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.

Drake Haglan & Associates is honored to receive the ACEC 2019 Engineering Excellence Award for Category C Structural Systems on the 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge Replacement Project

The 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge, located in Tracy California, was originally constructed in 1960. In October 2004, Caltrans classified the bridge as “Structurally Deficient,” with a Sufficiency Rating of 49.7 making the bridge eligible for replacement under the Federal Highway Bridge Program (HBP).

In 2018, the opening of the newly completed bridge marked the conclusion of a multi-year journey that included extensive coordination with multiple stakeholders and regulatory agencies.  Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) take pride in leading the design efforts and is honored to be awarded the 2019 Engineering Excellence Award for Category C Structural Systems Award for the 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge Replacement Project by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The new bridge provides for wider traffic lanes, 8-foot wide shoulders which also serve as Class II bicycle lanes, and barrier-separated mixed-use paths that promote the safe use across the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks by pedestrians and bicyclists. The new bridge will also stimulate sustainable growth and development on the east side of the tracks since it will promote the use of alternative modes of transportation to access downtown Tracy. The bridge is located approximately ½ mile east of Tracy High School, allowing students that live on the east side of the UPRR tracks to safely walk and bike to the high school.

The superstructure of the replacement bridge consists of a cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete box girder. The bridge is a single-span structure with an overall bridge length of approximately 291-feet. The girders are skewed relative to the centerline of the roadway such that the actual span length of the girders is approximately 200-feet. The bridge configuration accommodates a planned aerial intersection for a future extension of MacArthur Drive shown in the City’s General Plan. The 40- foot tall abutments are designed as free-standing bents with a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall directly behind the abutments so that there is no lateral load on the abutments.

This project involved significant coordination with Caltrans since 11th Street is a principal arterial on the National Highway System. The 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge is also a high-cost bridge project as the construction costs exceeded $20 million.

DHA served as the prime consultant on this federally and locally funded project in Tracy.

DHA’s services included:

  • Project Management
  • Agency Coordination
  • Bridge Design
  • Civil/Roadway Design
  • Utility Coordination
  • Construction Support
  • Environmental Monitoring

The project was a model of collaboration from the beginning through construction completion. Much of this project’s success can be attributed to diligent proactiveness by the DHA design team, the Hanna Group CM team, Teichert and MCM prime contractors, and the City of Tracy.

Manteca Office Grand Opening and Ribbing Cutting

Drake Haglan and Associates has officially opened our newest office located in Manteca. Last night, our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony included special guests Field Representative Pete Butler from US Congressman Jeff Denham’s office, Field Representative Jason Laughlin from State Assemblyman Heath Flora’s office, and Manteca City Councilman Rich Silverman. Thank you to the Manteca Chamber of Commerce for all of their support in making this event a great success, as well our clients and teaming partners that welcomed us to the neighborhood. Dave Richard, DHA’s Principal Engineer leading the Manteca office, and his team look forward to continued work in the Central Valley.

City of Goleta wins Bikeways and Trail Project of the Year

Drake Haglan and Associates (DHA) is proud to congratulate the City of Goleta on the Bikeways and Trail Project of the Year Award for the Hollister Avenue Class I Bike Path/Multi-Purpose Path SRTS Project.  Awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles Section, the project is recognized for its unique technical achievements, its complexity, scope and engineering features.

The project included curb extension intersection treatment, Class II bike lane, Class I bike path, sidewalk, bus pullouts, lighting and traffic signal, bioretention, and landscape and irrigation improvements.  Additionally, the project included reconstruction of one mile of roadway with crown correction, hardscaped and landscaped medians on Hollister Avenue between Ellwood Elementary School and Pacific Oaks Road. The path promotes active and sustainable transportation for all. 

DHA is proud to have prepared design and construction bid documents, and provided construction support for the project.

Job well done City of Goleta! 

Congratulations!

No on 6 | MYTH vs FACT

 MYTH #1 

The money all goes to the General Fund and none of the money goes to new roads.

 FACT 

That is unequivocally wrong and easily proven inaccurate. Not a single dollar of these funds goes to the General Fund.

  • Voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 69 in June preventing Sacramento politicians from raiding transportation funds and ensuring these funds are only used for transportation improvements.
  • According to the nonpartisan, independent Legislative Analyst’s review of Proposition 6, “The State Constitution requires that nearly all of these new revenues be spent on transportation purposes… about two-thirds of the revenues (are dedicated) to highway and road repairs, with the remainder going to other programs (such as for mass transit).
  • Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:
    • 3,727 projects fixing potholes and repaving crumbling, unsafe roads
    • 1,571 projects dedicated to improving road and driver safety
    • Repairs or replacement of 554 bridges and overpasses
    • 337 projects relieving traffic congestion
    • 453 improvements to public transportation operations and services including buses and rail to increase reliability
    • 442 projects improving pedestrian safety
  • If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.
  • We should not eliminate transportation revenues that are accountable to taxpayers, can’t be diverted, and that voters overwhelmingly dedicated to fixing our roads.

 MYTH #2 

California can use existing revenues to fix our roads.

 FACT 

Proposition 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing funding currently being  used on more than 6,500 road and bridge safety, congestion relief and transportation improvement projects all over the state.

If we eliminate these projects, there is no “Plan B.” Prop 6 makes our roads and bridges less safe.

