McMahon, Swarthmore College and Swarthmore Borough received the ACEC/PA Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence in the Small Projects Category for the Chester Road (SR 320) Swarthmore Roundabout project. The engineering team, led by Joseph DeSantis, along with Jan Semler. Director of Capital Planning and Project Management at Swarthmore College and Jane Billings, Borough Manager of Swarthmore received the award at the 2017 Diamond Awards Gala.
McMahon was engaged by Swarthmore College to resolve a complicated and dangerous intersection on Chester Road (SR 0320) in connection with their Swarthmore Town Center West development concept, opposite Rutgers Avenue and Swarthmore Borough’s central business district. The existing intersection was a unique five-leg, unsignalized expanse which was dangerous and confusing for drivers and completely prohibited pedestrian crossing of its 140-foot width. This essentially divided the campus from the businesses in the downtown area.
As part of the project, McMahon designed and oversaw the construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Chester Road with Rutgers Avenue, Station Square East and West, and relocated Fieldhouse Lane, which now serves as access to the College’s south campus, and provides a key multimodal connection between campus and Swarthmore Borough’s commercial business district and town center. PennDOT granted final design approval in August 2014. Construction began in September 2014, and the roundabout was opened to traffic on July 11, 2015.
The Chester Road project required the incorporation of a “Complete Streets” transportation solution, extensive community outreach with Swarthmore College and Swarthmore Borough, and included many unique design, permitting and construction challenges that were overcome during the many phases of the project.
Today, McMahon recognizes the recent passing of two of our long-time employees, Helen Venetucci and Jeff Crane. We truly appreciate their dedication to the legacy of McMahon and wish their families peace in this difficult time.
Helen was the senior administrator for our Florida region for nearly 20 years. She brought exceptional organization and spirit to our team and was responsible for administrative duties of multiple offices, as well as, proposal submissions that grew our Florida region during her long tenure. Helen retired from McMahon in late 2015. Click HERE for more on Helen’s life.
Jeff ‘Beaver’ Crane
Jeff worked on our data collection team in Fort Washington for more than 20 years, both doing intersection counts and installations for automatic traffic recorder counts. He moved out of the area several years ago, but continued to assist us in doing traffic counts whenever he could. He often came into the office and enjoyed talking with the various staff members around the office. Click HERE for more on Jeff’s life.
Our Chris Bauer explores how using a multi-tiered approach with local citizens can help convert controversy to applause in roundabout design and approvals.
Our Project Engineer weighs in on inspiring the next generation of engineers. Check out the article!
Township Manager Aaron Bibro, and traffic engineer Anton Kuhner described the latest version of the proposed road realignment project during the township commissioners’ Feb. 8 meeting. The project would straighten the intersection where the northern and southern portions of Orvilla are currently offset, requiring a complicated series of turn arrows as drivers cross Cowpath. The township first began looking at needed traffic improvements in 2005, engineering firm McMahon Associates developed an initial concept in 2008, and the project was added to PennDOT’s “Decade of Investment” plan when a state transportation funding law was passed in 2013. See the article for more details.
McMahon Associates, Inc., a transportation engineering and planning firm, today announced two key promotions within the firm’s Mid-Atlantic region. Christopher J. Williams, P.E. has been promoted from General Manager of the Exton office to the role of Associate Regional Manager, largely responsible for growth and oversight of Mid-Atlantic Services. Matthew M. Kozsuch, P.E. was elevated to be the General Manager of the Exton office, in addition to continuing to serve as the Regional Service Leader for ITS in the region.
McMahon Associates, Inc., a transportation engineering and planning firm, today welcomes Mark D. Alisesky, P.E. to the firm as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Service Leader for the Rail and Transit sector. Alisesky is a recognized market leader, having previously worked for an international firm based in western Pennsylvania and serving in a national role for this sector’s practice. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both regionally and nationally, to expand McMahon’s rail and transit services and clients.