Pankaj Saharia loves his job as a structural and civil engineer working on projects in and around Boston. Pankaj Saharia has designed the superstructure and the substructure of the 180-foot spanning Neponset River Greenway Corridor bridge for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Pankaj Saharia has long been responsible for designing and testing public infrastructure buildings and other structures throughout the Boston area. Probably the most challenging projects for him are the bridges.
Because of the prevalence of rivers and streams running through the Boston area and in Massachusetts in general, bridges are essential for transportation in an area with a huge population. Bridges can be tricky to design because of the many physical factors that can cause bridge collapse and structural integrity. Pankaj Saharia has to design bridges that will hold up in the elements and withstand heavy amounts of traffic and weight all at once. Both ends of the bridge need to be structurally sound and the forces at work keeping the bridge above the ground or water need to work together to support immense amounts of traffic and weight at times. Saharia has worked for much of his career testing and calculating load bearings and other forces, seeking to help all components of each of his bridges work together.
Pankaj Saharia has the skills to test and ensure that each of the structures he works on can handle the forces they’re supposed to handle. Events like earthquakes can shake and damage buildings, but if they are constructed properly, the damage can be mitigated.