In the News

From preliminary engineering to final design and construction, Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc.  leaves a positive imprint on surrounding townships, counties and engineering communities. Listed below are just a few accomplishments and acknowledgements of our firm.



  • ASHE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

  • SULLIVAN’S BRIDGE OPENS

  • APA: REINVENTING TURNPIKE CORRIDOR BUSINESS PARKS

  • SULLIVAN’S BRIDGE GROUNDBREAKING

  • UPPER MERION COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRESS

  • U.C. SCIENCE CENTER/PENN PRESBYTERIAN CONSTRUCTION

  • GROUNDBREAKING AT 38TH & CHESTNUT STREETS HIGHRISE

  • CITY OF PHILADELPHIA LOW COST INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS

  • HENDERSON ROAD WIDENING RIBBON CUTTING

  • DELAWARE COUNTY TMA 2013 JOHN PICKETT AWARD

  • PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY KANBAR COLLEGE OF DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND COMMERCE

  • GVFTMA ENGINEERING & DESIGN AWARD

Recent News


2016 ASHE Project of the Year recipients (from left to right): Mike Boles (Boles Smyth), Leo Bagley (PennDOT), Ron Wagenmann (Boles Smyth), Jack Smyth Jr. (Boles Smyth), Justin Orient (J.D. Eckman) & Matt Edmond (Montgomery County Planning Commission)


April 2017 – 2016 ASHE Project of the Year Award

PennDOT and the National Park Service proudly accept the 2016 ASHE Delaware Valley Project of the Year for the Old Betzwood Bridge Trail Project (aka Sullivan’s Bridge). The project was constructed within Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County. Boles, Smyth Associates Inc.  led the project design and bid package preparation as well as project sponsor/stakeholder coordination for this locally administered project. The project sponsors include:  PennDOT, FHWA, the National Park Service, Montgomery County, Upper Merion and West Norriton Townships. The project was administered by the Upper Merion Transportation Authority and the Contractor was J.D. Eckman Inc.


August 2016 – National Park Service Opens Sullivan’s Bridge

Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. was pleased to assist the Upper Merion Transportation Authority and PennDOT with the project completion and ribbon cutting for the new Sullivan’s Bridge (Old Betzwood Bridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail) Project. The $9.57 million project included but was not limited to the 604-foot long Sullivan’s Bridge, the 60-foot long reinforced concrete arch structure carrying South Trooper Road over the Schuylkill River Trail, the rehabilitated 73-foot long bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad, roadway/trail approach work, landscaping and special railing designs. The Project enhances bicycle and pedestrian travel providing a safe, regional connection between the Schuylkill River Trail and the trail system in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Sullivan’s Bridge creates this critical link in “the Circuit” trail network, which is composed of hundreds of miles of interconnected trails in Delaware Valley.


March 2016 – Progress on Sullivan’s Bridge (Montgomery County)

Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. continues to provide support to Upper Merion Transportation Authority (UMTA) and PennDOT for the new Sullivan’s Bridge (Old Betzwood Bridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail) Project. Coordination with PennDOT and Contractor (J.D. Eckman, Inc.) has lead to construction progress in Valley Forge National Historical Park for structures over the Norfolk Southern Railroad, Schuylkill River and Schuylkill River Trail. The Project is advancing towards completion, leading to the project ribbon cutting in late Spring 2016.


October, 2014  –  APA Pennsylvania Annual Conference Presentation

Jack Smyth, Jr. alongside Leo Bagley (formerly Montgomery County Planning Commission), Brian O’Leary (MCPC), Eric Goldstein (King of Prussia BID), and William Walker (Horsham Township Manager) presented at the Pennsylvania American Planning Association (APA) annual conference. Their discussion focused on efforts to strengthen Montgomery County’s economy by transforming the Pennsylvania Turnpike into a resource that effectively provides access to destination centers within the county. Through the PA Turnpike Corridor Reinvestment Study, Boles, Smyth worked with Stakeholders to develop concepts to modernize existing interchanges and potentially add new interchanges. Jack and fellow speakers discussed adoption of new land use policies along the corridor, market trends, issues facing townships that are dependent on aging business parks, the business perspective, and an overview of transportation planning issues.

