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 […]

Stop Sign Compliance Research Findings

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Late last year, we started a research project on evaluating stop sign compliance. Our goal is to determine clear lines between effective and non-effective stop sign locations. After partnering with multiple cities for this initial round of work, the data collection portion of the project is wrapping up. We have […]

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 […]

Cities Take on Heat Island Effect with Cooling Technology

By Hailey Pederson, EIT With temperatures rising around the globe, many public agencies are looking for ways to lower the dreaded “heat island effect” that often plagues major cities. Heat Islands are defined as areas in which there is a significant temperature differentiation between the neighboring urban and rural areas. That difference can be as […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 5: Prepare Traffic Forecasts

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 […]

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 […]

Preliminary Traffic Assessment Webinar

Every development goes through some process to be approved for construction. The traffic portion may include a traffic study, or a travel demand management plan, but equally important for the developer is to determine any fatal flaws, from a traffic perspective, of the proposed site plan. Check out our article on Preliminary Traffic Assessment which includes […]

Study Results: Right Turn on Red Percentages

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE As part of our company purpose – Improve Transportation Globally – we often develop and complete research projects. We do this to help improve our work internally or help answer external questions from our clients. A recent research project completed involved Right Turn on Red at signalized intersections. In Minnesota, […]