Friday, March 8
7:30 – 9:15 a.m. | Opening Plenary Session & Breakfast
Keynote Presentation: The I85 Response, Major Mobility Investment Program and More: An Insider View of the GDOT
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is reaching new heights of service and achievement. Chief among the Department’s thoughtful approach to transportation solutions for Georgia is the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), an $11 billion program consisting of 11 initial transportation projects - four additional Express Lanes facilities, three major interchange projects, three major interstate widening projects, and one Commercial Vehicle Only Lanes project - that together will relieve congestion, increase mobility and improve travel times statewide. GDOT is also finding new ways to expedite project construction and completion. When the I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapsed due to fire in March 2017, GDOT sprang into action using a declaration of emergency and financial incentives to ensure the bridge was swiftly rebuilt and reopened to nearly 250,000 daily vehicles in just six weeks. Hear all about these compelling topics from GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry.
Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E., Georgia Department of Transportation
In January 2015, Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. was appointed by the State Transportation Board to lead the Georgia Department of Transportation – the $3 billion, 4000-employee state agency responsible for building, maintaining and operating the 10th largest transportation system in the country.
Commissioner McMurry is certainly no stranger to transportation or Georgia DOT. He began his career with the Department in 1990 as an engineering trainee, and has served in a variety of roles that include Construction Project Manager, District Engineer, Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer. McMurry was also appointed by Governor Deal as Planning Director before he began his role as Commissioner. He graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia.
Commissioner Russell McMurry currently serves as board member for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and the State Depository Board. He also chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Performance Management.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Concurrent Technical Session Highlight
Track 6A - Diversity in the Transportation Industry: Attracting and Engaging Talent
Altana’s Transportation Industry is growing by leaps and bounds. How do you manage the growing transportation needs of a major metropolitan area, manage key relationships, find innovative ways to fund and complete projects and lead diverse teams? Learn this and more from a lively panel discussion with four of the region’s top women transportation executives. They will also provide insight into their journeys to top posts in the public and private sectors and reveal the secrets of their success.
Moderator: Malika Reed Wilkins, PhD, APR, WTS Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission
Saturday, March 9
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Closing Plenary Luncheon (1.5 PDHs)
The City of Atlanta was faced with two challenges. First, their emergency raw water reserve was limited to just three days. If the City were to lose access to clean, safe drinking water for a longer duration, the cost to the local business community could exceed more than $100 million per day. Second, their aging pump and piping system was over 100 years old, which greatly increases the risk of potential service disruption. The expansion of the Atlanta’s raw water storage capacity will provide the City with a reliable supply of drinking water for the next 100 years and increase the emergency raw water reserve to more than 30 days. The project will also address Atlanta’s goal of achieving a sustainable water infrastructure for future generations and flexibility in the system’s operation.
Panelists: Ade Abon, Director, Department of Watershed Management City of Atlanta; Robert Huie, Project Director, PC; Jake Coibion, Project Manager, Atkinson Construction; Joe Ussery, Design Project Manager, River 2 Tap (R2T)