Nick Afzali, MSCE
Nick has over 25 years of experience in management, overseeing public organizations, and supervising diverse work groups including as the Public Works Director for the City of Maple Valley, Washington. He has extensive experience in planning, design and construction of multimillion-dollar capital projects for state highways, local arterials, and transit facilities. Nick has a strong technical background including project management, traffic engineering, transportation planning, road design, and building construction and management. Many of the projects he has managed required a high level of coordination with local and state elected officials; federal, state and local agencies, including WSDOT; business community leaders; and the general public. He also has a strong track record of project funding, including obtaining over 37 million dollars in federal and state grants for various agencies during his career.
MS, Civil Engineering, Oregon State University
Major Transportation Eng.
Minor Construction Management, Statistics
City of Maple Valley, SR 516/Kent-Kangley Road at SR 169 | Maple Valley, WA
Project Director. This project consisted of major widening to the east, north, and south of the intersection. It included the addition of two new traffic signals, undergrounding of utilities, sidewalks, landscaping, and major improvements to the intersection including concrete pavement due to heavy truck traffic. Close coordination with WSDOT, King County, neighboring jurisdictions, and many utility companies. The project’s budget came from different funding sources, such as state legislators, WSDOT (nickel and TPA), discretionary funds from US Congress, private developers and TIB. Total project budget was $14 million and was completed under budget and ahead of schedule.
City of Renton, Strander Boulevard/SW 27th Street Extension | Renton, WA
Project Manager. The project is currently under construction. Once completed, it will provide a critical four/five-lane arterial that will serve as a connection between West Valley Highway (SR 181) and East Valley Road, as well as an arterial connection to SR 167 from the south. The project includes an under-crossing at the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks. The new east-west arterial roadway will connect the cities of Renton and Tukwila and will provide access to the new Tukwila Rail Station, Amtrak, and a multi-modal center Nick managed the feasibility study and developed the 15% design plans in order to identify a preferred alignment. Project stakeholders consisted of City of Tukwila, Boeing, WSDOT, Sound Transit, BNSF, UPRR, King County, PSRC, TIB, and respective utility companies.
City of Renton, State Routes and I-405 Improvements | Renton, WA
Project Manager. As the City of Renton’s Transportation Manager, Nick was the City’s point of contact on many State Highway improvements such as SR-515, SR-167, SR-900, SR-169 and on the multi-million dollar improvement of I-405 though Renton including several interchanges as well as major widening of the freeway and associated city arterials. Nick developed memorandum of understandings and agreements, reviewed and approved preliminary environmental documentation and designs for various alternatives, oversaw plan reviews for the major improvements, and advised the City manager and the City Council on potential impacts and benefits of the improvements for the City.
City of Auburn, 3rd St. SW Grade Separation/C-Street Interchange @ SR-18 | Auburn, WA
Project Engineer. This $31.5 million-dollar project reconstructed and realigned “C” Street eastbound off-ramp at its interchange with SR-18. Nick was responsible for writing grant applications, 2020 traffic forecasting, Sound Transit commuter rails station, WSDOT, and BNSF coordination, review and approval of channelization and traffic signals plans, and briefing City department heads and elected officials.