Transportation Engineering

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 […]

Thinking About LED Street Lighting in Your Neighborhoods?

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Lee Baer
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: http://affinis.us/thinking-led-street-lighting-neighborhoods/

Many cities are making the switch from high pressure sodium lights to LED lights in their residential neighborhoods. LEDs offer greater visibility for vehicles and pedestrians at night and don’t require as much energy to provide the same amount of light, which can translate to long-term cost-savings. LED fixtures with a color temperature of 5,000K […]

Finding the “Right Size” for Your Roadway

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Mike McKenna
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 […]

How to Implement a Pavement Preservation Program

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Ryan Stobaugh
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: pavement preservation program

Creating a pavement preservation program can help cities extend the life of their streets. However, categorizing and tracking every road takes time and strategy. Start by analyzing your city’s pavement to identify problem areas. This can be done by visiting individual sites and making assessments or by working with an outside vendor to gather the […]