Building Flexible Intersections

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT, Spack Consulting Minnesota’s Transportation Conference took place March 1st through 2nd 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The event included more than 30 breakout sessions discussing all things transportation. During this event, I attended an interesting presentation by Derek Arens and Chris Chromy from Bolton & Menk, Inc. The presentation focused […]

Vistro 5 Update – Making Bicycle and Pedestrian Analysis Easy

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE, President of Spack Enterprise, Founder of MikeOn Traffic I recently sat in on a PTV webinar to learn about the key updates in Vistro 5.  Here are the big ones related to implementing the 6th Edition of the Highway Capacity Manual: Added pedestrian delay calculations and level of service (jargon […]

Cultivating a Non-Automobile Focus in Transportation

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. At the recent 2017 Minnesota’s Transportation Conference (MTC), the Toole Design Group presented “Equity in Transportation: Meeting the Multimodal Needs of People of All Ages and Abilities.” This was part of a session focused on complete streets. The complete streets concept is the […]

Eminent Domain Projects: Property Value Considerations

Guest Post by Vernon Swing, PE, Traffic Engineering Manager at Spack Consulting. The process of eminent domain was established to allow public entities to acquire land from public and private land owners to provide projects that are for the greater good of society. For example, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) acquired land from private land […]

Do Crosswalk Bumpouts Really Enhance Pedestrian Safety?

I wrote this article several years ago but feel bumpouts are still a relevant and under analyzed area of traffic engineering. I still receive question from readers and clients about crosswalk bumpouts and their effectiveness and felt it was timely to share this article again. Have you seen an improvement in pedestrian safety through the […]

Announcing the New wayCOUNT Tube Counting System that Connects Wirelessly to the Cloud

Wireless Connectivity to the Cloud

I’m excited to announce our partnership with Tomorrow Lab to create the 21st Century tube counting system.  Frankly, tube counters haven’t changed much since the 1970’s other than to get smaller and cheaper.  The wayCOUNT system changes that. The wayCOUNT road tube counter is a rugged, two-port tube counter.  Like standard tube counters, it provides […]

Trick for Estimating Cut Through Traffic

Cut through traffic is a common complaint to a city engineering department.  This situation occurs when residents think commuters are using the city street they live on to get around congested roads.  The complaint pops up a lot when there’s nearby road construction that’s altering traffic patterns. We’ve done several complicated origin-destination studies to determine […]

Convenience Stores – Balancing Mobility and Access Management

Guest Post by Vernon Swing, PE, Traffic Engineering Manager at Spack Consulting. As traffic engineers, we are constantly balancing the mobility goals of the surrounding road network with the access requirements of the land use. For instance, all you need to know when considering convenience store land use is the name – convenience. Customers generally choose […]

Access and Circulation at a Distribution Center

The equation for solving access-related issues seems to be a simple one: increase accessibility, reduce conflict points and voila! Problem solved, right? Not so fast. As any traffic engineer can attest to, identifying and implementing solutions to any traffic-related conflict – particularly those that impact accessibility – is seldom as cut and dry as one […]