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ASHE Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting and induction of officers will be held at the Hank Hudson Brewing Company at the Fairways at Halfmoon on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021.  Please RSVP as soon as possible to:  

Wayne.Bonesteel@colliersengineering.com

A link to the flyer can be found below:

 2021 ASHE Albany Annual Meeting Flyer

News for ASHE National:

Despite the lockdowns and travel restrictions across the nation, the business of ASHE National continues.  Here are several of the highlights that have occurred during the last half of 2020.

  1. The 2020 ASHE National Conference in Raleigh, NC was cancelled due to COVID restrictions.  The local NC ASHE Sections hosting the 2020 Conference have been granted the 2024 National Conference date.
  2. The National Board continues to hold their quarterly board meetings, albeit virtually.  The most recent National Board meeting was held on October 23.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 22.
  3. In early 2020, ASHE’s 44th section was chartered.  This is the Tennessee Valley Section located in Chattanooga, TN (SE Region). 
  4. ASHE’s 45th and 46th sections are scheduled to be chartered in early 2021.  These sections are in Austin, TX (SW Region) and South Carolina (SE Region).
  5. ASHE reorganized in 2020 to add a 5th functioning region; the Southwest Region.  This Region includes Phoenix AZ, Dallas TX, and Houston TX.  The new Austin TX section will be part of this Region.  The SW Region is currently looking at expansion into New Mexico.
  6. ASHE National is currently working on an update to our Strategic Plan.
  7. ASHE National hosted a series of free Business Strategies Webinars.
  8. Membership nationally is at an all-time high of 7000 members.   

For all the current news and information from ASHE National, visit the National Website:  www.ashe.pro

ASHE Annual Golf Outing

Our 11th Annual Golf Outing was held on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 at Van Patten Golf Club.  The funds raised went to to support the Capitol Region Future City Competition. 

 Empire State Trail – Region 3

In 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the vision of the Empire State Trail. This undertaking was to create a contiguous 750-mile trail across New York from North to South and East to West. The goal of the trail is to promote bicyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities to experience the variety of New York’s Towns, Villages, and Cities. GPI were the designers in several sections of the trail with one notable segment being in NYSDOT Region 3 (Syracuse). The Region 3 Erie Blvd/Town of Dewitt segment of the trail comprised approximately 10% of the overall construction budget for the entire state.

Region 3

The Region 3 section of the Empire State Trail is a combination of on road and off-road trail facilities. This segment of the trail connected the Erie Canal Trail from Camillus through Syracuse to Dewitt. GPI provided scoping, preliminary, final design and construction support services to NYSDOT for the Empire State Trail (EST) Region 3 project. This project provided a safe, recreational bicycle and pedestrian connection to rural villages such as Camillus, suburban neighborhoods in Dewitt, and Syracuse’s dense city centers.

The downtown Syracuse section was constrained by the developed City. To accommodate bicyclists, the project provides an on-road trail system utilizing a combination of signing and striping. The on-street accommodations consisted of contra-flow bike lanes, shared-use lanes, and directional bike lanes.

As the trail moves out of downtown and onto Erie Boulevard, a multilane highway, trail users are initially accommodated on a bidirectional cycle track. Continuing east, the cycle track transitions to a 12-ft two-way shared use trail constructed in the center median on Erie Boulevard. The center median was chosen to accommodate a trail after eliminating the use of bike lanes due to the 22,000 ADT. While a center median isn’t the first place you would think to accommodate pedestrian and bicyclists, this location was designed to provide traditional trail amenities and aesthetics.  Some amenities and aesthetic treatments include historical monuments, seating nodes and extensive plantings. Width for the trail was accommodated through a road diet, eliminating a thru lane in each direction from Erie Blvd for approximately three miles. Designing a multi-use trail in the center median provides its own set of challenges. First, there are eight signalized intersections that were crossed by the trail. These crossing were upgrades with bicycle signals to provide a safer crossing. The second challenge was the median also contained six unsignalized cut throughs. These cut throughs required a careful layout to ensure pedestrians and bicyclists could see turning vehicles and the vehicles can see the trail users. Continuous concrete sidewalks were constructed along Erie Boulevard and pedestrian signals were added to provide adequate pedestrian accommodations where pedestrian traffic is frequent even during harsh Syracuse winters. Even though the weather outside may be frightful, people still need to make trips to retail and consumer goods stores. 

As the trail leaves Erie Boulevard, the shared-use trail continues toward Dewitt maintained on a converted local roadway for 2,500-ft. The roadway was converted from a two-lane highway to a one-way to accommodate a multi-use trail adjacent to the former Erie Canal.  At this point in the project, the limit of work at the Dewitt Town Park is less than ¼ mile away. The only obstacle in its place is Interstate 481. To get past this obstacle, a 200-ft pedestrian bridge was installed over Interstate 481. An adjacent highway bridge was considered to be rehabilitated to accommodate the increased pedestrians and bicyclists. Due to the age and condition of the existing adjacent highway bridge, it was more cost effective to construct a sperate pedestrian bridge that would provide a longer life cycle than the existing highway bridge.

Once the trail crosses the new pedestrian bridge it’s just a short walk to the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park where the trail connects to the Canalway Trail. With the Empire State Trails completion in December of 2020, I urge everyone to get out and explore some new areas and see what the trail has to offer.

