The US$25m (£14.6m) contract involves the provision of right-of-way (ROW) oversight, compliance review, and utility coordination services. Atkins will serve as TxDOT’s programme management consultant, overseeing projects that will be developed under methods including comprehensive development agreements and design-build contracts.
Under the new contract, Atkins could potentially work on planned projects such as the US$850m replacement of Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge and the US$585m construction of managed lanes on SH 288 in Harris County.
Joe Boyer, Atkins’ CEO, North America, said: “Atkins maintains an internal ROW and utility-coordination mentoring programme, and that programme proved to be a key element in this selection. Our senior mentors have provided extensive training and over-the-shoulder reviews as we have brought new staff into the programme. The mentoring programme has enhanced our capacity to effectively meet TxDOT’s ROW and utility coordination needs, which enables us to provide them with excellent service.”
Atkins has worked with TxDOT on a wide range of previous ROW projects, including a 2008 contract valued at US$7m and a 2012 contract valued at US$18m.