Urban Engineers (Urban) has been selected by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) to provide Construction Inspection services for two assignments – the New Britain-Hartford Busway and a task-based on-call program.
The New Britain-Hartford Busway will be a dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facility providing service to a 9.4-mile corridor between downtown New Britain, CT and downtown Hartford, CT. Urban’s assignment is a mile-long section of the busway in Hartford, which includes oversight of construction for travel lanes, local road and streetscape, a bridge, new station facility, and rail relocation.
According to ConnDOT, The project is expected to generate 1.4 million new transit trips in the corridor, while reducing vehicle miles by 17 million miles annually (a reduction of 12,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually!) It is anticipated that buses traveling along this corridor will travel faster than automobiles as they bypass congestion on arterial streets and I-84. The Busway is projected to open in 2014.
“ConnDOT’s first BRT project is a critical element in eliminating congestion along the I-84 corridor and updating their transportation needs in the Hartford area,” said Urban’s Resident Engineer for the project, Jason Cardinal, PE. “Urban is proud to be a part of this high profile transportation project.”
The second assignment is a task-based on-call assignment for Construction Inspection assistance for ConnDOT throughout the four state construction districts. This work may involve assignments at sites for road, bridge and aviation projects. Urban’s sub-consultants for this contract include Gannett Fleming, Inc. for traffic control and KTA-Tator, Inc. for corrosion and painting inspection.
“We are excited about this multi-year contract with ConnDOT, which will allow us to display our extensive transit and highway Construction Engineering & Inspection capabilities in CT,” said Vice President Bill Murphy, PE. “The strength of our local staff, complimented with Urban’s full support in the New England area, positions us well for these tasks.”