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AnnMarie Vigilante, PE

AnnMarie Vigilante has over twenty years of extensive traffic engineering, parking, highway/roadway design, ADA and transportation planning experience. She has worked on projects involving major roadways throughout the north east, created traffic plans for major stadium, retail, residential, industrial and corporate developments, and has provided due diligence, wayfinding and ADA plans for various developments.

In her role as Senior Associate/Vice President, AnnMarie is responsible for the QA/QC on all projects prepared by the traffic engineering staff. She has a working knowledge of the Pennsylvania Highway Occupancy Permitting processes, New Jersey Highway Access Code, New York Major Permit Review process and Delaware Entrance Permitting process.

What are some of your favorite projects completed in your career and why?

A career highlight for me is my work on the Route 33/Main Street Interchange in Palmer Township, Northampton County, PA. In coordination with state/federal agencies, I led all efforts in planning, designing, permitting and constructing of the approximate $40 million interchange project. The interchange was a unique public – private partnership that connects business, industry and the community resulting in a large scale positive impact to the region. As the centerpiece to the Chrin Commerce Center, the interchange spurred the development of over 800 acres surrounding it. It is anticipated when fully developed; this new interchange and its surrounding development will attract over 5,000 jobs and generate $16 million in tax revenue annually. The most enjoyable aspect of working on this project was the ability to participate in all aspects of the project side by side with the client as a trusted member of their internal team.

What advice would you give young female engineers entering the civil engineering workforce?

Align yourself with mentors as they can be the most important people to the early stages of your career. Take the time to interact with them, learn from their experiences, set goals, and understand what it takes to advance in your career. Also, never stop networking. There are so many different sectors and niches within the civil engineering industry. By networking you can learn so much from other people’s experiences, advice, achievements and lessons learned, so get out there and network.

As a past president of the Philadelphia section, what was your favorite aspect of this role?

My favorite aspect of being president was the ability to work with a variety of our members on the development of excellent technical programs and dinner meetings throughout the year. The variety of compelling speakers and interesting topics really helped encourage more members to attend our meetings.