Traffic Impact Study Improvements: Part 2 – Would Multiple Results Help Us?

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice-President at Spack Consulting Earlier this year, I detailed how our standard process for a Traffic Impact Study has several points of assumptions at best or guesses at worst. This post continues that discussion.  The original post, “Top 6 Ways to Pick Apart a Traffic Study” is available […]

Remembering the 2007 Bridge Collapse in Minnesota

A Community Pulls Together to in Face of I 35W Bridge Tragedy

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice-President at Spack Consulting On August 1, 2007, the previously unthinkable happened and the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River, in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed during rush hour traffic. The collapse of this bridge, that I drove over frequently, killed 13 people and injured another 145. Rather than […]

Top 10 Ways Video Data Collection is Improving My Engineering

Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

Last week I shared the first part of the presentation I gave at the ITE Western District Conference earlier this month. I released the first half of my presentation last and this is the second article in this two part series. 6.  Parking Data Parking Lots. We’ve had several projects where we install cameras at […]

New Life for Old Street Signs

Historical Society Sells Decommissioned Street Signs for a Fundraiser

Lucille is a close family friend who downsized from her home on Mackey Avenue where she lived for more than sixty years.  She recently told my wife Jane that she was going to the local historical society to buy a “Mackey Avenue” sign as a memento. I dug into Lucille’s story and it’s the perfect […]

Top 10 Ways Video Data Collection is Improving My Engineering – Part 1

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

This week I presented at the ITE Western District Conference. My presentation was well received by attendees so, I’ve decided to share it on MikeOnTraffic. The presentation was lengthy so I have decided to break it into two parts. I will post the second half of the presentation next week. Since 2001, my businesses, Spack Consulting […]

5 Tips to Prepare Traffic Study Proposals Like a Pro

Best Practices for Creating Traffic Study Proposals

Recently I received an email from a Mike on Traffic reader who owns a traffic engineering firm. He shared his company’s practices on how they price traffic study proposals. We had a good discussion around what to include in proposals and how we price traffic study proposals at Spack Consulting. I thought I would pass […]

The Secret of Traffic Counting on a Budget

Announcing the New $899 COUNTcam MINI

I’m excited to announce our new COUNTcam MINI!   – the industry’s smallest, traffic counting video system. Record multiple days – up to 50 hours of video Easy setup – typically less than five minutes to deploy Carry 50 COUNTcams in your van.  It’s the smallest traffic counting camera on the market at about 2 pounds and 5 […]

Meet Me at ITE Western District Conference

Mike Spack to Present "Top 10 Ways Video Data Collection is Improving My Engineering"

Join me on Monday, July 20th at the 2015 Western District Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. I will be presenting from 10:30 – 12:00 for the Effective Tools in Data Collection track. This year I will be sharing my key learnings on data collection in a session titled “Top 10 Ways  Video Data Collection is Improving […]

Announcing Open Source Trip Generation Data

The daily trips per household in Minnesota dropped from 11.1 trips in 2000 to 8.8 trips in 2010.  You can read recent articles from the University of Minnesota about  how travelers in general are spending less time on the road and how different aged folks trips are going down. Combining these significant changes in travel behavior with […]

New Report – Safety Record of Roundabouts in Minnesota

Roundabouts keep getting good press in Minnesota.  Check out this positive story from Minnesota Public Radio.  We have about 140 roundabouts built in the state with 40 more in the works. I was excited to see these statistics in the report: “In December, MnDOT released its first comprehensive traffic safety study on roundabouts in Minnesota. […]