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Review Panel for the Columbia River Crossing Project

February 3, 2011

Tom Warne recently chaired the sixteen member Bridge Review Panel for the Columbia River Crossing Project.  The panel was charged with reviewing the current open-web box design and assessing other alternatives more suitable for the new I-5 crossing. The panel published their report on February 3, 2011 with recommendations to discontinue any further design on the open-web and for the states to consider a composite deck truss, tied arch or cable-stayed design.  Each of these new options would meet the project’s purpose, cost less, and result in less design and construction risks.  The full report can be found at:  Columbia River Crossing Report

Other members of the panel were:

  • Scott A. Ashford, PhD, PE, Oregon State University
  • Benjamin Beerman, PE, Federal Highway Administration
  • John A Buchheit, PE, DBIA, Federal Highway Administration
  • David Goodyear, PE, SE, PEng, Chief Bridge Engineer, T.Y. Lin International
  • Siegfried Hopf, Dipl. –Ing., Chief Bridge Engineer, Leonhardt, Adra and Partners
  • Bruce Johnson, PE, SE, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Jugesh Kapur, PE, SE, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Wesley King, High Capacity Transit Project Manager, Clark County Transit Authority (C-TRAN)
  • Calvin Lee, PE, TriMet
  • John McAvoy, PE, Major Project Manager, FHWA Oregon Division
  • Mary Lou Ralls, PE, Ralls Newman, LLC
  • Joe Showers, PE, Business Group Technical Manager/Bridge Design and Construction, CH2M Hill
  • Steve Stroh, PE, Deputy Director of Surface Transportation, Major Bridges, URS Corporation
  • Steve Thoman, PE, SE, Stephen J. Thoman Consulting, Inc.
  • Theodore P. Zoli, III, PE, HNTB

Best Practices in Project Delivery Management

This report was authored by Tom Warne as the Subject Matter Experts (SME) for the first Domestic Scan on this topic. Best practices from five state DOTs (Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Arizona, Utah and Washington) and the City of Phoenix are identified and described for use by other transportation agencies.

The report is available for download on Tom’s Download & View Page