By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE
There are literally hundreds of decisions that need to be made when dealing with any development project. Sometimes, a few details get missed. Over the years, Spack Consulting has worked with numerous developers on projects large and small. Following are the top traffic issue mistakes that are commonly made during development. Take a look at these frequently overlooked details to help ensure your next projects goes smoothly.
- Driveway and Curb Placement. Assuming you can get a driveway or curb cut wherever you want.
- Traffic Signal Placement. Assuming you’ll get a traffic signal at your development’s main intersection.
- Government Infrastructure Funding. Assuming a government agency will pay for the infrastructure (signals, turn lanes, medians, etc.) needed to get traffic smoothly in and out of your development.
- Neighbor Concerns. Ignoring the traffic concerns of your neighbors.
- Internal Traffic Circulation. Assuming one of your consultants (architect, landscape architect, civil engineer, traffic engineer) is designing a site plan that will have good internal traffic circulation.
- Presenting at Public Hearings. Assuming your traffic engineer is a good public speaker and will represent you well in public hearings.
- Traffic Study Turnaround Time. Assuming a traffic study can be done in a few days.
- Mitigation Plan. Assuming all traffic engineers are good at developing a phased mitigation plan that will protect the motoring public while considering your bottom line.
- Engineer Firms Reputation. Using a consultant traffic engineer that is not respected by the public agencies who will be reviewing their traffic study.
- Traffic Studies and Politics. Assuming traffic studies are straight science – many assumptions go into a traffic study and politics are often involved with traffic issues (politicians rarely question the size of a recommended sewer pipe, but they often have an opinion on traffic recommendations).
What other traffic consideration do you examine when working on a development project? Share your thoughts below.