ASBI Announces Selection of Gregg A. Freeby as Incoming Executive Director

Gregg A. Freeby, P.E. has been selected by ASBI's Board of Directors
as the incoming Executive Director of the American Segmental Bridge
Institute effective October 1, 2018. He is replacing current Executive
Director, William R. “Randy” Cox who is retiring effective December
31, 2018. ASBI's office will continue to be maintained in Buda Texas,
just south of Austin.
Gregg is joining ASBI after 31 years of service with the Bridge Division
of the Texas Department of Transportation. He received a Bachelor’s
Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986,
joined the Bridge Division full-time as an Engineering Assistant, and
received his license as a Professional Engineer in 1991. Gregg has held
a number of positions within the Bridge Division and was appointed
Division Director and State Bridge Engineer in October of 2011.
Gregg has been involved in the plan development and construction
phase services for a number of segmental and signature bridges:
– He was the Design Group Leader for the Colorado River (Lake
Marble Falls) Bridge on US 281 in Burnet County. The 958-foot-long
twin segmental bridges are 40 feet wide each and used cast-inplace balanced cantilever segmental construction. Project cost was
$19.4M and received a 2015 ASBI Bridge Award of Excellence.
<li>The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Bridge on FM 2031 in Matagorda
County in 2009 was another project for which Gregg led the plan
development and construction engineering support. This 3,387-footlong bridge is composed of a 690-foot (180’-320’-180’) balanced
cantilever segmental bridge with 145-foot Type VI approach spans.
This was the first segmental bridge designed by the TxDOT Bridge
Division using AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. The
bridge was opened to traffic in June 2009 at a cost of $16M.
Gregg served as the design project leader for the in-house design,
plan preparation, and construction support for the world’s first
precast concrete network arches on West 7th Street for the City of
Fort Worth. This was an accelerated bridge construction project, with
the roadway being closed for just six months during construction,
and is composed of six spans, each 161 feet long. The project was
completed in November of 2013 at a cost of $24M.
More recently, as the Bridge Division Director, Gregg provided
leadership during the early stages of the design-build project to
replace the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge on US 181. The new bridge
will feature a 1,661-foot-long cable stayed main span. With a 205
feet waterway clearance, this six-lane facility will provide improved
navigation clearance for the Port of Corpus Christi. This $809.2M
project broke ground in 2017 and is expected to be completed in
Gregg has been involved in a number of professional organizations and
committees throughout his career:
<li>From April 2013 to June 2015 Gregg served as a member of ASBI’s
Executive Committee and on the Steering Committee for the 2014
Strategic Plan.
He currently serves as the President of the Infrastructure
Advancement Institute (IAI), a professional society he helped launch
in 2014. Membership and attendance of the IAI Annual Summit
has steadily grown to over 350 professionals. As co-founder and
president, Gregg has been actively involved in membership growth,
developing and implementing a strategic plan, creating a committee
structure, and planning the Annual Summit which includes meeting
logistics as well as technical program content.Since October 2011
Gregg has served as a member of AASHTO’s Subcommittee on
Bridges and Structures (SCOBS) Technical Committee T-10, Concrete
Design. He was appointed Committee Chair in May 2015 where he
presided over the final 18 months of the effort to reorganize Section
5 of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. In 2017, Gregg
was appointed as a member of the Transportation Research Board
Standing Committee on Concrete Bridges (AFF30).
Following confirmation of his selection as ASBI’s Executive Director,
Gregg stated, “I welcome the opportunity to work with the ASBI
Executive Committee and Board of Directors to continue ASBI’s rich
history of promoting segmental bridges across the country as the
best-value bridging solution. I look forward to guiding ASBI’s continued
success as a recognized leader in the bridge building industry.”