Traffic studies provide insightful information during the planning and design phases of projects. These studies can help determine the impact of phased developments, determine if traffic signals are needed, and determine if service and emergency vehicles can properly access the site. Engineers can estimate future traffic based on the proposed land use. We can then route this traffic to and from the site to understand the impact on the surrounding network and site. Simulating the circulation paths of vehicles on-site helps resolve conflicts before construction so that you have confidence your plans will work for both vehicles and people.
Traffic Impact Studies
Most governmental agencies require traffic impact studies, also known as traffic impact analyses and traffic impact assessments, for developments that generate significant amounts of new traffic or change existing traffic patterns. Coordinating and communicating with approval authorities early in the process will expedite approvals.
Corridor and Feasibility Studies
Corridor studies are frequently needed to analyze a more global picture of traffic conditions in a larger area than simply studying a single intersection. Corridor analysis involves intersections, parallel routes, right-of-way conditions, traffic volumes, parking demand, median spacing, and driveways. Considering all of these elements and how they interact will provide the best corridor solutions.
As corridors develop and become denser with active uses along both sides, there is a need to control access location in terms of design, spacing and operation. Effective access management balances the need for access while also minimizing conflicting movements. Coordinating these plans requires continuous interaction with land owners and citizens, helping all understand the overall benefits to safety and accessibility.
As engineers and planners, we are careful to understand safety implications of design and keep informed of the latest innovations for all street users including bicycles. Our team adheres to the latest standards and criteria within the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, the Highway Capacity Manual and other critical references.