Bryan Boulevard Relocation
The Bryan Boulevard project was a necessity to complete in order for FedEx to commit their new Mid-Atlantic Air Hub at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI). The hub was estimated to bring more than a $9 billion economic impact to the region. This highly complex project on Bryan Boulevard was one of the many critical aspects of PTI's overall $600 million expansion and access improvement plan.
Accommodating FedEx required:
- The airport's addition of a third, 9,000 ft. cargo and passenger runway
- The improvement of vehicular traffic to and from the airport
- A separate and connecting roadway to serve the increased truck and employee traffic to the new, 1 million square foot Mid-Atlantic FedEx Hub
The 2.7 mile, four-lane divided facility (designed to interstate standards to accommodate future I-73) incorporated a single interchange providing full-directional movement between the relocated Bryan Boulevard and the existing Bryan Boulevard. The interchange also included semi-directional movements between the relocated Bryan Boulevard and relocated Old Oak Ridge Road.
Our design solutions incorporated the idea of a single interchange to serve as the 'entrance' to the airport campus. The new 'Entrance Interchange' provides nonstop movement with no traffic lights. This allows drivers traveling east and west on Bryan Boulevard to enter and depart the airport without any stops, and to exit using the new interchange.
Another major goal of the project was to alleviate the congestion. This was addressed by separating "through" motorists from the local traffic that consists of trucks moving in and out of the airport and employees working at the airport or surrounding businesses.
While the project was funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority was the ultimate 'client' with responsibility for total project oversight. The project required extensive coordination between these two primary stakeholders as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the airport planning engineers, and the community.
Adding to the complexity of the project was the short schedule—from the notice to proceed we only had 300-calendar days to complete the final contract documents.
- Size: 2.7 Miles
- Professional Services: Acoustics, Noise & Vibration, Erosion Control, Peer Review, Program Management, Quality Assurance and Quality Check, Roadway and Interchange Design, Structure and Drainage Design
- Project Type: Program Management, Transportation
- Related Projects: Transportation