Super Bowl Traffic Plan Review

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE   Super Bowl LII is coming to our world headquarters city of Minneapolis, Minnesota in February 2018. As one might imagine, the planning for bringing a major event is immense. For two weeks, the eyes of the sporting universe will be here as the worldwide press, about 1 million tourists, […]

Visit Us at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Join the CountingCars.com team on January 7th– 9th at the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. CountingCars will be exhibiting in booth #362 and we would love to meet our readers and customers and swap traffic engineering stories. Stop by our booth to see the COUNTcam 2 and our new wayCOUNT road tube counter […]

Maximum Volumes for Roundabouts

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Our various initiatives across Spack Enterprise have given us a wide customer base and contacts across the world. We often receive questions or comments from our clients or readers and are happy to provide a quick thought or comment. Here’s a recent one we received: “Is there a maximum traffic […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 2: Preliminary Assessment

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 […]

Bicycle Trail Roundabout

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT The benefits of roundabouts have been an extensively written on topic here at MikeOnTraffic. While completing research for the various roundabout topics, we also discovered an interesting application of roundabouts outside of common practice – the bicycle trail roundabout. This roundabout is exactly what the name indicates, a miniature roundabout utilized […]

Diverging Diamond Interchange Primer

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Motorists drive through the Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI) on the left side of the road, which converts all turns into reduced conflict curbside turns.  Curbside left turns result in more capacity and better safety performance at locations with heavy traffic compared to traditional diamond interchanges.  This post provides background, benefits, […]

Our Traffic Analysis Software Improved our Efficiency by 10%

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE A Traffic Impact Study (TIS) is a key product of traffic engineering, evaluating the impact of expected development traffic on the transportation network. For traffic engineers at both public agencies and private companies, there is always an underlying pressure to deliver a quality TIS faster while reducing the overall cost. […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 1: Assumptions to Reviewers

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 […]

A Great Month for Minnesota Transportation and MnDOT

As our readers know, we strive to provide for all modes of traffic in our studies. We also believe we do a great job of staying informed on the latest technologies and innovations that can improve how we do business. Along those lines, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) made four announcements in October that […]