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Streets & Highways

A Seasoned Team of Roadway Design Experts

The single largest asset for most government agencies is their roadway network. Since maintaining or enhancing roadway infrastructure poses a range of challenges, most agencies rely on outside experts who provide a wealth of knowledge and project experience. Some of the challenges faced by government agencies include inadequate funding to effectively address project requirements, the need to determine priorities for rehabilitation, the complex task of completely replacing deteriorating roads, addressing safety concerns along specific corridor segments, acquiring land to cater to growing infrastructure demands, and the assessment of access points for new developmental projects. These multifaceted challenges collectively contribute to the intricacies of ensuring a well-functioning and safe roadway system.

Whether your transportation network is grappling with localized issues or broader overarching challenges, our team of more than 100 experienced transportation planners, engineers, traffic specialists, right-of-way agents, and construction technicians, stand ready to help. A substantial number of our team members boast extensive involvement in the strategic planning, comprehensive analysis, meticulous design, and effective management of diverse roadway enhancement projects, spanning from minor pavement patching projects to extensive freeway and interstate highway expansions incorporating intricate interchange configurations.

Comprehensive Roadway Design Solutions

Our transportation project managers are attentive listeners in the initial project phases, adept at discerning the most suitable approach to meet the requirements of each corridor. Through meticulous project planning, we uphold schedules, conquer challenging obstacles, and maintain exceptional client service. From aspects like capacity and safety to rehabilitation, we optimize the process of developing and implementing roadway design solutions by ensuring our plans align with both project needs and the owner’s objectives.

Additionally, our designs are aimed at the overarching goal of achieving Zero Fatalities. To that end, we employ various communication tools to reach consensus among stakeholders and evaluate each corridor to decide how to appropriately accommodate existing transportation modes and enhance or introduce new ones.

Committed to ensuring the long-term prosperity of our clients, we take satisfaction from our capacity to fulfill project timelines and maintain fiscal discipline. We firmly hold that the paramount factor in any project is the individuals it benefits. This conviction has effectively guided our team over four decades of operation and remains ingrained in the core of our organizational ethos.

Our Streets & Highways Design Services

Transportation Planning

Our team strategically addresses present transportation challenges while considering budget and time limitations, crafting a detailed roadmap to elevate your transportation network for the future. Learn more about our transportation planning capabilities here.

Traffic Planning

Our specialists assess traffic safety concerns, evaluate strategies to enhance roadway capacity, and create efficient remedies for identified shortcomings. Click here to get a full picture of our traffic planning services.

Urban Design

Our team of planners, engineers, and landscape architects collaborate seamlessly to craft thorough urban corridor plans. These plans are designed to promote economic redevelopment, aiming to revitalize the community as a central objective.

Structural Bridge Design

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 bridge design, engineering, and retaining walls, as well as large stormwater drainage basins and pedestrian structures. Learn more about our structural bridge design services here.

Multimodal Accommodation

A Complete Streets assessment considers the requirements of bus and vehicle users, pedestrians, and bicyclists. By identifying which transportation methods to cater to and finding ways to harmoniously integrate them, we lead your community toward effectively meeting the varied transportation needs of all users. Learn more about the benefits of an effective multimodal plan.

Pavement Management

Our team of pavement experts quickly evaluates the condition and contributing factors of all pavement failures. Following an evaluation, we develop strategies to address the most critical failures first and maximize the lifespan of lesser-distressed pavements. Discover all of our pavement management services here.

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. Click here to learn more about our right-of-way acquisition services.

NEPA – Environmental Compliance

Any project that receives federal or state funding assistance must undergo an environmental review of the affected area. Our team of engineers, environmental scientists, and planners collaborates closely to prevent any adverse effects on ecologically delicate zones. In cases where these effects cannot be entirely avoided, we implement alternative strategies that aim to minimize their impact, thus ensuring that mitigation measures remain as limited as possible. We adeptly guide the permitting procedures to maintain the progress of your projects without unnecessary delays.

Construction Observation

Up-to-date knowledge of materials and best practices empowers our seasoned construction observation staff in verifying projects comply with plans and specifications.

Funding Assistance

Project challenges are not always technical. Many projects lack the funds necessary to even get off the ground. 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. Learn more about how we can help your organization obtain the funding necessary for your next project.

Freeway/Interstate Systems

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

Research & Development

Our team collaborates with experts throughout the nation to develop strategies and guidelines for pavement design, maintenance, rehabilitation, and reuse. We have led the effort of 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.