Project Strategies

An Update on Supply Shortages and Rising Costs

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 by Canyon Mallory
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In today’s blog post, we’re discussing a timely issue – supply chain shortages and rising costs. Here, Addison Miller, PE, Traffic Engineer and Jacob Wilson, Project Engineer share what they’ve seen and offer their perspective on navigating delays. Tell me a little about the shortages and delays you’ve seen. Addison: For traffic equipment, any made-to-order […]

What You Should Know Before Starting a CMP Repair or Replacement Project

Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 by Drew Pjesky
In Project Strategies, Stormwater, tagged in cmp repair replacement

As infrastructure ages, maintaining its integrity is an ongoing challenge for local communities. Cities are faced with deciding which projects to tackle first and how to best stretch tax dollars. When it comes to updating stormwater systems, there is a new approach. Instead of simply replacing corrugated metal pipes (CMPs), some communities are choosing to […]

3 Practical Engineering Solutions that Solved Complex Problems

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 by Canyon Mallory
In Project Strategies, tagged in liberty sheet pile

Liberty Drive Improvements shown above. Finding the right solutions to solve simple or complicated design issues often requires out-of-the-box thinking. Today, we’re excited to share three practical solutions that solved complex problems. Upper Cedar Creek The City of Olathe, Kansas needed to upgrade their stormwater infrastructure in a busy industrial area to address ongoing flooding […]

Strategies for Communicating with Residents About Pavement Preservation

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Kristen Leathers-Gratton
In Project Strategies, Roadway, tagged in

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 […]

Finding the “Right Size” for Your Roadway

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Mike McKenna
In Project Strategies, Roadway, 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 Project Strategies, Roadway, 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 […]

Communicating with Your Community

Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 by Kristen Leathers-Gratton
In Project Strategies, tagged in communicating with the community public engagement

Last month at the Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri conference, I shared five questions every entity should ask before creating a public engagement strategy. Below, you’ll find details on each one. Why? It’s important to start by considering why you’re communicating with the public. It will influence the content you’re sharing and the way it […]

Access Management = Economic Development

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Mike McKenna
In Project Strategies, Roadway, 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 […]

Thinking Beyond Vehicles with Multimodal Facilities

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Mike McKenna
In Project Strategies, Roadway, 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 […]

Qualifying for KDOT Access Management Funding

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