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Session No. 8D

Roadside Safety

Session Description: This session will provide the latest information on roadside safety technologies and methods. Inlcuded will be speakers from the federal and state levels of government to discuss the topic.  Michael Matzke, FHWA Office of Safety, will discuss Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) implementation dates/eligibility process, In-Service Performance Evaluations (ISPEs), and rural roadway departure crash focus area. Hassan Raza, PennDOT Highway Delivery Division, will discuss PennDOT’s implementation of MASH, and Jason Hershock, PennDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Operation Division, will discuss current efforts on high-friction surface treatments in PA.

Moderator: Michael Castellano, P.E., Pennoni         

Speaker Bios

Camille Otto is the Acting Director of Technical Services for the FHWA PA Division Office. Most recently she has led the efforts with PennDOT to develop guidance on the use of safety in purpose and need statements. Otto joined the FHWA PA Division Office in 2010 as the Environmental Program Manager, providing program oversight for the review and approval of environmental policies, programs, analyses, and documentation. Prior to joining FHWA, she spent 13 years in the private sector as a consultant, preparing environmental documents related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f), as well as developing environmental policy and procedures for state Departments of Transportation. Otto graduated from the Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in biology/ecology. 

Hassan Raza joined PennDOT in 2017 where he is responsible for maintaining and updating the Roadway Construction Standards and associated design manuals/publications. He provides technical advice and assistance to Districts on issues related to the use of design standards and criteria. He also serves on specification and new products committees. Raza is the department lead on MASH implementation and developing Department policies on approval of MASH compliant products, upgrading of old safety hardware, and improving the timeliness of guide rail repair and maintenance efforts. He spearheads a statewide "Guiderail Mentors" group that meets quarterly and shares information on MASH implementation and best practices. Previously, Raza worked for FHWA for 38 years. During that time, he worked in 13 States and 3 countries. He served as Planner, Area Engineer, Design Engineer, Pavement Engineer, Team Leader, Asst. Division Administrator, and then Division Administrator for five years in both DE and MD. In 2012-2013 he served in the USDOT Consular Office in Afghanistan working as the Senior Highway and Safety Advisor. Upon returning, he was assigned to Assistant Director of Field Services (ADFS) position with nationwide responsibilities in strategic planning, MAP-21 performance management, development of new stewardship and oversight policy, implementation of SHRP 2, and assisting the DFS in managing 13 FHWA Division Offices in Northeast. Raza holds a Bacherlor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and is a registered Professional Engineer in California, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

Jason Hershock is a 2001 graduate of Penn State. Over the last 19 years, Hershock has worked for the Army, an engineering consultant, PennDOT’s District 8-0 office and Central office. Most of his career with PennDOT has been in traffic and highway safety. Hershock currently manages the Safety Engineering and Risk Management Unit in PennDOT’s Highway Safety & Traffic Operations Division (HSTOD). He manages Pennsylvania’s HSM implementation along with the HSIP, LCSIP, Risk Management programs. He serves as a member to national pooled fund study groups which include the Evaluation of Low Cost Safety Improvements, TPF-5(317), and the Highway Safety Manual Implementation pooled fund group, TPF-5(255). Hershock is a current member of the AASHTO HSM2 steering committee.



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Friday, December 13, 2019

10:30 a.m. to noon

Room 207

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