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, […]

Traffic Calming Resources: How to Handle Speeding

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE We recently completed our annual MikeOnTraffic reader survey. In the survey we asked readers what their biggest challenge is, and our readers didn’t hold back! We received a wide range of challenges that transportation engineers face daily. Over the next several months we are going to post resources for our […]

An Argument for Rapid Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles

Great Photos from the Autonomous Bus at Super Bowl LII

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Tom Fischer made an interesting argument at the City Engineers Association of Minnesota annual meeting that the switch to autonomous vehicles will be like the transition from horses to cars that happened in the early Twentieth Century.  It took about twenty years for horses to become illegal in cities but that […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 4: Traffic Data Collection

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 […]