February-March News

VN Engineers Celebrates Opening Day of Connecticut’s CTfastrak Busway

Design Excellence 

CTfastrak is a dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facility along an exclusive 9.4 mile corridor, between downtown New Britain and downtown Hartford.  This project posed many complicated design related issues, including the layout of the two-lane Busway running parallel to an active railroad.  The project contained three bus stations and the design of three bridges adjacent to active railroad bridges. The Busway was a controversial project that required a steadfast public involvement effort.  VN Engineers Design Team was involved in the roadway design and the design and permitting for the proposed drainage system, noise wall design, site design, utility coordination, illumination, preparation of detour plans and signalization for the project.

CEI Services

Once the CTfastrak project moved into the construction phase our CEI Team was awarded multiple projects that included the construction inspection of large segments of the project.  Our team was involved in construction of multiple stations, bridge reconstruction and replacement, roadways construction, and relocation of railroad.

  • Contract 1, Project No. 88-177: Construction of CTfastrak from Main Street to Stanley Street and the construction of New Britain Station, demolition reconstruction of the bridge over Route 9, reconstruction of Route 72 off and on ramps. Subconsultant to AI.
  • Contract 2, Project Nos. 88-178 & 93-166: Construction of CTfastrak from Stanley Street to Cedar Street, development of two stations, two new bridges, reconstruction of Florence Street and replacement of the existing Cedar Street Bridge. Subconsultant to STV.
  • Contract 3, 63-643 & 93-180: Construction of CTfastrak from Cedar Street to Sigourney Street and construction of seven stations, eight new bridges, two culverts to be installed under Amtrak rail lines, a new bridge carrying Flatbush Avenue over Amtrak and CTfastrak, plus construction of an Amtrak maintenance road. Subconsultant to Gannett Fleming.
  • Contract 4, Project No. 63-670: Construction of CTfastrak from Sigourney Street to Asylum Street and construction of one station, two new bridges, and the relocation of approximately one mile of railroad. Subconsultant to Urban Engineers
  • Contract 5, Project Nos. 63-641/671: Replacement of the existing Broad Street Bridge over Amtrak rail lines and CTfastrak, reconstruction of Broad Street from Capitol Avenue to Farmington Avenue. Subconsultant to Urban Engineers


VN Engineers Pennsylvania Office Opens

As part of VN Engineers ongoing expansion the Pennsylvania office is now open.  The PA office is the next step in providing Design Excellence and Construction Inspection Services throughout the northeast.  VN Engineers is now able to provide the same level of service to our PA clients, that our clients in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and Florida have benefited from for 30 years.

For all inquires please contact us at:

1700 Market Street
Suite 1005
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 366-2405

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January News

VN Engineers Plays Key Role in Reconstruction of I-95 Interchange 14 and 15 in Norwalk, CT

Design Services: Sub-consultant to Lochner

VN Engineers was responsible for Preliminary and Final Traffic Engineering Design Services for the reconstruction of I-95 Interchange 14, Norwalk, CT.

Our Design Team conducted capacity and network analyses utilizing Synchro, SimTraffic, and HCS software programs. They designed four interconnected traffic signals, including required revisions to an existing utility pole mounted hard wire traffic signal interconnect system. The signals are located on Route 1 (Connecticut Avenue), within a coordinated traffic signal system to the north and to the south of the project limits. Notable intersection improvements include the incorporation of exclusive left turn lanes and associated protected and permitted phasing patterns. Revised intersection time splits were installed to minimize delays, reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The team documented existing and design year traffic analysis levels of service in a traffic analysis report with supporting calculations. They also prepared time of day timing patterns for peak and off peak periods. A traffic signal interconnect plan was developed to depict required work of the existing utility pole mounted interconnect. The plan detailed the installation of a new utility pole mounted interconnect to address the geometric roadway widening of the Route.  VN Engineers also coordinated several overhead utilities to facilitate pole relocation work that met the needs of all vested utilities in a dense urban environment. Detailed estimates and special  provisions were prepared.

VN prepared preliminary and final ground mounted and overhead signing plans, including guide signs regulatory signs and warning signs, as well as any other signs required for the freeway corridor, ramps and local streets. Permanent pavement markings were designed and quantities, special provisions and proposal estimate were developed.

Community Outreach/Public Involvement/Construction Inspection: Sub-consultant to HAKS

VN Engineers is also providing construction inspection services for this project as well as the development and on ongoing maintenance of the I-95 Norwalk Exit 14 and 15 Improvement Project website (www.I95norwalk.com).  Functioning as the main site to communicate with the local residents, business, and the driving population the site describes the project and ensures that all traffic detours and potential impacts on drivers are shared with the general public.  The I95norwalk.com site includes a historical view of the projects site from the ground breaking ceremony to the current month's progress.

Due to its effective and simple to navigate structure, CTDOT recently recognized VN Engineers' web design services as a model for current and future CTDOT projects.

195Norwalk Website