- Proposal and award process
- Preparation of design and contract documents
- Project management, monitoring and oversight
- Environmental and risk assessment
- Liaison for impacted parties
Appointed as the Employer’s Agent by the U.K. Highways Agency, URS provided project management, environmental and risk assessment, and site supervision for the A6 Clapham Bypass, a 3-mile dual carriageway in Bedfordshire, England. The $47 million project included construction of two grade separated junctions, two at-grade junctions and two viaducts across a flood plain.
As part of its role as Employer’s Agent, URS prepared design and contract documents for the project, assisted with the proposal and award process, and monitored work at the site. Because the new highway would be constructed over old landfill sites and across an area at risk of flooding, URS’ environmental and risk assessment included consideration of the impact construction would have on the landfill sites, as well as water treatment works, the river, its flood plain, the underlying aquifer and the native environment. Advance work included clearance of hedgerows to avoid disturbing nesting birds, relocation of a bird population, and archaeological work to rescue remains of Iron Age, Roman and Saxon settlements. In addition, URS served as the liaison between landowners, their agents and the U.K. Environment Agency.
The Company’s oversight, detailed planning and assessments resulted in a successful project. The bypass significantly reduced traffic volumes on the A6 running through the village of Clapham, providing residents much needed relief from traffic congestion and accidents.