About the NCS Reston Branch

The National Capital Section's Reston Branch hosts regular monthly technical meetings at ASCE Headquarters in Reston at lunch time. Formerly a Committee of the Section, it was, in late October 2017,  anointed a Branch in recognition of its successful track record of serving members from the Reston area with well-attended PDH and networking opportunities. Several Branch Officer positions have opened up for our member volunteers to fill. Take advantage of these emerging leadership opportunities!

Northern Virginia Traffic Projects: I-66 Inside the Beltway and I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension

Ms. Baxter will discuss traffic demands related to the I-66 Inside the Beltway Program which includes implementing peak period managed toll lanes, in which the revenue will be used for transit serving the corridor, as well as the 4 mile widening of the eastbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston.

Mr. Lerner will talk about traffic studies in Northern Virginia and will specifically discuss as examples the traffic operations analyses for the I-395 Express Extension as well as the studies for the transformation of Tysons.

Amanda Baxter: Special Projects Development Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Abi Lerner: P.E. Associate Manager of Special Projects Development
Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM Registration - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Lunch/Speaker
Place: ASCE Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive Reston, VA 20191
Cost: $25 per person (member/nonmember)
Attendees will receive 1 PDH
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8 th to Lisa Anderson:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-429- 6631.
Cash or check made out to “ASCE National Capital Section” may be paid at the door.

Amanda Baxter has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in planning, analysis, and environmental documentation for complex transportation planning studies and engineering projects. In March 2015, Ms. Baxter returned to VDOT as the Special Projects Development Manager working on key transportation initiatives in Northern Virginia. In her role, Ms. Baxter coordinates and implements Special Studies in support of the Secretary of Transportation, VDOT Commissioner, VDOT Chief Engineer and senior leadership. Ms. Baxter is responsible for the oversight and coordination of VDOT resources to direct Special Projects in order to provide transportation facilities that meet or exceed VDOT standards and requirements. Currently she is the Project Manager for the I-66 Inside the Beltway Program which includes implementing peak period managed toll lanes, in which the revenue will be used for transit serving the corridor, as well as the 4 mile widening of the eastbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston. She is also leading the environmental and traffic studies for the I-395 Express lanes including multimodal improvements at the Pentagon and most recently she has initiated the environmental and traffic study for the I-95 Express Lane extension to Fredericksburg as part of the Atlantic Gateway program. Before returning to VDOT, Ms. Baxter served as a Vice President for Whitman, Requardt and Associates working on key Regional transportation projects in the Mid-Atlantic such as Maryland’s Purple Line Light Rail and the High Rise Bridge study in Hampton Roads.


Abi Lerner, P.E. is the Associate Manager of Special Project Development at the Virginia Department of Transportation. In his role, he is responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of all transportation and land development projects associated with the Tysons revitalization program. He is also working on project development and traffic analyses for key Northern Virginia projects including I-66 Inside the Beltway and I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of Transportation for the City of Alexandria, VA. Abi has a B.B.A. in Engineering Management, a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Abi is the current Mid-Colonial District representative on the Board of Direction of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Welcome to the Reston Branch

We're always on the lookout for volunteers to help in the planning of technical meetings in Reston. The Branch hosts technical meetings monthly for ASCE members in the Reston area, including surrounding counties, looking to network with other professionals, sharpen their technical and professional skills, and earn Professional Development Hours. For more information, contact the Branch Chair, Lisa Anderson, at lmanders@bechtel.com or 703-429-6631.