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Beechnut Street Rehab

Client: City of Houston


Project Cost: $ 8M


Service: Civil Engineering, Design, Review


Practice: Transportation, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Construction Services, Surveying


Location: Houston, Texas

Challenge:

Maintaining continual traffic flow and minimizing disruption in the heavily traveled, population-dense west side neighborhood were critical pieces of this capital improvement project. The scope of work involved extensive coordination with a myriad of private utility companies to assess potential conflicts.

Solution:

We maintained four lanes of moving traffic at all times, alternating shutting one lane in each direction, in order to keep the project timeline on track and the traveling public mobile. We proactively researched and identified existing onsite utilities including fiber optics, buried cables, overhead electric power lines, gas lines, a transmission line, a crude oil line, and a natural gas line to ascertain any conflicts. We then formulated a relocation plan for the construction phase, guaranteeing non-interrupted service throughout the project and to minimize any incident of redesign which would negatively impact the budget.


This essential road project is part of The Re-Build Houston Initiative to address drainage issues and update aging infrastructure throughout Houston. From Wilcrest Drive to Kirkwood Road, the roadway was reconstructed, new gutter lines and inlets added to reduce street flooding, and necessary underground utilities were installed.

We determined early on during the planning phase that the existing water and sanitary sewer lines needed replacement due to age and deteriorating condition. Further, the project also required constructing a relief storm sewer along Kirkwood to carry drainage from Beechnut to a Harris County Flood Control drainage ditch. Accessible sidewalks, driveways, street lighting, and traffic control increased walkability and overall safety for area residents.

The project was delivered on time and within budget.

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