Category Archives for "Profession"

Designing for All Modes of Travel

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE I attended a North Central Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers section meeting in 2009.  It was a panel discussion on “Complete Streets.”  The general idea is to balance service to private vehicles, transit users, bicycles, and pedestrians through the design of our transportation systems. Traditionally, vehicles have been […]

Traffic Corner Tuesday – Sharing Traffic Engineering Knowledge One Webinar at a Time

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Starting MikeOnTraffic in 2007 seemed very cutting edge at the time, but blogs became commonplace, and there have been several online innovations since then.  Our mission at Spack Enterprises is to “Improve Transportation Globally”, so we routinely think about how we can reach more people or share our knowledge more […]

Mike On Traffic’s 10th Anniversary

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been blogging for ten years.  More than 8,000 people worldwide visit Mike On Traffic each month, and I’ve posted more than 760 articles.  The Institute of Transportation Engineers’ monthly magazine typically has four articles, delivered to about 15,000 members.  With two articles posted […]

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 […]

Access Management Primer

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Access management is the practice of limiting driveway or street intersections to reduce crash rates and congestion.  This post provides background, benefits, limitations, guidelines, and further resources for using access management. Background of Access Management Access management began in the United States in 1906 when the Supreme Court ruled in […]