Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – or more commonly known as drones – are improving the way we document progress and perform inspections in the construction industry. As the drone community expands, opportunities to improve project oversight, inspections, and ultimately protecting transportation owners’ best interests are becoming more and more abundant.
Following Hurricane Matthew’s descent through eastern North Carolina this past October, several major roadways in the Fayetteville area were closed. RS&H Construction Management Project Manager Benjamin Peterson and Area Engineer Michael Davis, PE, have been writing, executing and maintaining contracts to get the work complete.
The East End Connector Project for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division 5 will transform the way that people get around Durham, providing travelers with a direct controlled access roadway between NC 147 and US 70. Consisting of multi-tier interchanges and complete reconstruction of both roadways, the connector is expected to take about four-and-a-half years to complete. Our team, providing construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services, has already made significant progress as we prepare to celebrate our first year on-site.
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Capitalizing on our segmental bridge expertise to lead us into a new market, RS&H was selected in 2009 to serve as Owner’s Representative for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Route 460 Connector Phase I Design-Build project. A major part of the project was the construction of the Grassy Creek Bridges, now the tallest in the Commonwealth of Virginia, for which our team oversaw construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services. When the entire Route 460 Connector project is complete, it will provide an essential link between Kentucky and Virginia through the Appalachian Mountains.
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