California has a combined need of over $130 billion over the next 10 years just to bring the state highway and local street and road systems into a good and safe condition.

If we were to use funds from the General Fund, we would need to pull $130 billion from important areas like education, healthcare, public safety, and other programs that Californians rely upon.

These funds are constitutionally protected as voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 69 in June preventing Sacramento politicians from raiding these funds to ensure they are only used for transportation improvements.

 MYTH #3 

Prop 6 will save families upwards of $700 a year.

 FACT 

This measure is a bad deal that will cost drivers more in the long run. 

The average California driver already spends $739 dollars per year on front end alignments, shocks and tire repairs because of driving on bad roads.  Stopping projects that fix our roads means more car repairs and more money out of drivers’ wallets.

 MYTH #4 

We can fix the roads just by eliminating waste in the system and from Caltrans.

 FACT 

There are more than 6,500 projects underway in every community in California, proof that these funds are going straight to transportation, being spent efficiently and are accountable to taxpayers. 

Caltrans has been mandated to reform its operations and save $100 million annually to ensure projects are completed faster and more efficiently. There are new reforms including establishing an independent Inspector General who is appointed to oversee projects and programs to ensure all funds are spent as promised and to reduce bureaucracy, waste, and red tape. 

The fact is this measure will cost us all more in the long run and make our bridges and roads less safe.

 MYTH #5 

Passing Prop 6 will help the economy by lowering what we all pay.

 FACT 

The California Chamber of Commerce and business organizations throughout the state oppose Prop 6 because it would eliminate 68,000 jobs and $183 billion dollars in economic investments as thousands of road construction projects are halted.

 MYTH #6 

The revenues that Prop 6 would eliminate are being used to repay loans and debt, not to fix roads.

 FACT 

Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:

  • 3,727 projects fixing potholes and repaving crumbling, unsafe roads
  • 1,571 projects dedicated to improving road and driver safety
  • Repairs or replacement of 554 bridges and overpasses
  • 337 projects relieving traffic congestion
  • 453 improvements to public transportation operations and services including buses and rail to increase reliability
  • 442 projects improving pedestrian safety

If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.

 MYTH #7 

What happens in your neighborhood if Prop 6 passes…. 

 FACT 

Millions of dollars in funding and thousands of miles of roadway repair are at risk if Prop 6 passes!

  • $1.1 Billion of lost funding for our cities and counties in the Sacramento Valley
    These are the funds that will be lost – Do you live in any of these counties?

    • EDC - $95.3 Million
    • Placer County $200.3 Million
    • Sacramento County $620.6 Million
    • Sutter County $68.2 Million
    • Yolo County $119
    • Yuba County $41.5 Million
  • Roadway Repair projects in your neighborhood that are at risk
    • Sacramento County Potholes and Repaving Projects:
      • US 50 from 1-5 to Watt Ave:  56 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-5 in Sacramento County:  67 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-80:  5.6 miles of pavement improvements   
      • US 50 between Rancho Cordova and El Dorado Hills: 59 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-80 from east of Longview Drive to east of Madison Avenue near the City of Sacramento: Pavement improvements on 35 miles
      • Rancho Cordova to include Sunrise Boulevard: Roadway rehabilitation
    • Other Sacramento Valley County Potholes and Repaving Projects at risk:
      • El Dorado County: Multiple repaving and pavement repair projects include roads damaged by heavy 2017 rains
      • Placer County: Pavement improvements on approximately 75 miles roadway
      • Yolo/Solano County line:  Between I-505 and 1-80
      • Yolo County: Resurface on various sections of 1-5
      • Placer County: Repave sections of 11 different streets in Auburn
  • Traffic Congestion projects in your neighborhood that are at risk
    • Yolo and Sacramento Counties: Install 7 ramp meters along 1-80 at various locations
    • Sacramento County to El Dorado County: Support construction for the Capital South East Connector expressway connecting 1-5 to Highway 50 alleviating traffic congestion and increasing safety
    • El Dorado / Sacramento   County to east of Stateline in Elk Dorado County:  Improve traffic monitoring along Highway 50
    • US 70 in Marysville to US 99 in Yuba City:  Improvements to the Bridge Street corridor to include creating two lanes of traffic in each direction
    • Sutter County:  Widen 3 intersections and add new striping to improve visibility
    • I-5 in Sacramento:  Construct 17 miles of carpool lanes and improvements
    • Highway 50 in Sacramento:  Construct 14 miles of carpool lanes
  • 6,500 Transportation Improvement Projects at RISK
      • Bridges
      • Road Safety
      • Pedestrian Safety
      • Public Transportation Projects

Content for this article and more information on No on 6 can be found at https://noprop6.com

DHA Opens New Office in Manteca

DHA continues to grow with the opening of our newest office in Manteca. Now with four office locations, we are able to better serve our clients throughout the Central Valley and California.

Dave Richard, with 40 years of expertise in water resources and wastewater engineering, will lead the Manteca office and continue to expand the DHA Water Resources group. With the addition of this office, DHA will have the opportunity to house additional technical staff from our transportation, structures, construction management, environmental, and public outreach teams.

Please drop in and say hello the next time you’re in Manteca!

Manteca: 903 West Center Street, Suite 1

Other DHA Locations:

Headquarters: Rancho Cordova

Modesto

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