New Design Guidelines Promote Sustainability
At its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, March 16, the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) Board of Directors approved revised design guidelines aimed at seeking and implementing strategies that will establish the NTTA as a leader in sustainability.
“The NTTA is committed to sustainable environmental leadership,“ said NTTA Deputy Executive Director Rick Herrington. “The revised design guidelines will allow us to design, construct and maintain our roadways and infrastructure in a manner that ensures corridor consistency and environmental sustainability, encourages superior economic development, and helps us set the course for future sustainable initiatives.”
The NTTA has several sustainable initiatives currently underway – from the way the Authority uses un-coated concrete in construction, to landscaping, storm water management and recycling programs, to adding hybrid vehicles to its fleet. The revised NTTA Design Guidelines integrate new and improved innovations and technologies that impact roadway material selection, corridor system development and overall product performance. Context-sensitive design and strategies have also been integrated within the NTTA Design Guidelines, which take specific community aesthetics and cultural and environmental systems into account.
The NTTA Design Guidelines also call for consistency in landscaping, NTTA logos and signage on roadways, cross-street identification, and pier design – all which lead to a better overall driving experience.