Author Archives: Mike McKenna

Finding the “Right Size” for Your Roadway

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by
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By Mike McKenna Over the last few years, focusing on finding the right size for a roadway has become more commonplace. Instead of adding lanes, cities are analyzing traffic flow and all modes of transportation before they make changes. Using this approach offers communities the opportunity to improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility and increase the […]

Access Management = Economic Development

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by
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Parsons Kansas

Last week, I spoke at the TEAM conference on the link between access management and economic development. Below are some of the key points from my presentation. For years, cities have experienced the same cycle. Land use changes So, traffic increases. Then, the number of incidents goes up. Flow is decreased. Arterial improvements are made. Accessibility […]

Driving a Roundabout

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by
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Roundabout Blue Valley High School

Known to increase safety, roundabouts can slow speeds and reduce the potential for severe crashes. They have also been credited with reducing congestion and pollution, as well as saving money over the life of the improvement. With those attributes, it’s no surprise they are growing in popularity. In fact, you may have noticed more in […]

Olathe Completes Final Connection Point on College Boulevard to Support Ongoing Growth

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by
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More than 10 years ago, the City of Olathe began the process of widening a one-mile stretch of College Boulevard between Lone Elm Road and Woodland Avenue. They started work on what would ultimately be a 4-lane roadway by constructing 2 lanes on the land that is now the westbound lanes. Throughout the last ten […]

Roundabouts Improve Traffic Flow and Safety on 159th Street

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by
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Prior to our 159th Street improvements between Metcalf and Nall, Blue Valley High School had been experiencing traffic congestion on 159th Street for an extended period of time. Safely making left-hand turns out of the school’s entrances during peak hours was becoming increasingly difficult. Cars were often stopped for long periods of time, forcing other […]

New Simulator Studies Roadway Design and Driver Behavior

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in
KU Driving Simulator

There are a number of elements that affect driver safety. Some of these, like cell phone usage, have made newspaper headlines, while others, like icy roads and roundabouts, are not as buzzworthy. While you may not often hear about factors beyond distracted driving, there are a variety of components that contribute to safe roads. Now, […]

Qualifying for KDOT Access Management Funding

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2016 by
In Clients, Projects, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , ,
KDOT access management plan

As areas experience economic growth, they often discover they need to make changes to their existing roadways. Systems that once worked may no longer be effective. To help with access management, KDOT is now taking a proactive approach. They are encouraging cities and counties to put an access management plan in place with the introduction […]

Safe Routes to School in Sedalia, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by
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Two years ago, the City of Sedalia received Safe Routes to School funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). The funds were awarded to improve pedestrian access between Horace Mann Elementary and the adjacent neighborhoods. The existing pedestrian facilities along this nine-block project were in disarray. Broken concrete, steep slopes, missing sections, and lack […]

Affinis’s Distracted Driving Policy

Posted on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by
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In 2013, Affinis introduced a new co-worker policy banning texting and other phone usage while driving. We did this to fight the epidemic of distracted driving and increase safety on the roads. When it comes to driving safely, we all have good intentions, but breaking bad habits is often difficult. If you are used to talking […]

Affinis Hosts Concrete Pavement and Roundabout Event

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by
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concrete paved street

Concrete pavement is returning to common use in the paving industry.  To help our co-workers and clients stay informed we welcomed Todd LaTorella, PE the Executive Director of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association for a presentation on jointing of concrete pavement. The presentation included good updates about how the specifications for […]