Monocacy Boulevard

Location: Frederick, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Fox & Associates, Inc. is the prime consultant for the design and construction administration of the 1.2 mile Central Section of Monocacy Boulevard located within the corporate limits of Frederick, Maryland. As the prime consultant, Fox is responsible for oversight of a team of sub-consultants consisting of structural, geotechnical, traffic, environmental permitting and cultural resources consultants as well as a construction estimator.

  • Monocacy Boulevard is a City of Frederick major arterial roadway that, once completed, will serve as an outer by-pass around the City of Frederick. The road design consists of an 80′ wide right-of-way with a 4-lane roadbed and median. The project is designed to meet City of Frederick, Maryland State Highway Administration, AASHTO and MUTCD design guidelines, standards and specifications.

  • The design includes two significant stream crossings for Carroll Creek and the Monocacy River. The Carroll Creek crossing is proposed as a multi-cell pre-cast concrete culvert/bridge structure approximately 300 feet long designed to span the existing stream channel limiting environmental impacts. The Monocacy River crossing will be a standard steel highway bridge spanning approximately 600 feet supported by mid-stream concrete piers. Both stream crossings require MDE and ACOE permitting.

  • In addition to the roadway design Fox is directly responsible for design of three (3) stormwater management facilities, roadway plans and profiles, geometrics, signage and striping, temporary traffic control, stormdrain, sanitary sewer and water design, sediment control, environmental permitting plans and a FEMA Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) for the proposed roadway.

Participants / Reference:

The City of Frederick
Earl Reed
301-600-1159
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Massey Boulevard Extension

Location: Halfway, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Massey Boulevard was constructed in conjunction with the 440,000 square foot Crosspoint Shopping Center and the Valley Mall expansion projects. Design of this super elevated roadway included obtaining a railroad crossing permit from CSX and intersection design for its connections to US Route 11 and to Cole Road. This project included getting approvals for extensive utility relocations and preparation of related easement/right-of-way documents. Also included was design of 400 L.F. of concrete retaining wall incorporating guard rail in order to avoid impacts to the adjoining Virginia Avenue Church of God property.

Participants / Reference:

Hekbel, LLC
Bryan Hekemian
201-487-1500
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Rocky Springs Road Improvements

Location: Frederick, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Fox & Associates, Inc. prepared complete contract documents ready for the relocation and reconstruction of Rocky Springs Road in the corporate limits of the City of Frederick, Maryland.

  • The project limits extended from Christophers Crossing to Tuscanney Drive a distance of approximately 1,500 feet.

  • Existing Rocky Springs Road was, generally, two lanes with no shoulder and was located within the floodplain of a tributary to Carroll Creek. This section of roadway is classified as a City of Frederick collector street providing access to a multi-family section of the Whittier subdivision and to route traffic thru the subdivision.

  • The proposed improvement to Rocky Springs Road consisted of removing the existing roadbed and relocating and constructing a new City standard roadway to 32 feet  in width and in order to improve the operating characteristics of the facility.

Site Considerations:

  • This project required MDE approval to the existing and developed floodplain conditions for Carroll Creek. As part of the developed conditions study Fox was also able to successfully permit the placement of fill in the floodplain in order to construct the relocation of Rocky Springs Road.

  • In addition to the environmental challenges, this road relocation required and extensive maintenance of traffic and detour plan to route traffic around the construction site which required coordination with the City of Frederick and Frederick County.

  • Another design consideration was maintaining access to the existing Romsberg residence situated on the west side of Rocky Springs Road during throughout the duration of construction.

Participants / Reference:

Ausherman Development Corp.
Jeremy Holder
301-620-4470
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Opossumtown Pike Improvements

Location: City of Frederick, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Fox & Associates, Inc. developed improvement plans for the total reconstruction of approximately 3,100 L.F. of Opossumtown Pike in the corporate limits of Frederick, MD.

  • The proposed improvement to Opossumtown Pike consisted of removing the existing 2-lane roadbed, and widening the roadway to meet the current design standard for a City collector street in order to improve the operating characteristics of the roadway.

  • The design included storm drainage facilities, water line upgrades, curb & gutter, sidewalk, landscaping and lighting improvements.

  • The project limits extended from Poole Jones Road on the South end of the project to McClellan Dr. at the north end which is a distance of approximately 3,100 linear feet. A portion of this project was performed under contract with the City of Frederick while all other design services were performed under contract with the developer of the North Crossing and Clover Ridge subdivisions.

Site Considerations:

  • The desire of the City to reconstruct Opossumtown Pike created some unique design challenges. Opossumtown Pike, while an unimproved roadway, was acting as a collector for several subdivisions and individual properties. Total reconstruction required a complex traffic control plan implementing a detour route that required extensive coordination with multiple City departments and Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC). The project construction schedule was compressed in order to build the roadway while schools were on summer break to minimize traffic impacts. Construction was completed in 3 months with the roadway opening on schedule prior to the start of fall classes

Participants / Reference:

The City of Frederick
City Engineer
301-600-1405
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Route 140/Main Street

Location: Emmitsburg, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Fox & Associates, Inc. developed improvement plans for the total reconstruction of Route 140 (Main Street) in the corporate limits of Emmitsburg, Maryland. These plans also accommodated designs for burial of all overhead utilities and the reconstruction of storm drainage facilities as well as a new ten-inch water main. The project limits extended from Flat Run on the east end of Town to Frailey Road at the town’s west end which is a distance of almost one mile. The water main design services were done under contract with the Town of Emmitsburg while all other design services were performed under our open ended contract with District 7 of the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA).

