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Session No. 2E

Session Title: The Wide World of Work Zones 

Session Description: As technology has been further embedded in work zones, this session examines a series of case studies applying work zone technologies to improve safety.

Moderator: Mahmood Shehata, RK&K

Work Zone Lane Closure Application, Todd Rothermel, HNTB

Maryland Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement ProgramSteve Rochon, Division Chief of the Traffic Development and Support Division (TDSD), Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)

PTC’s Work Zone Connected Vehicle Pilot Project, Michael Pack, Manager of Incident Management and Traffic Operations, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and Dwight Shank, Senior Systems Engineer, Iteris.

Speaker Bios

Todd Rothermel is the Technology Practice Leader for the Northeast region for HNTB. Rothermel's technical focus is on the successful program management and delivery of Enterprise Asset Management solutions (with a Transportation focus), Enterprise Geospatial solutions, Software Development programs and delivery of Intelligent Transportation solutions. Rothermel is responsible for program management and project oversight for several technology services clients, including the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Rothermel has been the project manager for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s Traffic Permitting and Lane Closure application since its inception in January 2014. He has helped turn the programmatic needs of the Authority’s Operations department into an application that is now mission critical to the efficiency of the Authority managing access to their roadways. Rothermel is also the project manager for the Lane Closure Management System under development for the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Steve Rochon is the Division Chief of the Traffic Development and Support Division (TDSD) at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). At TDSD, which is a support division within MDOT SHA’s Office of Traffic and Safety, Rochon directs the work of several technical teams that focus on all aspects of transportation safety and mobility.  One of these teams, the Work Zone Policy and Safety Team, is responsible for Maryland’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program in work zones. Known popularly as Maryland SafeZones, this program is a multidisciplinary endeavor that joins education, enforcement, and engineering with finance and other key stakeholders, in an effort to enhance safety in work zones. Rochon and his team are responsible for the overall program management, including contract management, quality assurance, and legal compliance. Rochon has more than 25 years of experience in the field of traffic engineering and incident management. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland and lives in Eldersburg, Maryland with his wife and two sons.

Mike Pack has over 20 years of experience in ITS and Traffic Operations. Pack worked for PennDOT for over 17 years, working in District 5, Central Office, and District 6. Pack has been with the PA Turnpike Commission for more than three years, currently serving as the Manager of Incident Management and Traffic Operations.     

Dwight Shank works as a Senior Systems Engineer for Iteris’ Transportation Systems division.  While with Iteris, Shank has worked exclusively on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects in locations including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska, Washington, DC, and Abu Dhabi, as well as projects for the USDOT’s FHWA and ITS Joint Program Office. His roles have included system integration, System Engineering, communication design, risk analysis, performance evaluation, configuration management, Connected Vehicle analysis and integration, software development, and acquisition support. He has been with the firm since March 1998. Prior to joining Iteris (then called Odetics ITS), Shank worked for the MITRE Corporation, Mitretek Systems, and Computer Sciences Corporation in Systems Engineering and software development for ITS, air traffic control, and satellite flight dynamics. Shank has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and graduate study in Transportation Engineering.



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