King County Metro and the City of Seattle are coordinating on the design and delivery of multiple new RapidRide corridors. To aid in the close coordination between Metro and Seattle and their programmatic approach for coordinated project delivery, Forman Consulting Services is assisting Metro with support services. Stephanie is providing project management support, FTA coordination and documentation support, design coordination and review, and construction sequencing, installation and delivery coordination.
Stephanie serves as the Lead Civil Engineer for this multidisciplinary engineering, planning, and design project for King County Metro. This Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route is over 16 miles long and services the cities of Renton, Kent, and Auburn. Approximately 40% of the corridor also is located on State Routes requiring coordination and documentation with WSDOT. This project includes full planning and alternatives analysis, environmental documentation, right of way services and civil engineering coupled with RapidRide branded coaches and passenger amenities to improve speed and reliability in the corridor. Approximately 80 transit stations will be designed for this route as well as additional transit lanes, business access and transit (BAT) lanes, queue jumps, bypass lanes, transit signal priority, and curb space management.
Stephanie manages the preliminary design for the J Line RapidRide project (formerly known as Roosevelt RapidRide) which will provide a high-quality bus rapid transit service. This route totals over 7 miles in length, connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods to the north: South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, Roosevelt and Ravenna. SDOT partnered with King County Metro (among other stakeholders) to enhance the transit connections and upgrade existing routes by improving transit speed and reliability, adding more buses at off-peak times, upgrading stop amenities (including the addition of real-time arrival information), repaving sections of the corridor, adding protected bicycle lanes or two-way cycle tracks, and upgrading pedestrian facilities to meet full ADA guidelines. Stephanie manages the preliminary design of the J Line RapidRide Corridor and a large team including 6 different design firms from around the northwest region. In Fall of 2017, 2018 and 2019, she also supported the submission of FTA’s Small Starts Grant Application and has an ongoing support role in the efforts for environmental documentation and public outreach.
Stephanie was the project manager & design manager for the Juanita Drive NE Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Project (Complete Streets) which is part of the City of Kenmore’s Walkways & Waterways voter-approved bond measure in 2016 and is the result of the City’s “Imagine Kenmore” public outreach initiative. This project achieves Kenmore’s residents top priorities of safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists and connecting residents with the City’s public open space and waterfront. Juanita Drive NE is an existing arterial roadway with one travel lane in each direction and asphalt shoulders. This safety improvement project extends from the City’s southern limits to the Sammamish River Bridge and adds a new sidewalk and landscaping on the east side of the road, buffered bike lanes in each direction, narrowed lane widths, corridor-wide illumination, new stormwater infrastructure, roadway reconstruction, traffic signal modifications and retaining walls to minimize impacts to the right of way. In addition, Stephanie also managed the environmental documentation (NEPA/SEPA) and has supported multiple grant applications for funding opportunities.
Stephanie served as the project manager and design manager for the NE 153rd Safe Routes to School project which created a safe passage for students and is key to the City of Kenmore’s Target Zero goal in achieving zero pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries by 2025. This project constructs a missing link of sidewalk leading from a residential community to Arrowhead Elementary School and Bastyr University. Once connected with Juanita Drive NE corridor, this will link the neighborhood to a full complete streets facility of non-motorized facilities to the waterfront, key regional destinations, universities, neighborhoods, and commercial areas.
Role: Lead Roadway Engineer / Design Manager | CH2M
Dates: October 2012 to December 2018
Stephanie served as the lead roadway engineer and design manager for the interchange of SR 518 and Des Moines Memorial Drive. This work included designing a new eastbound SR 518 off-ramp and the realignment of the eastbound SR 518 on-ramp that was developed by WSDOT in the 2010 Route Development Plan. As the roadway manager, Stephanie also led the geometric design of the WSDOT Interchange Justification Report (IJR) which included eight ramp design alternatives at the interchange. Her work also included WSDOT Channelization Plans for Approval, Design Variances and a Practical Design Analysis. This project includes a new bridge over 8th St SE, significant retaining walls, and minimizing right-of-way impacts to adjacent contaminated soils. Her work included multi-agency coordination with the following stakeholders: Port of Seattle, Department of Ecology, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), City of Burien, and WSDOT.
The City of Burien led the project from preliminary design to the 90% design level, but once the project received legislature funding from Connection Washington Package WSDOT became the owner of the project. In 2017, Stephanie completed a BRT Capacity Alternatives Assessment for WSDOT to be forward compatible with future ST3 plans. Stephanie’s tenure on the project concluded after providing services during construction.
Stephanie managed the project as well as the project design (including preliminary design alternatives) for the City of Auburn. This project included access management, U-turns, transit stops, and street lighting. It also widened Auburn Way South (SR 164) to accommodate turn lanes and pedestrians. Sidewalks and pedestrian push buttons were upgraded to meet current ADA standards including countdown pedestrian signals and audible pedestrian push buttons. Traffic signals were also upgraded to improve both phasing and signal head visibility. Stephanie also led all of the WSDOT coordination including Channelization Plans for Approval and Design Variance Documentation.
Stephanie served as the project manager and design manager for the West Main Street Corridor & ITS Improvements Project for the City of Auburn. This project improved access from Auburn’s downtown core to the Auburn Regional Growth Center. Multimodal access was accomplished through improvements to W Main Street’s modal balance “road diet” as well as ITS improvements along adjacent corridors. The W Main St improvements enhanced alternate travel modes through the provisions of new bike lanes, enhanced pedestrian facilities, and the addition of a center two-way left-turn lane which will provide vehicle refuge. The ITS improvements also reduce intersection delays and improve travel times between W Valley Hwy, SR 167 and SR 18.
Stephanie led the multimodal design of Colman Dock’s preliminary design. Her work on this project consisted of methodical design solutions for all travel modes including vehicles, heavy trucks, pedestrians and bicyclists on the dock and at the intersections of Yesler Way and Marion Street. This work successfully integrated design standards from SDOT’s recently published Bike and Pedestrian Master Plans as well as WSDOT Design Manual, which has given Colman Dock a multimodal design while maintaining the integrity of the vision of both Washington State Ferries and City of Seattle.
Stephanie served as the roadway design lead for this critical segment of 28th/24th. The project completes the gap that currently exists from 28th to the southern limits of SeaTac where the project terminates at Des Moines’ Gateway Project on 24th. The project was the missing link that now provides an alternate north-south movement for freight movement and residents in lieu of International Blvd (SR 99). This project begins at S 200th St. and is considered traffic mitigation for Sound Transit’s Angle Lake Link Light Rail Station and will serve as a direct route into the south end of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Stephanie’s roadway design consists of a five-lane section, planter strips and shared-use paths. In addition, she also designed the roadway to be forward compatible with WSDOT’s future SR 509 plans which will have a full interchange at 28th/24th. This includes building a bridge, a tunnel, and the adjacent roadway on 40-feet of embankment fill to meet future vertical clearance requirements. The project is also located adjacent to acres of developable land including the future site of the Des Moines Creek Business Park, and the roadway is being designed to accommodate future business access locations.