Engineering and project management consultancy firm Atkins has secured a three-and-a-half-year contract from the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, Nevada.

Under the $8.5m contract, Atkins will be responsible for providing preliminary engineering and the final design for improvement services on a three-mile road stretch from Greg Street to Baring Boulevard in Sparks, Nevada.

Atkins project manager David Dodson said: “With a variety of geographical features, natural resources, water resources, water conveyances and existing infrastructure, our team understands the technical challenges within this integral regional corridor, as well as the vision and needs of this community.

“The complexities of this area require a balanced, innovative approach, which we will deliver in collaboration with the RTC, City of Sparks, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the public and stakeholders.”

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In addition, the company will be responsible for providing environmental services for the project.

Under the contract, Atkins will focus on the deficiencies and will further develop recommended improvements, which were identified in RTC’s Sparks Boulevard Multi-Modal Corridor Study.

It will be offering solutions to address roadway capacity, safety, environmental considerations and projected land use, as well as future right-of-way needs and constraints.

The company noted that it will begin the project work immediately, as it has already received the notice to proceed from the authorities in late April.

Last October, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Office of Traffic Operations selected Atkins as the prime consultant for regional safety design services.

Valued at $20m, the contract has a duration of over three years. This contract, which includes two one-year options, falls under SNCL Engineering Services.

It will cover traffic engineering (TE) studies, road safety audits (RSAs), concept reports, designing and surveying.