Category Archives for "Profession"

A Closer Look: The Development of wayCOUNT Road Tube Counter

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE A unique aspect of 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 […]

Top Seven Highlights of the new ITE Trip Generation Manual

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE The 10th edition of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual is expected to be released in September. Based on information from the ITE Annual Meeting we attended in Toronto along with our separate discussions with ITE, here the top seven highlights of the new manual: Now Electronic. […]

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

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 […]

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 Traffic Calming Explained: Techniques and Devices for Slowing Down Traffic. 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, […]