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Western Chapter Meeting
10/04/2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Designing A Non-Motorized Path: If You Build It They Will Come
Presented by: Scott Post, PE & Ariana Jeske, PE, PTOE Prein & Newhof
The non-motorized trail network in Michigan is growing fast. Cities all over Michigan are paying big bucks to get trails across rivers and roads. While crossings pose serious design challenges, there are regulatory hoops, too. But, the cities who have built road and river crossings find they can be catalysts for community transformation. This talk presents several case studies of communities who invested in non-motorized crossings. Attendees will hear stories of how a simple traffic study exposed imminent danger; how one crossing works—even though it’s below the water table; how one community used its crossing as a museum; and, how another city built a safe crossing and transformed it into a work of public art. Overall, many of our trail design projects resulted in place-making successes for Michigan communities.
Scott Post, PE, is an Engineer and Project Manager for Prein&Newhof in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For over 22 years Scott has specialized in the planning, design and construction of shared use pathways across West and Mid-Michigan. Scott is also experienced with trails funding, including acquiring and utilizing MDNR and MDOT money to build trails. He is the current Vice Chair of the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition and a past President of the Western Michigan Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. A graduate of Calvin College, he lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, three teenage daughters and “the boy”.
Ariana Jeske, PE, PTOE is a transportation-focused municipal engineer serving a variety of clients in West Michigan. Her past portfolio of clients includes the National Park Service, numerous DOTs, international work for USAID, several Turnpike Authorities, and many municipalities of varying size across the United States. She is a proud graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BS in Civil Engineering. After college Ariana left the great white north and spent six years in North Carolina learning how to be an engineer and developing an appreciation for southern accents, but never sweet tea. In 2011, she returned to Michigan and is employed by Prein&Newhof of Grand Rapids. Ariana resides in Sparta, MI with her husband, Chris, her energetic toddler, Aurora and baby boy Dario. In her spare time she enjoys exploring West Michigan, boating, and Notre Dame Football.