- Design engineering
- Environmental mitigation
- Public involvement
URS was the UK Highway Agency's Design Engineer for the $24 million, A21 Lamberhurst Bypass project, which opened in March 2005 to wide acclaim and has been described by Transportation Professional magazine as “highway engineering at its best.” URS also had an engineering and environmental team on site to provide technical advice, ensure compliance with the design and to manage liaison with third parties and the public.
The project comprises 1.5 miles of dual two-lane all-purpose carriageway, two roundabouts, a bridge over the River Teise, an accommodation bridge, two footbridges and the UK’s first landbridge, or "green bridge," providing access to the National Trust's Scotney Castle and gardens. Environmental considerations were paramount to the project, with particular emphasis placed on integrating the road alignment into the landscape as much as possible. Extensive mitigation measures were also adopted to deal with various protected species.
The bypass is located to the east of Lamberhurst village in Kent, which is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a designated Special Landscape Area. Much of the village is also in a Conservation Area.