A Signal Timing Primer


Guest post by Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Spack Consulting One of the services offered at Spack Consulting is Traffic Signal Timing and Tune-up. We often receive questions from clients and other engineers regarding what our timing and tune-up entails. While there is a lot written on this subject, the team of engineers in the office thought […]

Free Traffic Corner Webinar Series in October


Would you like to learn some favorite tips and tricks from seasoned traffic engineers? Do you want to think about interesting traffic engineering problems?  Do you want to share your experience to help other engineers? At Spack Consulting, we huddle as an engineering team to solve all of our engineering challenges.  The engineer in charge […]

How and Why to Create a Smooth Traffic Plan


The folks at Parking Zone were kind enough to share the infographic below.  It does a good job of framing why event traffic plans are a big deal.  Of course the infographic supports the need for Parking Zone’s innovative traffic control products (I like their magnetic posts and bollards that make setting up for a […]

10 Simple Road Safety Audits Everyone Can Do


This post is geared to city engineers/public works directors, but please note everyone should be contacting cities about these issues. Cities have a lot of staff, elected officials, and volunteers who drive their streets getting from point A to point B.  Typically, drivers are are just focused on getting to their destination, but drivers are a huge […]

Millennials and the Future of Transportation

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The following infographic demonstrates how the current 15 to 33 year olds really are different when it comes to transportation (thanks to George Bradley with Ohio University for sharing). View the whole infographic here: http://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/millennials-cars-and-the-future-of-transportation/ My daughter Maria is on the young edge of this generation and I’m seeing the difference being played out first hand.  […]

Top 5 Learnings from the 2016 ITE Annual Meeting


Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. The Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Annual Meeting was held in Anaheim, California a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. While primarily there as an exhibitor for CountingCars.com, I did manage to attend a few of the sessions […]

Case Study: Using Traffic Video to Determine Access Management Needs


  Tony Tramel is a traffic engineer, consultant, and former director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation in the Lafayette (Louisiana) Consolidated Government. He has more than 40 years of experience under his belt and has some wild traffic engineering stories to tell. In recent years, Tony has used CountingCars’ equipment to conduct some […]

Temporary Traffic Calming Example


I live in the Sorenson Neighborhood of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  We have a traditional grid street system that was built in the 1930’s.  Major construction on nearby highways have noticeably added traffic to our neighborhood over the last year and a half with the result of Brunswick Avenue becoming used more as a cut-through […]

How I Tamed Chaos at Work and You Can Too


I started as a sole practitioner about 15 years ago.  Managing was pretty simple – look in the mirror and tell myself what to do.  Simple, but not always easy when I was in procrastination mode. Things have changed since then – especially in the last three years.  There are ten of us now at […]

Neighborhood Street Design Guidelines

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The Institute of Transportation Engineers published a fact sheet titled Fact Sheet 6: Designing Avenues and Streets in Residential Areas.  It’s a very good reference for anyone involved with the design of new neighborhoods.  Table 1 shows recommended design element ranges derived from the report based on the location of the neighborhood Table 1 – […]