As the lead designer on this fast-tracked project, AZTEC designed more than 20 miles of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) and general purpose lanes (GPL) on this section of the Red Mountain Freeway (SR 202L). The final design was completed on an accelerated schedule – delivered in four months. Working closely with the joint-venture contractor, our team integrated design concepts and construction techniques to facilitate a maintenance of traffic and phasing plan that maintained access for freeway and local commuters, was mindful of the local adjacent businesses, and balanced the interests of the surrounding communities and many project stakeholders. Additional project features included widening four bridges, retaining walls and drainage improvements. Traffic, signing, lighting, landscape design, noise walls, FMS, utilities and survey were also included in the scope of work.