Infrastructure consulting company AECOM has secured a contract from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the US to deliver design and engineering services for its maritime division.

TxDOT Maritime Division, which was established in 2012, focuses on the development and improvement of intermodal connectivity of Texas ports, waterways, and marine infrastructure and operations.

Under the contract, AECOM will provide services for ports and waterways, as well as intermodal freight planning for the Texas port system.

The Texas port system includes the major deep-draft ports of Port Houston, Port of Corpus Christi Port of Beaumont and Port Freeport.

AECOM global transportation business chief executive Jennifer Aument said: “We are excited to bring our world-class technical teams to these high-value projects that will help enhance port efficiency and resiliency, expand the movement of freight through intermodal systems, and create new jobs – bolstering the state’s standing as an essential trade gateway to the world.”

AECOM will provide project management and planning, economic analysis, environmental and permitting, and public involvement services to TxDOT.

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It will also offer technical report development, geotechnical exploration, and signage and illumination design services.

AECOM stated that this work is a continuation of services delivered by the company since 2016.

The company also drafted a Port Mission Plan and Investment Strategy to address the funding requirements of the Texas port system.

AECOM’s US West region CEO Travis Boone said: “We understand the improvement opportunities that will lead to more effective and safer transportation systems and look forward to leveraging our cross-discipline service offering to help deliver these key capital investments.”