Whether your infrastructure needs include funding identification, innovative geometry, environmentally sensitive areas, sustainable and attractive structures or difficult traffic challenges, HR Green can provide the solutions you need.
Transportation networks are the backbone of our society. From planning and NEPA compliance through design plans, construction estimates and final construction services, our professionals provide the right solution to your transportation infrastructure challenges.More
Our transportation business puts the end users first – developing designs, building consensus and constructing the infrastructure that meet the needs of our clients while considering the future. Funding, environmental compliance and public involvement can be daunting even before tackling the technical complexities of a project. Your needs are great, and they can be met by a creative partner with the resources to tackle every aspect of your challenge.
Our transportation engineers have created Centralized Traffic Management Systems, use advanced vehicle control systems, dynamic route guidance, and advanced traveler information to compile data when working on upgrades to transportation systems. 3D models allow us to design with greater accuracy and efficiency, identifying potential conflicts before they become challenges. Professionals who specialize in construction interact with our designers to provide constructability reviews during a project’s design, allowing the development of projects that can be built with minimal surprises. Construction engineering monitors projects as they are being built, so you are sure that your improvements ultimately comply with approved designs.
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB)
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB) is a $3.6 billion highway that will provide access to Chicago O’Hare airport from the west. The airport’s expansion plans currently include the development of a new western terminal, which would be served by the proposed highway.HR Green has assumed the role of Program Manager for the project’s Tier One and Tier Two Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
Anderson Road Extension
The Anderson Road Extension is a two-lane (expandable to four-lanes in the future) roadway that will link Illinois Route 38 to Keslinger Road.
Marion Road Widening
Sioux Falls, SD
The Marion Road Improvement project was a roadway widening and reconstruction project in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Marion Road, from approximately Berkshire Boulevard to 39th Street, had deteriorated and was handling more traffic than it was designed to handle.
NW Beaver Drive Widening
Des Moines, IA
This project reconstructed the existing two-lane rural section and upgraded to a three-lane urban section with one thru-lane in each direction and a center two-way left-turn lane.
I-29 Sioux City Corridor Reconstruction
Sioux City, IA
The I-29 reconstruction project will improve safety, traffic operations and infrastructure conditions, and provide for enhanced driver expectancy.
Grand Parkway Toll Road
Harris County, TX
HR Green was responsible for the design of this urban toll road with frontage roads, including roadway, storm sewers, cross culverts, retaining walls, traffic control, cross street intersection, and SWPPP design.
Route 109 Widening and Roundabout
HR Green designed this federally funded project that widened Route 109 from 2-lanes to 4-lanes, added two multi-lane roundabouts, and two trail grade separation structures.
Granart Road Realignment
Sugar Grove, IL
Due to existing, major operational deficiencies at the US 30 and Dugan Road intersection, IDOT made a commitment to local officials and stakeholders to advance an interim project that would improve safety and operations.
Woodbury Drive Safety and Mobility
Washington County, MN
The Woodbury Drive (CSAH 19) Safety and Mobility project is a successful demonstration of how proactive community and agency involvement can lead to a more livable project with diverse and creative solutions to complex community problems.
Southwest Connector Interchange (Veterans Parkway) and Corridor Location Study
Warren County, IA
HR Green, Inc. led the consultant team that prepared Interchange and Corridor Location Study documentation, including supporting technical reports for goals and objectives, multimodal needs, travel demand forecasts, preliminary environmental screening analysis, and an alternatives analysis.
Ramp Management Feasibility Study
Des Moines, IA
Transportation System Management programs, like ramp metering, can help manage the flow of traffic providing more reliable/consistent travel times and improved corridor safety for significantly less money than many capacity improvements.
Highway X99 Oakville Bridge
Louisa County, IA
Following the Iowa River flooding in 2008, Louisa County applied for Economic Development funding for a new crossing over the Iowa River on County Road X99.
2nd Street SE Reconstruction
Cedar Rapids, IA
Following a major flood event there was severe damage to the roadways, the sanitary sewer was filled with flood debris, and numerous depressions and sinkholes began to appear on 2nd Street SE over the sewer; indicating soil migration into the pipeline.
Johnsburg Road Widening and Reconstruction
The project consisted of the construction of the first roundabout in McHenry County in the Downtown area of the Village of Johnsburg along with widening the road from Spring Grove Road to Fairview Avenue.
Jane Addams I-90 Bridge Widening
HR Green was hired to provide Phase III construction management services for the widening and reconstruction of the I-90 Eastbound and Westbound bridges over Mosquito Creek, Coon Creek and US Route 20.