Albany Skyway

Aerial view at Broadway Approach

Designed by Stantec, the concept for the Albany Skyway was identified in the Corning Riverfront Park Master Plan, part of the City of Albany’s development of a downtown revitalization strategy called Impact Downtown.  The market-driven, action strategy envisioned Downtown Albany, its adjacent warehouse district, and its waterfront as the ideal urban center. The waterfront was identified as a unique but underutilized resource lacking connection points needed to achieve that vision.  The Albany Skyway will achieve this vision by converting a lightly used elevated highway ramp into a vibrant community trail, providing opportunity for social gatherings, space for landscaping, seating, viewing areas, festivals, and other events, and encouraging pedestrian and bicycle use. 

This concept is highly original – the first of its kind to convert an elevated interstate ramp (which prohibits pedestrians and bicyclists) into a welcoming and ADA-compliant linear park for pedestrians and cyclists. The project corridor begins on US Route 9, where the ramp to Clinton Avenue splits from Quay Street and continues along the ramp and bridge to the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Broadway. The total project corridor length is approximately 2,680 feet.  Work includes eliminating vehicular access to the existing US Route 9 elevated ramp, directing all vehicular traffic to Quay Street, and re-routing US Route 9. Improvements also provide a connection to the existing Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail along the Hudson River and Corning Riverfront Park, and provide a much-needed connection between downtown and the Arbor Hill and Warehouse District neighborhoods.  

Broadway Approach Shade Structure

The Albany Skyway is a highly visible project that will enhance the community’s aesthetic appeal as well as revitalizing its economy, raising property values, attracting tourists, and creating the unique urban ambiance so desired by today’s workforce.   

The main elements of the design include landscaped areas along the Skyway consisting of planters constructed of materials such as precast concrete or Corten steel. Where the depth of soil for plantings exceeds the height of the existing concrete parapet, modifications to raise the height of the existing concrete parapet may be required.  Additional elements include a shade structure to accent the entrance at the Broadway / Clinton Avenue intersection, accent lighting beneath the fascias and under I-787, and installation of water lines for irrigation. Security cameras will be provided in coordination with the City of Albany.  The riverfront park areas at the Quay Street terminus will be improved with activity nodes and seating areas, landscaping, and architectural features.

Extensive public outreach was essential to the success of this process. The unique transformation required many agency approvals, an access modification application, intense public outreach, extensive interactions with stakeholders, and detailed, complex collaboration between disciplines. 

Awards:

2020American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY) Design Awards
Merit Award

2020Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) Professional Awards
Honor Award, Landscape Planning & Analysis

2020American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY) Engineering Excellence Awards
Diamond Award, Category A: Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services

2020American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards
National Recognition Award

2019 Annual Dinner Meeting

Albany ASHE held their Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2019.  It was a successful meeting with many members in attendance.  Our 2019-2020 officers were inducted and the 2019 scholarship winners were presented with their awards.  Congratulations to Carly Baird and  Jolene Pyronneau and best wishes for their continued success in college.  A special thanks to all who made it possible and to Rick Marquis, FHWA NY Division Administrator for a great presentation!

2019 Annual Dinner Photos

ASHE Albany Project of the Year Submission

ASHE Albany submitted a Project of the Year in the under 20 Million Category to the ASHE Northeast Regional Board.  The project was designed by Greenman Pedersen, Inc. and Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, P.C.  A link to the project submission is below.

2019 ASHE Albany Project of the Year Application Submission 

Future Cities Competition

ASHE 2nd Vice President, Wayne Bonesteel, P.E. presented the second place award at the annual Future Cities Competition to Broadalbin-Perth Middle School.  Richard O-Rourke Middle School received first place. Congratulations to all of the participants!

2019 Future Cities Second Place Presentation Photo

ASHE Annual Meeting

The 2018 annual dinner meeting was held at the Century House on October 10, 2018.   In addition to the installation of our 2018-2019 officers, the dinner meeting featured Mr. Eric G. Celia, P.E., Director of Project Management Office/Design-Build Program from NYSDOT.  Mr. Celia's presentation can be viewed below. 

A special thank you to ASHE National President Mr. Richard Cochrane, PE for attending the meeting.  

Design-Build Overview-ASHE 2018

Breakfast at the Track

We had a great morning enjoying breakfast at the track!  Thanks to all who joined us.

2018 Breakfast at the Track Photo

Solite Plant Tour - June 26th, 2018

Northeast Solite has offered to host a tour of their facility in Suagerties from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Please RSVP to Ron Vaugh at enyaci@aol.com or call 518-283-8637.  Registration is limited to the first 70 participants!  This is a joint ASHE/ABCD/ASCE/ACE & NYSSPE event!

Toys For Tots

In conjunction with the Mohawk Hudson Section of ASCE, ASHE Albany held our Annual Toys for Tots toy drive on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018.  The event was a success with many Toys collected and a great time for colleagues to connect during the holiday season. 

2013 National Conference

We were the proud co-hosts of the 2013 National ASHE Conference in Lake Placid, NY. The conference proved to be a memorable week, with members and their families participating in a wide range of local events and activities including bob sled rides, Olympic venue visits, world class golf and dinner atop the ski jump platform.