Press Release

raSmith Staff Recognized as Qualified Roundabout Designers


By - Apr 30th, 2021 10:08 am

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — As a multi-year top workplace award recipient, raSmith promotes the growth of its employees. Encouraging career advancement for all staff is a distinguishing feature of the firm.

Brad Severson, project manager in the transportation division of the Appleton office, recently earned his certification as a Level 3 Qualified Roundabout Designer from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). This is the highest level of roundabout certification from WisDOT, authorizing him to design single-, double-, and triple-lane roundabouts, as well as multiple roundabouts in series. Brad has been designing roundabouts with raSmith since 2004.

Brad has designed more than 150 roundabouts throughout Wisconsin including expandable roundabouts at the I-39/WIS 59 Interchange in Rock County; WIS 145 interchanges with US 41 and 45 and the entrance to Cabela’s retail development (five roundabouts) in Washington County; WIS 26 Watertown bypass in Dodge/Jefferson counties (10 roundabouts); and WIS 22/WIS 32 in Oconto County. Brad is also responsible for the design and evaluation of transportation facilities including rural and urban highways and interchanges for WisDOT, county highway departments and local units of government.

Jim Blackwood, senior project engineer in the transportation division of the Brookfield office, recently earned his certification as a Level 1 Qualified Roundabout Designer from WisDOT. Jim has both WisDOT and local roadway design experience, including rural and urban highways and interchange design, as well as the design of both single- and multi-lane roundabouts.

Jim has designed several roundabouts during his more than 14 years at raSmith including WIS 164/WIS 167 in Washington County; 51stt Street/Drexel Avenue in the city of Franklin, Milwaukee County; 16th Street and Emmertsen Drive in the village of Mount Pleasant, Racine County; and WIS 20/WIS 75 in Racine County.

raSmith currently has four registered professional engineers certified as WisDOT qualified roundabout designers. Pat Hawley, Doug Senso and Jim Blackwood are Level 1 designers, and Brad Severson is a Level 3 designer.

About raSmith

raSmith is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm comprising civil engineers, structural engineers, traffic engineers, land surveyors, development managers, landscape architects and ecologists. Our services are focused on our public and private sector clients’ needs in design and construction including land development, site planning and design, structural engineering, municipal engineering, transportation and traffic, surveying, construction services and geographic information systems (GIS). We work on projects nationwide from our seven locations.

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