The Need for Resilient and Innovative Transportation Infrastructure
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Texas’ highway network is the largest in the nation. The state’s residents depend on our highways and roadways to be efficient, reliable, and safe, but with more people moving to Texas, reports are saying there is a need for increased service to mitigate disruption and damage to the state’s existing infrastructure.
The 2021 Texas Infrastructure Report Card gave the state’s highways and roads a D+, which is an improvement from the previous report card. Though our infrastructure is improving, the 55 civil engineers who worked on the report recommend that engineers and transportation agencies focus on resilience and innovation to help improve and prepare our infrastructure for an influx of drivers.
TxDOT is a great example of an agency that has been implementing innovative transportation solutions. Their traffic management centers in urban districts have upgraded their Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to collect road and incident clearance time data. This data is used to alert drivers of potential delays and hazards while identifying intersections that may require additional improvements.
Public-private partnerships are also a great tool that can help facilitate development, provide additional funding options, and speed up project delivery. Our team has experience with many projects where partnerships like these were able to help communities continue to grow safely. Reach out to our Transportation team to learn more about our projects and the services we can provide to help keep your community moving.
Click here to learn more about the ASCE 2021 Texas Infrastructure report card, how the grades are calculated, and the committee’s recommendations for improving Texas infrastructure.