Students: Ryan Bergerson, Ali Chaudhry, Clayton Choromanski, Danielle Dance, Ashley DeVore, Michael Fefelov, Chris Feller, Joe Miller, Matt Muniz, Candy Sims, Paul Song
Faculty Advisor or Community Project Lead: Osama A. Abaza
Client Organization: Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
The University’s civil engineering department holds a semester long Design of Civil Engineering Systems course, for graduating seniors. The purpose of this course is to give the students the knowledge and practical training in the implementation of a multi-disciplinary civil engineering project. This project is done in partnership with clients from the local community.
Currently, the northbound (NB) lane of the highway project is the only roadway access from City A to the communities to the north. On average the highway serves more than 50,000 drivers per day commuting between City A and the communities to the north. During the peak morning and evening hours the roadway can become heavily congested, causing drivers to slow driving speeds to well under the posted speed limit. A major congestion origin occurs when the highway reduces from three lanes to two lanes, and as commuters attempt to branch off towards City B. The existing conditions do not meet the preferred standards for new construction. As a result, the client has proposed a highway capacity improvement which will consist of a two phase realignment of the highway between two major interchanges along the highway.