January 2013 Posts

OR 213/I-205 to Redland Road Crossing Wins ACEC Oregon Grand Award

January 29, 2013

When Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) and OBEC Consulting Engineers (OBEC) sat down to discuss submitting the OR 213/I-205 to Redland Road Crossing (Jughandle) project to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon Engineering Excellence Awards, the team was excited for the opportunity to showcase the project’s many interesting and challenging aspects. The project evolved from a pencil sketch in 2007 to a fully funded, constructed project that received $22 million in Jobs and Transportation Act funding due to the significant employment, cultural, and residential benefits that additional capacity on OR 213 will bring to approximately 100,000 residents of Oregon City, Oregon and the surrounding areas.

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KAI Staff Present Innovative Projects at the TRB Annual Meeting

January 23, 2013

Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) was thrilled to send over 30 participants to this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. Our staff served on a number of committees and presented on topics ranging from roundabouts to geometric design to tort liability. KAI presented several posters over the course of the conference.

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WTS Portland Vice President Susie Wright shares benefits of membership

January 15, 2013

Susan Wright, PE of Kittelson & Associates, Inc.’s reflects on the professional development opportunities she has encountered as a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). This month, Susie stepped into the role of Vice President for WTS Portland.

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Award honors effective community engagement to improve safety, livability in DC communities

January 14, 2013

Ward 7 neighborhoods in Washington, DC are seizing the opportunity to improve community safety and livability through the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Livability Program in response to their current transportation challenges.

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Chance to Comment on Potential Restructuring of the MUTCD

January 11, 2013

The Federal Highway Administration has posted to the Federal Register a Request for Comments (RFC) regarding the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). From the RFC:

Consistent with Executive Order 13563, and in particular its emphasis on burden-reduction and on retrospective analysis of existing rules, this document requests comments on potential formats for restructuring the MUTCD into two documents, one that would be subject to rulemaking and one that would contain supplemental information that is not subject to rulemaking. This document asks for responses to a series of questions regarding formats, types of material to be included in each document, implications on agency acceptance of the MUTCD, ease of use, and effects on future MUTCD updates.

This potential restructuring would be a substantial change in not only format but also how practitioners use the MUTCD. We urge users of the MUTCD to familiarize themselves with FHWA’s proposal and to provide input. The 60-day commenting period ends March 12, 2013.

KAI staff were in attendance at this year’s annual meeting of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), where this issue was discussed extensively. If you have questions regarding this item or NCUTCD’s response, please contact Scott Beaird, Lee Rodegerdts, or Mike Coleman.

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