Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hulton Bridge on a Winning Streak


A rendering by McCormick Taylor depicts the new Hulton Bridge

In recent months, the Hulton Bridge Replacement project earned three notable industry awards in recognition of outstanding achievement in engineering:

  • 2016 Eugene C. Figgs Jr. Medal for Signature Bridges, International Bridge Conference (presented on June 9)
  • 2016 Outstanding Highway Engineering Award, ASHE Pittsburgh Section
  • 2016 Award of Merit (highways/bridges), ENR MidAtlantic


Located in PennDOT District 11, the original century-old Jonathan Hulton Bridge provided key access between Oakmont Borough and Harmar Township across the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania, and to major transportation connections in the Allegheny Valley. In the early 90s, it received a much needed renovation (and a lilac paint job), but over time the deteriorating structure failed to handle increasing usage and modern traffic demands. In 2009, PennDOT announced plans for the design of a new replacement bridge, which would be constructed adjacent to the original structure.

As part of Gannett Fleming’s design team, McCormick Taylor provided public involvement support and created design renderings for the high-profile project. In anticipation of the 2016 U.S. Open tournament hosted at the Oakmont Country Club, the timing of design and construction was paramount in order to accommodate the nearly 300,000 visitors expected to the area. The project team accelerated schedules to meet PennDOT’s six-year timeline. Final design was completed in 2013, and the new $65 million Hulton Bridge was officially opened to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 20, 2015. The new four-lane structure doubles the capacity of its predecessor, which was imploded and sent into the Allegheny River on January 26, 2016. As of spring 2016, all lanes of the new Hulton Bridge were completed, just in time for the U.S. Open.

I-95/U.S. 202 Team Receives Construction Excellence Award

The Delaware Contractors Association (DCA) presented the I-95/U.S. 202 team with a 2016 Construction Excellence Award at its 47th Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 20. The honor recognizes projects that bring distinction, skill, quality, and integrity to the construction industry in Delaware. The State of Delaware’s Office of Management and Budget has presented the Construction Excellence Awards in partnership with DCA for 20 years.

In 1999, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca selected Wilmington as the site for its North American headquarters. While great for the local economy, the decision also signaled the need for improved infrastructure in a campus setting. A series of projects were completed by the McCormick Taylor team to improve the roadway system, provide parks and trails, soccer fields, and preserve important historic structures, such as the 1914 Blue Ball Dairy Barn. The improvements were dubbed the “Blue Ball Projects”—of which the I-95/U.S. 202 interchange was the final effort. The project’s completion was announced by DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, and other state officials at a ceremony on August 7, 2015.

DelDOT_I-95 US 202_Completed_rev_8_6_2015

The contractor was Mumford & Miller Concrete of Middletown, DE. McCormick Taylor completed the environmental documentation, roadway and bridge design, traffic control, signing, lighting, landscaping, utility relocation plans, and all permitting required for the project.

ALCOSAN Open House Brings Thousands to Treatment Plant

Jennifer Threats and Lugene Keys

Jennifer Threats and Lugene Keys

A team of volunteers from McCormick Taylor’s Pittsburgh office came together for the 2016 Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Open House, the largest watershed and environmental festival in the Pittsburgh region. Lugene Keys, Joy Ruff, Ken Rich, Jennifer Threats, John Petulla, John Sada, and Betsy Zang were on hand to assist with educational exhibits at the September event, which drew a crowd of more than 2,000. The public awareness day aims to educate visitors on the service and value that the agency provides.

This year’s Open House featured more than 40 exhibitors and included tours of the ALCOSAN plant. Popular attractions included a 2,200 gallon traveling freshwater aquarium showcasing more than 20 species collected from the Ohio River, and Science Rocks – a high energy, educational science show with hands-on activities.

ALCOSAN collects wastewater from 83 customer municipalities, including the city of Pittsburgh. Its 59-acre plant is one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the Ohio River Valley, processing up to 250 million gallons of wastewater daily.

5 Cant-Miss Sessions at OTEC

McCormick Taylor will be at the 2016 Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC). Visit us at booths 315 and 317, and catch our five technical sessions:


Tuesday, October 25


Session 37, Under Construction: Spreading the Word

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Room: C120-122

US 11/15 Closed for 3 Months

Melody Matter, P.E., PTOE

How do you tell the motoring public, which consists of commuters and regional travelers, that a major river route will be closed for three months? Well, step one is to think beyond traditional public outreach methods and leverage technology to assist with the communication. This presentation will discuss how technology was used to assist in providing motorist information on the project and the travel conditions on the detour route.


Wednesday, October 26


Session 66, Levees

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Room: C223-225

Anacostia Flood Risk Reduction Project Levee Rehabilitation Case Study

Maureen Cissel, CFM

This presentation covers the Anacostia Flood Risk Reduction Project which included almost 5 miles of earthen levee, 4 flood control pumping stations, 2500 linear feet of pressure conduit, gravity outfall and various levee penetrations, sluice gates and flapper valves. The project provides flood risk reduction to more than 1350 properties and their residents and owners.


Session 72, Freight Safety

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM, Room: D233-235

Signing for the Marcellus and Utica Shale Industry

Melody Matter, P.E., PTOE

The intent for allowing the Oil and Gas Industry to install signs within PennDOT right-of-way is for the signs to be placed in areas of need in order to direct drivers to the appropriate roadways, which in turn could enhance safety and prevent roadway damage.


Session 79, Tracking the Elusive NEPA Commitment

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM, Room: C226

The Birth and Life of an Environmental Commitment

Russ Freistat

The session will illustrate the complex life cycle of an Environmental Commitment (EC) and demonstrate the complexities of compliance through each stage of the PDP. Aesthetic treatments for the retaining wall on the FRA-270-21.63 are presented as a case study. The development of an electronic tracking system and the current development of the ODOT Environmental Commitment Procedures Manual will be discussed to show how ODOT is working to provide personnel and consultants the tools to develop, integrate, communicate, implement, and track ECs successfully.


Session 87, Accelerated Bridge Construction Session 2

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM, Room: C213-215

A Brief History of Time – Accelerated Bridge Construction Projects

Tom Porter, P.E.

Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology has steadily been gaining ground. The traveling public is less willing to sit in traffic, and is not willing to risk our safety and the safety of our workers in active construction zones. McCormick Taylor’s involvement with expedited construction techniques started with a Hyperbuild project. Fast forward to today and McCormick Taylor has designed many more projects utilizing ABC.

Megan Welling to Present at MD-DC Utilities Assoc. Conference

welling-meganOn Wednesday, October 12, Environmental Scientist Megan Welling will join David Hinchey, Environmental Project Manager at PSEG Fossil, for a breakout session at the MD-DC Utilities Association’s 2016 Environmental Conference. The presentation will explore the independent environmental monitoring program for PSEG’s Keys Energy Center project in Prince George’s County, MD. The new power plant will bring 755 megawatts of highly efficient generating capacity to the state, enough to power 500,000 homes.

As the independent environmental monitor for the project, McCormick Taylor acts as the “eyes and ears” of the regulating agencies during all phases of construction. Megan also works on-site with assistance from the McCormick Taylor team to provide local knowledge to support the environmental management and compliance of the site and associated infrastructure (water, sewer, and natural gas pipeline).

The PSEG Keys Energy Center, owned by PSEG Fossil, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, represents an $825-$875 million investment and is targeted to be in operation in 2018.


Conference Agenda