Transportation Engineering

Thinking Beyond Vehicles with Multimodal Facilities

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , multimodal facilities

The demand for bike lanes, trails and mass transit has been steadily growing. These new transportation modes offer a number of benefits, but bring with them new challenges. Today, we interviewed Linda Rottinghaus, PE, ENV SP, senior project engineer, on why they are becoming popular and how cities can start to integrate them into their […]

Prairie Village Promotes Walkability with Road Diet

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , mission-road-header

The community along Mission Road between 71st and 75th Street is often recognized for its walkability. With shops, schools, restaurants, and parks nearby, it is a highly sought-after neighborhood for homeowners. As traffic continued to increase along this stretch, pedestrian safety became a concern for the City of Prairie Village, Kansas with so many walking or […]

Driving a Roundabout

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by Mike McKenna
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in 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 […]

16 Ways We Think Civil Engineering Will Change

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Stormwater, Sustainability, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: http://affinis.us/16-ways-think-civil-engineering-will-change/

Since we opened our doors in 2001, many things have changed within our profession. Technology, a focus on sustainability, and increased pressure on funds have all been at the forefront. Lately, we’ve been thinking about what’s ahead for our business, so today, we’re sharing how we think civil engineering could change in the future. Linda: […]

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

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Ryan Fleming
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in college boulevard olathe kansas

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 Ryan Fleming
In Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in http://affinis.us/roundabouts-improve-traffic-flow-safety-159th-street/

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 […]

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, […]