Site Considerations:

  • The desire of the Town and MSHA to reconstruct Route 140 from back of sidewalk to back of sidewalk created some unique design challenges. More than one hundred years of previous surface improvements and overlays had left the main street pavement grades higher than the sidewalks and first floor elevations along the south side of Main Street. These pavement elevations were significantly lower than sidewalk and first floor elevation in some areas along the north side of Main Street. A parallel “stepped” sidewalk was utilized to make up grade wherever needed on both sides of Main Street. Special design features were utilized to maintain positive drainage where sidewalks were lower than pavement grades. The existing storm drain system was inadequate and in desperate need of repair and upsizing.

  • Total reconstruction required a very complicated traffic control plan with continuous flagging and one-way only traffic pattern. The project construction took about one year for completion.

Participants / Reference:

Town of Emmitsburg
David Haller, Town Manager
301-600-6300
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Creamery Road

Location: Emmitsburg, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Fox & Associates, Inc. prepared complete contract documents ready for advertisement for the reconstruction of Creamery Road in the corporate limits of Emmitsburg, Maryland in Frederick County.

  • The project limits extended from Maryland Route 140, (East Main Street), to U.S. Route 15, a distance of approximately 2,700 feet. Existing Creamery Road was, generally, two lanes with no shoulder. The northern end of the roadway principally serves an elementary school, small factory and several residences. Creamery Road is classified as a collector road on the Frederick County Comprehensive Plan a Traffic projection of 200 vehicles per day with ten percent trucks was used to design the pavement section.

  • The proposed improvement to Creamery Road consisted of removing the existing pavement, widening the roadway to 24 feet and the relocation of approximately 1,000 feet of roadway in order to improve the operating characteristics of the facility. Relocation of the roadway required the construction of multiple large corrugated metal pipe arch structures at each of two locations. In addition, this realignment resulted in localized cuts of as much as eight (8) feet in height and fills of three (3) feet or more.

Site Considerations:

  • The desire of the Town of Emmitsburg to reconstruct Creamery Road from East Main Street to U.S. Route 15, resulted in the preparation of complete contract documents, ready for advertisement, including plans, specifications and estimates. The most difficult design challenge of this project was to construct multiple corrugated metal pipe arch structure at each of two locations.

  • The first location was Limit Creek a tributary of Flat Run, and the second location was a tributary of Limit Creek. In both cases, since these were flowing streams, temporary diversion channels were created using sandbag diversions and dewatering basins so that the new culverts could be constructed “in the dry”. With three culverts at Limit Creek, the middle culvert was constructed at an elevation one foot lower than the outer culverts to allow siltation for improved fish passage. Maryland Department of Environment and U.S. Corps of Engineer permits were obtained for all stream and floodplain construction.

Participants / Reference:

Town of Emmitsburg
David Haller, Town Manager
240-629-6300
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Christophers Crossing Improvements

Location: City of Frederick, Maryland

Project Description:

  • Fox & Associates, Inc. provided complete design, agency review processing, permitting and construction stakeout services for the construction of approximately 1.6 miles of Christophers Crossing in the corporate limits of Frederick, MD.

  • Christophers Crossing is a City major arterial roadway that once completed will serve as an outer by-pass around the City of Frederick. The road design consists of an 80′ wide right-of-way with a 2-lane roadbed and median.

  • The project limits extended from Thomas Johnson Drive to approximately 4,000 feet west of Opossumtown Pike and from Yellow Springs Road to Rocky Springs Road. This project was performed under contract with the developer of the North Crossing, Clover Ridge and Whittier subdivisions.

  • Utilizing existing aerial photos, Fox & Associates, Inc. performed control surveys with G.P.S. receivers for photo identification points, to provide the photogrammetric mapping company with coordinates and elevations based on USGS datum. Once the mapping was completed our crews performed field topographic surveys to supplement the areas that could not be mapped, areas not included by the photo coverage or stream cross sections where sewer line crossing were anticipated.

Site Considerations:

  • The design included two significant stream crossings accomplished by large pre-cast concrete culvert/bridge structures within the North Crossing and Whittier subdivisions. The most challenging of which was the new roadway associated with North Crossing over the Opossum Branch tributary while minimizing the disturbance to the stream channel. This project required MDE approval of the existing and developed condition floodplain analysis for the 605 acre drainage area of Opossum Branch and a wetland mitigation area. Fox was able to successfully permit the placement of the culvert structures and fill in the floodplain in order to construct this section of Christophers Crossing.

  • Other design considerations were storm drainage facilities, water and sewer lines, curb & gutter, sidewalk, landscaping and lighting improvements. Fox was able to successfully permit the placement of the culvert structures and fill in the floodplain in order to construct this section of Christophers Crossing.

  • The Whittier stream crossing of a tributary to Carroll Creek required MDE approval of the existing and developed condition floodplain for the 300 acre drainage area to the crossing.

Participants / Reference:

Ausherman Development
Jeremy Holder
301-620-4444
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