Case Study: Data Centered Traffic Calming Experiment in a Neighborhood

The City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota had a neighborhood reconstruction project planned for 2018 with significant resident concerns about traffic issues.  The situation is not unique, but the engineering staff’s approach to the project was. They developed a very detailed public engagement process two years in advance of the reconstruction, which included bringing us […]

The Life of a Roundabout Project

Ten years, we wrote about roundabouts and Mike’s then-recent experience in recommending a roundabout on a project. Here’s the quick summary version of that project’s case study: Lennar Corporation’s Park Place in Minnetrista The issue of realigning two tee intersections on Highway 7 (one at County Road 11 and one at Kings Point Road) to […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 6: Perform Capacity Analysis

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 […]

Traffic Data Collection Tip: Field Work Bins

By Max Moreland, PE Forgetting stuff. It happens all the time. Whether it be your keys, your sunglasses, or your boxed-up leftovers at a restaurant that you had already mentally told yourself would be your lunch for tomorrow, we’ve all left home (or a restaurant) and forgotten to bring something at some point. The same […]

A Review of the Best of What You Missed

We know work gets busy, and sometime there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. We’re here to help! Here are the top articles and video from the first quarter of 2018 that you may have missed. Estimating Trip Generation and Distribution for a Wedding Venue After providing our rough process […]

How Our Office Collects Person Trip Generation Data

By Max Moreland, PE   Most trip generation data that is collected is vehicle-based and is focused on land uses where there is parking. However, collecting this type of data in urban areas, where parking isn’t abundant and people use multiple modes of transportation, is much more challenging. Yet, having an understanding of how people […]

Building the Right Amount of Parking Stalls

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE  In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks ransacks the home of the bears and eventually goes to sleep in the bed that is “just right.”  Like Goldilocks picking a bed, we developers, owners, and designers like our properties to be just right.  That includes having a parking […]

Traffic Calming: Benefits, Limitations, and Design Guidelines

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Physical obstructions meant to slow down and possibly divert vehicles in residential areas are called traffic calming devices in our industry. More generally, we refer to it as changing a road in an attempt to lower vehicle speeds, reduce traffic volumes, divert cut-through traffic, or some combination therein. This guide provides […]

Best of Traffic Corner Tuesday Webinars

We launched our free Traffic Corner Tuesday webinar series in 2016. We started offering these webinars as a way to share our traffic engineering knowledge with others in our pursuit to improve transportation globally. Since we began, we have held 25 webinars on a wide range of topics, and have had more than 1,200 people […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 3: Document Existing Conditions

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 […]