As the City of Bee Cave experienced tremendous growth through the past decade, Freese and Nichols helped assess the City's future infrastructure needs. Freese and Nichols designed the City's new, four-lane, divided arterial thoroughfare including roadway and drainage improvements, water quality ponds, traffic signal modifications, landscaping/irrigation improvements and associated environmental studies. In addition, the team provided environmental services and documentation for TxDOT access permits at the RM 620 and SH 71 intersections and a Contributing Zone Plan to comply with Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone requirements.
Freese and Nichols innovatively designed a two-span pedestrian crossing under Bee Cave Parkway as a multi-purpose facility able to provide pedestrian and cyclist access and convey stormwater runoff.
Further downstream, the team designed a staged drainage channel mimicking the creek’s natural flow and used native vegetation in live fascines, live stakings and overbank areas. The project's minimal footprint allowed construction under a Nationwide 404 Permit without triggering a USACE notification requirement resulting in substantial cost and time savings.