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David Widmer Elected Treasurer of NCEES

NCEES delegates elected David Widmer, P.L.S., treasurer for the 2011–13 term at
the organization’s 90th annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode
Island.

A resident of Rochester, Pennsylvania, Widmer was a member of the Pennsylvania
State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and
Geologists from 1991 to June 2011. He previously served as NCEES Northeast
Zone vice president and as the zone’s secretary-treasurer.

Widmer has been a licensed professional surveyor in Pennsylvania for over 25
years. He is the president of consulting firm Widmer Engineering Inc., based in
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls

Widmer is a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation Loan
Advisory Committee. He has previously served as Southwest Chapter director and
state director of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, director of the
Beaver County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and
president of the Western Chapter of the American Council of Engineering
Companies of Pennsylvania. He is also a former member of the board of directors
for the Beaver County Association for the Blind and the advisory board for the
Beaver County Salvation Army.
 

David H. Widmer, President of Widmer Engineering Inc. was voted to be the
Northeast Zone Vice President of the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering & Surveying (NCEES) in April of 2009.  Mr. Widmer will be sworn in to
the position of Vice President in Louisville, Kentucky on August 15, 2009.
Climax Bridge Re-opens to Traffic by Mitch Fryer

MAHONING -- It's only a bridge over a creek in a remote area of Armstrong and
Clarion counties with no more than 80 vehicles crossing a day, but the new Climax
Bridge bridges the needs of two counties, said state, county and local officials at its
opening Thursday.

"It's the linkage," said Armstrong County Commissioner Chairwoman Patty
Kirkpatrick. "Anything that benefits the citizens of the two counties is a good
thing. It's a vital link for nearby residents and those traveling through the
counties."

The Climax Bridge is on the Armstrong and Clarion county line along township
road 970 (Climax Road) spanning Redbank Creek next to the village of Climax
between Mahoning in Armstrong and Porter in Clarion.

The bridge is owned and maintained by Armstrong which has a cooperative
agreement with Clarion to share maintenance costs. Armstrong shares several
other bridges with neighboring counties, officials said.

It replaces the former bridge which was an open-grate, single lane, about 11-foot
wide, steel girder truss structure. The old bridge was built more than a century
ago for a brick refractory in Climax to connect to the railroad. Contractors
demolished it last year to make way for the site of the new bridge.

The new $1.9 million Climax Bridge is a 260-foot-long, one-lane structure over the
creek. It is two spans of continuous steel girder and is about 15 feet wide curb to
curb. The bridge has a concrete deck sealed with a penetrating protective coating
sealer.

PennDOT and county officials determined that the structure did not have enough
traffic to warrant the cost of constructing a two-lane bridge. Armstrong County
Commissioner Rich Fink agreed with keeping the bridge one lane, which he said
would have added $1 million to the cost.

"That's smart-sizing," said Fink of the savings. "One lane -- it fits here."

The bridge was designed by Widmer Engineering of Beaver Falls. The contractor
was Francis J. Palo of Clarion. Construction began last August.

"The old bridge was in such bad shape, it went down easily," said Charlie Clark,
Palo project manager. "Construction went well on the new bridge. We had no
problems on the job."

"The importance was high for both counties," said Clarion County Commissioner
Chairman Dave Cyphert. "It's safer and gives an alternative route."

Fink added that it was important to have a sound bridge in place for emergency
services. During 1996 flooding, it was the only transportation route across
Redbank Creek, he said.

"The counties are so closely connected," said state Rep. Donna Oberlander,
R-Clarion, whose district includes both Porter in Clarion and Mahoning in
Armstrong. "What's good for the area is good for both the counties."
 

Widmer Engineering Inc. recently hired four new additions to our staff.  Mr.
James Shroads, II, P.E. and Mr. Brenton Daily joined the company in June and
also, Ms. Katelyn Gibbs and Mr. Mike DiBiagio joined the company in October.   
They all currently work in the Beaver Falls office.
 

Widmer Engineering Inc. helped secure $4.2 million in low-interest loans from
PennVEST for the Borough of Monaca.  Please see
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more information.
Aliquippa - November 16, 2010

Aliquippa School District officials say the construction of new walkways at the
junior/senior high school campus will be under way soon.  Superintendent David
Wytiaz said construction bids for Aliquippa’s $404,800 grant project through
PennDOT’s Safe Routes to School program are expected to go out next month.
The bulk of the work is scheduled to take in the spring.

Widmer Engineering Inc. in Beaver Falls is handling the project. Tony Sadaka of
Widmer said the work probably will begin in the spring and is expected to take
about four months.
Wytiaz said the original scope of the work has changed. When Aliquippa received
the federal grant in 2006 for project design and construction, plans were to
renovate a walkway and stairs leading from the school campus, behind the
stadium, to the 1100 block of Franklin Avenue. However, Wytiaz said, the
projected cost to rehabilitate the old stairway would be $1 million.

Plans are now in place for the renovation and installation of new steps and
sidewalks in front of the junior/senior high campus. The walkway system will
extend from the front of the school to Main Street in Plan 12.

Sedaka said the project will improve safety for pedestrian students and residents
going to the school buildings. Lighting will also be installed along the new walkway,
wytiaz said.
Wytiaz said the city’s population has shifted from Plan 11 to Plan 12, so it made
sense to gear the funding toward a busier area.

Construction costs will be reimbursed through the grant program.
“This doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything,” Wytiaz said.
David Widmer Elected NCEES President-elect

Delegates elected David Widmer, P.L.S., NCEES president-elect at the
organization’
s 92nd annual meeting, held August 21–24 in San Antonio, Texas.
He will serve as president-elect for the 2013–14 term and as president the
following year.


A resident of Rochester, Pennsylvania, Widmer was a member of the
Pennsylvania State Registration Board for
Professional Engineers, Land
Surveyors, and
Geologists from 1991 to 2011 and is now an emeritus member.
He previously
served as NCEES treasurer and Northeast Zone vice president.

Widmer has been a licensed professional surveyor in Pennsylvania for over 25

years. He is the president of consulting firm Widmer Engineering Inc., based in
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

Widmer has served as Southwest Chapter director and state director of the

Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, director of the Beaver County Chapter
of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and
president of the
Western Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of

Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation
Loan Advisory Committee and a former member of the board of directors for the
Beaver County Association for the Blind and the advisory board for the Beaver
County Salvation Army.