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Monday, June 10, 2019

Special Sessions

Construction Session

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Session Chair: Kevin Duris, P.E., Trumbull Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Room: Annapolis

This session includes challenges and innovative construction of four projects. First project describes accelerated methods and materials used for rehabilitation of 2,663’, 16 span, four lane Liberty Bridge located in Pittsburgh, PA. Second project includes the challenges of I64 design/build project in Newport News, VA. Those challenges were maintaining active roadways and railway, existing soil conditions, and accelerated schedule to convert a 4-lane interstate to 6 lanes for 6 miles. Third project describes value engineering for a 1,573’ long sheetpile retaining wall system for PA Turnpike located in Allegheny County, PA. Fourth project deals with challenges designing and building a bridge abutment for the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. The abutment is wedged between a levee, roadway, 108” diameter force main and a Level 3 Communications Line.

Challenges of Designing and Building the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Arch Abutment Adjacent to Critical Utilities
Errol Williams, PE, District Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.; Adam Hollon, P.E., South Capitol Bridge Builders, Washington, D.C; Nathan M. Porter, P.E., AECOM, Glen Allen, VA

The arch span abutment of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is wedged between the USCOE levee, Anacostia Drive, and two critical utilities. Thirty six steel pipe piles, 80-feet deep, driven to 1,500-ton capacity are being constructed within a tightly confined space. There are two critical utilities directly adjacent to, and running under, the abutment footing. A 108” diameter force main pumping 1,000,000 gallons of sewage per day, and a Level (3) Communications line. DDOT, SCB and AECOM had to collaborate in order to find the best solutions for constructing the footing while at the same time protecting these critical utilities.

Interstate 64 Capacity Improvements – Segment I Design-Build in Newport News, VA; Bridges B616 & B617, I64 over Industrial Park Drive and CSX Transportation
Robbie Roberts, Shirley Contracting Company, LLC, Lorton, VA; James D. Davidson, P.E., D.B.I.A., Dewberry Engineers, Inc., Fairfax, VA

Completed in late 2017, the overall $100 million design/build Project included the addition of one travel lane and one shoulder in each direction to convert the 4-lane interstate to a 6-lane facility for a distance of 6 miles. Among the numerous structures widened as part of the scope were the bridges carrying I64 over Industrial Park Drive and CSX rail facilities. As an enhancement to our Team’s Technical Proposal, Shirley performed the complete replacement of these bridges. Project challenges included maintenance of active roadways and railway, existing soil conditions, overhead power lines and accelerated schedule.

Permanent Sheet Pile Wall System – Pennsylvania Turnpike, MP 40.84 WB
John Nemmer, Trumbull Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA; Bradley Heigel, P.E., PA Turnpike Commission, Middletown, PA; Mike Sydlik, P.E., Earth Inc, Pittsburgh, PA

This presentation addresses a 1,573-foot long, permanent, value engineering, sheetpile retaining wall system – constructed in one stage rather than two (no temporary shoring required) – to accommodate embankment/roadway widening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It consists of Z-shaped sheetpiles comprising the wall face which are restrained by similarly-shaped sheetpiles serving as vertically-planar, continuous tiebacks, i.e., fins attached to the wall face via three way connectors which provide resistance to lateral loading acting on the wall system.

Liberty Bridge Session
Nicholas Burdette, P.E., HDR, Pittsburgh, PA

The 2,663’, 16-span, four-lane Liberty Bridge rehabilitation included superstructure and stringer replacements, precast and cast-in-place exodermic grid deck, latex modified concrete, rapid set latex concrete, steel repairs, and three-coat painting of the full structure. The 1123’, 25-span, three-lane Boulevard of the Allies rehabilitation was concurrent including hydrodemolition, latex modified concrete, dam replacement and three-coat painting of the full structure. Aggressive milestones and restricted working hours required accelerated methods and materials for timely completion.


