areas. When avoidance is not possible, we carry forward with alternatives that attempt to minimize impacts and mitigation measures. We routinely navigate the permitting processes to keep your projects moving forward.

 

Construction Observation

Our seasoned construction observation staff has up-to-date knowledge of materials, techniques, and technology guides necessary in verifying projects comply with plans and specifications.

 

Funding Procurement 

Project challenges aren’t always technical in nature. Many projects lack the funds necessary to make a positive impact for owners and users. Leveraging years of experience by our leadership team, we align potential federal and state program funds with road improvement needs. We can help you navigate the process, write grant applications, and administer the appropriate documentation for each funding source.

 

Research & Development 

We collaborate with experts throughout the nation to develop strategies and guidelines for pavement design, maintenance, rehabilitation, and reuse. We’ve led the effort on researching issues and developing nationally recognized manuals and training modules for dozens of innovative techniques related to subgrade treatments, pavement designs, overlays, and construction methods.

 

Freeway/Interstate Systems

Our expertise includes heavy highway improvement projects ranging from mainline rehabilitation to shoulder reconstruction, interstate realignments, and interchange improvements. We can guide projects from planning, including the development of location studies, justification reports, and NEPA documentation, through design and construction services.

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