Drake Haglan received two APWA Sacramento Chapter Project of the Year Awards

Drake Haglan received two APWA Sacramento Chapter Project of the Year Awards for the City of Elk Grove’s Sheldon-Bradshaw Intersection Improvements and Bridge Replacement project and Placer County’s Cook Riolo Road Pedestrian Pathway project. Congratulations to our clients and project partners on these award-winning projects!

City of Elk Grove | Sheldon-Bradshaw Intersection Improvements and Bridge Replacement project


Placer County | Cook Riolo Road Pedestrian Pathway project

Five DHA-Designed Bridges Recently Completed on the Central Coast

2019 has seen construction completion for five DHA-designed bridges along the California Central Coast. The Air Park Drive Bridge and Avila Beach Drive Bridge for San Luis Obispo County, as well as the Anapamu Street Bridge, Montecito Street Bridge, and Gutierrez Street Bridge for the City of Santa Barbara have all recently held ribbon cutting ceremonies and have been opened to vehicular and bicycle/pedestrian traffic. Next up? The De La Guerra Street Bridge is currently under construction for the City of Santa Barbara.


DHA Welcomes Ray Tunkel as Senior Construction Engineer!

Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) is excited to welcome Ray Tunkel into our growing Construction Management (CM) Team.  As a Senior Construction Engineer, Ray brings his knowledge and technical expertise to DHA’s transportation projects throughout Northern and Central California. He has over 28 years of experience on transportation projects constructed to Caltrans, federal, and local agency standards. He has also worked with large projects entailing night work with heavy traffic control, environmentally sensitive areas, and structures work along busy freeway facilities. Ray has technical knowledge in bridge construction activities which include pile driving, formwork, concrete placement, falsework erection and removal, CIDH pile placement, construction of retaining walls, joint-seal installations, bridge deck construction, and use of pre-cast/pre-stressed girders.

Ray makes a great addition to the DHA CM team with his extensive knowledge and field experience with all aspects of construction of roadway, bridge, and underground construction activities!

Ray has been happily married to his wife Sherry for 20 years. They have a daughter, two sons, and two beautiful grandchildren. When not at work, Ray can be found coaching youth baseball as he has for the past 18 years and coaching little league for the elementary school he attended. Ray and his sons also umpire for the league. Ray and Sherry like to spend time enjoying the great outdoors, they also enjoy travel and music, and spent Valentine’s Day at The New York Metropolitan Opera for an evening with Andrea Bocelli. Ray and his family are very active in their church community at Modesto’s Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Please join us in welcoming Ray to the DHA Construction Management Team!

City of Sacramento Replaces 80-Year-Old Bridge in Rio Linda

As part of the Mark Thomas-led design team, Drake Haglan & Associates, Inc. (DHA) prepared the type selection and design of the new single-span bridge over the realigned portion of Magpie Creek. DHA also prepared the technical specifications, estimate of probable construction cost, and provided funding assistance and oversight to confirm that the project was developed in accordance with Caltrans’ Local Assistance Procedures.

Tuesday, June 25th was the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Rio Linda Bridge which was originally constructed in 1937. The new bridge will improve traffic operations, enhance safety, and provide better access to the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail. “We are building a safer place for residents to drive, ride their bikes and walk,” said Council member Allen Warren at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Estimated completion of the project is anticipated for late 2020.

Benefits and Improvements of the New Structure:

  • New bridge over Magpie Creek with standard bike lanes and sidewalk
  • New signalized intersection of Main Avenue and Rio Linda Boulevard with crosswalks, dedicated bike lanes, and right/left turn lanes will provide improved safety and traffic operations
  • New curb, gutter, and sidewalk will create safer pedestrian spaces and waiting areas for transit
  • New bus stops for better access to public transportation
  • Additional turn lanes to improve intersection operations
  • Existing Northern Sacramento Bike Trail will be realigned to utilize the new bridge.


City of Manteca Celebrates Ground Breaking of California’s First Divergent Diamond Interchange (DDI)


The Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) team was on-site yesterday to facilitate the groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Manteca’s State Route 120/Union Road Interchange project. DHA is providing construction management, inspection, environmental monitoring, and public outreach services for the project in coordination with the City of Manteca, Caltrans, and Teichert Construction. The new Diverging Diamond Interchange is estimated to open in Fall 2020.

The State Route 120/Union Road Interchange Project will be the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in California (DDI). The project will improve safety conditions by constructing new on and off ramps, widening Union Road to 4 lanes between Daniels Street and Lifestyle Street, and providing a Class I shared-use path and Class II bike lanes.

Benefits of a Diverging Diamond Interchange

  • Cost effective solution allows for the project costs to be greatly reduced compared to other interchange types. This also allows for the existing bridge to remain.
  • Improved traffic operations on Union Road. This project will also construct auxiliary lanes on State Route 120 from Airport Way to Main Street.
  • Compact footprint by eliminating right of way acquisition.
  • Class I grade separated shared use path improves pedestrian and bicycle mobility. This accomplishes the City’s General Plan goal and closes a significant gap in the pedestrian network.
  • Safety is highly increased with a DDI. There are reductions in collision points and added safety to bicycles and pedestrians. 


Dion Carr joins the Construction Management Team at DHA!

Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) is excited to welcome Dion Carr into our growing Construction Management Team.  As an Assistant Resident Engineer, Dion brings his knowledge and technical expertise to DHA’s roadway, structures, and water resources projects throughout Northern California. Dion has over 18 years of experience in the construction of heavy civil infrastructure projects of various size and scope. He has successfully managed the construction of nearly 32 miles of highway for a total project value of over $300 million. He provides industry leading experience to pre-construction and design teams, assists in value analysis, and performs constructability reviews. With a contractor-based work history, Dion is an asset to the DHA CM team with his ability to leverage previous working relationships with superintendents, field crews, estimators, and project managers throughout Northern California.

When he’s not at the job site, you can find Dion and Shelly, his wife of ten years, hiking, biking, or skiing with their children Aubrie (6 ½) and Colton (5). Both die-hard college football fans, Dion and Shelly’s college alma matters are rivals:  University of Colorado Buffalos (Dion) vs. Colorado State Rams (Shelly), which leads to many football debates in the Carr household.  When Dion isn’t watching football with his wife or attending his kid’s sporting events, he might be watching one of his favorite sports, Monster Trucks.  Let’s leave it to say, Dion and his family are keeping busy with their many activities.

Please join us in welcoming Dion to the DHA Construction Management Team!


Jennifer Montgomery Joins DHA’s Marketing Team

Jennifer Montgomery has joined Drake Haglan and Associates (DHA) as a Senior Marketing Coordinator. With more than 8 years of experience in the A/E/C industry, Jennifer has worked previously for environmental firms in both Northern and Southern California as a proposal and marketing coordinator. Jennifer brings a diverse geographical perspective to DHA with knowledge of various markets throughout California, including the Central Valley, Bay Area, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and San Diego regions. As part of the DHA marketing team, Jennifer is leading proposal pursuit efforts for DHA’s technical disciplines, including transportation, structures, water resources, environmental, construction management, and public outreach. Jennifer’s background in proposal and interview preparation, as well as her studious attention to detail and editorial review skills are a great addition to DHA’s marketing department.

An active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Jennifer is currently serving on the Sacramento Chapter Membership Committee for the 2018-19 term and previously served on the Education Committee during the 2017-18 term. A recipient of the Chapter’s 2017 President’s Award, Jennifer is an exemplary volunteer that excels at organizing professional development and educational programs that encompass the Society’s six domains of practice: marketing research, marketing planning, client and business development, proposals, promotional activity, and management. Currently studying for the Society’s Certified Professional Services Marketer exam (CPSM), Jennifer plans to earn her CPSM certification this summer.

Originally from the Long Beach area, Jennifer and her husband Kent currently reside in Placerville with their daughter Brooke. When she’s not at the office or actively promoting an SMPS event, Jennifer enjoys spending quality time with her family and vacationing at Disneyland.

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Montgomery to the DHA team!

City of Goleta wins Another Award for Hollister Avenue Class I Bike Path/Multi-Purpose Path SRTS Project

Drake Haglan and Associates (DHA) is proud to congratulate the City of Goleta on the Hollister Avenue Class I Bike Path/Multi-Purpose Path SRTS project that received the runner-up award on the $2-$5 million Transportation project category for the APWA Central Coast Chapter.

The Hollister Class I project reconstructed one mile of roadway on Hollister Avenue between Ellwood Elementary School and Pacific Oaks Road, and included a Class II bike lake, Class I bike path, bus pullouts, lighting and traffic signal, and irrigation improvements. The path promotes active and sustainable transportation for all.

As the design consultant, DHA prepared design and construction bid documents on an accelerated schedule and provided construction support for the project. This is the third award received for the Hollister Class I project.

Job well done City of Goleta!  Congratulations!

DHA Welcomes Jennifer Maxwell, PE to the Roadway Team

Jennifer Maxwell recently joined Drake Haglan & Associates as a Project Manager. Her role also includes contract City Engineer for the City of Angels. Jennifer has over 28 years of engineering experience of which the last 6 years as a contract CIP Delivery Manager for the City of Elk Grove through Willdan Engineering. In this role, Jennifer oversaw a team of consultant engineers that managed the delivery of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) averaging $20 million a year in transportation and facility improvements. Prior to that, worked for El Dorado County for 6 years as Project Manager on road, interchange, and bridge projects.  She began her career with the City of San Diego where for more than 16 years, she gained a variety of experience in roads, drainage, grading, minor street improvements, traffic signals, water, and sewer mains.

As a graduate of the University of San Diego and a licensed Professional Engineer since 1995, Jennifer brings her experience, knowledge and technical expertise to DHA’s clients as she continues to use her leaderships skills to effectively manage projects both forDHA and the City of Angels.  Jennifer’s background in project management, capital improvements, and roadway geometry will be an asset to DHA’s transportation corridor projects throughout Northern California.

Jennifer’s wonderful husband of 26 years, Matt, is a writer. They have two children and are preparing for their son to go to college next year as an engineering major. Her daughter is a freshman in high school and is very artistic. Jennifer enjoys hosting family get-togethers, doing puzzles, and traveling. She is planning their family’s first trip to Europe this year where she looks forward to experiencing the culture, the sites, and enjoying the delicious desserts – one of her favorite indulgences! 😊

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer to the DHA team.