Hardy Toll Road EZTag Conversion
For this fast-track project, Abram designed new roadway segments to replace existing toll plazas at 3 mainlane locations and at each of the Hardy Toll Road’s 13 ramps. This process included the design of complex traffic control sequencing for the replacement of jointed concrete pavement at the north and south mainlane plazas. Lane shifts and transitions through the construction area were laid out with large radius curves for added safety. Abram was the engineer of record for all Removal, Plan and Profile, and Signing and Pavement Marking sheets.
Bayou Greenways Trail Design
Abram designed the extension of the White Oak Bayou Trail from Antoine Drive to Alabonson Road. A particular challenge was laying out a smooth, flowing alignment without impacting any trees. Existing tee boxes left over from the former Inwood Forest golf course were repurposed as approach ramps for a new bridge over White Oak Bayou, minimizing earthwork. The design also included a trailhead parking lot and stormwater detention basin. After overseeing the design and PS&E production, Abram shepherded the plans through the City of Houston review and approval process, including obtaining final mylar signatures from utilities and COH staff.
Multimodal Roadway Design
Abram has created Complete Streets schematic layouts for several street and thoroughfare corridors, incorporating bicycle, bus, and pedestrian improvements.
For the FM 1092 Access Management Study, Abram redesigned Murphy Road (1092) to incorporate bicycle lanes and a landscaped median. Existing sidewalks were assessed for condition and completeness and missing links were provided. This project also included the realignment of Avenue E to improve safety and operations and reduce pedestrian crossing distances. An urban design vision for a new regional center built around the realigned Avenue E can be found on Asakura Robinson’s website.
For a complex Northwest Houston intersection adjacent to the BNSF Railway, Abram designed a grade separation and quadrant intersection to separate bicycles, pedestrians, and motorists from trains. The overpass includes a wide side path for pedestrians and cyclists, and is designed to seamlessly connect with future bike lanes along West Little York Road. To the east, Abram also designed a realignment of Little York Road at Hirsch Road, replacing a narrow median with opposing left turns. Because the existing median is used as an informal marketplace by several street vendors, a vending and parking area was provided adjacent to the realigned intersection to allow this local commerce to continue.
Interstate 10 and SH 199 Traffic Engineering
Abram was responsible for design and PS&E production for signing and pavement markings for a new segment of SH 199 in Fort Worth, and for the reconstruction of IH 10 in Orange. For the latter project, Abram also oversaw and managed the design of large signs and cantilever overhead sign supports (COSS).
Rural Texas Highway Design
Abram has been extensively involved with rural TxDOT projects. The design process for these projects begins by recreating alignments and profiles from original plans (many of which are 70-90 years old), then comparing this data with available survey to create a best fit alignment and profile. Abram has managed the production of plans and designs for roadway, drainage, traffic, and environmental items on 2R, 3R, 4R and Off-System Bridge projects. Responsibilities have included intersection realignments, driveway consolidation, passing lane sight distance determination, longitudinal barrier design, reprofiling and regrading, culvert and pipe design, and hydraulic and hydrologic analysis. Districts worked in include Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Brownwood, Fort Worth, Lufkin, Odessa, and Paris.
Abram authored authored large portions of the City of Sugar Land’s roundabout standards. Responsibilities included research into other agencies’ standards and best practices, integration of finalization of standards, and production of figures, tables, and standard details. Abram also conducted a study to determine if a roundabout was feasible at First Colony Drive and Soldiers Field Drive in Sugar Land. While previously employed with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Abram worked directly underneath the statewide roundabout coordinator to help formulate policy and public communications for the Department’s roundabout program. Abram has been involved with the Transportation Research Board’s Roundabouts Subcomittee (ANB75) for over ten years, and maintains that group’s website.