Transportation Engineering

Save Dollars with Pavement Preservation

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in

Maintaining pavement impacts not only safety, but also a city’s bottom line. To increase performance and ensure roads reach their full service life, it’s important to prevent micro-cracking with surface treatments. Untreated, these small cracks can spread, resulting in an expensive and disruptive, full tear out. We sat down with two of our pavement experts, […]

Traffic Noise Challenges

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by Lee Baer
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: http://affinis.us/traffic-noise-challenges-2/

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 […]

Intersection Study Establishes Design for 159th St. Improvements from Metcalf to Nall

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Finished 159th Street Intersection

There were a number of key questions surrounding the improvements to 159th Street between Metcalf and Nall Ave. We worked with the City of Overland Park to determine the thoroughfare size and the best way to manage school traffic around Blue Valley High School (BVHS). To learn more about why the study was conducted and […]

New Simulator Studies Roadway Design and Driver Behavior

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Mike McKenna
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, […]

Operation Green Light Improves Traffic Flow in the Metro

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 by Lee Baer
In Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in traffic equipment

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 […]

Public Engagement Strategies for Thoroughfares

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Peggy Amor
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , http://affinis.us/public-engagement-strategies-thoroughfares/

For our public engagement series, we interviewed Affinis co-workers on strategies, best practices, and lessons learned. In our third and final installment, we’re sharing thoughts from Ryan Fleming, PE, ENV SP. Here, he offers insight into his work on large, thoroughfare projects. How often do you work on large thoroughfare projects? Every day With whom […]

Sleep Connected to Driver Safety

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Lee Baer
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 […]

City of Overland Park Receives ACEC Award

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by Rick Worrel
In Accolades, Clients, Transportation Engineering, tagged in ACEC Award Presentation - Affinis

On September 12, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC-Kansas) presented the City of Overland Park, Affinis Corp, and Miles Excavating with their 2016 Engineering Excellence Award for the 159th Street Improvements between Quivira Road and Antioch Road. Selected earlier this year, the 2-mile thoroughfare project improved safety, increased roadway capacity, and spurred […]

Qualifying for KDOT Access Management Funding

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2016 by Mike McKenna
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 […]

Public Engagement Strategies for Small Neighborhoods

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Peggy Amor
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , neighborhood streets

For our public engagement series, we interviewed Affinis co-workers on strategies, best practices and lessons learned. In our second installment, we’re sharing thoughts from Kristen Leathers, PE, Assoc. DBIA. Here, she offers insight into her extensive work with small neighborhoods. How often do you work on neighborhood projects? Nearly all of my projects are in […]