Several members of Lochmueller Group’s Chicago and Troy Offices recently enjoyed a formal night out in Chicago attending the ACEC-Illinois Engineering Excellence Awards Gala. At this event, Lochmueller’s Elmhurst Road Diverging Diamond Interchange project was a proud recipient of an ACEC-IL Honor Award and the Best In Category: Transportation Award as a part of the I-90/Jane Addams Tollway Rebuilding and Widening Project. Subsequent to the awards gala, our project team also learned that the project has also earned a National Recognition Award that will be recognized at the ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on April 17th. Congratulations to our Lochmueller Project team, our Joint Venture Partner 2iM Group and our client, the Illinois Tollway.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lochmueller Group, Inc. is proud to welcome Steve Fleming, PE as the company’s new Vice President of Transportation and Director of Major Projects. He will be responsible for managing major transportation projects across the Midwest from our Indianapolis office. “While Lochmueller Group already enjoys a strong corps of transportation designers with big project experience, Steve adds experience and expertise at a whole new level” said Lochmueller Group president and CEO, Mike Hinton. “His nationwide and even international involvement with designing and managing marquis transportation projects represents a great opportunity for our company to expand our transportation design practice and to extend our geographic coverage.”
Steve has 29 years of experience managing over $1 billion of completed highway construction projects in both urban and rural environments across the US and internationally. Recently, he was the project manager for the rehabilitation of two miles of
I-275 in Hamilton County Ohio that included rehabilitation of the Combs Hehl Bridge over the Ohio River. He was the program manager for US 31 in Hamilton County, Indiana, a $487 million reconstruction and upgrade of 12 miles of from Arterial Boulevard to freeway standards. And, he was the overall project manager for the I-70 Fast Track in Indianapolis, a $170 million relocation of four miles of I-70 adjacent to the Airport.
Steve said, “Since moving to the Midwest in 2002, I have always been impressed with Lochmueller Group’s strong reputation for envisioning significant transportation planning projects. I am excited by this opportunity to help steer the direction and growth of their Transportation practice. The existing talent within the organization makes me realize how poised this firm is to lead major final design projects throughout the Midwest.”
Steve holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the New York University, formerly known as Polytechnic University, New York, and is a registered Professional Engineer. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Highway Engineers, WTS for Advancing Women in Transportation, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
In the past, public agencies addressed transportation safety issues based almost solely upon where crashes had already occurred. Especially focusing on severe or fatal crash locations, even if the overall crash frequency was very low. That mindset led to a constant process of “chasing dots,” meaning addressing those location on a map where “dots” (serious or fatal crash instances) were plotted. Consequently, valuable transportation safety dollars were focused on reactionary decisions, rather than systemic engineering processes that identified the segments of roadway most susceptible to severe crashes.
With the advent of quantifiable safety study tools such as the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual, engineers and decision makers are able to use sound analysis to optimize funds to address the maximum amount of locations. This allows the focus to be on implementing safety improvements BEFORE crashes occur. Predictive and systemic safety improvements resulting from these analyses have proven effective in stretching agency resources to the greatest extent possible. Leading to the best possible safety strategies for the protection of the travelling public.
Lochmueller Group has been selected for the replacement and construction inspection of Bridge 152 (Mishawaka Road over Yellow Creek) in Elkhart County. This project is a great opportunity to transform Mishawaka Road into a safer and more visually appealing corridor. This computer rendering shows the possible configuration for the new bridge.
Lochmueller Group, Inc. is proud to welcome Kevin Fuhr, PE as the company’s new Chicago Branch Manager. In his new duties, Kevin will market Lochgroup’s services to clients throughout Chicagoland and Northern Illinois while overseeing the daily operations of the office.
Kevin brings twenty years of experience in transportation consulting industry and has an extensive background in roadway design and project management as well as airport airfield design and program management. Most recently, Kevin acted as an Owner’s Representative for the implementation and management of the O’Hare Modernization Program for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. Additionally, he has successfully managed roadway and bridge projects with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Kevin holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a registered Professional Engineer. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Council of Engineering Companies, Lambda Alpha International, and the March of Dimes Construction and Transportation Awards Committee.
Lochgroup’s Chicago office opened in 2012 and offers a full range of transportation engineering services ranging from traffic analysis and right-of-way acquisition to preliminary and final highway and bridge design.