Hall Avenue Construction Engineering & Inspection


Project includes new roadway, railroad overpass, retaining walls, drainage and multi-use path

Neel-Schaffer is providing construction engineering and inspection services for the Hall Avenue East improvements project in Hattiesburg, MS. Hall Avenue East is the first phase of a three-phase project that will dramatically transform the Hall Avenue Corridor by adding two railroad overpasses and a roundabout.

Construction on Hall Avenue East, which will make improvements that include an overpass over the Canadian National Railroad, began on February 1, 2022, and is expected to be completed in early 2024.

The overpass consists of five prestressed concrete spans supported by pipe pile foundations. Additionally, the plans call for a contractor-designed retaining wall at both approaches. Other features of construction include reconstruction of existing roadway, new roadway construction, retention ponds, drainage improvements, sewer replacement, and construction of a multiuse pathway.

Although the contractor is responsible for Materials Testing on the project, Neel-Schaffer ensures that the testing is performed adequately while also inspecting and  documenting all work on the project. Neel-Schaffer also assists the City of Hattiesburg with utility relocation when unforeseen are discovered during construction.

Having an office in Hattiesburg and in close proximity to the project allows us to respond quickly when issues arise during construction.

The Contractor’s PDA testing indicated that significant additional lengths of piling would be required for the bridge; however, the project team, aided by Neel-Schaffer’s bridge designers, quickly identified discrepancies in the calculations that significantly reduced the additional quantities of piling that would be needed.

Neel-Schaffer’s team also provides the expertise to quickly make grade adjustments to adhere to ADA requirements while keeping the project on schedule.

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