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Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM
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Join your fellow highway practitioners at the nextASHEmeeting!


When Your Road is a Dam

REMO virtual meeting

February 17, 2021 4:00 PM

Registration closes on Monday, February 15, 2021.


ASHE SNJ Joint Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


When Your Road is a Dam

Project Description

For this month’s Technical event, we are pleased to announce a presentation on When Your Road is a Dam. Many state, county and local roadway embankments (and some railroad embankments) also serve as dam embankments, holding back lakes for recreation, water supply and other uses. With this comes challenges in design with geotechnical, hydrologic and hydraulic conditions which are quite different from that of a typical roadway or railroad embankment. This presentation will touch on these design differences when facing reconstruction or rehabilitation of a bridge or roadway embankment serving as a dam.

Speaker Bios

John Ritchey, PE, Project Consultant, French & Parrello Associates

John Ritchey, PE joined French and Parrello Associates as a Project Consultant in April 2019. Prior to joining FPA, he was with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for 34 years in the Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control. As a supervising engineer in the Dam Safety Bureau, John was involved in over 300 dam restoration projects and over 1000 dam inspections. In his final two years at DEP, he was the Bureau Chief in the Bureau of Flood Control where he worked on major flood control projects with the US Army Corps of Engineers and oversaw the development, maintenance, amendments and distribution of NJ Floodway and Flood Hazard Area delineation maps. John graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University and is a licensed professional engineer.


Chris Marx, PE, Project Manager, French & Parrello Associates

Christopher Marx is a Senior Project Manager at French and Parrello Associates and has over 16 years of experience. Chris’ dam safety experience includes hydrologic and hydraulic studies, dam rehabilitation designs, the preparation of plans, specifications and design reports, construction oversight, development of Emergency Action Plans, Inundation Mapping, and Operation and Maintenance Manuals. Chris has participated in over 300 dam safety inspections and numerous dam rehabilitation projects. Chris graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and is a licensed professional engineer.


Attendees will be eligible to receive 1 PDH credit (NJ, PA, and DE; check for eligibility in other states).


4:00 PM – Virtual Networking using Remo
4:50 PM – Meeting Sponsor Presentations
5:00 PM – Virtual Presentation
6:00 PM – Closing Remarks and Upcoming Event Announcements

Cost (Registration closes on Monday, February 15,2021.)

ASHE Member




Public Employee




Students should contact Alexander Kluka, ASHE SNJ Membership Committee Lead, to register.

ASHE SNJ Meeting Sponsorship


Includes 1 free registration.

ASHE SNJ Gold Meeting Sponsorship


Available only to ASHE SNJ Gold Sponsors. Includes 1 free registration.

ASHE SNJ Platinum Meeting Sponsorship


Available only to ASHE SNJ Platinum Sponsors. Includes 1 free registration.

Registrations changed after the registration closing deadline will be charged the Non-Member price.


A private link to the virtual session will be provided in an email after the close of registration.

To ensure an enjoyable and successful event, please:

  • Log on in advance to establish your username and password. You may also provide a profile picture and firm name if desired.
  • During the presentation, enter questions into the Q&A list only. Questions will be addressed at the end of the presentation.
  • Become familiar with how Remo works. The event will have a networking portion and a presentation portion. See
  • Perform a systems check before the event. Verify that your browser, computer, microphone, and speaker are compatible with Remo before the event. The recommended browsers are Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Remo is NOT compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) or Edge. Verify that Remo is not firewalled by your IT Department. See

ASHE SNJ would like to thank our sponsors!

For information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Chris Gentz

When Your Road is a Dam