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Solving traffic challenges at Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune is the United States Marine Corps’ premier amphibious training base. As part of the Marine Corps’ 'Grow the Force' initiative, 27,000 personnel have been added to the base. In recent years, travel to and from the base became a tangle of traffic, impacting the day-to-day lives of Marines, their dependents and the supporting civilian workforce. To solve this critical infrastructure problem, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) elected to build a new base entry point and interior four-lane highway on a tight timetable.

As the majority partner in a joint venture team with RKK Engineers, we provided A&E design and construction support for the project, along with environmental and engineering services. The project includes construction of 7.5 miles of divided highway, three major interchanges, two intersections, 15 bridges, widening and reconstruction of a two-mile arterial street and a security gate at the access point. Innovative top down bridge design techniques were employed for two bridges that crossed protected wetlands. By utilizing this unique technique, cranes set pre-cast bridge components for these bridges without equipment or materials impacting the sensitive wetlands.

In addition to road and bridge design, services included: new pass gate facilities, including a visitor’s center, gate canopy, guard house and associated parking; signalized intersection design; interchange design studies and final design; concrete culvert design with lighted pedestrian culverts; stormwater management plans; erosion and sediment control plans; Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) and utility coordination; design of utility relocations and protection for potable water; decommissioning of wells and design of a new well; sewer; telecommunications; electrical distribution and lighting; topographic and bathymetric surveys; geotechnical field investigation and foundation design; traffic data collection and modelling; wetland impact; fish habitat studies; stream restoration and environmental permitting process (404/401 and USGS permitting) for staging the project.

The project began in 2009 with concept design presentation and approval obtained in a two-week concurrent design charrette. The design effort was fast-tracked to meet federally mandated time-critical deadlines. Starting with only a proposed alignment, the project team delivered plans for the first phase, valued at $65 million, less than 10 months from receipt of notice to proceed. We met NAVFAC’s compressed schedule by mobilizing resources from throughout the company and providing excellent client service.

We currently provide post-construction award services and support to the base and works closely with base planners to resolve potential conflicts with other projects. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.

Location:U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, US
Client:Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Value:US$200 million (Project), US$20 million (Amec Foster Wheeler)
Scope:Design and construction support
Date:2009 - 2013