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May, 2014  –  PennDOT/FHWA/Park Service Celebrate Start of Construction

With Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. in attendance, State Senator Rafferty and Secretary of Transportation Schoch were joined by local and state officials to break ground on the new Sullivan’s Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle structure over the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. was the lead Civil Engineer, providing a wide variety of services and deliverables to help connect the north and south sides of Valley Forge National Historical Park and improve local and regional access to network trail systems in and around the Park, including a direct link with the Schuylkill River Trail.

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February, 2014  –  Upper Merion Indoor Recreation & Community Center Progress

Jack Smyth, Jr. helped unveil the latest land development plans for the Upper Merion Indoor Recreation and Community Center to the Board of Supervisors and nearly 50 residents. Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc.’s recent efforts include a traffic warrant analysis for installation of a traffic signal at General Knox Road/Caley Road and Valley Forge Road (PA-23). Other services include but are not limited to obtaining a Highway Occupancy permit for Valley Forge Road Roadway Improvements, preparing Right-Of-Way plans and providing public outreach services.

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January, 2014  –  Construction Milestone for Science Center & Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. provided civil engineering and design services for the new University City Science Center and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  The 11-story tower at 38th and Market Streets in Philadelphia was topped off. The 300,000 SF facility showcases the  growth of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, including more than 150,000 SF of state-of-the-art treatment, outpatient surgery,  and rehabilitation facilities with nearly 110 exam rooms, 6 outpatient operating rooms, and an outpatient radiology center. 


December, 2013 – Groundbreaking for Highrise Apartment at 38th & Chestnut Streets

Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc provided civil engineering and design services  for Radnor Property Group in the development of a new 25-story highrise apartment tower and 3-story office building at the bustling corner of 38th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. The apartment tower will be adjoined to the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral where a community center, school and day care center will be built. Construction of the $10 million mixed-use development for 38Chestnut Apartments and the Episcopal Cathedral Center is currently underway.


September, 2013  –  Mid-Atlantic States ITE (MASITE) Technical Presentation

Jack Smyth, Jr. and Allie Slizofski (Drive Engineering) presented the City of Philadelphia Low Cost Safety Improvement Intersections Audits.  The presentation was based on Safety Audits performed at 47 Intersections across the City of Philadelphia where observable operations including signal timing, vehicle movements, roadway and roadside conditions, signal equipment, signs and pavement markings were assessed. Reporting consisted of identifying Immediate Action Items, providing recommendations and furnishing of City Department of Streets Work Orders for implementation.


July, 2013  –  Henderson Road Widening Ribbon Cutting

Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. was pleased to assist the Upper Merion Transportation Authority with the project completion and ribbon cutting for one of the main north/south arterials in Upper Merion Township. The $4 million  project included South Henderson Road widening from south of Queens Drive through Saulin Boulevard, providing two lanes in each direction and a common center turning lane. This substantial investment by the Upper Merion Transportation Authority should pay dividends for the residents and commuters in Upper Merion Township.


June, 2013  –  John Pickett Transportation Engineer Award

Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. was honored to be the first recipient of the award named after the long time planning director for the Delaware County Planning Department. Among five Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) members recognized, Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. was awarded for their dedication and contribution to solving transportation-related issues and for their commitment to the environment in Delaware County.


November 2012  –  Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce (DEC) Opening

Opened in Fall of 2012, Boles, Smyth Associates, Inc. was the lead Civil Engineer for Philadelphia University’s DEC Center. Focused on sustainable storm water management practices, President and Principal Engineer Tim Boles developed state-of-the-art storm water management systems with both sustainable and economic benefits for the university.


May, 2011  –  GVFTMA Engineering & Design Award

The Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA) recognized several municipalities, businesses, and other organizations for “excellence in leadership” at its annual meeting in King of Prussia on May 11, 2011. Among those honored, Boles, Smyth Associates Inc. was recognized for engineering leadership for their work on the new on- and off-ramps from Henderson Road and South Gulph Road to I-76. Jack Smyth, Jr. accepted the award for the company and said that the new on-ramp has already opened, and that the off-ramp should be open in the Fall of 2011.

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