Author Archives: Mike McKenna

Olathe to Improve Capacity on 159th Street with Redesigned Intersection

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 by
In Traffic, tagged in
olathe traffic control improvement

The City of Olathe, Kansas was facing capacity issues at the 159th Street and Blackbob intersection. The four-way stop was busy during typical peak hours and was even worse on weekends due to youth sports events in the area. Traffic was slow, and a new design was needed to increase flow and improve safety. Affinis […]

New Data Sources Change Traffic Design and Community Planning

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 by
In Industry Trends, tagged in Tags:
affinis replica data driven design

For years, traffic engineers and communities have relied on the same resources and methods to project and accurately count traffic. With more data readily available, they now have a range of alternatives, each using its own unique approach. I recently met with Replica, a Kansas City based company whose software strives to help individuals understand […]

City of Olathe Increases Accessibility Around High School

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 by
In Projects, Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in
intersection traffic olathe

The City of Olathe, KS was faced with aging infrastructure at a key intersection near Olathe South High School (OSHS). They needed to replace the existing traffic signal at 151st and Lennox and decided to make the area ADA compliant and add pedestrian crossings at the same time. Working closely with the city, our team […]

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in
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We recently hosted eight Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) roadway engineers at the University of Kansas’s (KU) Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL). At the lab, grad students, under the direction of Dr. Alexandria Kondyli, use an in-house simulator to examine the human factors that impact driving. Current studies are focused on various aspects of distracted […]

Our 9 Step Approach to Utility Relocation

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 by
In Surveying, tagged in Tags: , ,
9 steps to relocate utilities

Utility relocation plays a large role in many of our projects. As a result, we’ve developed a tested process for coordinating with utilities. Here are the nine steps we take each time: We start by communicating early and often. During the survey process, our team will make the “one-call,” survey the flagged areas, prepare a […]

The City of Olathe Improves Roadway Capacity to Support Growth

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 by
In Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in
151st and Mur-Len Olathe kansas

For years, the City of Olathe, Kansas has continued to grow, adding businesses and residential areas across the community. However, the influx of residents has placed a strain on some of their infrastructure. The intersection at 151st and Mur-Len was no exception. It had regular congestion, and with growth planned to the South, the city […]

5 New Things About Autonomous & Connected Vehicles

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 by
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , ,
connected vehicles autonomous cars

As we race towards the future, new advancements are made in autonomous and connected transportation every day. We pulled five stories from the headlines and included excerpts to keep you up to speed on how technology is moving forward. As more data becomes available, many struggle with how to make the best use of it. […]

Finding the “Right Size” for Your Roadway

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , ,

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
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in
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 […]

4 Reasons to Stay Within the Speed Limit

Posted on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by
In Traffic, tagged in Tags: , ,
drive safely work week speeding

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, […]