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Session No. 1D

Session Title: Transportation and Environmental Issues 

Moderator: Eileen Collins, Dewberry Engineering

  • Highway Traffic Noise – Noise Studies and How Highway Traffic Impacts the Noise (PDF), Kathryn McKelvey, Environmental Planner II, Central Office, Environmental Policy and Development Section, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Potters Mills Gap – Environmental Impacts and Mitigation, Rob Weed EIT, District 2-0 Environmental Planning Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 
  • Potters Mills Gap – Environmental Impacts and Mitigation, Joseph Hlivia, Senior Environmental Scientist, McCormick Taylor     
  • Potters Mills Gap – Environmental Impacts and Mitigation, Michael Miller, Environmental Restoration Manager, McCormick Taylor
  • Marshalls Creek - Where Transportation Meets Conservation (PDF), Mark Geiser, P.E., Assistant Department Manager, Highways, Dewberry Engineers
  • Marshalls Creek - Where Transportation Meets Conservation, Lonnie Young, Director, Environmental Sciences, Rettew Associates

Speaker Bios

Kathryn McKelvey has been an Environmental Planner with Bureau of Project Delivery Environmental Policy and Development Section at PennDOT since 2015. She studied Environmental Studies and Economics at Washington College and earned her Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Kathryn acts as the PennDOT highway traffic noise and project-level air quality specialist. Her areas of responsibility also include environmental justice and GIS. Kathryn acts as the Pennsylvania representative on the AASHTO Highway Traffic Noise Workgroup, the PennDOT Project Delivery representative on the PA Air Quality Work Group, and the EPA’s Watershed Resources Registry. 

Robert R. Weed, E.I.T., District Environmental Planning Manager. 30-years of experience with PennDOT Engineering District 2-0, including as Civil Engineer-Transportation, Assistant Environmental Manager and District Environmental Manager. B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1989, Gannon University, Erie, PA.  Served as District Environmental Lead on Potters Mills Gap Transportation Improvement Project, S.R. 0322 – Sections B04, B05 and B06 since project inception in early 2013 through the present construction phases.

Joseph Hlivia is a Senior Environmental Scientist with McCormick Taylor’s State College office. He has been with McCormick Taylor for 20 years. Hlivia is responsible for environmental and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance projects relating to the areas of natural resource investigations including wetland identification, delineation and documentation, wetland and stream assessments, threatened and endangered species investigations, and other environmental assessments for both small and large scale projects. Hlivia has participated in field evaluations and has prepared technical documents and state and federal environmental permits. He has worked on bridge and roadway projects across Pennsylvania for both the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Hilvia holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State.

Mike Miller is a Manager of Environmental Restoration at McCormick Taylor with 19 years of experience working on projects involving stream restoration, wetland mitigation, mitigation construction oversight, post-construction monitoring, stream bioassessment, and watershed management. Miller was the lead designer and provided construction oversight for stream and wetland mitigation for the Potters Mills Gap Transportation Improvement Project, S.R. 0322—Section B06. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Messiah College and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho.

As a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager at Dewberry Engineers, Mark Geiser, P.E., has extensive experience in the project development process for PennDOT. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Civil Engineering, he began working with Dewberry in 1994. His projects have included major highway relocations, interstate reconstructions, interchange reconstructions, corridor studies, intersection improvements, 3R, I-4R, and bridge replacements across the Commonwealth. In addition to his project management duties, Geiser is also the Assistant Department Manager for Highways in Mechanicsburg and the Client Manager for two PennDOT Districts.

Lonnie Young is Vice President of Transportation and Natural Sciences at RETTEW Associates, Inc. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University. Young has more than 30 years of experience in the performance and management of environmental clearance, permitting, and compliance for transportation agencies. His specific expertise includes NEPA/Section 404 processes, natural resource investigations, and waterway permitting as well as extensive agency coordination and public involvement. 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Room 206

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