Orange County Branch Newsletter

July 2019

ASCE OC Transportation & Development Institute

SR-710 North Mobility Improvements Projects

By Alahesh Thurairajah, P.E., G.E. | T&DI Treasurer

The Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) held its second 2019 Lunch Program on June 25th at the University Club at UCI with Abdollah Ansari from LA Metro. Abdollah Ansari, Senior Executive Officer in charge of the Metro Highway Program, presented information on $1 billion SR-710 North Mobility Improvements Projects that will be released soon from LA Metro or local agencies. The eligible projects consist of freeway interchanges and ramp modifications/reconfigurations, local intersection improvements, corridor improvements/roadway widenings, grade separations, and traffic signal improvements/timing adjustments. It was a well-attended event with 60+ participants.

Thank you to our lunch sponsors Biggs Cardosa Associates, Earth Mechanics, Inc., HNTB, Mark Thomas, and WKE.

Event attendees networking

L to R: Taki Chrysovergis, Tapas Dutta, Ravi Shah, Clint Isa, Abdollah Ansari, Alahesh Thurairajah, Juliet Su, Steve Crouch, Robert Martinez, Kelsie Anderson, Julia Milano, Bita Sadri, and Elizabeth Ruedas.

Abdollah Ansari during presentation

About the Author

Alahesh Thurairajah is a Geotechnical Engineer and Project Manager at Earth Mechanics, Inc. Alahesh has provided geotechnical design and construction recommendations for several of transportation projects including roadways, bridges, wharves/ports, interchanges, and transit corridors. As a geotechnical engineer, he is passionate about designing foundations in favorable and unfavorable subsurface conditions. Outside of work, Alahesh likes spending time with his wife and their two-year-old son. Alahesh can be reached at

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