In today’s world of expansive growth and development, construction impacts within municipal rights-of-way are inevitable. Managing these impacts successfully requires consideration of active transportation users as well as vehicle traffic. The ROW Division Management team in the Austin Transportation Department has years of combined experience responding to all aspects of these impacts.
We will share how our experience has shaped our practices and how proper management translates to improved safety and mobility for all mode users. We will also collectively discuss the known obstacles and challenges when communicating these impacts and how organizations should expect them to evolve.
Ryan Ward is the Division Manager of Right of Way Management, a division within the City of Austin’s Transportation Department. Looking for innovative ways to improve mobility, safety and project delivery within the City of Austin’s right of way, is something Ryan remains passionate about. With over 25 years of combined experience, both in the private and government sectors, his focus has been on construction, traffic and transportation engineering, and surveying. Ryan spent over 14 years working with the Texas Department of Transportation, as both an employee and consultant. He worked on numerous projects that included bridges, roadway design, traffic signal technology, survey data collection, shared use paths and ADA accessibility improvements. His teams completed the first Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) in the City of San Angelo, while building an inclusive GIS data asset management tool to collect survey benchmarks, signs, and pavement markings. His team also designed and constructed the first concrete shared use path. While working for both Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and Carter and Burgess Engineers, he oversaw civil design and coordination with large land development projects. Many of these projects prioritized reallocated land for trails and incorporated ADA amenities. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Permian Basin and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Leadership and a B.A.A.S. in Industrial Technology Management. He is also a graduate of Texas State Technical College, with an A.A.S. in Design Technology. Ryan is an avid snowboarder and skier. He also enjoys spending time at his ranch in Coleman, TX, as well as hunting, camping and hiking. But when he wants to get off the grid and enjoy some solitude, he can be found in Big Bend National Park.
Ryan Mooney received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mani Kumar: As a Right of Way Supervisor in the Austin Transportation Department, Mani oversees the temporary traffic control plan review and utility coordination groups for work in the public right-of-way. Mani has over eighteen years of experience in civil and traffic engineering and transit operations. Prior to Austin, he worked for the City of Phoenix, Arizona Department of Transportation, Mid-Ohio regional Planning Organization, and City & County of San Francisco. At the beginning of his career, he ventured into software engineering field, but soon figured out it wasn’t his cup of tea and switched over to civil engineering and became a dedicated public servant. Mani earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering (from California State University and India Institute of Technology, respectively) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (from Arizona State University). He is a licensed Civil Engineer in the States of Arizona and Texas and holds Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and the Project Management Professional Certifications. Traveling to various international destinations and learning about local transportation infrastructure/issues. Learning and practicing various forms of ancient yoga postures, reading ancient books on spirituality, and last but not least learning new sports with his little ones.
Paloma Amayo-Ryan: As an Austin-native, Paloma prioritizes service to her community and has held positions as both a Lead S.T.E.M Teacher for AISD and a Lead Program Manager for a workforce development organization. She earned a B.S. in Communications and a Texas Business Foundations Program Certificate, from the University of Texas. Paloma joined the Austin Transportation team seven years ago. Since then, she has served as an Administrative Specialist, Permit Analyst, Training Specialist, and presently as a Transportation Supervisor. In this current role, she oversees two demanding and integral functions for the Division – permitting and project coordination. Paloma is a current member of Lady Scouts of Austin and the National Skee-Ball League and in her free time enjoys exploring the nooks and crannies of cities and towns, near and far.