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Bruce Barnett, PE, Joins J2 to Direct Transportation Group

Bruce Barnett, PE, Joins J2 as Managing Director of Transportation

March 14, 2024 --

J2 announces that Bruce Barnett, PE, has joined the firm as Managing Director of Transportation. Working for large- and mid-sized engineering firms for more than 35 years, Barnett brings extensive experience leading major highway infrastructure projects including several of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) largest projects. As design manager for the $3.7 billion Transform 66 initiative, Barnett led the 22.5-mile project for nearly a decade, from initial concept design to recent completion in 2024.

“Bruce’s experience and relationships are impressive — he’s worked on two of the largest recent projects for VDOT; Transform 66 and the $2 billion I-495 Express Lanes,” said J2 cofounder and principal Jim Bishoff, PE. “Bruce will partner with me in supporting J2’s transportation leadership to build on the existing successes of the firm focusing on project management, operations, and future expansion.”


Barnett’s work on major transportation projects in the region as well as extensive experience leading growth and expansion efforts for engineering firms, has him looking forward to what he can bring to the firm.

“J2 is known for a commitment to quality and delivering results to their clients. Joining J2 allows me to bring new perspective, experience, and knowledge to an amazing group of professionals. I’m confident that together we can build something even greater,” Barnett said.

Just as important as growing the firm, Barnett wants to focus on growing careers through mentorship and providing resources to help each member of the team realize their potential. “Bruce’s reputation as a leader and ability to guide a team of transportation professionals while coordinating with clients and sub-consultants is a further benefit to our firm,” concluded Bishoff. 


Barnett, a proud alumnus of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Management. As a professional engineer in Virginia, his work on high-profile, transportation infrastructure projects in the state, as well as in West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC, has made a definitive impact on the world around him while keeping people and goods moving in the most efficient ways.


Transform 66 and Barnett’s integral involvement in the project has been featured recently in ENR.


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