Selected Hicks & Company Projects

Harbor Bridge EIS – Corpus Christi, Texas. The TxDOT Corpus Christi District and FHWA are proposing improvements to US Hwy 181, including the replacement of the Harbor Bridge over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.   Safety concerns and long term maintenance costs are driving the need for major improvements to US 181, and a more modern bridge with a higher vertical clearance would support the expansion of the Port of Corpus Christi, the 6th largest port in the United States.  Hicks & Company and URS Corporation have teamed to develop the environmental impact statement (EIS) for TxDOT and FHWA.  Initial scoping meetings have been held and Technical and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings have begun.  Visit the project webpage for more detailed information http://www.ccharborbridgeproject.com.

US 281 North/Loop 1604 Interchange (Alamo Regional Mobility Authority)—San Antonio, Texas. Hicks & Company is the Environmental Compliance Manager for this CDA project to expand and reconstruct the US 281 North/Loop 1604 Interchange in North San Antonio and make other associated improvements to both roadways.  Construction of the interchange is underway and Hicks & Company is responsible for regulatory compliance and construction phase environmental oversight, including SW3P inspections, Section 404 permit compliance, Edwards Aquifer Rules compliance and Endangered Species Act compliance.  The project consists of the final design and construction of direct connectors from US 281 North to Loop 1604 East and West and from Loop 1604 East and West to US 281 South.  Reconstruction of frontage road bridges along Loop 1604 and the addition of sidewalks throughout the project area are also included.

State Highway 161 Phase 4 (North Texas Tollway Authority)—Grand Prairie, Texas. Hicks & Company is the Environmental Compliance Manager for the SH 161 Toll-Road Phase 4 project in Grand Prairie, Texas.  This eight-mile-plus tolload construction project is currently underway and Hicks & Company is responsible for regulatory compliance and construction phase environmental oversight, including SW3P development and inspections, Section 404 permit compliance, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan oversight, and quality control reviews of design drawings.  The project consists of mainlane construction between IH 20 and IH 30 and construction of direct-connector interchanges at IH 20 and IH 30 as well.

Americas Interchange (Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority)—El Paso, Texas. This current CDA project for which Hicks & Company is the independent Environmental Compliance Manager, involves the expansion and reconstruction of the IH 10/Loop 375 Interchange in El Paso, including the addition of three of the eight direct connectors.   Americas Gateway Builders have initiated construction, and Hicks & Company’s Environmental Compliance Team is there to monitor the activity and assist the Developer in maintaining environmental compliance.  Hicks & Company is responsible for performing or overseeing all aspects of environmental compliance and reporting for the project, including the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Environmental Protection Program, an Environmental Training Program, oversight of environmental inspections, and quality-control reviews of final design drawings.

North Tarrant Express (Texas Department of Transportation)—Dallas/Fort Worth area, Texas. Hicks & Company developed the Comprehensive Environmental Protection Program for this seven-mile concession CDA project, including preparation and submittal of an Environmental Compliance and Mitigation Plan, Construction Monitoring Plan, Hazardous Materials Management Plan, Environmental Protection Training Plan, and Environmental Management System.  Hicks & Company provided environmental management support for both the design and construction phase and operations and maintenance phase components of the project.

IH 635 Managed Lanes/LBJ Express (Texas Department of Transportation)—Dallas, Texas. Hicks & Company developed the Comprehensive Environmental Protection Program for this managed-lanes, tolload project along IH 635 in Dallas County.  Plans included an Environmental Compliance and Mitigation Plan, Construction Monitoring Plan, Hazardous Materials Management Plan, Environmental Protection Training Plan, and Environmental Management System.  Hicks & Company provided environmental management support for both the design and construction phase and operations and maintenance phase components of the project.

State Highway 130 Segments 1-4 (Texas Department of Transportation)—Austin, Texas. Hicks & Company served as the independent Environmental Compliance Manager on this 49-mile, new-location tolload with an Exclusive Development Agreement delivery system.  The role encompassed all aspects of environmental compliance, including obtaining environmental approvals and regulatory permits prior to construction, reviewing and providing environmental quality control reviews of the detailed engineering designs, performing independent environmental inspections of the construction of the tolload, and developing and implementing a comprehensive environmental protection training program.  Hicks & Company designed and implemented an Environmental Management System for the project and received certification by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Clean Texas Program in 2007.  Our successful effort led to several awards, not just for Hicks & Company, but for the Developer, Lone Star Infrastructure, and the TxDOT Director of Turnpike Construction, Mr. Tim Weight.  Hicks & Company was awarded the 2008 Gold Medal for Best Environmental Project by the Texas Council of Engineering Companies.  Lone Star Infrastructure was a finalist for the 2007 TCEQ’s Environmental Excellence Awards, as well as a Gold Level Member of the TCEQ Clean Texas Program.  Mr. Weight was the recipient of the 2008 Dewitt C. Greer award for successful completion of SH 130 Segments 1—4, as well as other segments of the Central Texas Turnpike System.

183A Toll Road (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority—Cedar Park, Texas. Hicks & Company worked as the independent Environmental Compliance Inspector and interim Environmental Compliance Manager for this seven-mile tolload CDA in Cedar Park.  Hicks & Company’s project responsibilities included field monitoring of construction activities for potential impacts to environmental resources, including, the Edwards Aquifer, threatened and endangered species, karst zones and caves, wildlife habitats, water quality, erosion and sedimentation control, and hazardous materials.  Other responsibilities include weekly inspection of storm water controls, documentation and tracking of environmental compliance and issues, timely mitigation of issues, quality assurance review of environmental documents, and documentation and tracking of employee and subcontractor environmental training activities.