Larry Mitros is a dynamic engineer with extensive experience in highway design. Growing up, he liked the idea of working in a field that involves working on the infrastructure that people see every day in their lives. Whether it be roads, bridges, or buildings, engineers get to design and construct physical pieces of our everyday infrastructure that are vital to the livelihoods of those in the communities we live and serve.
As a part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-95 Interchange project, Larry was responsible for obtaining permit approval from the Department of Environmental Protection and the local conservation district for stormwater management Corrective Action Plans to address non-functioning BMPs. This mega project is one of the most challenging infrastructure projects undertaken in the Mid-Atlantic, and now that it is completed, it connects I-95 as a continuous highway from Maine to Miami. The project greatly reduces congestion to the interchanges surrounding neighborhoods, as local roads were previously used to navigate between the highways.
Larry was also part of the design team for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Roadway and Bridge Reconstruction Project from Milepost 31 to Milepost 38. As part of that project, he was responsible for the post-construction stormwater management design and for obtaining the NPDES permit for this seven-mile-long project that covered 250 acres of land disturbance and included nearly 30 stormwater management basins and rain gardens. Since the culmination of this project, only one basin required a corrective action plan to address non-functionality.
In addition to improving infrastructure, improving the lives of those around him has always been important to Larry. After graduating from the University of Maryland – where he earned his degree in civil engineering - Larry volunteered his time to be a coach for the school’s boxing club, where he was a two-time All American and Eastern Region Collegiate Boxing Champion. “It felt great to give back to the school that provided me with the opportunity to compete in such a great sport,” Larry said. “It was great to be able to lead these young men and women through training and competition.” Boxing was such a big part of Larry’s life and taught him many important life lessons, so it meant a lot to be able to pass that on to the next group of boxers following in his footsteps.
Larry is also a longtime champion of the March of Dimes. For several years, he managed Urban’s fundraising efforts for the organization and participated in many events that raise money and awareness for the cause. March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies by supporting research and providing educational opportunities, and Larry has been a great advocate to the foundation.