New Technology Session

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Session Chair: Rex L. Pearce, P.E., Virginia DOT, Staunton, VA
Room: Woodrow Wilson A

This session involves four 30-minute talks on emerging technologies and how DOT’ s are piloting or moving forward with using these systems to be more efficient in their daily work tasks. Two of the talks are on DOT’s experience with Bridge Information Modeling (Utah and Iowa). The third one involves PennDOT’s experience for Phased Array Ultrasonic testing for fabrication shops and inspection of pins on trusses in the field. The final talk involves Vermont (VTRANS) Flood Resilience Planning Tool.

Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing
Ronald D. Medlock, P.E., High Steel Structures, Lancaster, PA; Nick Shrawder, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg, PA

While phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) is not new, it has gained traction over the years with adoption in various codes, including the AASHTO/AWS Bridge Welding Code, 2015 edition. This presentation will discuss the possible use of PAUT in lieu of radiographic testing for bridge fabrication and compare PAUT with conventional ultrasonic testing for in service inspection of bridge pins.

BIM for Bridges and Structures efforts in Utah
Cheryl Hersh Simmons, Utah DOT, Salt Lake City, UT

In 2013, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) began investigating methods for Model Based Design and Construction that would better take advantage of the efficiencies afforded by advances in highway design software, construction, and automated machine guidance.  In 2018, UDOT advertised its first bridge pilot project using the model as the legal document.  This presentation provides an overview of the implementation process, impacts to project delivery, and UDOT’s BIM for Bridges and Structures pilot projects.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Bridges and Structures: AASHTO COBS Initiative and Iowa DOT Demonstration Project
Ahmad Abu-Hawash, P.E., Iowa DOT

This presentation will discuss the BIM for Bridges and Structures initiative that is being led by AASHTO COBS Technical Committee on Technology and Software (T-19) and the Iowa DOT pilot project. The Iowa DOT I-80/I-380 Interchange project is the first Design-Bid-Build project in the US to utilize a BIM digital model in lieu of traditional plan set.

Vermont’s Transportation Flood Resilience Planning Tool
Roy Schiff, Ph.D., P.E., Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Waterbury, VT

The Transportation Flood Resilience Planning Tool (TRPT) is a web-based application that identifies bridges, culverts and road embankments that are vulnerable to damage from floods; estimates risk based on roadway criticality; and identifies potential mitigation measures. The TRPT combines river science, hydraulics and transportation planning methods at a watershed scale. Roy will describe the concepts behind the TRPT, discuss its applications and will provide a demonstration.


Bridge Asset Management Session

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Session Chair: Lou Ruzzi, P.E., Pennsylvania DOT, Pittsburgh, PA
Room: Woodrow Wilson B/C/D

PennDOT will provide an update on its Bridge Asset Management System and how District 11-0’s Plan for Each Bridge ties into BAMS. Virginia DOT will discuss how it executes and measures its bridge management program. Florida DOT will discuss current FDOT performance measures, how they compare to FHWA mandated Performance Measures and future enhancements. Finally, FHWA will provide a status of the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP), the initial lessons learned and supporting guidance.

PennDOT District 11-0’s Plan for Each Bridge or PLEB
Lou Ruzzi, P.E., Pennsylvania DOT, Pittsburgh, PA

The PLEB is a planning tool which lists the SOW for each bridge for the next 30 years. The work includes 3 main types -preservation, rehabilitation and replacement and is based on previous work performed on the bridge, current condition, rough life cycle costs and without regard to funding limitations. The data provided for the PLEB is fed automatically from the Bridge Management System.

Virginia DOT
Adam Matteo, P.E., Virginia DOT, Richmond, VA

Virginia incorporates a wide variety of factors in the execution of its bridge management program, relying primarily on a set of indices that are used to trigger actions and measure progress.  The indices include variables that measure importance, condition-based bridge health, functionality, risk, and action-effectiveness. These factors are used in a multi-objection prioritization process to select projects. Virginia is working to further improve its bridge management system by incorporating additional factors for environment and element damage.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Derek Constable, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington, D.C.

