Gordon Meth, P.E., PTOE, PTP, RSP2I Civil Engineer & Highway Engineering Expert

Gordon Meth, Civil Engineer & Highway Engineering Expert

Gordon Meth, P.E., is a civil engineer with over 25 years of design and analysis experience in traffic, highway, and site/civil engineering. He has particular expertise in intersection design and analysis, including traffic signals, signal timing / programming, crash analysis, utility conflicts, crosswalks, and roundabouts. Mr. Meth applies his expertise to forensic casework involving civil engineering, highway design, traffic signal design, municipal engineering, and land development.

Mr. Meth worked in consulting engineering for nearly 25 years, during which time he was the lead designer of numerous roadway, site, and intersection projects. These projects included roadway geometry, on / off ramp design, the design of temporary traffic control, construction staging, utility relocation, American's with Disability Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, drainage and stormwater facilities, and parking lots. His expertise also included crash analysis and traffic signal timing / programming. Mr. Meth's experience included testimony before municipal land use boards at over 500 public meetings, and reviewing the site / civil engineering on hundreds of development projects for municipalities.

Mr. Meth is a recognized authority in the design of intersections with traffic signals. He has designed over 350 such intersections, served as resident engineer in the construction of over 50 such intersections, and developed signal timing plans for over 800 such intersections. He was chosen by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to co-develop and teach 2-3 day workshops on traffic signal design, and still presents this course annually.

Mr. Meth is a licensed professional engineer in more than 20 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario, Canada. He also holds certifications as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE), Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), and Road Safety Professional (RSP). He earned both a Bachelors and Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Business Administration from Montclair State University. He is a Past President of the Metropolitan New York / New Jersey Section and a Past District Chair of the Northeast District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is also vice-chair of the Traffic Engineering National Council with the ITE, and a current member of the Transportation Professional Certification Board. He has worked on multiple engineering projects throughout the United States and Canada.

Experienced in pedestrian safety on private property and public roadways, as well as, the design, construction, and analysis of roadways and intersections, signalized intersections, roundabouts, stop sign controlled intersections, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices compliance, temporary traffic control, work zones, utility relocation, clear zones, guide rail, drainage and stormwater management, lighting and traffic signal electrical wiring, access management plans, pedestrian and bicycle accommodation, traffic signal timing/programming, and identification of high traffic crash locations.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2017 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving civil engineering, pedestrians struck by vehicles on private property, and public rights of way, highway design, bicycle lane design, traffic signal design, stop controlled intersection design, municipal engineering, stormwater management, and land development.

The RBA Group/NV5

Director of Traffic Engineering and Senior Associate

2007 to 2017
  • Managed 8-11 direct reports engaged in traffic signal design, roadway design, Intelligent Transportation Systems, transportation planning studies, traffic signal optimization studies, pedestrian and traffic safety investigations, pedestrian and traffic data collection and transportation improvement projects in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia.
  • Work experience included managing transportation projects for numerous municipalities, counties, state departments of transportation, agencies, private developers, and higher education facilities. Specific experience included reviewing speed limits and other traffic regulations for modification, identifying high crash locations, studying high crash locations for mitigation measures, designing intersection, roadway, and freeway on/off ramp improvements, including traffic signing, traffic striping, traffic signal installations and timing/programming, designing temporary traffic control plans for cross-Hudson bridges and tunnels, airports, and marine terminals (for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey), designing temporary traffic control plans and work zone traffic protection zones for other projects, preparing guide rail warrant analysis, studying and recommending potential traffic calming measures, studying locations for pedestrian crosswalks and improvements, reviewing transportation infrastructure for compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and other federal, state, county, and local laws and regulations, acting as resident engineer for construction, prepared MUTCD warrant analysis for new traffic signals, and analyzing traffic impacts of new developments.
  • Key projects included Route 9 Access Management Plan in Ocean County, Hunterdon County’s traffic safety plan (which included identification of high crash locations), and Route 35 emergency reconstruction due to Hurricane Sandy.
  • Work efforts included the design of nearly 300 intersections with traffic signals and related roadway improvements, the construction management (as resident engineer) of over 30 intersections with traffic signals and related roadway improvements, designed traffic signal timing plans for over 500 intersections, designed several roadway improvements, conducted over 50 traffic impact studies, reviewed over 350 applications, for proper civil engineering, including vehicle and pedestrian circulation and safety on sites, prepared 10 site plans for commercial developments and provided professional testimony to land use boards for in excess of 400 public hearings.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Adjunct Professor

2011 to 2014

Taught Introduction to Transportation Engineering to 111 Undergraduates. Topics covered included human factors and physics of design elements, design principles, MUTCD, and introduction to roadways, sidewalks, rail, and airports.

Keller and Kirkpatrick, Inc./Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Director of Transportation Planning
Assistant Vice President

2000 to 2008
  • Lead teams engaged in transportation planning studies, traffic calming studies, land development/site engineering projects, intersection design projects (including roadway geometry, temporary traffic control, traffic signing, traffic striping, traffic signals where appropriate, electrical wiring and underground plans, and sidewalk design in conformance to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) , utility conflicts/relocation, and traffic signal programming/timing), traffic safety investigations, developing improvement and mitigation plans for high vehicle and pedestrian crash location, temporary traffic control and work-zone traffic protection for NJ Turnpike, and transportation improvement projects.

