June 2010 Posts

2009 MUTCD - Key Considerations for State Adoption

June 07, 2010

States are required to adopt the 2009 National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as their legal state standard for traffic control devices within two years.

Regarding this important topic, a recent workshop held at the Portland, Oregon, office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc., on June 3rd, featured Joel McCarroll, Region Traffic Manager for Oregon DOT, Region 4, Scott Beaird, Senior Engineer for Kittelson in Bend, & Charles Radosta, Associate Engineer for Kittelson in Portland. They led a discussion on the key changes to the recently-adopted 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Slideshow and other resources included.

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Overview of TIGER II Discretionary Grant Program

June 05, 2010

An exceprt from the USDOT website related to the TIGER II Discretionary Grant Program:

DOT is authorized to award $600 million in TIGER II Discretionary Grants pursuant to Title I (Department of Transportation) of the FY 2010 Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009). This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or “TIGER Discretionary Grant”, program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). Because of the similarity in program structure and objectives, DOT is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 Appropriations Act as “TIGER II Discretionary Grants”. As with the TIGER program, funds for the TIGER II program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Download a complete overview of the program here. This PDF slideshow provides some good background information on the grant, schedule, and evaluation process.

Do We Tolerate Too Many Traffic Deaths?

June 04, 2010

In a recent New York Times online dicussion, experts share their thoughts regarding the important topic of traffic safety:

This holiday weekend marks the beginning of the summer road-trip season, and with it the attention to accident death tolls and pileups. While traffic-related deaths in the United States have decreased in recent years — even though more people are on the road driving more miles — the number still hovers around 37,000 fatalities a year. Should the nation work harder to reduce that number? What’s the one thing that could be done to reduce highway deaths?

View the entire online article here.

Photo by Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel, via Associated Press

FHWA Launches New Technology Tool to Pinpoint Freight Congestion

June 02, 2010

A new technology tool will help transportation planners, operators, and private shippers and carriers plan ahead by identifying key traffic chokepoints on some of the nation’s busiest roads, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced.

Additional online resources & slideshow presentation included

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Guidebook: Connecting the Region with Transit

May 31, 2010

Connecting the Region with Transit is a guidebook that was recently developed through a partnership between FDOT District 5 and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. This guidebook is intended to be an idea book for local governments that are looking to implement Central Florida's 2050 Regional Growth Vision. As such, it includes examples of innovative, Vision-supportive practices that currently exist in the Central Florida region as well as ideas from outside Florida. The guidebook was designed to be graphics-oriented and visually interesting so that it can be readily accessed and understood by the planners, elected officials, and other parties who play a role in implementation of the Vision.

Download the guidebook here

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