Three Gannett Fleming engineers became Nationally Certified Tunnel Inspectors after passing a national certification program developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Charles Grew, John Purdy and Jason Reisinger bring the firm’s total to 15 certified inspectors.
In August 2015, the FHWA published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards (NTIS) that now serves as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program. The NTIS require all vehicular tunnels, which are open to the public, to be inspected, inventoried, and reported on every two years, with the initial deadline in August 2017. To perform these routine requirements, tunnel inspectors must pass the FHWA certification program.
“With the deadline to have all public vehicular tunnels inspected quickly approaching, our tunnel inspectors have earned this certification to help our clients complete their inspections,” said Martha Averso, a vice president and senior project manager for Gannett Fleming. “Tunnels are a vital part of our nation’s infrastructure, and the standards set forth by FHWA will help ensure that they are well maintained.”