Project Director, Mario Cuomo Bridge, New York State Thruway Authority; Commissioner, Gateway Development Commission; Member, Board of Directors, MTA
Jamey Barbas, PE is the Project Director, charged with replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York with the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – one of the largest bridge projects in the US, on behalf of the New York State Thruway Authority.
A transformative senior executive with a career in the design and construction of major structures, she has held executive leadership positions in several international consulting firms. Her industry experience includes leadership of the strategic, operational and technical aspects for the delivery of major structures projects. A registered professional engineer with 35 years of experience in bridge and tunnel management, design, construction and inspection, she has special expertise on complex and long span bridges.
Barbas’ experience includes a number of award winning, domestic and international projects. She has led the inspection, design and construction support services for the reconstruction of the Williamsburg Bridge in NYC - one of the largest bridge reconstruction projects ever undertaken in the U.S. and led the design of the major bridges of the AutoRoute 30 project in Montreal, Canada - one of the largest P3 bridge projects in North America.
Barbas is a native New Yorker, graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. An author of numerous technical papers, Barbas was named by Engineering News Record as one of their top Newsmakers of 2004 for her work in providing an emergency solution to a failing historic suspension bridge. She was also recognized as one of ENR’s top Newsmakers of 2020 for devising an innovative strategy that helped avert the shutdown of a New York City subway line with significant cost savings and schedule reduction.
She is a board member of the MTA, a Commissioner of the Gateway Development Commission and has served in various organizations, such as Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit organization that provides footbridges in rural communities to increase access to schools, health care and market. She served as the Special Advisor for Infrastructure to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Barbas is the recipient of several engineering and leadership awards, including ASCE’s prestigious John B. Jervis Award for 2018 and the Thomas Egleston Medal for distinguished engineering achievement.