December 2009 Posts

2009 MUTCD - Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons

December 22, 2009

In reference to the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the following piece of guidance regarding the installation of pedestrian hybrid beacons (the device formerly know as the HAWK) might be helpful. As shown below, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) included guidance in Section 4F.02 that pedestrian hybrid beacons should not be used at or within 100 feet of stop or yield-controlled side streets. This guidance is contrary to many of the existing applications, including some of those in Tucson and Portland.

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Modern Urban Roundabouts

December 18, 2009

Throughout the United States, the number of circular traffic intersections has grown considerably in recent years. Roundabout treatments, as a subset of this category, continues to lead the way with nearly 1000 new facilities built in 2007 compared to less than 200 built just ten years ago. The following presentation created by Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) provides an overview of modern urban roundabouts.

Slideshow presentation included.

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Multimodal Level of Service Analysis for Urban Streets

December 09, 2009

As state and local jurisdictions continue to evaluate new ways to maximize level-of-service in the world of transportation, more and more attention is being paid to multimodal options and analysis.

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Tom Urbanik Joins the KAI Team

December 02, 2009

Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the team. Dr. Tom Urbanik is coming from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is a professor. Beginning January 1st, 2010, he will become a full-time Senior Principal with KAI in Texas.

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