Jonathan Kiser, PE, PTOE, PTP
Jonathan joined Neel-Schaffer in 2000 and has more than 20 years of experience. As a traffic/transportation and civil engineer in the firm’s Jackson (MS) office, he provides support on a wide range of transportation planning, traffic engineering, and civil design projects.
A Vice President with the firm, Jonathan is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Professional Transportation Planner. He has extensive experience in traffic volume forecasting, modeling, and analysis for corridor and intersection studies for public and private sector clients. He also has significant expertise in corridor evaluation studies.
Through evaluation of traffic volumes, crash history, area project construction and utility locations, he evaluates the traffic demands and construction alternatives and recommends road improvements.
In addition to the alternative selection process, he provides an engineering estimate of the costs of improvements and directs the public involvement process for public meetings for the participating government agency. His experience includes roadway design, traffic signal design, traffic signal coordination, signing and striping plans, and traffic control plans for road construction. He is certified with MDOT for preparation of work zone traffic control plans. He provides ADA training company wide and is a leader within our firm on multi-use trail initiatives.
In addition to his traffic work, Jonathan has extensive experience in emergency management/disaster recovery. He served as Project Manager on disaster recovery projects for Hurricane Isaac (2012), Ike (2008), Gustav (2008), Katrina (2005), Frances (2004), and Jeanne (2004), and tornado damage projects in Yazoo County (MS) in 2010 and in Jackson/Clinton (MS) in 2011.
Those projects included debris monitoring of vegetative, and C & D materials, harbor/ marine debris, and NRCS bayou cleaning. He coordinated the recovery process with private non-profits ,including the Biloxi Housing Authority, Beauvoir and the J. L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Additional duties included management and coordination with all federal, state and local officials to resolve recovery issues, communicator between city representatives and contractors, and management of debris quantity documentation and reporting to ensure eligibility and full reimbursement from FEMA. In addition to debris-monitoring services, he assisted with restoration of the historic Biloxi cemetery and numerous other infrastructure projects.
Jonathan has more than a decade of experience with local and regional regulations, including those of MDEQ, MEMA, and FEMA. He has worked under contract for FEMA for Long Term Recovery planning projects and was selected by FEMA to moderate the Section 106 Environmental Review of the Historic Gulfport Library public hearings on behalf of Harrison County (MS) as a result of his accomplishments with City of Biloxi, Harrison County and FEMA/MEMA. He has worked with numerous public agencies in assisting with debris contracts, emergency management consulting, contractor bid evaluations, emergency plans and debris management plans. He continues to provide technical assistance to FEMA debris specialist staff through his experience with field conditions with debris operations and disposal site regulations. He maintains an excellent working relationship with MEMA, FEMA and MDEQ staff.