Author Archives: Lee Baer

Thinking About LED Street Lighting in Your Neighborhoods?

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags:
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Many cities are making the switch from high pressure sodium lights to LED lights in their residential neighborhoods. LEDs offer greater visibility for vehicles and pedestrians at night and don’t require as much energy to provide the same amount of light, which can translate to long-term cost-savings. LED fixtures with a color temperature of 5,000K […]

Past, Present and Future: A Look at Transportation Data

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in
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Transportation data plays an important role in creating high-performing roadways and planning for maintenance. Over the years, we’ve seen an increase in technology used. However, the introduction of autonomous cars could transform the kind of information we examine throughout engineering projects. When it comes to collecting transportation data, loop wires were the first method introduced. […]

4 Reasons to Stay Within the Speed Limit

Posted on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by
In Traffic, tagged in Tags: , ,
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Last year, we introduced a new, blog series on driver safety as part of Drive Safely Work Week, which is organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). Our first post shared details on how sleep impacts safety on the road. We followed it up with a second one on distracted driving. Today, […]

Traffic Noise Challenges

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by
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An important consideration in roadway design is traffic noise. It can be much more destructive than people think. In fact, it can adversely affect your physical health and the environment. Some effects include increased blood pressure, hearing loss and decreased overall mood. In Kansas, a resident or property is considered affected by traffic noise, if […]

The Use of Hands-Free Phones While Driving Poses Threat

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by
In Traffic, tagged in
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Last year, we introduced a new, blog series on driver safety as part of Drive Safely Work Week, which is organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). Our first post shared details on how sleep impacts safety on the road. Today, we’re offering information on the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving […]

Operation Green Light Improves Traffic Flow in the Metro

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 by
In Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in
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Did you know there is a program in Kansas City that works to reduce unnecessary delays, improve traffic flow, and reduce emissions that contribute to ozone pollution? Operation Green Light (OGL) does so by creating and directing an arterial management system for the metro area. There are a number of entities involved with OGL. These include […]

Sleep Connected to Driver Safety

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by
In Community, Culture, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , ,
Drive Safelty to Work Week

As traffic engineers and roadway designers, we examine how streets and thoroughfares are used. We consider sightlines and traffic, working to improve safety on every project. This week, we are proud to participate in Drive Safely Work Week, which is organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). However, instead of preparing a […]

High Mast Lighting with KDOT

Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by
In Clients, Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , ,
highway-lighting

We’re currently partnering with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) on several highway lighting projects. Together, we’re replacing existing, weathering steel poles before they become a hazard to the public. These high mast poles are placed strategically to light interchanges and surrounding intersections. This is done to improve visibility and ultimately safety. When it comes […]