Vice President and Highway Program Manager
As Parsons Brinckerhoff’s program manager for highways, Hal Kassoff is responsible for leading and shaping PB’s highway practice.?Hal provides strategic guidance, participates in major projects, and represents PB’s interests in the highway field.
Prior to joining PB, Hal completed a 25-year career with the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), serving as the State Highway Administrator for the last 12 and Director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering for the prior 6 years.? Under Hal’s leadership, SHA delivered record levels of highway investments amounting to more than $6 billion.? This included completion of a network of controlled access highways throughout Maryland with numerous inter-modal connections as well as the state’s first priority lanes for buses and carpools.?Also included was a priority system preservation program, including extensive reconstruction of bridges and pavements, and special emphasis on safety projects.?During Hal’s tenure, SHA twice won Maryland’s top quality award for public agencies, and was recognized on numerous occasions for environmentally sensitive and aesthetic designs, and the initiation of a scenic highways program.
With personal involvement by Hal, SHA launched the nation’s first Statewide traffic management program known as CHART.?He was the founding chairman of the Virginia-to-Maine I-95 Corridor Coalition, which focuses on Intelligent Transportation System deployment, and initiated AASHTO’s unique TRAC program to stimulate interest among students in civil engineering and transportation careers.?Hal served as vice-chair of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Quality and was a member of the Standing Committee on Highways.
Hal has authored numerous papers and articles, and is a frequent speaker on transportation.?In 1997 he received ASCE’s Wilbur Smith Award for his achievements in the highway field.