Thursday, October 24, 2019 Dinner Meeting

Burlington Bristol Bridge Painting & Retrofits - 1.0 PDH

Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
Meeting Room:  Parkview Ballroom
General Admission $50; Government $35; Students $35



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Email: Keithe Merl - keithe.merl+SEI<at>gmail<dot>com
Please provide your name, affiliation, and your dinner preference.

The Burlington-Bristol Bridge is a moveable (vertical-lift) truss bridge that crosses the Delaware River from Burlington County, NJ, to Bristol Township, PA. It has been in continuous operation by the Burlington County Bridge Commission since it first opened to traffic in 1931. The structure and mechanical equipment have undergone modifications, rehabilitation, and rigorous maintenance since opening, but have long needed full repainting. Unfortunately, paint removal and lead paint abatement necessitated a containment system, which significantly increased the applied lateral loads on the structure. To address this, strengthening of several spans of the bridge was performed.

This presentation will discuss this project from inception to completion over an accelerated one-year schedule. This discussion will include analysis of the containment system and its effect on the structure using a calibrated finite element model of the bridge, design of retrofits on three key spans of the bridge, construction of these retrofits, and various challenges overcome throughout. Attendees will gain insight into the design and decision-making processes for retrofitting a signature structure, as well as benefits of applied asset management tools.


Jesse Gormley, PE, ENV SP

Jesse Gormley is a structural engineer with Pennoni in their Philadelphia Transportation division, focused on the design and analysis of bridges and other transportation structures. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and an Envision Sustainability Professional. He is a graduate of Drexel University, the current President of the ASCE Philadelphia Section Younger Member Forum, and is actively involved on the national level with several ASCE and SEI committees.

John Prader, PhD, PE

John Prader is a structural engineer for Pennoni working in their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. He is currently involved in complex bridge load rating projects and structural analysis in support of design projects. He is also involved in the design and implementation of structural monitoring systems to support construction and rehabilitation of bridge structures as well as the evaluation of existing structures. He received his PhD from Drexel University in 2012. He is member of ASCE and a registered professional engineer in Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Glen Miller, PE, CBSI

Glen Miller is a Pennsylvania Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Bridge Safety Inspector with over 20 years of experience in construction management working for Heavy Highway Contractors and Consultants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. With Pennoni, he is currently assigned to the Burlington County Bridge Commission in Palmyra, New Jersey, to represent the Program Manager and Engineer of Record. He is responsible for contract oversight, planning, and inspection of the construction and rehabilitation of the Commission’s infrastructure including administrative and maintenance facilities, roadways, fixed bridge structures, as well as three separate movable bridges; a double leaf draw span bridge, a lift span bridge, and a swing span bridge. He is a graduate of Drexel University and a member of ASCE and ASHE.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Social Hour
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response
7:15 pm Presentation


**Payment must be made for the cost of dinner if you make a reservation but are not able to attend, since we must pay this cost to the caterer.**