R&M is very well known for our work on Alaska’s surface transportation network. Our Surface Transportation Group offers multi-discipline services in highway and street design ranging from rural locations to urban environments. We specialize in utilizing the latest technology in corridor modeling methods to evaluate alternative solutions when analyzing impacts to environment, right-of-way, utilities and estimating construction costs. R&M has been responsible for some of Alaska’s larger highway and urban roadway design and improvement projects, including multiple projects on the Seward, Parks, Sterling and Dalton Highways, and for lower volume roadways in communities such as Wasilla, Bethel, Aleknagik and Kotzebue.
Group Manager - Surface Transportation
Lance Debernardi, PE
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Lance has been with R&M for the past 12 years. He has 29 years of experience as a project manager and senior highway design engineer, which includes roadway geometrics, drainage, roadside safety, construction traffic control and intersection signalization. Lance has managed major roadway projects, including the Fairview Loop Road Rehabilitation, Eklutna River Bridge Replacement, Sterling Highway MP 45-60 and Dalton Highway MP 11-18 Reconstruction. He brings a solid technical background along with strong leadership skills to his role as Group Manager. Lance holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah.
Knik-Goose Bay Road/Fern Street Intersection Improvements
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This project addressed safety, mobility and capacity concerns at the existing stop controlled intersection of KGB and Fern Street. The KGB/Fern project consists of roadway improvements to KGB (a state route) and Fern Street (local street), including development of multiple lanes, right and left turn pockets, new intersection signalization, utility adjustments, and reconstruction of the existing separated pathway. Due to the close spacing of the KGB/Fern Street and KGB/Palmer-Wasilla Highway intersections, R&M added approximately one-mile of new southbound lane along KGB to improve safety and operation.
R&M is designing 2.5 miles of new and reconstructed roadway, including a three-span bridge over the Wood River near its outlet into Lake Aleknagik. The community of Aleknagik occupies both the north and south shores of the lake, with public facilities split between them. Lake crossings have proven deadly in both winter and summer. This project will provide a safe link between the village and educational, commercial and travel resources in Dillingham.
R&M was responsible for the reconstruction of Shore Avenue to establish a full-width roadway between Lake Street and the Crowley Dock along the shoreline. This project included construction of parking lanes, pedestrian sidewalks, and erosion protection consisting of nearly one mile of sheet pile wall and 1,000’ of rip rap revetment to protect improvements. Major challenges involved meeting an accelerated stimulus funding schedule, obtaining ROW certification due to encroachments, and analyzing impacts to sediment transport along the revetment.