News/DispForm.aspx?ID=792Proud to Help Shape Award-Winning ProjectsRichmond, Virginia2017-11-06T05:00:00Z<p>​<img src="/PublishingImages/News/Press%20Releases/2017/News_PR_VTCA-Award_6Nov17.png" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:10px;" />VHB, as subconsultant for two multidisciplinary teams, was recently honored for projects at the 2017 VTCA-VDOT Consultant Forum in Richmond, Virginia. The Annual Consultant Forum is an educational and informational event hosted jointly by the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The event brings together industry leaders, agencies, municipalities and engineering consultants to discuss important transportation issues, industry challenges, and to learn about the latest VDOT initiatives. The Transportation Engineering Awards are presented annually at the event, recognizing outstanding design work in the transportation industry within Virginia.</p><p>VHB is proud to be a key team member for two projects that received honors at the awards program:</p><p>The <strong>Dominion Boulevard Improvements project</strong> in Chesapeake, Virginia, received top honors for Projects Greater than $10 Million, Non-VDOT category. VHB supported WSP USA, Inc. as a subconsultant for all three phases of the project, including preliminary engineering, design, and construction. The project widened Dominion Boulevard from two lanes to a four-lane, divided, limited access freeway from south of Cedar Road to the Oak Grove Interchange. The project also replaced a bascule bridge over the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River with a high-rise fixed bridge and added at-grade separated interchanges at Cedar Road and relocated Bainbridge Road and Great Bridge Boulevard. VHB provided survey services, preliminary engineering for the roadway interchanges, assisted in the preparation of the Environmental Assessment in accordance with NEPA, and completed all wetland permitting and mitigation tasks. VHB delineated jurisdictional wetland areas and confirmed locations with the USACE. This process required particular attention to roadside ditches and determination of the limits of tidal influence. In order to reduce impacts to residences and businesses at intersections, VHB developed conceptual-level designs for single point urban interchanges (SPUIs) at both Cedar Road and Great Bridge Boulevard. VHB’s interagency coordination efforts between VDOT and FHWA during the preliminary engineering phase were key to keeping the project on schedule.</p><p>The <strong>T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge project</strong> received an Honorable Mention for Projects Smaller than $10 Million-Other category. The first phase of the City of Richmond’s Riverfront Plan project included the design and construction of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, formerly known as the Brown’s Island Dam Walk. As a part of the Hargreaves Associates team, VHB worked with structural engineer Moffatt & Nichol to design a safe and attractive shared-use path across the river, retaining as much of the historic structure as possible. The existing structure could not accommodate a wide enough path to be fully Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and compliant with standards for shared-use paths. VHB’s bike/pedestrian planning specialists worked with Moffatt & Nichol to design a wider bridge with a metal deck and railings designed to provide a safe surface without interfering with views of the river. Special considerations were investigated for the Manchester Climbing Wall where a 60-foot rise to ground level presented. Historically there had never been an ADA-accessible trail to the top of the Climbing Wall. VHB developed a plan to wrap the shared-use path around the embankment behind the Climbing Wall, using a design that meets the radii requirements for bike lanes. This innovative project promotes sustainability by reusing the existing structure to minimize environmental impacts of working in the James River, providing universal access to the water, and promoting bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.</p><div><em>Pictured: VHB's Chris Daily (center) accepting the award with the Moffatt & Nichol team.</em></div>

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