Roads & traffic (cont'd)

Tuesday Sept. 11, 10 a.m.

Using Roadway Lighting as a Successful Countermeasure for Roadway Safety

If your house is too dark to see your way around at night, you'll bump into things. The same is true of roadways—although in the latter case, the potential consequences of inadequate lighting are more dire.

“Our talk will highlight a strategic planning program in Hillsborough County, Fla., to plan for future enhancements in roadway lighting in this rapidly growing county,” says speaker Marc Rogoff, project director for SCS Engineers. “Lessons learned during this process will be beneficial to other communities.”

Other topics discussed include using GIS technology to evaluate safety needs, and developing an overall capital improvement plan.

Tuesday Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m.

ATD: Better Than Aspirin for Your Transportation Headache

Advanced transportation districts are a new funding tool used by Texas municipalities. During this session, speakers will explain the concept, and how ATDs help agencies tackle myriad transportation challenges.

“Communities shouldn't wait for the federal or state government to provide solutions,” says Clay Smith, director of transportation planning and development with the Texas DOT. “Communities need to implement local solutions to solve congestion problems.”

Tuesday Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m.

The Ability of Equipment to Evaluate Pavement Structures

Knowing the condition of your pavement is crucial to planning for repairs, reconstruction, and maintenance. First, however, you need to know what your pavement evaluation equipment can do—and what it can't.

“The capabilities and limitations of this equipment is valuable knowledge to agencies, by ensuring the proper use and application of equipment,” says speaker Tim Martin, senior project manager with Fugro.

Topics will include the kinds of equipment used for evaluation, including ground-penetrating radar technology.

Tuesday Sept. 11, 3:45 p.m.

What is your IQ on Smart Growth?

Rapid expansion is widespread, and it deeply affects a community's streets and roadways. While it might be a common challenge, dealing with it calls for uncommon thinking.

“Smart growth practices are a good way to promote walking, bicycling, and increased use of transit,” says Debbie Hale, president of The Surface Transportation Policy Project. “Attendees will learn about transportation designs that foster cost-effective mobility.”

Tuesday Sept. 11, 3:45 p.m.

Traffic Intervention: Neighborhood Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Program

A group of experts from across the country will discuss their experiences in creating innovative, effective plans to make their communities more livable. Chula Vista, Calif., senior civil engineer Jim Newton will share how his city launched a community-based effort to reduce vehicle collisions and increase pedestrian and cyclist safety.

“The partnership between the engineering and police departments, school district, and the community has resulted in grant awards totaling $1.5 million, a 72% public awareness rating, and—most importantly—zero fatalities due to vehicle collisions to date this year,” he says.

Wednesday Sept. 12, 8 a.m.

A Demo: Innovative Street Reconstruction Techniques

Get a firsthand glimpse at how creative techniques and materials extend the life of a community's pavement.

“We'll discuss the important aspects of every layer of street reconstruction, and demonstrate innovative technology, such as proper lime design, asphalt-emulsion base, and warm-mix asphalt,” says presenter Larry Peirce, executive director of the Lime Association of Texas. “It's important to do it right.”