Grove Road Realignment
The project consisted of the realignment of approximately one mile of Grove Road, north of Illinois Route 126 to align with an existing intersection.
International Plaza Drive Reconstruction
St. Ann, MO
International Plaza Drive is a collector roadway in the northern section of the City of St. Ann that serves as a major entry point into the City. Innovative water quality measures were used to address the water quality requirements of the project.
Route 100 “Great Streets”
St. Louis County, MO
HR Green is currently working to complete bid documents to implement the first section of “Great Streets” improvements project on a 7-mile stretch of Manchester Road (Route 100) within the communities of Ellisville, Wildwood, and Ballwin (Route 109 to Maple Lane).
Innovative Traffic Design Commands Attention
In recent years, the City of Aurora, Illinois, embarked on a cutting-edge program to interconnect and modernize its antiquated traffic signal systems.
Drones have been filling our news feeds with uses such as recreational, military, and drone deliveries, but how can a municipality determine how to leverage this rapidly evolving technology? Many communities across the country are starting to research sUAS uses and invest in sUAS technology and applications.
Before the start of any project, HR Green construction professionals verify that the design will fit the existing field conditions. In some cases, as such with making sidewalks ADA compliant, the application of design standards is the responsibility of the construction engineer.
The challenges to transportation project designers are more difficult today than ever. Right-of-way (ROW), easements, utility adjustments, and the ability to efficiently stage construction while safely maintaining traffic are critical factors to keep projects on track, especially in constrained urban settings. Add to the mix are a broad range of regulatory clearances that must be obtained in a sequential manner during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to keep the project on schedule. These clearances are often based on conceptual and preliminary design that if not thoroughly developed during the location and route studies phase can lead to rework and schedule delays later in the project life cycle.
The use of 3-D Design tools aids engineers in evaluating designs and the conditions present that can create construction delays, cause expensive changes to the design or could affect long term maintenance costs if not adequately analyzed at key steps in the design process.
The 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database found that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient structures than there were in 2013. However, that means more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges are still in need of significant repair.
Our nation’s roadway system contains a functional hierarchy which provides each road with a designation based on its primary purpose. At the top of the hierarchy are freeways and expressways designed to maximize “Point A to Point B” mobility that feature limited access, i.e. access at only high speed interchanges, no intersections or driveways. There are also arterials that are roads that have traffic signals at intersections and access points at larger frequency spacing. These arterials are fed by collectors and local streets, which have the main purpose to connect specific activities (residences, retail stores, industries). Put together, this network enables point to point services, a notable advantage the road transport has over other transport modes.
According to the American Press Institute 70 percent of Americans use the internet to find the news that matters most to them. Whether it is a laptop, home computer or mobile device the delivery of news is rapidly changing. Those of us who have important news to deliver need to take note.
As 2014 begins to fade into history the question on everyone’s mind is “What is in store for Transportation experts in 2015?” Technological advancements will continue to be the driving force of change but integration of modes of transportation and innovation in design and contracting are sure to be popular in 2015. What is certain is that a rapidly changing landscape seems to be the norm these days—here are some emerging trends for Transportation planners and experts.
With the recent focus on the dire financial state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), added interest has been seen across the land for longer-term measures that would stabilize the HTF. In August a short-term measure bumped the HTF with $10.9 billion which will keep projects active through April 2015.
Congress is wrestling to pass legislation to restore funding to the Highway Trust Fund so numerous proposals are being pushed, lobbying is at fever peak and dire warnings are being issued across the country. The concern in the states is valid; in the Iowa Transportation Commission’s 5-year transportation plan, approved earlier this year, the DOT warned in a “Dear Iowans” letter that without funding being reauthorized, improvement projects could come to a halt. Other states are issuing similar warnings.
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Matthew Brua, PE, of HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) was recently elected President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) South Dakota Section.
Once again, HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) has been included in the Engineering News Record’s (ENR) annual lists of top design and construction firms in the nation. HR Green has continued to climb the annual ENR list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States, rising 39 spots and coming in at 202.
Manik Mitra, PE, CFM, CPESC, of HR Green, Inc. (HR Green) was recently elected as Secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) ASCE Houston Branch. Mitra has been an active member with ASCE for nearly three years. In 2016, Mitra become the Chair of Water Resources group. Due to his continuous involvement with local community and ASCE, they offered him the Secretary post for August 2017 to July 2018.
In the past few years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related occupations have started to top the list of careers students are looking to pursue. HR Green Inc. (HR Green) continues to work with high schools, community colleges and universities across the country to offer hands-on, professional level job shadow and internship experiences.