CASE STUDY

Hurricane María Efforts for Signing and Guardrails

As part of its recovery efforts, the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (PRHTA) has divided the highways and roads of Puerto Rico into regions and units for the preparation of the Detailed Damage Inspection Reports, and resulting plans, specifications and construction estimates (PS&E).  Klein Engineering, PSC is working as a Prime Consultant with roads in the Metropolitan Area, located in the following municipalities: Bayamón, Cataño, Guaynabo, San Juan, Toa Alta, and Trujillo Alto. 

Our firm has completed the field inspection work, delivered all corresponding reports, and submitted 100% plans to PRHTA.

The Challenge

Klein Engineering, PSC (KEPSC) worked with the assessment of damages to signage to approximately 185 miles (300 km) of roads in the San Juan Metropolitan Area.  The contracted work was divided into three (3) concurrent phases.  The first phase consisted of field inspections and data gathering.  The second phase was the preparation of a written report presenting the findings in the standardized tables provided by PRHTA and required by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  Finally, the third phase was the preparation of the plans, specifications and construction estimates (PS&E) of the work recommended in the Report.

How we helped

The KEPSC team used GIS to create a Georeferenced Database to document all current signage information. In this Georeferenced Database, KEPSC had the opportunity to document the signage damage, level of safety, and associated technical information.  The application of this innovative technology facilitated collaboration among team members and significantly helped to achieve the goal of completing this great endeavor in less than six months.

Results

KEPSC has completed and submitted final plans which PRHTA and FHWA plan to put out to bid before the end of 2019.  The asset inventory was completed and is maintained in an online GIS-supported database. Signage is critical for driver guidance and, therefore, for highway safety.  Our team is proud to have served the people of Puerto Rico in restoring critical infrastructure in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes of 2017.

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