HCTRA Heavy Highway Maintenance

Harris County, Texas

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Costello was responsible for assessing existing toll road infrastructure facilities, including reviewing all available original design documents provided by HCTRA, reviewing available annual inspection reports, and conducting site visits to visually assess the infrastructure asset's condition. From the site visits, a preliminary site repair assessment report was developed for each location. Additionally, plans were reviewed to repair various HCTRA infrastructure and reviewed a summary of quantities and a traffic control plan for each location.

Costello successfully incorporated plans previously developed for HCTRA into the construction bid package, effectively minimizing the development schedule.

Inspections verified issues with HCTRA facilities, including elevators. Costello developed specifications to supplement the bid package, instructing the contractor on the identified repairs.

As this project mainly progressed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Costello successfully managed design, coordination, completion, and approval through various methods, including cloud sharing and virtual meetings.

Relevant Project Services

  • Site inspection
  • Assess existing structures & facilities

Project Size and Cost

  • 22 miles
  • Estimated cost $8.8M

Unique Project Attributes

  • LED replacement on high mast lighting
  • SEJ joint replaced with upgraded joints

Challenges Faced

  • Investigations and inspections in operating high-speed traffic areas
  • HCTRA standards didn’t cover all design requirements

Resolutions & Results

  • Performed inspections utilizing other planned work lane closures to eliminate traffic control costs
  • Identified and utilized standards from TxDOT and City of Houston to minimize design efforts


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