The Road to the Super Bowl
At 21.6 miles long, the Hardy Toll Road connects Interstate 610, near central Houston, to the northern limits of Harris County and Interstate 45, and also provides access to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. To improve traffic flow and increase capacity on the road, which was first opened in 1988, HCTRA led a $150 million effort to widen Hardy Toll Road to three lanes in each direction, upgrade safety, lighting and roadway infrastructure, and implement open-road tolling. CDM Smith provided CEI services for a segment of the project—the widening of northbound lanes from the Hardy North Toll Plaza to State Highway 99 (also known as the Grand Parkway). Schedule was one of the project’s major drivers, as construction needed to be completed by early 2017, in time to accommodate an influx of traffic for Super Bowl 51, which was held in Houston’s NRG Stadium. Keeping the project on pace, CDM Smith provided construction project management and inspection, construction schedule review, and project document control, helping HCTRA meet its goal.