Congrats to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) Salinas Rail Extension project team for winning a coveted 2022 ACEC California Engineering Excellence Honor award and a national ACEC Engineering Excellence recognition award! The Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) is the first project completed in the Monterey County Rail Extension Project’s Kick Start Project, Phase I, which will ultimately create a rail extension from Salinas to Gilroy. The Salinas ITC is in downtown Salinas on Market Street, a walkable distance to the Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) bus center and the main employment areas of downtown Salinas. The project included improvements at the Salinas ITC, a new direct signalized access point to downtown via the extension of Lincoln Avenue across Market Street, a five-bay bus transfer area, bike lanes and bike lockers, safe pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, and commuter parking. This station integrates alternative transportation options with a new passenger rail service to the San Francisco Bay Area with at least two commute-oriented round trips every weekday at the start of service and an opportunity to expand, Amtrak buses, MST local buses, and Greyhound intercity buses. MNS provided construction management, resident engineer and construction inspection. #MNSTransportation
Congratulations to #MNSTransportation and the City of Thousand Oaks, winner of an APWA Ventura County Project of the Year Award for Transportation for the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Streetscape Improvements project. The $3.5M Thousand Oaks Boulevard Streetscape project (Phase 1) is the first phase of the City’s adopted Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan (Specific Plan). Phase 1 extends from west of Erbes Road to just west of Dallas Drive. This streetscape project transformed Thousand Oaks Boulevard into a more pedestrian and business friendly environment without impacting traffic. Specific improvements included a gateway into the new downtown, widened south sidewalk 12-feet into the street with a finished width of 22-feet, beautification with 22 new trees (London Plane canopy shade trees and accent Crape Myrtle), new day and night street lighting for sidewalks, decorative brick pavers and colored concrete on sidewalks, intersections and pedestrian crossings, enhanced pedestrian nodes (bulb-outs), new benches, sidewalk planters, potted plants, and bollards, traffic signal modifications and new traffic signal poles, and replacement of aged and undersized waterlines, valves, and hydrants within project limits.
Congratulations to the City of Goleta and #MNSTransportation for winning the APWA Central Coast Project of the Year Award and ASCE Santa Barbara-Ventura Project of the Year Award! The Old Town Sidewalk Improvements Project improved the safety and livability for residents in one of the area’s most disadvantaged communities – Old Town Goleta. The work included constructing sidewalks on at least one side of each street, for several residential streets in the neighborhood north of Hollister Avenue between South Fairview Avenue and Mallard Avenue as well as on Pine Avenue south of Hollister Avenue. The new sidewalks provide a much-needed continuous path of travel for area residents. Additionally, the project improved drainage, reconstructed driveways, constructed ADA curb ramps, replaced or relocated trees, repaved streets, and constructed 39 back-in angled parking spots (on Magnolia Avenue) which were desperately needed in this compact area. There was a dire lack of parking in the residential areas of Old Town and adding parking was a request from the community and direction from City Council.
Congratulations to the County of San Joaquin and MNS CM Transportation team for being selected by the APWA Sacramento Chapter for a 2020 Transportation Project of the Year Award for the Improve McHenry project!
An exciting milestone for #MNSTrans on the VTA’s Montague Expressway Pedestrian Overcrossing as the 229’ steel pedestrian bridge was lifted over the Montague Expressway. Over 25 semi-trucks equipment for the lift, 25 craftspeople working all night, and 2 massive cranes lifting the bridge in 2 segments were the culmination of extensive planning and coordination. The colorful fins on the steel bridge provide a unique gateway to City of Milpitas. The next stage is finishing the entrance to the bridge. Project partners: VTA, County of Santa Clara, City of Milpitas, and BART. Project Team: Hill International, Biggs Cardosa, DMZ Builders and Artik.
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Congratulations to the County of San Joaquin’s Improve McHenry project as the California Transportation Foundation’s (CTF) Local Street Project of the Year Award Winner! This project significantly alleviated motorists’ frustrations by literally and figuratively clearing the air along one of the busiest and most essential routes between San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County. The McHenry Avenue Corridor Improvements included replacing two bridges, widening the roadway to include a two-way left turn lane, and signalizing the McHenry Avenue/River Road intersection. Using a robust public outreach strategy focused on digital technology and the ingenuity of its project team, the project was completed 6 months ahead of schedule and over $1 million under budget.
“The project was successful because the owner, the contractor and the construction management team knew from the beginning that working together on solutions for a successful outcome is not a cliché but a reality when executing complex transportation projects.” Mauricio Rivera, MNS Resident Engineer
MNS along with team members PGH Wong Engineering, Inc., AECOM, Ghirardelli Associates, and Stacy and Witbeck, Inc./Amaroso/MRS Joint Venture are the 2019 recipients of the prestigious ACEC California Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the eBART to Antioch: East Contra Costa Extension Project in the Transportation category. The 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering and land surveying firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. [ read more… ]
The Elkhorn Road Emergency Storm Damage Repair Project in Monterey County wins a National American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award for Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair projects less than $5 Million. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 5, wins a National American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award for Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair projects over $5 Million but less than $25 Million.
Elkhorn Road Emergency Storm Damage Repair: Winter storms battered the Central Coast of California in January and February of 2017. In February, cyclone force winds ripped through the Monterey-Salinas area, shredding trees, blocking lanes of Highway 101, and wreaking havoc throughout the County. This new winter storm added a new vocabulary word to area residents: bombogenesis. This rare occurrence of a bombogenesis is a mid-latitude cyclone that drops in surface barometric pressure by 24 or more millibars in a 24-hour period, which means intense downpours along with extremely strong winds battering the area. [ read more… ]
MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Sheilah Neff, Principal Engineer and Southern California Transportation Market Leader, to our Transportation Department. Ms. Neff will be based in our new Ontario office.
“I am thrilled to be instrumental in opening our new office in Ontario,” says Sheilah. “Over three decades of experience, training, and lasting relationships will be beneficial in my new role to help strategically plan, manage, and operate the fast growth of the Transportation group in Southern California. I’m proud to be a part of a company that provides solutions to our crumbling infrastructure.”
Sheilah has over 33 years of experience in the civil engineering industry and specializes in transportation projects. Sheilah began her career at Caltrans at the age of 18 working as an Engineer Tech while attending school full-time. [ read more… ]
Westlake Village, CA- MNS Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Vandrey, Principal Surveyor, to the Survey Team! Mr. Vandrey will be working out of the Westlake Village Office and serving the greater Los Angeles area.