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Lee Taubeneck Joins NCE’s Infrastructure Team

NCE is excited to welcome Lee Taubeneck as an Associate Engineer with our Infrastructure Design Team. Lee is an expert in transportation planning and design, with more than 30 years of experience in the development of expressways, freeways, transit systems, streets, multi-use paths, trails, and sidewalks. He has worked with public, private, and non-profit clients throughout California at both the local, regional, and State levels. In addition, he formerly served in Branch Chief, Office Chief, and Deputy District Director positions at Caltrans and will provide valuable insights on Caltrans procedures and protocols. Lee is a registered Professional Engineer and a Qualified SWPPP developer in California. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers and the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals. Lee earned his MS in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Davis, and BA degrees in both Environmental Science and American Government at the University of Virginia.

NCE Helps Clients Manage Pavement Assets with StreetSaver® Workshop

NCE pavement management experts are leading a four-part online workshop on StreetSaver® software November 16-19, sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) ;

“We’re committed to helping our clients use this tool effectively,” said Margot Yapp, NCE’s president. Yapp, Lisa Senn, and Sharlan Dunn—all expert users and teachers of the computer-based program—will lead the training ;

In the workshop, NCE will teach users how jurisdictions define and manage pavement networks and how to use the features of StreetSaver®, including:

  • Entering data from street surveys and inspections.
  • Updating maintenance and rehabilitation history.
  • Setting up a budget needs analysis.
  • Creating budget scenarios.
  • Using GIS linkage and reporting tools.

StreetSaver®, developed by MTC, is used by more than 300 public and private organizations nationwide—including all 109 cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area—to make informed decisions about managing street pavement and other assets. NCE routinely works with over 100 cities and counties to use StreetSaver® in preparing workplans, informing decision-makers, and complying with funding requirements. In addition, NCE prepares the biennial California Statewide Local Streets & Roads Needs Assessment, which relies in part on StreetSaver® to inform the public and policy-makers on the condition of the state’s local pavement network.
To register for the workshop, visit the StreetSaver® Academy at https://streetsaver.com/academy/workshops.

Improved Transit, Pedestrian Corridor Opens in Midtown Reno, NV

The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC)’s $90M transformation of Virginia Street in Midtown Reno is substantially complete (see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dq2rG0Hk5I). NCE led the overall design effort for RTC’s marquee complete streets project, which features new, wider sidewalks; new bus shelters; level bus-onboarding; bicycle improvements; associated roadway improvements; and welcoming landscaping and aesthetics.
The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension Project extends the RTC RAPID service from the 4th Street Station to the University of Nevada and provides an accessible, pedestrian-friendly corridor. NCE provided support throughout the project, including:

  • Prepared federal funding applications, encroachment permits, and environmental documents.
  • Conducted agency and public information meetings and creating a related, interactive website for the project.
  • Performed investigations and analyses of drainage patterns, geotechnical conditions, existing pavement, traffic patterns, right-of-way, topography, and utilities.
  • Identified sustainable and feasible pavement rehabilitation and/or reconstruction alternatives and developed the recommended alternative.
  • Provided transit station architecture and structural design.
  • Designed landscaping and aesthetics improvements.
  • Developed preliminary and final design plans and estimates for the preferred alternative.
  • Performed Construction Manager at Risk support services, which included participation in value engineering and risk workshops, response to requests for information, and review of submittals.

The Virginia Street Bus RAPID Transit Extension project – the first of multiple projects stemming from the Virginia Street Corridor Investment Plan – finished ahead of schedule and under budget.

Alpine Meadows Bridge Replacement Project Garners Two Awards

Alpine Meadows Road Bridge Replacement Over Truckee River

Project of the Year – 2016, Transportation (Structure) Category, $2 Million to $10 Million Division, American Public Works Association, Sacramento Chapter

Structural Project of the Year – 2015, American Society of Civil Engineers, Sacramento Section
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