Serving as the owner’s representative on this project, we did not have a playbook to refer to as we undertook the largest skatepark in the United States. The sheer size of the project was daunting and presented real challenges. Management and coordination of multiple contractors necessitated fulltime oversight, and maintaining schedule and budget on a project of such enormous scope was our key focus.
The Red Oak project reconstructed a key roadway in one of north Houston’s busiest corridors, doubling the lanes of traffic.
US 67 needed updates to help relieve congestion, facilitate traffic flow, and enhance mobility in the Midlothian area. Jones|Carter worked alongside the Midlothian Development Authority to design this major roadway, which required reconstruction on the overpass at Railport Parkway due to the increased truck traffic from the nearby Railport Business Park.
Traffic control and mitigation of this heavily congested area was a chief challenge on this project. Relocating Centerpoint Energy transmission lines underground as well as relocating a large underground AT&T duct bank were also challenges that if not handled appropriately would have significant impacts on the schedule.
Within the confines of Harvest are 13 different governmental entities with varying jurisdictional powers. Managing that process along with executing a Hillwood project following their Live Smart Principles, created geopolitical barriers that had to be overcome to create a “win-win” for all involved.
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.