Session No. 6A

Work Zone Safety — Agency Panel Discussion

Join panelists from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PennDOT, and FHWA to discuss on-going work zone safety initiatives and strategies.

Moderator: Jeannette Quirus, P.E., PTOE, McCormick Taylor


  • Tom Macchione, P.E., Manager of Traffic Engineering, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • William R. Houpt, P.E., Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
  • Brian Crossley, Manager, Temporary Traffic Control Unit, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Tom Macchione received his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. He has worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in the Traffic Engineering and Operations Department for 17 years and is currently the Manager of Traffic Engineering for the Commission. He is currently the Chair of the Turnpike Commission’s Work Zone Safety Subcommittee. He is also a member on the Temporary Traffic Control Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD). Macchione was instrumental in helping implement the recessed durable pavement marking program at the Turnpike Commission and was also heavily involved in the 70 MPH speed limit conversion and the implementation of the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program on the Turnpike.

William R. Houpt is the Safety Engineer in FHWA’s Pennsylvania Division Office. He is responsible for leading the coordination efforts with PennDOT as it relates to the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) along with other highway  safety activities and initiatives.He has technical experience in safety analysis and project development, roadside design and work zones. Houpt joined FHWA in February of 2020 after spending 14 years with PennDOT in Engineering District 3 and serving as Safety Engineer for over 11 of those years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from The Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2003 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.

Brian Crossley is the manager of the Temporary Traffic Control Unit based out of PennDOT’s Bureau of Maintenance and Operations (BOMO) in which he has held this position for nearly three years. Prior to this, Crossley served for nearly twenty (20) years as the work zone manager for PennDOT’s District 3 office in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Crossley currently oversees program, policy, and publication development for statewide temporary traffic control initiatives along with serving on the management team for the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) pilot. Crossley also serves on several national committees and is participating on a US DOT demonstration grant team testing autonomous vehicles in work zones.

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Dec. 9, 2021

3:45 to 5:00 p.m.




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Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891