The Life of a Roundabout Project

Ten years, we wrote about roundabouts and Mike’s then-recent experience in recommending a roundabout on a project. Here’s the quick summary version of that project’s case study: Lennar Corporation’s Park Place in Minnetrista The issue of realigning two tee intersections on Highway 7 (one at County Road 11 and one at Kings Point Road) to […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 7: Determine Necessary Improvements

Mike Spack and Bryant Ficek have literally written a book about Traffic Impact Studies and the process from authorization to final study. We present the information we wish we had when starting our careers and hopefully have tips and refreshers that even experienced traffic engineers will find useful. This series presents the basic steps of […]

Why Our New Traffic Counting Van is a Chevy Volt Sedan

We can’t afford to strand a field tech three hours away from the office.  Our 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan has a well earned 140,000 miles on it and we’re concerned about the coming costs to keep it working reliably.  It’s time to replace Traffic Data Inc’s mini-van with a new work vehicle. The default decision […]

What Difference Does a Sign Make?

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE How much impact does the speed limit have on a local, residential road? That basic question has increasingly become a hot-button issue in Minnesota where these roads are usually 30 mph by state statute. Several cities and bicycle/pedestrian advocates are pushing to change the statute and lower the local speed […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 6: Perform Capacity Analysis

Mike Spack and Bryant Ficek have literally written a book about Traffic Impact Studies and the process from authorization to final study. We present the information we wish we had when starting our careers and hopefully have tips and refreshers that even experienced traffic engineers will find useful. This series presents the basic steps of […]

New Parking Generation Data for Uses Not in ITE’s Parking Generation Report

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE   As a follow-up to our comparison post Building the Right Amount of Parking Stalls between the parking generation data from TripGeneration.org vs. ITE’s Parking Generation, 4th Edition, here are average peak parking rates for fourteen land uses that aren’t in ITE’s dataset.  Enjoy! Average Peak Parking Rates Land Use […]

Virtual Speed Humps: Effective or Ineffective Traffic Calming Tool?

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Recently, I was contacted by the New York Times Upfront magazine, to comment on a 3D speed hump being used in Iceland. (Click to view the article). The question was, are painted virtual speed humps effective? The goal of speed humps is to help calm traffic, making it safer for pedestrians. […]

Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons Reapproved!

By Bryant Ficek On February 1, 2018, MikeOnTraffic published an article about the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) repeal of their Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) interim approval. In essence, the RRFB was no longer allowed for new installations due to patent issues. As explained by the FHWA, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), […]