Transportation Engineering

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in driving-simulator-in-action

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 […]

Design-Build Project with Kansas City, MO Creates Safe Path for Local Kids

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 by Linda Rottinghaus
In Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in holmes design build affinis

Residents in Kansas City, Missouri were concerned about their children’s safety, as they walked to school. The sidewalk along Holmes was not complete, and in many cases, it was bordered by a deep storm drainage ditch. Residents; Jolie Justus, a council member; and Crestivew Elementary School worked together to secure funding for the project. Musselman […]

The City of Lee’s Summit Makes Ward Road Safer for All Users

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in IMG_0027_1920

The City of Lee’s Summit wanted to improve Ward Road, an arterial on the southwest side of the city, to increase the safety for all users. Pedestrian access was incomplete, and it didn’t easily accommodate cyclists alongside vehicles. They asked our team to redesign the conversion of the two-lane ditch section road, using their standards. […]

Johnson County Delivers Signature Park Experience

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 by John Spell
In Projects, Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , MeadowBrk-Websize-2618_1290

Johnson County Parks and Recreation (JCRPD) wanted to deliver a new signature park experience to residents. The fast-growing populations in Prairie Village, Overland Park, and Leawood would all benefit from a park, but there weren’t many large greenspaces available. Several years ago, JCPRD was presented with a unique public/private partnership. The plan was to transform […]

City of Overland Park Reinvests in Neighborhoods with Residential Streets Program

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in overland park residential streets affinis

Every year, the City of Overland Park, Kansas reinvests in its infrastructure. One component of that practice is their residential streets program. Our team first helped with these efforts in 1992. Over the years, we’ve partnered numerous times. Starting in 2016, we worked together to design and reconstruct the infrastructure for the Glenwood Estates community. […]

The City of Olathe Improves Roadway Capacity to Support Growth

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 by Mike McKenna
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 Lee Baer
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. […]

8 Ways to Limit Disruptions to Commercial Areas During Construction

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Construction Services, Transportation Engineering, tagged in limiting disruption to commercial areas during construction

Adding improvements, like newly paved streets, sidewalks, and lighting, enhances communities and attracts people to them. For commercial areas, these changes can be even more impactful. By improving the infrastructure adjacent to a building, a less popular location can start to appeal to a wider range of customers. However, constructing these improvements can mean disruption […]

Moving Grain Valley Forward

Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , route aa grain valley missouri

Route AA from Eagles Parkway to Walnut Street in Grain Valley, Missouri was congested with limited access for pedestrians and bicyclists. The city wanted to connect two commercial areas and accommodate a variety of users to support economic development. In this video, the City of Grain Valley, Missouri shares how the new improvements offer benefits to […]

Strategies for Communicating with Residents About Pavement Preservation

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in pavement

Pavement preservation programs help cities maintain valuable infrastructure. With a wide-range of stakeholders affected, communication is critical. It reduces frustration, as residents become aware of the logistics and overall benefit of the work. For many, pavement preservation may seem like a waste of tax dollars or an inconvenience. However, studies have shown that maintaining infrastructure […]