Christa is a second-generation transportation engineer, but at first, her plan was to major in business or accounting. A love of numbers and a knack for problem solving made her realize she was an engineer at heart! To her, transportation planning and traffic engineering projects are like puzzles, figuring out how to serve motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians while pleasing clients and other stakeholders. Solutions can be small, like adding a turn lane, or big, like reconstructing an interchange.
One major project of hers was the planning of a superstreet corridor in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Starting as vacant land, Christa and her team took the project through planning, design, and implementation. The superstreet was a success, and the town is implementing the concept in other parts of the corridor.
Christa is a board member for the Southern District of the Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and is vice-chair of the International ITE Traffic Engineering Council. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, and going to the theater.