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I-10 Katy Freeway

WSP USA served as the general engineering consultant (GEC) for Katy Freeway, the largest freeway reconstruction program ever performed in the State of Texas. Our GEC responsibilities included project administration, coordination with subconsultants, implementation of an extensive public involvement/agency coordination program, and quality assurance. WSP staffed a public information office, developed newsletters, maintained the project web site, coordinated with the media, and spoke at community events. The Katy Public Information Office staff helped motorists to navigate the corridor during construction.

 

I-10 Katy Freeway

The program reconstructed 23 miles of interstate freeway, two freeway-freeway interchanges, and 27 grade-separated intersections. It also added variable-priced toll lanes in each direction; three lanes of frontage road in each direction (increased from two lanes); four general purpose (freeway) lanes in each direction, expanded to as many as six lanes in some areas (increased from three lanes); two managed lanes in each direction for use by high occupancy vehicles and mass transit; and sidewalks in each direction to better serve pedestrians. 

All lanes were opened to traffic in October 2008, more than 2 months ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The managed lanes became fully operational in April 2009.

Katy Freeway was named one of the Top 10 North American infrastructure projects by the International Right of Way Association in 2009. Other recognition included the 2009 Texas Public Works Association Project of the Year Award and the 2009 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials President’s Award for the Katy Freeway Reconstruction Team.