This session will provide information on several FHWA bridge management initiatives. It will present the status of Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) development and implementation, the initial lessons learned, and the supporting guidance that is available. It will also present the efforts that are underway to advance the use of bridge management systems in support of TAMP development and implementation.



Keynote Session

Time: 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Session Chair: Steve Shanley, P.E., Allegheny County, DPW, Pittsburgh, PA
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

10:15 AM – Welcome and Opening Comments; Hosted by Conference Chair, Stephen Shanley

Stephen has worked for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works since 2001.  He began his career with the county as the Assistant Manager of the Bridge Engineering.  He was promoted to Manager of Bridge Engineering and subsequently to Deputy Director of the Engineering Division.  Following a period as Interim Director, he was promoted to Director of Public Works in January 2015.




10:25 AM – Roger Millar, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State DOT

Roger Millar was appointed Secretary of Transportation by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. Millar oversees an agency that is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs.

Millar is a second generation civil engineer with 40 years of experience in the transportation arena. He has worked in construction, design, planning, research, policy development, management and administration in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining WSDOT, Millar served as vice president of Smart Growth America, a national not-for-profit organization, providing technical assistance to state transportation agencies. He also served as director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. He is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Millar is a registered engineer in Washington and five other states. He was elected a Fellow of the ASCE in 1999. He received the ASCE President’s Medal in 2016 and the ASCE Outstanding Public Official Award in 2017. Millar was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2018. He is married to Candis Millar and has two teenage children and a black lab named Ouzel.


10:50 AM – Greg Andricos, P.E., President/COO, Wagman Heavy Civil, York, PA

Greg Andricos, President & COO of Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc., has over 25 years of diverse experience as an engineer, estimator, and constructor. He currently oversees the civil, material, and geotechnical operations for Wagman, a fourth-generation, family-owned general contractor. Last year, his teams performed work in 11 states as well as the District of Columbia in a variety of roles including design-builder, general contractor, subcontractor, and material producer.

Greg is passionate about finding innovative ways to deliver complex civil projects while employing best-in-class safety practices. As Design-Build Project Manager, he has successfully delivered over $230 million of fast-track projects in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on time, within budget, and with zero claims for clients such as FHWA, VDOT, and DDOT.

He is a registered Professional Engineer and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association and the Association of Pennsylvania Constructors. Greg resides in York, Pennsylvania with his wife Rachel and their five children where they enjoy the outdoors and youth athletics.


11:15 AM – Aileen Cho, Senior Editor, Transportation, Engineering News-Record, Long Beach, CA

Aileen Cho has worked for 22 years at Engineering News-Record, where she is a senior editor. Her coverage of airports, ports, transit, highways and bridges have garnered a number of awards from business publication and engineering societies.

In 2015, she rode in a 1949 Hudson across the country, visiting construction projects and public works departments along the way for ENR. In 2016, she embarked on an aviation version of that tour, traveling to 16 airports. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.



11:40 AM – Shay Burrows, P.E., Team Leader for the Safety and Management Team, FHWA, Washington, DC


Shay Burrows is the Team Leader for the Safety and Management Team with the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Bridges and Structures in Washington, D.C.  He earned Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1996 with an emphasis in structures both from the Rutgers University.  He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Burrows joined the Federal Highway Administration in 1996 and advanced his structural engineering knowledge and experience with positions in New Hampshire, Mississippi, Colorado, New Jersey, and the Resource Center before joining the Office of Bridges and Structures in 2014.  In his current position, Mr. Burrows provide national leadership and program guidance in the areas of bridge and tunnel inspection, management, and Federal funding programs.  Recent accomplishments include implementing the National Tunnel Inspection Program and a Performance-Based Bridge Program.



12:05 PM – Feature Agency 2020 Comments

  • Ahmad Abu-Hawash, P.E., IOWA DOT, Ames, IA