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Leadership Profile - Ben Ross, PE, PTOE

Continuing the transition of leadership at Engineering Surveys & Services, in January 2016, Ben Ross, PE, PTOE, was named Vice President-Engineering, where he oversees production of the ES&S’ civil engineering design practice. ​Ben joined ES&S after graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1994.  Ben helped ES&S open a new location in Sedalia in 2000 and managed the branch office before returning to Columbia in 2005. 

During his career, Ben has focused on design and project management of public-sector infrastructure projects.  Ben is a registered professional engineer in four states and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI), the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition, and is active in numerous other civic and professional organizations. Ben became a member of Engineering Surveys & Services, LLC in 2015.  

Ben lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife Lisa and their son Adam. Ben enjoys camping trips as with Adam’s Boy Scout troop and being involved in the community.

Some of Ben’s engineering career highlights include:

College Avenue Safety Enhancement (CASE) Project:  Project Manager for design of two mid-block pedestrian crossings on a busy urban arterial on the east boundary of Mizzou’s campus, which results in heavy student pedestrian traffic during the school year.  The project included the first use of hybrid pedestrian traffic signals, often called HAWK signals, in central Missouri.  

H.A.W.K. beacon Crosswalk Project

East 24-inch Transmission Main:  Project Manager for over 22,000-LF of 24-inch water main, along Columbia’s east city limit.  Confirming the pipeline corridor was a significant issue, with open-house interested parties meeting to gain input for alignment decisions, including issues related to a shared corridor with Hominy Branch Interceptor Sewer and a shared use trail that was built as part of the City’s greenway system.

Flat Branch Watershed Relief Sewer:  Project Manager for phases 1 & 3 of a collection system upgrade replacing older, small diameter sewers serving Columbia’s downtown central business district.  Alignments ran parallel to the heavily-used MKT Trail corridor and under two busy downtown streets.

Conley Road / Business Loop-70 Extension:  Project Manager for this new corridor connecting Business Loop-70 with the Conley Road commercial district.  The project included over a mile of new I-70 & US Route 63 outer roadway, a new bridge over Hinkson Creek, and the relocation of several holes of an adjacent golf course.  The project also allowed the closure of the entrance ramp to eastbound I-70 from the Business Loop, which has been a safety issue for many years due to the vehicle weaving conflicts with the I-70 exit ramp to US Route 63.  The project was locally funded by a sales tax within the Conley Road Transportation Development District.  

Nifong Boulevard Improvements:  Project Manager for the widening of this heavily-used urban arterial serving the City's south side.  The project consists of 10,000-LF of roadway upgrades and widening, improvements to two existing signalized intersections, and addition to two additional traffic signals and access management along the commercial corridor on the project’s east side.  

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