Consultancy expands South Florida transportation practice


One of the USA’s leading multi-disciplinary infrastructure consultancies has expanded its South Florida planning and project development and environmental teams by adding two key personnel to its Miami office. Vilma Croft (left), a former Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) industry expert, and experienced traffic engineer, Jialei Cheng (below), have joined the HNTB Corporation’s growing planning and development practice in the region. Croft is a senior project manager with extensive experience in completing FDOT project development processes. Her experience working to complete complex interstate highway improvements for the agency will elevate HNTB’s ability to provide these services to the local districts. Croft will use her knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act and Federal regulations to develop project objectives, scopes and study approaches for PD&E (Project Development and Environment) projects. She has 30 years of experience in the design and management of numerous types of rural and urban design transportation projects, including roadway and interstate reconstruction. Prior to joining HNTB, she served as a senior project manager for FDOT Districts Four and Six.

Cheng is a transportation and traffic planning engineer and will be responsible for completing transportation and traffic planning efforts, traffic studies and analysis, and corridor studies. He is highly skilled in numerous technical applications and software, including the VisSim traffic management program used especially for analyzing transit improvements. Prior to joining HNTB, he was a transportation engineer with the New York City Department of Transportation’s (NYCDOT) transportation planning division. Cheng has coauthored two Transportation Research Board (TRB) publications and a National Cooperative Highway Research Program report. “Vilma and Jialei possess an incredible amount of technical expertise, and are both skilled transportation planners,” said Odalys Delgado, principal planner for HNTB in Florida. “Their experience will effectively serve our clients in South Florida, as we expand our planning and PD&E practice.”

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