Project Manager 2000-2004

  • Lead teams engaged in transportation planning studies, traffic calming studies, land development/site engineering projects, intersection design projects (including roadway geometry, temporary traffic control, traffic signing, traffic striping, traffic signals where appropriate, electrical wiring and underground plans, and sidewalk design in conformance to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) , utility conflicts/relocation, and traffic signal programming/timing, traffic safety investigations, developing improvement and mitigation plans for high crash location, temporary traffic control and work-zone traffic protection for NJ Turnpike, and transportation improvement projects.
  • Provided expert testimony (both Civil Engineering and Traffic Engineering) before land use boards in nearly 40 municipalities at nearly 200 public hearings in New Jersey.
  • Reviewed nearly 100 development projects for civil engineering and traffic engineering purposes. including vehicle and pedestrian circulation and safety on sites. This included providing expert testimony in front of land use boards.
  • Between both positions, designed over 70 intersections with traffic signals, designed traffic signal timing plans for over 300 intersections, managed the preparation of nearly 20 site plans, prepared over 60 traffic impact and/or parking studies, and managed several intersection and roadway improvement projects.

Garmen Associates

Team Leader for Traffic Engineering Studies Group

1996 to 2000
  • Conducted traffic impact studies for land development projects such as office buildings and retail plazas.
  • Conducted corridor studies to identify high crash locations and conceptual improvement plans for intersections.
  • Determined fair share cost allocations for transportation improvements between developers and public agencies.
  • Developed traffic simulations and transportation planning models using CORSIM, INTEGRATION, and MinUTP, and used these models to evaluate alternatives.
  • Performed over 40 parking and traffic studies, and numerous corridor studies.

Cole, Sherman & Associates

Transportation Engineer

1994 to 1996
  • Performed asset management study for transit agency and public works department.
  • Developed transportation improvement plans for public sector clients.
  • Developed traffic simulations and transportation planning models using EMME/2, SYSTEM/II, Integration and TRAF-NETSIM.
  • Conducted traffic impact studies for large residential sub-divisions and office. buildings

Regional Municipality of Peel

Transportation Engineer II

1992 to 1994
  • Determined the future transportation needs of the Region of Peel, and undertook strategic level planning of new road facilities and transit services to meet these needs.
  • Developed and maintained a transportation planning model for the Region of Peel using EMME/2.
  • Represented the Region of Peel at meetings with staff from other government agencies.

Dufferin Construction

Field Engineer

1990 and 1992
  • Planned, coordinated and managed highway and other transportation construction projects.
  • Training/experience in Loss Control Leadership and accident investigation.

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada
  • Licensed Professional Traffic Engineer in California
  • Licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey
  • Licensed Professional Traffic Operations Engineer with the Transportation Professional Certification Board
  • Licensed Professional Transportation Planner with the Transportation Professional Certification Board
  • Certified Road Safety Professional with the Transportation Professional Certification Board

Education

  • Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Master in Business Administration, 2004
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (Dean’s Honors List), 1992
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Bachelor of Applied Science in Honors Civil Engineering (Dean’s Honors List), 1991
    • As part of an exchange program, completed equivalent of third year of Civil Engineering degree at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland

Continuing Education

  • Fundamentals of Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, Spring 2018
  • Safety Analysis of Freeways and Interchanges using Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM), 2016 by FHWA
  • AutoTurn, TORUS, NEXUS Training, Transoft Solutions, 2014
  • Roads 101: Basic Design of Low Volume Roads, Rutgers-CAIT, 2014
  • Highway Inspection Procedures for Federal Aid Projects, Rutgers-CAIT, 2013
  • Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Workshop – Intersection Safety, Rutgers-CAIT and FHWA, 2012
  • Compliance to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Rutgers-CAIT, 2011
  • Road Safety Audits Train-the-trainer, Rutgers-CAIT and FHWA, 2008
  • Control Devices: Signal Needs Determination, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2004
  • Capacity Analysis: Signalized Intersections, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2004
  • Safety Analysis: Signalized Intersections, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2004
  • Human Factors for Transportation Engineers, FHWA, 2003

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Transportation Engineers:
    • Past President of Metropolitan NY/NJ Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers
    • Past Chair for Northeastern District of Institute of Transportation Engineers
    • International Director to International Board of Directors for Northeastern District
    • Chair for Traffic Engineering National Council with the Institute of Transportation Engineers
    • Technical Committee Chair for five (5) annual district conventions
  • Member of Transportation Professional Certification Board
  • Member of New Jersey Planning Officials, for who Mr. Meth frequently gives training presentations to new planning board and zoning board of adjustment members
  • Member of TransAction Conference Committee, for whom Mr. Meth has coordinated providing engineering credits for 25-40 panels for the last six (6) conferences

Teaching/presentations

  • Co-developed and co-taught a three day workshop on signal design and two day workshop on traffic signal electrical design sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Rutgers CAIT. Courses are provided approximately annually since 2006
  • Taught FHWA Road Safety Audit one day workshop for Rutgers CAIT on multiple occasions

v. 07/12/22

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Rural Intersections

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