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

October News

VN Engineers and Urban Engineers Plan Strategic Partnership

The VN Engineers management team recently returned from a two day visit to Urban Engineers' Philadelphia headquarters. During their stay, they were given a grand tour of the City by Ed D'Alba, CEO of Urban and the Urban executive team.

VN Engineers has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Urban Engineers, having worked together on multiple projects including Bradley International Airport New Terminal Redevelopment, CTfastrak and the New Haven Rail Yard Component Change Out Shop. The partnership with Urban is based on our core values of exceeding expectations as a WBE/DBE subconsultant. Our goal as part of any team is to ensure projects get the attention and commitment you would expect from one's own project team.

Urban Engineers and VN Engineers have begun planning a multi-state partnership that will allow for a focused and expanded teaming with VN Engineers providing key services such as Construction Inspection, Traffic Design, Roadway Design, M&PT, Signalization and Illumination.

Bradley International Access Roadway Lighting

The Bradley International Airport project is one of several  on-going facility improvement projects to update and expand the airports infrastructure and operating facilities.  This project entails the design of new roadways and a roundabout to facilitate circulation for a future car rental/parking garage and a new international terminal building.   Schoephoester Road (SSR 401) was realigned from approximately the Park Road Overpass east to Trap Rock Road.  A new “de-planing” roadway was designed to connect the airport to Schoephoester Road at a proposed roundabout.    

VN Engineers, Inc. is responsible for the design of preliminary and final roadway lighting plans for the project.   The design utilizes LED lighting fixtures and was designed to meet the lighting needs of both the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority.  VN Engineers also designed; as part of the Terminal B demolition project, an aircraft apron lighting design to facilitate temporarily parking aircraft overnight on the tarmac.  The lighting design utilized 50’ high mast lighting fixtures with high-pressure sodium fixtures and is currently under construction. 

New Haven Rail Yard Component Change Out Shop

The New Haven Rail Yard Component Change Out Shop, State Project No. 301-106 is part of a program called the New Haven Rail Yard Facilities Improvements Program. The purpose of this program is to transform the existing rail yard into a fully functional facility that provides for efficient and effective storage, dispatching, inspection, maintenance and cleaning of an increasing fleet of rail cars. This Component Change Out Shop portion of the program will provide a new maintenance shop for the repair and maintenance of the 300 cars electric commuter rail fleet on the New Haven Rail Line. VN Engineers is providing Estimating and Construction Inspection Services for this project. Responsibilities include the inspection of piping for drainage, HW & CW, vent piping, air and gas along with the monitoring of activities at the Water Treatment Facility, and Environmental Health Safety personnel. VN Engineers also performed construction surveying, soil density testing and non-destructive testing on concrete and steel members. Other duties included monitoring pile driving operations (500 plus piles, 16 in x 16 in precast pre-stressed concrete piles) along with the installation/relocation of various existing utilities.