Project Description

Client: Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc. / METRO

Location: Houston, Texas

KIT was a subconsultant to LAN for this Design-Build transit project. The project involved construction of Light Rail Transit (LRT) system primarily within existing street rights-of-way. This project is part of regional efforts to improve mobility, accessibility, and system linkages. The Southeast Corridor is approximately 6.8 miles in length, extending from downtown Houston to Palm Center and a storage yard at the terminus point. The Southeast Corridor also traverses through University of Houston Main Campus.

As a member of the LAN team, KIT provided the following professional engineering services for Segment 1A, Segment 1B, Segment 1C, Segment 2A, Segment 2B, Segment 3A, Segment 3B, Segment 4A, and storage yard:

  • Preparations of exhibits for proposed right-of-way acquisition for various parcels (approx. 200 parcels).
  • Provide CADD Support for LRT design including the following:
    • Modifications and Reconstruction of major thoroughfares for LRT guideway.
    • Existing water and sanitary sewer lines relocation
    • Drainage improvements
    • Other major underground utility relocations
  • Conducted a field inventory of existing pavement conditions including typical roadway cross-sections, roadway and intersection pavement markings, intersection traffic control, intersection lane use, pedestrian facilities, and unusual roadway features.
  • Evaluate existing traffic conditions and develop traffic control plans per the City of Houston/TxDOT design guidelines and in accordance with the procedures described in the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. KIT developed unique three step approach for each segment to allow utility relocation, street reconstruction followed by guide-way construction.
  • As part of Post Design Services, KIT routinely modified TCP plans on short notice for changes in construction sequencing due to unforeseen conditions or unique opportunities to accelerate certain phases of ongoing Work activities.
  • Coordinated and obtained approvals from the City of Houston, TxDOT, and County Traffic Management and Maintenance Divisions.
  • Prepare specifications, quantity take-off’s and cost estimates for traffic control plans items.
  • Preparation of street lighting plans.
  • Preparation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans including a report.
  • Design of non-metallic casings for public utilities crossing LRT guideway.

Key Factors/Benefits to Client:

  • CADD
  • Right of Way
  • Drainage improvements
  • Traffic Control Plans
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans