Transportation Engineering

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 […]

Past, Present and Future: A Look at Transportation Data

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Lee Baer
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in affinis transportation data trends

Transportation data plays an important role in creating high-performing roadways and planning for maintenance. Over the years, we’ve seen an increase in technology used. However, the introduction of autonomous cars could transform the kind of information we examine throughout engineering projects. When it comes to collecting transportation data, loop wires were the first method introduced. […]

Moving Overland Park Forward

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by Lane Odle
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in http://affinis.us/moving-overland-park-forward/

As school kicks off tomorrow in the Blue Valley School District (BVSD), we’re pleased to unveil a new video celebrating improvements made in the district. Prior to our work with the City of Overland Park on 159th Street, Metcalf Ave. to Nall Ave., traffic congestion had become an issue for the city around Blue Valley […]

Prairie Village Presented with ACEC Kansas Award

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Accolades, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , , http://affinis.us/prairie-village-presented-acec-kansas-award/

Shown Left to Right: Mayor Laura Wassmer; Keith Bredehoeft, Public Works Director; and Rick Worrel, President of Affinis On Monday, we presented the City of Prairie Village with an Engineering Excellence Award from the Kansas Chapter of the American Council of Civil Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award recognizes complexity, future value to the engineering profession, and unique […]

Part II: How Driverless Cars Are Changing Our Roadways

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Industry Trends, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , affinis autonomous cars driverless vehicles

This week, we’re continuing our series on autonomous cars. In this post, Mike McKenna, Cliff Speegle, and Lee Baer, are dissecting how driverless vehicles could impact our roadways, workday, and community. How do you think they will impact our roadways? Lee: I think there will begin to be separate lanes – one for autonomous cars […]

Part I: How Driverless Cars Are Changing Our Roadways

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Industry Trends, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , affinis autonomous cars driverless vehicles

Autonomous or driverless cars are making headlines around the world. With tech developers and car manufacturers caught in an arms race, many are left wondering what they can expect and how to best prepare their communities. We recently interviewed three co-workers, Mike McKenna, Cliff Speegle, and Lee Baer, on the subject. The result is this […]

Access Management = Economic Development

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Mike McKenna
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 […]

Merriam Supports Neighborhood and Local Businesses with Recent Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Kristen Leathers
In Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , ,

The City of Merriam regularly makes improvements to its infrastructure, but one recent project supported local commerce and increased safety for residents. The Residential Streets Group V – Street and Drainage Improvements project included the redesign of two, distinct areas. The first was a commercial and industrial setting at Merriam Lane. The second was a residential […]