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HNTB_Logo_ColorCompany Name: HNTB Corporation

Wisconsin Offices: Milwaukee, Madison

Transportation Services Offered: Aviation; Bridges; Construction Management; Environmental Planning; GIS; Geotechnical; Graphics; Highways and Local Roads; Intelligent Transportation Systems/Technology; Noise and Air; Program Management; Public Involvement, Tolling; Transit and Rail; Water; Traffic; Tunnels; Utility Coordination; Design-Build/Alternative Delivery

Company Website: www.hntb.com

Why do you support WTS WI?  WTS Wisconsin is highly respected within the industry and is dedicated to building the future of transportation through the advancement of women. WTS offers leadership, mentorship and strong networking opportunities throughout the year. Similarly, HNTB supports the growth and advancement of women and recognizes WTS helps women achieve success and obtain their goals.

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Spurred by Foxconn Technology Group’s commitment to build a 20-million-square-foot advanced technology manufacturing facility in Southeast Wisconsin that will employ as many as 13,000 people, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is preparing for an influx of traffic to the area by improving the surrounding infrastructure. HNTB is completing environmental coordination and documentation, public involvement, construction staging, scheduling, traffic modeling, transportation management plan (TMP), roadway design, logistics coordination, structural design, geotechnical investigation and utility coordination for the $150 million roadway capacity expansion surrounding the future Foxconn site, also referred to as Wisconn Valley. The design is being completed on an extremely accelerated schedule to deliver 60% plans in two months and final design in four months.

How were women involved with the project?

HNTB is committed to diversifying and supporting the advancement of women in transportation. On this project alone to date, 25% of the workforce has been women who have contributed more than 9,000 hours in areas, such as project management, environmental, roadway, bridges, geotechnical, traffic, water, graphic design, GIS, and contract administration. These numbers are continuing to grow as we progress through the project.  

Of the many women involved, the following women are key to the project’s success and provide strong leadership and commitment:

  • Environmental task lead Caron Kloser, AICP, led the fast-track Section 404 permit submittals for local road construction. Permits were coordinated while completing design on an extremely accelerated schedule, with two months to deliver 60% plans and four months to complete final design.
  • Traffic operations engineer Toni Keegan, PTP, is a transportation management plan (TMP) specialist coordinating traffic operations for three interstate projects and 16 local roads projects in the Wisconn Valley development area on an expedited schedule. Involvement began in fall 2018 early in the planning process and has continued into construction with the TMP implementation. Work has involved extensive collaboration with 10 fire departments, 10 police departments, 10 municipal DPWs, three county sheriff departments, three county DPWs, the Wisconsin State Patrol and various WisDOT technical groups, and continuous communication with the Foxconn development construction management team and utility coordinators.
  • Transportation engineer Hayley Wilhelm is working with HNTB’s senior engineers to develop the traffic control and staging activities for CTH H. She was also integral in cost estimate development, erosion control plans, and design alternatives analysis. Design schedules were moved up by six months requiring 30% plans to be advanced to final plans in three months.
  • Structural engineers Heather Anders, PE, and Beth Jelinek, PE, played significant roles in fast-paced plan development for the Braun Road/Kilbourn Road ditch box, a two-cell box girder with a 30-degree skew, and the International Drive/Hoods Creek box, a single-cell box girder with an 18-foot span. After receiving the notice to proceed in December 2017, the team provided WisDOT with preliminary plans to review in one month, accounting for wetland and floodplain avoidance, construction staging, and construction methodology (precast versus cast in place). The plans were reviewed on time for the April 2018 final deliverable and ready for construction beginning July 2018. From design start to construction start, the box culvert designs were completed in less than seven months.

What challenges came up during the project?

The most significant challenges stemmed from the fast-track design and construction schedule. Our team needed to be responsive and coordinate seamlessly to be successful. Our HNTB women leaders demonstrated this commitment by working as strong ambassadors with WisDOT, design team, stakeholders and community members in addition to working long hours.

For example, the quick turnaround needed for the TMP on local input, technical reports, and coordination with multiple WisDOT technical groups requires continuous communication with numerous stakeholders.

In addition, the fast-track design schedule often required design changes potentially impacting permit application deadlines, which could affect permit approvals deadlines in advance of construction. As a team, WisDOT and consultant environmental and design staff worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to communicate updates and share relevant information to maintain schedules.

What impacts did the project have on the state/agency/community/client?

The Wisconn Valley development area will see a dramatic change in landscape. The current rural character of the area will become more urban to accommodate higher forecasted traffic volumes. Local roadways are being expanded, storm sewer is being added, and intersections are being signalized. WisDOT’s dedication to safety and mobility is evident by the numerous mitigation strategies implemented prior to and during construction.

WisDOT is committed to environmental stewardship through close coordination with the DNR, USACE and local communities. WisDOT is developing stormwater management solutions and mitigating wetland impacts at a 2:1 ratio. This means that for every acre of wetland impact, WisDOT has purchased two in-lieu fee (ILF) credits through the DNR’s Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust ILF program.

What makes this project unique?

Foxconn’s $141 billion consumer electronics manufacturing company will be North America’s first advanced display manufacturing campus. The project includes $3 billion in State incentives plus $675 million of new roadways. Foxconn broke ground in June 2018, and Phase I will be completed in 2022. HNTB is working with Foxconn and WisDOT to coordination construction logistics, including:

  • 135 miles of utility installations – water, gas, electric, sanitary, telecom
  • 42 miles of freeway and local road construction
  • Foxconn construction material deliveries – up to 100 steel girders per day
  • Foxconn construction worker access – max of 5,000 per day
  • Foxconn advanced manufacturing equipment deliveries – up to 150 oversize/overweight container deliveries per month

To accommodate Foxconn, I-94 will be expanded from six to eight lanes for 20 miles. This $475 million portion of the project will be constructed in two years. HNTB designed the largest freeway segment, restaged the entire corridor, and will also perform construction engineering and inspection services.

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