TRAFFIC and TRANSPORTATION

Uptown Houston Improvements, Houston, Texas

In response to the area businesses’ desire to improve the “sense of place” in Uptown, Gunda Corporation led a comprehensive traffic management and signage improvement program which consisted of design and construction administration for the comprehensive mobility improvements in the Uptown Houston area.

Working with Uptown Houston was an ongoing commitment to assure that access to the area businesses and stores was quick and simple, and that traffic congestion during peak times was minimized. The project included leading the project team that designed and oversaw construction of a system of new traffic signal standards, signage, street lighting, utility relocation, pedestrian flow improvements and decorative arches, which transformed the urban landscape. The new look of Uptown’s traffic system has created a memorable architectural landmark in Houston.

 Metro Solutions, Houston, Texas

Gunda Corporation is currently working as Traffic & Systems Integration task leader for the Facility Provider responsible for developing all 5 corridors and Inter-modal terminal.  The scope of services includes integration of trains and traffic signals into TranStar (i2-TMS) and Rail Operations Center.  System elements include wireless mesh (Wi-Fi cloud) along all corridors, CCTV and DMS at stations, GPS based AVI system to locate trains, VIVDS at all traffic signals, fiber communications, train and signal interface, HUB buildings for signaling and ITS elements and SCADA control system. Our services include development of Systems Engineering Management Plan, Systems Requirement Document, Concept of Operations, Proof of Concept, Acceptance Test Plan development, testing, integration, pre-revenue operation and fine-tuning of traffic signals and train interface.  Other services include oversight of design consultants and coordination with City of Houston and TxDOT on traffic and ITS elements of the project.

Upper Kirby Mobility Plan, Houston, Texas

Gunda Corporation led this study which evaluated access and traffic conditions for the combined boundary of the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority and the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 19 and was commissioned by the City of Houston in association with Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority. New development including residential, commercial, retail and business continues to flourish in the area giving need for the development of a mobility plan that will grow to meet the needs of this population. This study focused on the short-term and long-term needs related to traffic, bicycle and pedestrian operations and safety. With the guidance of the Steering Committee and input from the public, the following goals were identified and pursued in the mobility study: improve safety, improve traffic flow, improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and identify short-term and long-term mobility improvements.

Short-term improvements identified in the study are cost-effective and feasible to implement in 3 to 5 years.  The long-term improvements recommended will be implemented in the 7 to 15 years depending on major transportation improvements in the area such as METRO’s high-capacity transit and TxDOT’s US 59 improvements.

City of Houston On-Call Traffic Engineering Services, Houston, Texas

Gunda Corporation is currently preparing more than 20 traffic signal design plans for a City of Houston On-Call Traffic Engineering Services contract. The scope of work includes signal plans, signing and pavement marking plans, and median modifications which are being developed in accordance with TxDOT design standards.

Grand Parkway Segment “E”, Harris County, Texas

Gunda Corporation recently provided traffic engineering and ITS services for the entire corridor of Grand Parkway Segment “E” from IH-10 to US 290, which is approximately 9 miles.  The scope of work included traffic projections, intersection design, traffic signal design and field ITS devices such as CCTV, radar vehicle detector, Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), Dynamic Message Sign (DMS), toll facility and fiber optic communications. In addition to the construction plans, we developed any special specifications and engineer’s cost estimates associated with the design, thus production of the PS&E.  Traffic signal and toll communications will be integrated into TranStar using TxDOT CTMS along IH-10 and US 290.

Gunda Corporation also provided roadway and drainage design for 6,300 feet of the corridor.  The project was delivered to HCTRA and TxDOT standards within 6 months due to the ARRA funding deadline.  The project was redesigned to TxDOT standards on an aggressive schedule when TxDOT took over Grand Parkway implementation.

FM 1092 Access Management Study, Missouri City, Texas

Gunda Corporation is currently providing an access management study for FM 1092/Murphy Road.  The corridor study area is defined as the southern section of FM 1092 from SH 6 South to Dove Country Road just north of the Missouri City city limit.  The purpose of this study is to identify transportation improvements that reduce crashes, improve traffic flow, reduce motorist delay, and to address multi-modal/land use context.  Gunda Corporation is developing short, medium and long-term recommendations such as medians, signal optimization, driveway consolidation, bike and pedestrian improvements, and development ordinances.  This study will address cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of various solutions.

City of Houston Mobility Plan, Houston, Texas

The City of Houston Mobility Plan, Phase I was commissioned by the City of Houston Public Works Department to examine and evaluate future mobility within the City of Houston and its ETJ.  Gunda Corporation was a team member for this study and our scope of work included data collection from various sources in Houston to develop a travel demand model that will be used to predict mobility challenges as the city grows as well as data collection from comparable cities to determine best practices for project evaluation. Additional scope of services included developing measures of effectiveness for the City of Houston to be used to evaluate proposed projects and criteria to determine priority corridors/areas.  A comprehensive list of mobility tools were developed to be used by the City of Houston to mitigate the congestion problems predicted for the future. The City Mobility Plan, Phase II has evolved out of this effort and is anticipated to begin in 2011.

TxDOT Transportation Planning On-Call, Houston, Texas

Gunda Corporation has had two contracts to provide traffic engineering and transportation planning services ranging from corridor feasibility studies, toll road feasibility studies, comprehensive traffic analysis for interchanges, and access management studies.  Gunda Corporation has performed work on the following roadways: SH 146, Bolivar Bridge, IH 45 at IH 610, SH 249, Grand Parkway at Westpark, SH 6 at FM 1960, US 59 at IH 610 and SH 242.

Energy Corridor Livable Centers Study, Houston, Texas

Gunda Corporation worked as a team member on this project and was responsible for reviewing existing and proposed transit plans and determining level of service provided by the proposed system. Our scope also included reviewing the existing transportation system and estimating the capacity and usage of transportation options.  Once this evaluation was complete, Gunda Corporation defined safety and operational challenges and worked with the team to identify investments that will encourage the use of alternative transportation modes, promote on-street/shared parking and enhance the sense of place.  The goal of this study was to blend these elements into a plan that will provide a unique environment to promote community and provide a safe, enjoyable atmosphere for the citizens of the Energy Corridor.

 University of Houston Game Day Plan, Houston, Texas

Gunda Corporation developed a Post Game Traffic Management and Control Plan for major sport events at Robertson Stadium and specifically the Houston Dynamo games.

The objective of the Post Game Traffic Management and Control Plan was to create:

  • Safe and efficient traffic operations in the vicinity of Robertson Stadium
  • Safe and efficient traffic operations within the stadium complex parking lots
  • Safe circulation and crossing of pedestrians and bicyclists

 

The scope of work included determining the existing trip generation characteristics of Dynamo games during the weekday and weekend evening sporting events, monitoring and collection of traffic data following an event, identification of the existing exit travel routes, identification of congested roadway segments and key intersections at the conclusion of each event, and recommended Traffic Management Plan and Traffic Control Handling Plan.