Sight Distance Explained

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (aka AASHTO) A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (aka the Green Book), “The designer (of a roadway) should provide sight distance of sufficient length that drivers can control the operation of their vehicles to avoid striking an unexpected object […]

Progress Review: 10 Ideas to Enhance ITE

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE At the ITE Annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Jeff Paniati, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, opened the meeting with a discussion on the state of ITE. Jeff emphasized the groundwork from 2016 of the ‘new’ ITE which includes the following four cornerstones: Recognized – ITE is recognized as […]

7 Parts of an Effective School Traffic Safety Plan

Keeping Students Safe Through Planful Engineering

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Most schools have a well-developed safety plan for dealing with emergencies.  They even have regular fire, tornado/hurricane, and lockdown drills so staff and students are well prepared.  Even though being killed in a car crash is the leading cause of death for school age children in the United States, most schools don’t […]

Responding to Roundabout Concerns

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Roundabouts have readily been adopted in most European countries, but are still relatively new to North American drivers.  The benefits of roundabouts are numerous, but sometimes the biggest road block to implementing them is addressing the concerns of agencies and the public. During this year’s Joint ITE/CITE 2017 Annual Meeting and […]

Announcing COUNTcam 2 – Next Generation Traffic Video Recording System

New COUNTcam 2 Video Recording System Connects Wirelessly to Your Mobile Device and Uses Swappable Battery Packs to Extend Recording Time.

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE After more than a year in design and manufacturing, I’m excited to announce the all new COUNTcam 2 (check out how the COUNTcam 2 was designed from our technology partners at Tomorrow Labs) We originally designed our COUNTcam video recording systems out of our own need to find a more […]

Insights on the 2017 ITE Annual Meeting

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE I just got back from attending the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Annual Meeting. The Spack Consulting team attending this year’s meeting will be sharing our thoughts on the event over the next couple of weeks, but here are some initial thoughts about what we saw: Toronto is a great host […]

Traffic Calming Resources

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE For a quick three-minute overview of traffic calming techniques, check out my post Techniques and Devices for Slowing Down Traffic (Traffic Calming Explained). The Institute of Transportation Engineers has the most complete website on traffic calming devices (click here) I know of including four types of measures (vertical deflections, closures, […]

Autonomous Vehicles Mix May Eliminate Phantom Traffic Jams

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Exciting new research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and conducted by Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Arizona, and Illinois Universities shows that a few autonomous vehicles in the traffic stream could eliminate pesky phantom traffic jams. According to Daniel Work, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who was a […]

Top Ten Traffic Related Mistakes Developers Make

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE There are literally hundreds of decisions that need to be made when dealing with any development project. Sometimes, a few details get missed. Over the years, Spack Consulting has worked with numerous developers on projects large and small. Following are the top traffic issue mistakes that are commonly made during […]