The annual meeting for the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute for Transportation Engineers (MASITE) was especially successful for Urban Engineers this year. Orla Pease, PE, PTOE, was elected to the two-year position of secretary for the MASITE board, while Urban and the Delaware Department of Transportation garnered the 2012 Project of the Year award for the US 13 and 40 Pedestrian Safety Project.
Pease leads Urban’s Traffic Practice in Pennsylvania and has been an active member in MASITE for more than 10 years, including serving as Annual Meeting Chair and Eastern Area Coordinator.
The US 13 and 40 Pedestrian Safety Project, which was prepared for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), was a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort to evaluate existing pedestrian accommodations for more than four miles of highways in New Castle County, Delaware (DE) – US 13 between DE 273 (Frenchtown Road) and Saienni Boulevard and US 40 between US 13 and Buckley Boulevard. The safety issues were originally identified by DelDOT’s Division of Planning. The study’s design and implementation were performed under DelDOT’s Traffic Section and involved ongoing coordination with Delaware Transit Corporation, state legislators, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Preliminary after studies of the project area indicated a reduction in pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes by approximately 50%.
In addition to Pease, Urban staff members attending the meeting were Scott Diehl, PE, PTOE, Rebecca Martinez, PE, PTOE, and Silvia Sutkowski, EIT.