AEG Meeting—Thursday, January 9, 2020

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SPEAKER: Jesse Ruzicka
TOPIC: Geologic Challenges of the Boulder City Bypass

Abstract: The Boulder City Bypass, also known as I-11, is the first new interstate to be successfully constructed within the US since the 1970’s.  The 12.5 mile long stretch of Phase II begins at US95 and skirts to the south of Boulder City, through the El Dorado Mountains and terminates near Goldstrike Canyon just east of the Hoover Dam Lodge.  Now open to traffic, it relieves much of the traffic congestion that was once commonplace through Boulder City.  The project included 11 bridges, over 100 culverts, a wildlife overcrossing, and a scenic overlook more than 1,000 feet above Lake Mead. A portion of the project was constructed through the El Dorado Mountains and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area under the jurisdiction of the U.S. National Park Service.

This presentation will focus on the geologic challenges encountered during construction of the interstate through the El Dorado Mountains.  Such challenges as numerous rock cut slopes up to 280 feet in height, controlled blasting, rockfall containment, rock slide mitigation, rock bolting, highly variable geologic conditions, and unforgiving steep terrain.

Biography: Mr. Jesse Ruzicka graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering. Since that time, he has been involved in numerous projects providing geotechnical design and support for residential developments, flood control projects in Sacramento and Reno, commercial/industrial developments, roadway and bridge design, and mining projects in Nevada, California, Canada, and Mexico.

He has been involved in many high profile transportation projects in the states of Texas and Nevada including such projects as Phase II of the Boulder City Bypass, the US395 North Valleys project, the I-15/US93 Garnet Interchange, the SR28 Shared Use Path at Lake Tahoe, SH183 Managed Toll Lanes in Dallas, and the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi.

Jesse has been involved with AEG since 2001, serving as a past secretary of the Great Basin Chapter from 2010 to 2013 and chair from 2014 to 2016.  Since 2016, Jesse has served as an advisor to the chapter.

LOCATION: SURESTAY PLUS HOTEL BY BEST WESTERN, 1981 TERMINAL WAY, RENO, NEVADA 89502
SOCIAL HOUR: 5:15PM, DINNER: 6:00PM, PRESENTATION: 7:00PM
COST: Members: $30.00, Non-Members: $32.00, Students: $25.00

RSVP NO LATER THAN 5 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH TO:
Merrily Graham
360-606-1838
mkgraham75@gmail.com

Social Hour Sponsored by Doug and Merrily Graham.

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