Tighe & Bond Receives 2010 Engineering Excellence Award

Westfield, MA January 29, 2010 – The American Council of Engineering (ACEC) Companies of Connecticut presented Tighe & Bond and Yale-New Haven Hospital with an Engineering Excellence Award for the Route 34 Roadway Improvement Project in New Haven, Connecticut. The award was presented on January 21st at ACEC’s Annual Awards Banquet held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT following a competition open to firms engaged in the practice of consulting engineering in Connecticut.

Tighe & Bond developed roadway improvement concept plans to support the traffic generated by the $467 million Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, as well as to address existing operational and safety deficiencies along the Route 34 expressway and the frontage roads. The firm completed a comprehensive transportation engineering study required by the City of New Haven and the State Traffic Commission. Improvements to the adjacent roadway network were deemed necessary to mitigate the identified traffic issues. The centerpiece of Tighe & Bond’s design is a modern roundabout, unique in that it is located at the end of the Route 34 Expressway and provides access to a parking garage. Tighe & Bond also prepared the design for other roadway improvements, including highway ramp widening, geometric modifications along the Route 34 Expressway, widening North Frontage Road to provide additional turning lanes and the design of a new state-of-the-art traffic control signal system involving 12 traffic signals operated and monitored by the City Traffic Management Center.

An extensive amount of work was required to obtain design approvals and Tighe & Bond was on top of these requirements from the beginning. During the design phase, Tighe & Bond coordinated with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and City of New Haven to facilitate approvals, leading to the issuance of a Connecticut Department of Transportation Encroachment Permit and City of New Haven Obstruction Permits. Additionally, Tighe & Bond worked with the Connecticut Department of Transportation to secure an Encroachment Agreement to build the roundabout within the State of Connecticut Highway Right of Way.

Following the completion of the design and issuance of all permits, Tighe & Bond worked collaboratively with Yale-New Haven Hospital and Turner Construction Company to administer the construction phase of the project. Tighe & Bond provided shop drawing reviews, attended construction conferences, and observed the work.

Construction of the $5 million project started in earnest in May 2008 and was substantially complete by October 2008, meeting an aggressive five month construction schedule. The most significant results of the project include reduced traffic congestion and delays, as well as enhanced public safety for vehicles and pedestrians.

“The roundabout has been a tremendous improvement and we appreciate the work of the design team in its formulation and execution”, commented Stephen Merz, Yale New Haven Hospital’s Vice President of Administration.

The Route 34 Roadway Improvement Project also received a 2009 Achievement in Civil Engineering Award from the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers.

Founded in 1911, Tighe & Bond is one of the most experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Westfield, Worcester and Pocasset, Massachusetts; Danbury, Middletown and Shelton Connecticut. Tighe & Bond is annually ranked among the top design and environmental engineering firms nationally by the Engineering News Record. The firm provides engineering and environmental services for clients in government, industry, health care, education, power, and real estate development.

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