Tom Lawson Honored By Pennsylvania Highway Information Association

PHIA-CollageThis week, Borton-Lawson co-founder Tom Lawson was recognized by the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) as outgoing President. Mr. Lawson has served PHIA as President since 2011. The recognition came during PHIA’s annual conference and meeting in Harrisburg.

The meeting brought together nearly 200 highway users to hear from industry experts and transportation-focused elected officials. That included Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne), PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton, House Transportation Chairman Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), PennDOT P3 Director Michael Bonini, and Senate Policy Chairman Senator David Argall.

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Health & Safety Milestone Reached

Borton-Lawson is pleased to announce that 100% of our employees have completed their health and safety training. We strive to operate an exemplary safety and health program to ensure the wellness of the entire organization.

Education and training are essential means for communicating practical understanding of the requirements of effective safety and health protection to all personnel. Without such understanding, managers, supervisors, and other employees cannot perform their responsibilities for safety and health protection effectively.

By achieving 100% completion of our training we are one step closer to being recognized by OSHA as a model for worksite safety and health amongst our peers.

Construction Update: Bloomsburg Flood Protection Project

Check out the progress of the flood levee in Bloomsburg, which was designed by Borton-Lawson. Construction of the levee is underway and currently ahead of schedule. The levee now has grass on top of it!

Borton-Lawson completed design of the 5600 lineal foot flood protection system in a little over a year due to the urgency in protecting more than 800 jobs. The project was complicated by the lack of eminent domain for more than 50 parcels requiring easements or takes. This required extensive public participation throughout the process. Other challenges included – wetland impacts requiring permitting from the Army Corps Of Engineering; major utility relocations; roadway realignments; a large stormwater pumping station; and a major crossing of two railroad lines, which required extensive design coordination with SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) Rail Authority. SEDA-COG also provided invaluable assistance with the administration of the project and real estate negotiations.

BLDI Program Begins for 2015-2016 Class


Borton-Lawson’s Leadership Development Institute (BLDI) Class, a professional development program, held its first class of the 2015-2016 cycle this week.

The sessions, which centered around the history of Borton-Lawson, operational metrics, people, and strategic planning, were facilitated by the Borton-Lawson leadership team. There were also several group and team building activities, including the class making dinner together.

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