Bertner Avenue Extension
Bertner Avenue is a critical link connecting the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Main Campus with the Legacy, Mid and South Campuses. Several obstacles made this link more than a typical street extension. Bertner Avenue at each end, within the Main Campus and South Campus, is a private street. The right-of-way is adjacent to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center land which is sovereign State of Texas property, and four other TMC institutions. Bertner crosses Brays Bayou which was in the beginnings of a major federal project, and crosses US 90A – Old Spanish Trail which is maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation. In addition, there were private utilities that were to be part of the street construction to service the TMC institutions and the easements are owned by CenterPoint Energy.
Based on our strong knowledge of the TMC Institutions and the City of Houston, we worked with them on the $3.8 million extension of Bertner Avenue from Old Spanish Trail to South Braeswood Boulevard, and provided the Construction Management for the bridge over Brays Bayou. Walter P Moore provided roadway design, extensive utility coordination, reconstruction of public and private utilities, and right-of-way abandonment and acquisition. We were also involved in lowering a CenterPoint Energy major transmission line underground.