Pre-Design Studies

Pre-Design Studies

We have extensive experience working with private developers, cities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations and state and federal agencies to complete the pre-design approval process for a potential infrastructure project. We will guide developers through the pre-design procedures—from planning/project identification, to the prioritization process, to the pre-design approval studies.

The process is especially complicated for a roadway corridor improvement because specific project initiation activities are required to further define the project and address the associated issues. We will help you complete pre-design route and corridor studies to determine social, economic and environmental impacts associated with a potential project. In most cases, the study follows a formal process established by the National Environmental Policy Act and enhanced by any local- or state-mandated environmental acceptance processes. Route and corridor studies ultimately require a coordinated effort by a multidisciplinary team comprising planners, environmental scientists and professional engineers who collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for a community's local and regional transportation needs.

Our multidisciplinary team considers reasonable financial constraints and projected travel demand to identify conceptual improvement options for a given transportation route or corridor. Our strategy includes generating local, regional and state consensus through an active stakeholder collaboration process. We will help you define a project mitigation plan that is socially acceptable to all parties and create 30 percent design plans. This phase of work will then serve as the groundwork for the final design of the corridor improvement.