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Session No. 6C

Session Title: Special Events, Planned/Unplanned: What Have We Learned?

Session Description: This session will recap some recent 'unique' special events and the traffic control response, ranging from the planned (the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Parade of Champions) to the unplanned (Liberty Bridge Fire and Closure, US 30 Landslide and Closure).  Presenters will touch on what was learned in the response and what they will look to utilize going forward for future events.  Also, some policy and design guidance will be provided related to closure and special event planning for the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Moderator Name: Bradley DiCola, PE, PTOE, Gannett Fleming

2018 Eagles Super Bowl Parade of ChampionsRichard J. MontanezDeputy Commissioner — Transportation, Department of Streets — City of Philadelphia

Planned Events Preparation for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Mike Davidson, P.E., Project Manager, Gannett Fleming

Fires, Floods, and Slides: How to Manage Traffic During Unplanned EventsStephanie D. Zolnak, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer Supervisor, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation — Engineering District 11-0 — Work Zone Traffic Control Section

Speaker Bios

Richard Montanez, PE. is Deputy Streets Commissioner for Transportation for the City of Philadelphia. Montanez is responsible for the maintaining, operating, and improving approximately 2,500 miles of local roads, 3,000 traffic signals, 280 bridges, over 100,000 street lights and 18,000 alley lights in the City of Philadelphia. He leads the Streets Department in a variety of efforts, such as Transportation Management, Operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vision Zero, Energy efficiency, Green Infrastructure and Smart Cities and is responsible for the development and implementation of the transportation division’s strategic plan. Montanez has overseen transportation for special events in Philadelphia, such as the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the 2017 National Football League Draft and the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl Champion Parade. Montanez has received the 2014 Client of Distinction award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania. He was named ITSPA 2015 person of the year and received 2016 ITE Transportation Systems Management & Operations Council Individual Achievement Award. Montanez is a 1993 graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Professional Engineer License from the State of Pennsylvania.

Mike Davidson is a Project Manager with Gannett Fleming and has been providing on-site assistance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for the past four years. In this role, he has been supporting the Traffic Operations Department with various initiatives, including developing the Special Events Playbook and reviewing Transportation Management Plans for construction projects. He is experienced in many different aspects of traffic engineering and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie Zolnak, P.E. is the Work Zone Traffic Control Manager for PennDOT District 11-0. District 11-0 covers Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties which includes the City of Pittsburgh. Zolnak is responsible for the in-house MPT designs and review of consultant designs for Traffic Control Plans, Incident Management Plans, Work Zone Alternatives Analysis, and Transportation Management Plans. She also reviews, coordinates and approves all lane restriction requests from contractors, utility companies, etc. Zolnak has overseen transportation responses for unplanned special events in Allegheny County, such as the 2016 Liberty Bridge Fire, the 2018 Interstate 376 ‘Bathtub’ closures due to flooding events, and the 2018 PA Route 30 Roadway Slide. Zolnak is a 2007 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.




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