October 13, 2016 Dinner Meeting

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Presentation by: Mike McDonagh, PE, P. Eng (WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

Mr. McDonagh provided a presentation about the Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) deck being installed on the Pulaski Skyway.

Speaker Bio:

Michael McDonagh is a supervising engineer at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff with nearly 20 years of experience in bridge design. He has been working on the rehabilitation of the Pulaski Skyway since 2012. Prior to joining WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, Michael spent five years working in Paris, France, where he first encountered ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) and designed several unique bridges around the world with UHPC. He is a member of the organizing committee of the US-based International Interactive Symposium on UHPC, first held this past July in Iowa, and he is currently assisting the FHWA through their Every Day Counts program to educate and encourage the states in the use of UHPC for precast bridge element connections. Michael has designed a wide variety of bridges over the years in the Pacific Northwest, France, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada, and was the Engineer of Record for St. Patrick’s Bridge in Calgary.

Presentation Summary:

The construction of the Pulaski Skyway began as part of a larger 13- mile Route 1&9 Extension project in the 1920s. The Skyway opened on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1932 and is a 3.5-mile long steel structure, with two main river-crossing spans of 550 feet in length. Each of these spans is a cantilevered Pratt truss. The typical roadway section of the Pulaski Skyway consists of four 11-foot lanes, two in each direction, with no shoulders. A center barrier prevents cross- over collisions, and two-foot wide safety walks extend along both outer lanes. In addition to replacing the 3.5 mile Skyway deck, the project includes rehabilitating the ramps, steel superstructure and substructure; strengthening the structure against seismic events;

improving drainage and lighting; and repainting the structure. The $1 Billion project has been divided into ten construction contracts and is anticipated to be completed in 2020. The presentation discussed the benefits of the use of precast concrete panels connected with ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) to both facilitate accelerated deck construction and to maximize the durability of the deck system as a whole.

Meeting Announcement – October 13, 2016

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Mike McDonagh, PE of WSP-Parsons Brinkerhoff will be providing a presentation about the Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) deck being installed on the Pulaski Skyway. The presentation will be on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Snuffy’s Restaurant in Scotch Plains, NJ.  Dinner will start at 6:30, with cocktail hour starting at 5:30.  This meeting is anticipated to be approved for 1 PDH credit.

Click here to view the meeting flyer:  ashe-ncnj-october-13-2016-meeting-flyer

September 14, 2016 ASHE NCNJ and ASHE SNJ Joint Dinner Meeting

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ASHE NCNJ and ASHE SNJ Joint Dinner Meeting

Presentation by: J. Lawrence Williams, P.E.  – NJTA Deputy Chief Engineer, Construction 

With a sponsor presentation by James J. Purcell, PE, Technical Director, New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA)

Mr. Williams provided an overview of the NJTA’s 10 Year/$7 billion Capital Project an Investment Plan to over 90 attendees at the initial meeting of the 2016-17 Year for the two ASHE NJ Sections.

Speaker Bio:

Lawrence Williams, P.E. – Deputy Chief Engineer – Construction New Jersey Turnpike Authority

Mr. Williams has over 30 years of design, construction supervision and management experience gained from a career working in both the public and private sectors. After graduating from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, he began his career In Los Angeles, California working for the California Department of Transportation.

In 1985 he relocated to New Jersey and worked for Edwards & Kelcey. Employed in the Highways Department, he gained experience in contract document preparation both as a design engineer and later as a project manager working on projects for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

In 1989 Mr. Williams left the private sector and joined the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. He began his employment as a staff engineer in design and worked his way up to become the Deputy Chief Engineer of Construction, managing a staff of 25 professionals and support personnel, with construction contracts currently totaling $2.5 billion. Mr. Williams is responsible for the development and implementation of the construction component of the Authority’s $7 billion 10 year Capital Investment Program.

Mr. Williams has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from NJIT. He is a Professional Engineer and Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey and is a member of a number of professional organizations.

Thank you to our dinner sponsors for their support: AEA, Arora & Associates, RGA