022124 CSCE Meeting at CCSU

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 05:30 PM

3 photosThis meeting is co-sponsored by the CT Chapter of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute and the ASCE Student Chapter at CCSU and will feature a presentation on the widening of I-95N Exit 27A in Bridgeport, CT, by representatives from WSP. Attendees may earn 1 NYS PDH at this event.

I-95 NB Exit 27A to Route 8 NB in Bridgeport carries 24,500 vehicles every day. The current configuration includes a one lane off-ramp transitioning to two lanes on Route 8. The proposed off-ramp will include two lanes, meant to reduce backups on I-95 and in-turn reduce the number of rear end collisions and sideswipes. The project features the reconfiguration of the steel girder splayed Bridge 00107 carrying I-95 NB and the widening of the curved steel girder Bridge 03532 carrying Exit 27A. Rehabilitation included new steel girders, steel strengthening, a new concrete counterweight, the addition of lateral bracing, deck patching, substructure widening and rehabilitation. The presentation will touch the project purpose and need, the design of these elements and the challenges that the team needed to overcome.


James Fallon, P.E., CTDOT Assistant Chief Engineer

Benjamin Szymanski, P.E.

Benjamin Szymanski is a structural engineer with WSP with over 16 years of experience in project management, design, analysis, inspection and construction. He has been involved in numerous rehabilitation projects including the Newport Pell Bridge in Newport Rhode Island, Alexander Hamilton Bridge and Mocombs Dam Bridge in New York City, and the Route 8 Design Build Project in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  He was recently published in the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers with the article “Kosciuszko Bridge, USA: New York City's first cable-stayed highway bridge.”  He holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Connecticut.

Jessica Venuti, P.E.

Jessica Venuti received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Connecticut in Structural Engineering. She has been working as a bridge engineer for WSP for the past 7 years. She has worked on several complex bridge projects including LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building Replacement Project, 270 Park Ave, 47th Street and 48th Street Ratings and Central 70 in Denver Colorado.

Important Times

5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration and Social Hour followed by the Dinner and Presentation 


Constitution Room in Memorial Hall, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT

Driving Directions:

From the North, East or West:

1. From the North (Massachusetts) - Take 91 South to 84 West to Exit 39A, to Route 9 South.

2. From the East (Hartford) or the West (Danbury/Waterbury), take I-84 East to Exit 39A to Route 9 South.

Once on Route 9 South, get off at Exit 29 and take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. At the third traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in cases of inclement weather.

CCSU Parking Map

 From the Southwest or Southeast:

1. From the Southwest (Stamford/New Haven) - Take 95 North to 91 North to Exit 22 North, to Route 9 North.

2. From the Southeast (Groton/New London) Take 95 South to Rte. 9 North.

Once on Route 9 North, take Exit 29 (Route 175). At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, go straight and follow Fenn Road to the second traffic light, and take a left turn onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. At the fourth traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather. 

Note: Visitors to the CCSU campus are no longer required to obtain temporary parking permits but must park in a “RED” Commuter Student/Visitor parking area.  All of the designated “RED” parking lots and garages can be viewed on the Commuter Student/Visitor Parking Map. Parking lots and garages designated as “RED” parking areas will be displayed as such on the parking lot/garage signage as well as red flags near the parking entrance. 


Choice of one of the following entrees:

Lime Marinated Flank Steak - Char-grilled flank steak marinated in lime juice, garlic and fresh cilantro served with coconut jasmine rice and grilled corn succotash

Classic Roasted Turkey Breast - Lean and juicy breast of turkey, roasted with garlic, pepper and salt and topped with creamy mushroom sauce, served with sautéed haricot verts and smashed sweet potatoes

Butternut Squash Quinoa Cakes with Mornay (Vegetarian) - Quinoa cake made with butternut squash, ground flaxseed, kale, gluten free flour and sage served with mornay cheese sauce and grilled fresh asparagus


CSCE Members - No NYS PDH: $55.00

CSCE Members who want to earn 1 NYS PDH: $65.00

Non CSCE Members - No NYS PDH: $65.00

Non CSCE Members who want to earn 1 NYS PDH: $75.00

Full Time Students - No NYS PDH: $30.00

Unemployed CSCE Members: No Charge

Only attending the presentation - No meal: No Charge

Reservations received and accepted after February 13th, may incur a $10 additional fee. 

Payment is required with registration unless other arrangements are made. CSCE cannot give refunds after the final dinner order has been placed.

Please register to attend this dinner meeting by clicking on the following link: 

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Table Top Sponsor - $100 - Table signs with your company logo on each dinner table (Please sign up for this 1-2 weeks before the meeting to allow time for CSCE to finalize & order the signage)

Flyer Sponsor - $250 - Your company logo on event promotional emails and upcoming events flyer distributed at dinner meeting (Please sign up for this 1-2 weeks before the meeting to allow time for CSCE to finalize & order the signage)

Promotional Item Sponsor - $500 - Your company logo will be included on a promotional item that will be distributed at the dinner meeting (Please sign up for this 3-4 weeks before the meeting to allow time for CSCE to order the item)

Social Hour Sponsor - $1,000 - Your company logo will be included on meeting promotional material and signage recognizing your sponsorship will be displayed at the social hour (Please sign up for this 1-2 weeks before the meeting to allow time for CSCE to finalize & order the signage)

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Donation Opportunities

Please consider a donation to the CSCE scholarship fund to help civil engineering students from Connecticut. All donations will help students in need. To make a donation to CSCE, please click on the following link:

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