Goforth Road Extension – City of Kyle
The Goforth Road project reconstructed Goforth Road from IH 35 NB Frontage Road to Kyle Parkway for the City of Kyle. It involved widening 1.4 miles of existing 2-lane roadway section to a curb and gutter 3-lane section with a center two-way left turn lane within the southern section, and a 4-lane roadway section with two lanes in each direction within the northern section. The design included a bridge over Plum Creek, sidewalks and shared use paths (SUP), utility relocations, floodplain coordination, intersection design, drainage, traffic control, signing and pavement marking, and illumination. LAN coordinated improvements to the frontage road intersection with TxDOT, and access to Susie Fuentes Elementary School with the School District.
To minimize project costs, LAN reduced the typical road section by eliminating the center turn lane and the buffer between the SUP and roadway over the bridge. Our hydraulic analysis found that significant vegetation along the Plum Creek Channel increased the water surface elevation (WSEL) and required lengthening of the bridge. However, LAN determined that tree limb trimming would lower the WSEL and allow the bridge to be shortened, saving the City of Kyle $50,000.
One critical project challenge was to minimize ROW acquisition throughout a highly constrained project corridor. LAN used a multi-faceted approach to limit ROW acquisition to 4.5 acres that included using curb walls, reducing typical sections, and designing a storm drain system in lieu of open channels. LAN successfully delivered a project that improved vehicular and pedestrian access along the corridor and increased safety and efficiency for the community. We effectively managed critical project elements which allowed the project to come in under budget. LAN provided a construction cost estimate at each design deliverable, providing the client with a clear view of what to expect with regard to the construction budget. Based on construction cost estimates, we were able to make design decisions that allowed the client to expand the project to include additional work not originally in the scope.
At a glance
1.4 mile project
$9 million construction estimate
8000 vehicles per day
18 utility poles relocated
1 new bridge over Plum Creek
Shared use bicycle/pedestrian path
Added safety around nearby school
City of Kyle