Highways

Wherever new or better roads help communities prosper, we can make original solutions possible.

We understand the competing needs of communities and environment, and bring integrated commercial and technical experience to the perennial challenges of limited space, time and funding.

Without bringing cities to a halt, we realise ambitious projects that make them better places to live. In the UK, for example, we kept disruption to a minimum while construction of the New Tyne Crossing doubled capacity on a vital transport link in England’s north.

In San Francisco, congestion and seismic threat gave urgent cause to replace Doyle Drive, the ageing approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. Its historic and ecologically sensitive site added complexity. Arup’s innovative design now blends roadway and surroundings, and our transaction advice ensured essential investment.

Rethinking roads for the future

We use technology with care so that it benefits both road users and the environment. On the Shenzhen Western Corridor, for instance, our Intelligent Transport Systems manage congestion and reduce emissions.

Whether innovating with technology or updating existing highways to extend their useful life, our holistic mindset generates new and robust solutions.

To the complete life cycle of highways, we apply knowledge in bridges, tunnels, geotechnics, environmental consulting, transport planningtransaction advice and more. Beyond the design and management of transport systems, our global specialist technical skills add unexpected benefits. Arup’s pavement experience in aviation, for instance, helps us rethink road surfaces.

Local knowledge is just as essential. It came to the fore in Abu Dhabi, for instance, where our design for the Tarif-Madient-Zayed-Liwar motorway cut down on maintenance by lessening the impact of wind-blown sand.

Connecting people to opportunity

We like to push what is possible in highway design, but we always return to what drives us: creating networks that help communities thrive.

In that spirit, we helped ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of Hungary’s M6/M60 motorway, a key link in essential corridors for people and freight across Europe.

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Projects

Aerial view rendering of Doyle Drive, looking southeast, with Golden Gate Bridge in foreground. Credit: PB Amercias, Inc.Doyle Drive Replacement Project

Replacing the primary access to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.