A vehicular and pedestrian passageway at one Texas A&M University's busiest and most challenging intersections separating the school’s main and west campuses, which serve some 50,000 students. The railroad and Wellborn Road were especially strong barriers that hindered interdisciplinary activity and made establishing a pedestrian campus difficult. The project entailed modifying Old Main to extend two new, two-lane vehicular roadways along with two 30-foot-wide pedestrian/bicyclist paths under Wellborn and the railroad tracks. The addition of two proposed underpasses accommodates all modes of traffic. The innovative design included stair-stepped outer walls to reduce concrete, resulting in a sustainable storm water solution. Low-water landscaping further conserved environmental resources, and the predominance of pre-cast concrete lessened the environmental impact of the construction process. RPS performed schematic design, traffic study, and hydrologic and hydraulic study, and prepared construction documents and provided bid/construction phase services.
This project was awarded a 2014 ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Silver Medal.