Volkert provided preliminary engineering, environmental studies, final design services and secured corridor approval for this 20-mile bypass which extends from I-59/I-20 to US 82 around North Tuscaloosa, including a bridge replacement at the Black Warrior River consisting of dual roadways with 56’ and 44’ widths.
Volkert was responsible for conducting the corridor study for this project, which consisted of 5 separate noise analyses for various phases of the project, endangered species studies, and the completion of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation. Endangered species in the project area included the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Aquatic Mussels, and Black Warrior Water Dog. Additional environmental studies included: historical and archelogical studies, ecological evaluations, wetland and hazardous materials studies.
Volkert was also responsible for the implementation of public involvement services and assisting with state with public hearings, and agency coordination. Agency coordination included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the U.S. Coast Guard.