We Do Our Part!
Extensive long-term planning goes into the design and construction the LBJ Express. As the first major step in the process, specialized environmental studies and coordination with the environmental regulatory agencies are conducted to ensure appropriate consideration is given to environmental matters. Specialists provide evaluations regarding the environmental impacts of the LBJ Express proposed highway project and information was collected during the planning stages to determine final construction measures. After construction begins, the quality of the environment is continuously studied, monitored and evaluated every single day.
How does that work?
The LBJ Express has an environmental team whose sole job is to assess and evaluate these environmental responsibilities.
Meet Chris Tolar! Chris fulfills a large role as the Design and Construction Environmental Manager for Trinity Infrastructure LLC, the general contractor and the over 140 subcontractors for the LBJ Express. Chris is in charge of ensuring that the contractor is in compliance with environmental regulations. The environmental team make over 80 site inspections a month to determine the aspects and related environmental impacts, report their findings and implement corrective measures in the interest of continuing improvement.
What are some specific issues Chris and his team look for?
1. Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan: With just under 600 disturbed storm water acres along the project, actions are taken to protect water quality from erosion, sediments and other pollutant sources from construction.
2. Hazardous Materials: Groundwater and soils are continuously tested and re-tested to ensure that workers and the environment are protected from environmentally hazardous materials.
3. Migratory Bird Treaty Act: From March to September, annually, protected migratory birds are in migration and nesting season. Should any migratory bird choose to enter and nest within the construction project area, actions are carefully taken to protect these birds by leaving them undisturbed until they freely migrate on.
4. Environmental Quality: Environmental quality of the construction zone covers a pleathera of issues. Air, Noise and Cultural quality must be considered and maintained to a degree that is environmentally acceptable.
- Air: Dust in the air must be kept at a minimum, so water trucks are utilizzed to mitigate the amount of dust during dry times of the year and/or high wind conditions.
- Noise: Walls are mostly complete and are continuing to be constructed along the highway in order to mitigate future traffic noise residential areas may experience.
- Cultural: Construction zones are checked for archaeological deposits, evidence of former graves and Historical sites. not only before any construction work can begin. Routine checks ensure that cultural resource objects are not found during the construction project also. In the case one is found, the appropriate resource agency is coordinated with.
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