Control Devices: Stop Signs Benefits, Limitations and Design Guidelines

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Stop signs are the cheapest traffic control devices for controlling traffic at an intersection. This post provides background, benefits, limitations, design guidelines, and further resources for designing stop sign installations. Background The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (jargon: MUTCD) governs the use of all traffic control devices in the […]

A Closer Look: The Development of wayCOUNT Road Tube Counter

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE A unique aspect of CountingCars.com compared to our competitors is that we are traffic engineers and data collectors.  Not only do we listen to our customers as any good company should, but we are our best customer preparing hundreds of engineering studies and collecting tens of thousands of hours of […]

Reduced Conflict Intersections in Action

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Thanks to Denny Eyler, from SRF Consulting, for the following comments related to our Reduced Conflict Intersections post. Denny has significant experience with these types of intersections and we had a good email exchange over them. I think you’ll find his thoughts helpful and think they are worth a post instead […]

Mini Roundabout Benefits

By Vern Swing, PE The entire team at Spack Consulting are proponents of roudabouts, and we have written extensively on the topic. But as roundabouts take hold in the US, more design ideas are coming forward on their application to improve traffic flow and improved pedestrian safety. This includes the use of mini roundabouts, which […]

Reduced Conflict Intersections

By Jacob Rojer, EIT Spack Consulting Finding a balance where both safety and traffic operations can be improved when designing an intersection can be a challenge when faced with budget constraints. I recently attended a seminar at the Minnesota Transportation Conference called “Proven Intersection Design for Reduced Conflicts”. This seminar covered alternative intersection design, best […]

Pedestrian Bridges: Safety vs. Convenience

By Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. Large roads are great for moving vehicles through an area.  However, if you are a pedestrian, getting across a wide, busy, high speed road can be daunting.  No one wants to play Frogger in real time with real consequences.  Except for maybe George Costanza. […]

What Should the Scope of a Traffic Study Be (Part 2 of 2)

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Part 1 in this series on scoping a traffic study dealt with the appropriate study area. This post (Part 2) discusses how far into the future we need to analyze. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (aka ITE) has developed a Recommended Practice titled Transportation Impact Analyses for Site Development.  It details the study year […]