From the skywalk, you can see Bertner Avenue.

Bertner Avenue Extension

Unique street expansion

Project Facts

Location Houston, Texas
Owner The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Size 1,500 LF
Cost $3.8 million


The Bertner Avenue project was not a standard street extension. Its complexity stemmed from a convergence of multiple competing projects, intricate private property ownership arrangements, and challenging easements.

Bertner Avenue has a grass meridian.

An ambulance drives on Bertner Avenue.

Bertner Avenue has street trees.

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About the project

Bertner Avenue is a critical link connecting the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Main Campus with the Legacy, Mid, and South Campuses. Several obstacles made this link more than a typical street extension. Bertner Avenue, at each end, within the Main Campus and South Campus, is a private street. The right-of-way is adjacent to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s land, sovereign State of Texas property, and four other TMC institutions. Bertner crosses Brays Bayou, which was beginning a major federal project, and it crosses U.S. 90A Old Spanish Trail, which the Texas Department of Transportation maintains. In addition, private utilities were to be part of the street construction to service the TMC institutions, and CenterPoint Energy owns the easements.

Based on our strong knowledge of the TMC Institutions and the City of Houston, we worked with them on the $3.8 million extension of Bertner Avenue from Old Spanish Trail to South Braeswood Boulevard. We provided the construction management for the bridge over Brays Bayou. Our team provided roadway design, extensive utility coordination, reconstruction of public and private utilities, and right-of-way abandonment and acquisition. We were also involved in lowering a CenterPoint Energy major transmission line underground.