The Gannett Fleming team responsible for the Pennsylvania State Route (SR) 322-B05/B06 Potters Mills Gap project, led by Brehan McBride, PE, senior project manager, recently won the WTS Central Pennsylvania Chapter Innovative Transportation Solutions Award.
McBride oversaw the winning project for which Gannett Fleming performed project management and final design in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation requirements. This project involved the complete reconstruction of the roadway, relocating a portion of SR 322 into the mountainside, and construction of four bridges and several retaining walls. Because SR 322-B06 is located within a “gap”, innovative design techniques included fitting four lanes of mainline and two lanes of frontage road between the mountainside and Potter Run Creek. Additionally, the design involved innovative stormwater management best practices including ultra-extended detention basins.
McBride managed all roadway, traffic, bridge, geotechnical, hydraulics, utilities, and environmental design and coordination with multiple local, state, and federal agencies; other local officials; and the public. Her responsibilities included coordinating with the client; overseeing the designs of Gannett Fleming and five subconsultants; and supporting management of the schedules, budgets, and action items.
The stretch of SR 322 covered by the project is approximately 3.75 miles long and extends from just west of the SR 322 and SR 144 intersection at the village of Potters Mills to the Seven Mountains area, near the Centre County and Mifflin County line. The final design involved upgrading from two to four lanes within the project corridor and adding two interchanges at the eastern and western ends of the project.
According to the WTS Central PA website, “WTS Central PA honors those who have made major impacts to the local transportation industry and the chapter, as well as notable projects that have advanced in the region. The Innovative Transportation Solutions Award recognizes an innovative transportation project led by a woman that improves quality of life.”