With a 12.3-mile corridor through the Big Thicket National Preserve, developing a vision for the US 69 highway that complements the natural setting was key. Pacheco Koch is performing schematic design and PS&E services for the landscape’s architectural and aesthetic features. Careful Context Sensitive Design (CSD), involving stakeholders to gather input, was part of the coordination that took place for the expansion project.
Our preliminary visioning proposes wayfinding monuments and signage consisting of weathered steel signs with stainless steel letters and graphic panels cast into concrete bases. The bridge enhancements may include matching signage and weathered steel guardrails. Decorative screening along the bridge is designed to match the features of the signs and meet open-space requirements for drainage. To enhance the overall highway corridor, a hike/bike trail and accessible stream will be developed to provide natural activities for the community.