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 […]

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. […]

A Closer Look: Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) for Montgomery County Maryland

In June, we presented a webinar about Travel Demand Management Plans (TDMPs) and our approach to these types of studies (view it and others here). A listener reached out to us afterward with a new plan from Montgomery County in Maryland. Their recently updated Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) Guidelines are intended for the preparation […]

School Speed Zones

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE For a city traffic engineer, nothing signifies the end of summer quite like the barrage of calls from concerned parents (and sometimes school officials) requesting school speed zones and safety improvements. With so much at stake and so many factors to consider, school speed zones can easily become one of […]

Traffic Engineering Briefing: When is a road congested?

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE A road feels congested to motorists when the traffic demand approaches the capacity of the roadway.  The two biggest factors that determine if a road feels congested are volume (how many vehicles are using the road) and capacity (how many vehicles the road can accommodate a day). Transportation professionals use […]

How to Define the “Casual Fast Food” Land Use Category

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE “The phrase “I know it when I see it” is a colloquial expression by which a speaker attempts to categorize an observable fact or event, although the category is subjective or lacks clearly defined parameters.” – Wikipedia The current version of the Institute of Transportation’s (ITE) Trip Generation Manual, 9th Edition, provides the following land […]

Traffic Signal Warrant Primer

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE The best place to start when talking about traffic signal warrants is to understand the definition of a warrant itself. According to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), a warrant is a threshold condition based upon average or normal conditions that, if found to be satisfied as part […]