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JAMES E. SIMMONS, PE
Vice-President / Civil and Structural Engineer

 

Jim Simmons has over 40 years of progressively responsible civil engineering experience including 23 years with N-Y;  with a particular emphasis on transportation projects which include highways, bridges,railroads, streets and ports. His extensive experience also includes drainage systems such as canals and pumping stations, as well as, flood and surge control projects for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. These includes levees, floodwalls, flood gates, navigable sector gates and fronting protection. He also has considerable experience in the design of industrial facilities. He is responsible for managing these types of projects for the firm and is also responsible for the firm’s transportation and structural engineering practice.

 Mr. Simmons has extensive experience working with state transportation agencies and federal agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, and the US Department of Labor. Mr. Simmons experience includes the preparation of preliminary and planning reports, final construction plans and specifications, as well as providing construction administration services. He is proficient in working with private and public clients at the local, state and federal level and with regulatory and permitting agencies. He manages the engineering design and has a significant role in the preparation of all NEPA documents for transportation related projects.

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1977

 

Registration / Certifications

  • Professional Engineer (PE)
    • LA (19891) / Civil Engineering
    • MS (10842) / Civil Engineering
    • FL (39890) / Civil Engineering
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, Society of American Military Engineers
  • Member, American Concrete Institute

 

Representative Experience with N-Y

 

Transportation

  • Stage 0 Feasibility Study for Perkins Road from Siegen Lane to Highland Road in East Baton Rouge Parish for the LADOTD.
  • Master Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Earhart Expressway / Causeway Boulevard Interchange, Route LA 3139, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for the LADOTD.
  • Preliminary plans and 70% final plans for a 9,000 foot long High-Level Bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal at Florida Avenue in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, Louisiana, with a vertical clearance of 156 feet above high water, composed of pre-stressed concrete girder spans and composite steel spans, with reinforced concrete bents. This project also included on-off ramps utilizing curved steel girders.   Client was the LADOTD.
  • Line and Grade Study and Environmental Assessment for a new High Level Bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, Louisiana, for the LADOTD.
  • Line and Grade Study and Environmental Assessment for a new fixed or moveable span crossing of the Harvey Canal at Harvey and/or LaPalco Boulevards in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany Parishes, and LADOTD.
  • Geometric Study, Environmental Assessment, and construction plans and specifications for the LA 1088 Interchange, Route I-12 in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, for the LADOTD.
  • East –West Corridor Multi-Modal Line and Grade Study and Environmental Impact Statement in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Charles Parishes, for the LADOTD. N-Y was a major subconsultant to URS and led the highway component.
  • Line and Grade Study and Environmental Assessment for upgrading an extension of Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette, Louisiana, for the LADOTD.
  • Line and Grade Study and Environmental Inventory for the Zachary Taylor Parkway Study, Phase II, from Alexandria, Louisiana, to Poplarville, Mississippi, for the LADOTD.
  • Managed N-Y’s participation as a subconsultant to URS Corporation for the “New Orleans Rail Gateway and Regional Rail Operations Analysis” for LADOTD.
  • Preliminary construction plans for the At-Grade Portion of the Florida Avenue Bridge for the LADOTD. This included the design for reconstructing 3.92 miles of roadway and 11,177 l.f. of 6″ to 36″ reinforced concrete storm drainage pipe.
  • Construction engineering for the Tchoupitoulas Corridor Railroad Relocation and Modification project for the New Orleans, Department of Public Works. Design was also by N-Y.
  • Required Infrastructure Improvements for a Site Selection Study for a New Intermodal Cargo Airport for the Louisiana Airport Authority. (N-Y was a subconsultant to URS.)

 

Sitework and Utilities

  • Plans and specifications and construction administration for Roadway and Site Work for a new Job Corps Center for the United States Department of Labor at Carville, Louisiana.

 

Roadway and Drainage:

  • Plans and specifications and construction administration for the Reconstruction of Veterans Memorial Highway from David Drive to Roosevelt Boulevard in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
  • Plans and specifications and construction administration for the Reconstruction of Destrehan Avenue from Lapalco Boulevard to the West Bank Expressway, in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
  • Plans and specifications and construction administration for Perimeter Road, Stages 2 and 3, at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. (N-Y also designed Phase 1.)
  • Plans and specifications for a roundabout at an existing intersection in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, for St. Tammany Parish.

 

Flood and Surge Control

  • Engineering alternative report, plans and specifications and engineering during construction for Flood Protection from Bayou Segnette Pumping Station to Westwego Pumping Station No. 2 in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project includes floodwalls, a major levee, a drainage pump station and a navigable sector gate. (N-Y was a major subconsultant to another firm which also designed the drainage pump station.)
  • A reconnaissance level study, plans and specifications and engineering during construction for the Lake Cataouatche Hurricane Protection Levee in Jefferson and St. Charles Parishes, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. This project consists of a 14,000 foot long levee on a new alignment with access roads and bridges.(N-Y was a major subconsultant to another firm.)
  • Plans and specifications and engineering during construction for a new 750 CFS Interim Drainage Pump Station at the Harvey Canal Sector Gate in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. (N-Y was a major subconsultant to another firm.)
  • A reconnaissance level study, plans and specifications and engineering during construction for a Navigable Sector Gate, a Sluice Gate Structure, T-walls, Closure Levees and By-Pass Channel at the Sellers Canal in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. (N-Y was a major subconsultant to another firm.)
  • Studies, plans and specifications and engineering during construction for a new 140 CFS Drainage Pump Station, a Stop Log Structure, a Crane Platform, a Bulkhead Storage Platform, T-Walls, Closure Levees, Access Road and By-Pass Channel at the Hero Canal in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. (N-Y designed the site work which included the T-walls, closure levees, by-pass channel and access road and was a major subconsultant to another firm.)
  • Plans and specifications and engineering during construction for an Interim 2100 CFS Drainage Pumping Station at the 17th Street Canal in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers under Task Force Guardian. (N-Y was a major subconsultant to another firm).
  • Plans and specifications and engineering during construction for raising a 3 mile section of Mississippi River levee in East Baton Rouge and Iberville Parishes, Louisiana, for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Port and Marine

  • Plans and specifications and construction administration for a new 65,000 S.F. Manufacturing Facility for LISCO at the St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Port, Harbor and Terminal District.
  • Plans and specifications and construction administration of a Dock, Channel, Dredging, a Concrete Sheetpile Bulkhead, a Rock Dike, Containment Dike, Landfill, and Other Sitework for a New Multi-Mission Station Building for the United States Coast Guard on Lake Pontchartrain outside of the levee protection system in Metairie, Louisiana.
  • Program Management for a $567,000,000 HUD funded Port Rehabilitation at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi. (N-Y is a major subconsultant to CH2MHill)
  • Plans and specifications and construction administration for Rehabilitation of Berth D, Dock 2 at the Chalmette Slip for the St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, Port, Harbor and Terminal District. (N-Y was a major subconsultant to another firm.)

 

Prior to joining N-Y Mr. Simmons was a Project engineer for the design of various industrial projects at Reynolds Aluminum Company in Corpus Christi, Texas; Vulcan Materials Company in Geismar, Louisiana; Shell Oil Company in Norco, Louisiana; and Marathon Oil Company in Garyville, Louisiana.