SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) initiated a call for projects in February 2019 for Transportation Alternative Set-Aside and Safe Routes to School (TA/SRTS) funding to support bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. TGC engaged in assembling numerous governmental agencies on this opportunity and facilitated submitting applications for the following clients: TIRZ 1,Houston; Westchase Management District;Near Northside Management District,Village of Jones Creek and others .

TGC’s engineering and environmental staff played an integral role in the delivery of this application. The primary tasks were developing cost estimates and preparing preliminary engineering schematics and design documentation in accordance with TxDOT specifications. Additional tasks included working with the client to identify and refine requirements, obtaining letters of support from elected officials, organizations and residents, coordinating utility accommodations and prospective easements, and attending public hearings to present project plans.

As part of the environmental review, TGC completed the TxDOT scoping process for the project. This included preliminary analysis of impacts to air quality, cultural resources, community resources, water resources, biological resources, hazardous materials sites, traffic, Section 4(f) and 6(f) resources, and determining the anticipated environmental classification.