Traffic control equipment on the market today has the ability to maximize the use of existing pavement. However, as time goes by, traffic volumes increase and traffic patterns change which requires signal operation evaluation to ensure maximum efficiency. We are skilled at these evaluations and recommending cost effective solutions that solve problems. It is necessary to evaluate entire signal systems periodically. We also develop signal timing for signal systems that allows for optimized traffic flow on the main street.
The effectiveness of any design depends on the quality of the data that is used to establish the design criteria. Likewise, the accuracy of a traffic impact study is based on the existing traffic. We have a strong commitment to collecting good data accurately and efficiently. Over the years, we have taken thousands of traffic counts that are on file for reference to help ensure the quality of new counts. Our traffic count specific projects have ranged from one to dozens of counts.
Good design provides a product that not only functions well when built, but also allows flexibility to make changes in the future. We make an effort from the onset of a design project to thoroughly understand the needs of the maintaining agency. Many times this calls for an understanding of their maintenance practices. This information is very useful when we make decisions during the design process. We also incorporate the items that allow flexibility in the future.
Traffic studies are generally performed for two reasons. The first reason is to address a perceived problem. This involves verifying the problem and making recommendations for potential solutions to the problem. In some cases, available crash statistics may indicate that a problem exists and the study is performed to determine the contributing factors for the higher crash rates. The second reason for a traffic study is to determine the impact of a proposed development and make recommendations to mitigate those impacts on the local street network.
Regardless of the reason for the study, it is necessary to thoroughly understand local guidelines and maintain contact with the agency that is responsible for the roadway(s) being studied. We have performed hundreds of traffic studies of varying types. When it is necessary to collect new data for the study, we collect the data ourselves. Beyond having confidence in the data, it proves to be valuable because often observations of specific traffic issues made in the field are either reported to the maintaining agency or incorporated into the study.
Projects in this category can result in millions of dollars in future savings of highway construction and right-of-way costs. The foundation of good transportation planning is good data, properly utilizing available traffic forecasting tools, and understanding local values. Planning projects provide a framework for cooperation between the public and private sector.