19. May 2016 08:59
Brad Severson of R.A. Smith National — a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm —in Appleton, Wis., has been promoted to project manager in the transportation division.
In this role, Severson is responsible for the design of transportation facilities for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), county highway departments and local units of government. Additionally, he is responsible for professional development and mentoring staff members.
Severson has more than 12 years of experience as a lead project engineer. Severson’s expertise is the design and analysis of roundabouts, having completed the design of more than 125 single-, dual- and triple-lane roundabouts. A few of his projects include the I-39/WIS 59 interchange with three convertible single-/multi-lane roundabouts in Rock County; WIS 32/Happy Lane, a single-lane roundabout in Sheboygan Falls; and the award-winning WIS 145 in Washington County that consists of five single- and multi-lane roundabouts.
Severson holds a bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and also is a certified Level 2 Roundabout Designer by WisDOT. He joined R.A. Smith National in 2003.
Severson currently resides in Freedom, Wisconsin.
11. March 2011 07:00
BROOKFIELD, WIS. – R.A.Smith National – a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm – Brookfield, Wis., has received an Excellence in Highway Design award from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) for the design of a series of five roundabouts at State Highway145 in the village of Richfield, Washington County, Wisconsin. R.A. Smith National also received a Best of State Engineering Excellence Award recently from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin for the STH 145 project.
R.A. Smith National was retained by WisDOT for the design of five, closely-spaced roundabouts on STH145 from USH 41 to USH 45, a 0.6-mile corridor that included interchanges over two major U.S. highways. “The number and concentration of roundabouts designed make this a unique roundabout project and one of the largest in Wisconsin to date,” said Christine K. Rawson, WisDOT Southeast Region project manager. “The complexity and the number of challenges in designing a system of five roundabouts in less than six tenths of a mile were significant, particularly since at the time, roundabouts were a new and innovative design element.”
R.A. Smith National was retained by WisDOT to design improvements to STH 145 to handle the anticipated increase in traffic volumes from 6,000 vehicles per day to nearly 18,000 vehicles per day. The anticipated increase in traffic volumes was based on the recently constructed Cabela’s store, associated outlot parcels and future commercial development. The project was designed, constructed, and open to traffic under a three-year compressed schedule (November 2006 to November 2009).