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Texas Public Works Association Honors VonAhsen

Posted on 01/10/2017 12:51 PM

The Texas Public Works Association recently presented Jay VonAhsen, PE, the Member of the Year award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the North Central Texas Branch and Outstanding Support to the Public Works Community.

VonAhsen, senior project engineer with MSA Professional Services, Dallas, recently joined the firm. Previously, he had worked at Ourston Roundabout Engineering for two years and a Dallas consulting firm for 11 years prior. He made the decision to join Ourston in order to concentrate more on roundabout design.

Safer Intersections

“After watching a presentation on modern roundabouts, I realized this type of design is a much safer type of intersection,” VonAhsen said. “It eliminates the potential for hitting a vehicle at a right angle or head on.”

Traffic safety is of particular importance to VonAhsen because he survived an accident in 2005. Although he came out of the crash with only cuts and bruises, VonAhsen realized the outcome could have been much worse.

“I enjoy sharing my knowledge of roundabouts with others and helping municipalities educate the public,” he said.

For example, at the Sunnyvale High School in Texas, VonAhsen introduced the senior class to a roundabout exercise using their gymnasium. Sunnyvale is currently constructing its first roundabout based on the Ourston team's feasibility study and design. 

Market Communities

In addition to providing safer intersections, roundabouts also help to market communities through the use of signage and landscaping.  In Texas, many agencies are starting to use roundabouts as gateways into their communities to provide a sense of place.

VonAhsen has a background in municipal roadways, Texas Department of Transportation projects, urban and rural road widenings, bridge replacement projects and shared-used path designs. He often partners with other engineering firms.

VonAhsen obtained a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico.

More Information

For more information, contact Jay VonAhsen.

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