Becky White, PTPALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF         Scott Cothron, PE  REGIONAL COUNCILS  Annual Training Conference       Octo...
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
Birmingham Region (Jefferson and Shelby Counties) •    Sain Associates completing Thoroughfare Plan and      Local Thoroug...
    What is a Regional Thoroughfare Plan?     Why is it needed?AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
•    What is a Regional Thoroughfare Plan? •    Why is it needed?     How’s it assembled?     How’s it used?AARC Annual ...
Uniform framework for addressing mobility and       connectivity for recurrent and non-recurrent       congestion as part ...
ROW NeedsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
Roadway’s Cross-section(s) ConsiderationsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
Multi-modal ConsiderationsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan Identifies:                  Functional Classification of Roadways for                  id...
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides:           Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps):           1.) Request l...
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides:           Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps):           2.) MPO revie...
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides:           Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps):           3.) If approv...
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides:           Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps):           4.) Submitted...
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides:           Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps):           5.) MPO appro...
Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides:           Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps):           6.) ALDOT sub...
Birmingham Region (Jefferson and Shelby Counties) •    Sain Associates completing Thoroughfare Plan and      Local Thoroug...
•    Protect travel capacity over long term–New Projects•    Cheapest way to recapture capacity–Existing Facilities•    Si...
The planning, design, and implementation of    various land use and transportation strategies to    maintain traffic flow ...
Research On Access Management:        •    Roadway Capacity increases of 25%-45%        •    Traffic Crashes reduction of ...
32 Conflicts                              9 Conflicts                                       2 ConflictsAARC Annual Trainin...
•    ITE Service Project Introduction to Principles of         Access Management short course taught         regionally in...
•    ITE Service Project             Introduction to             Principles of Access             Management             S...
Cobbs Ford RoadAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
•    Purpose – to establish a consistent             guideline for application of access             management and drivew...
•    Consideration of non-auto modes is a             Federal Requirement        •    Increases the utility of a transport...
   Depends on several factors:    • Surrounding context    • Traffic mix    • Travel speeds    • Roadway conditions (surf...
                                                                    Lots of design options for complete streets         ...
Typical Section with Multi-Use Path                             Typical Section with Sidewalk and Bike LanesAARC Annual Tr...
    Plan your thoroughfares as a holistic         network        Manage access on new facilities        Retrofit access...
Becky White, PTP    bwhite@sain.com                    (205) 263-2141Scott Cothron, PE   scothron@sain.com                ...
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Alabama Association of Regional Councils, Annual Training Conference, October 25, 2011

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Doing More with Less -- Thoroughfare Planning & Access Management

  1. 1. Becky White, PTPALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF Scott Cothron, PE REGIONAL COUNCILS Annual Training Conference October 25, 2011
  2. 2. AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  3. 3. Birmingham Region (Jefferson and Shelby Counties) • Sain Associates completing Thoroughfare Plan and Local Thoroughfare Planning Guide Proactive tool for identifying projects.AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  4. 4.  What is a Regional Thoroughfare Plan?  Why is it needed?AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  5. 5. AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  6. 6. • What is a Regional Thoroughfare Plan? • Why is it needed?  How’s it assembled?  How’s it used?AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  7. 7. Uniform framework for addressing mobility and connectivity for recurrent and non-recurrent congestion as part of the Regional Congestion Management Process • Functional Classification of Roadways for identifying appropriateness of facility usage • “What’s the proper role?”AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  8. 8. ROW NeedsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  9. 9. Roadway’s Cross-section(s) ConsiderationsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  10. 10. Multi-modal ConsiderationsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  11. 11. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan Identifies: Functional Classification of Roadways for identifying appropriateness of facility usage (Defining its purpose and characteristics) “Why else is a roadway’s functional classification important?”AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  12. 12. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides: Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps): 1.) Request letter to MPO and supporting documentationAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  13. 13. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides: Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps): 2.) MPO review and then forwarded to Congestion Management Committee for reviewAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  14. 14. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides: Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps): 3.) If approved by CMC, then sent to ALDOT for review and commentAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  15. 15. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides: Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps): 4.) Submitted to MPO Board for approvalAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  16. 16. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides: Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps): 5.) MPO approved package to ALDOT.AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  17. 17. Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan provides: Functional Reclassification Process (6 Steps): 6.) ALDOT submit to FHWA for their approvalAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  18. 18. Birmingham Region (Jefferson and Shelby Counties) • Sain Associates completing Thoroughfare Plan and Local Thoroughfare Planning Guide Status as of October 2011AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  19. 19. • Protect travel capacity over long term–New Projects• Cheapest way to recapture capacity–Existing Facilities• Simple traffic conflicts reduction AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  20. 20. The planning, design, and implementation of various land use and transportation strategies to maintain traffic flow and safety along a primary roadway, while still considering access needs of various land uses and development types.AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  21. 21. Research On Access Management: • Roadway Capacity increases of 25%-45% • Traffic Crashes reduction of 50% • Land values increased or maintainedAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  22. 22. 32 Conflicts 9 Conflicts 2 ConflictsAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  23. 23. • ITE Service Project Introduction to Principles of Access Management short course taught regionally in Alabama (2004) EDUCATION • Specific projects to address access management (ongoing) ENGINEERING • Development of Statewide Access Management Policy (in final stages) ENFORCEMENTAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  24. 24. • ITE Service Project Introduction to Principles of Access Management Short course taught regionally in Alabama (2004)AARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  25. 25. Cobbs Ford RoadAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
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  34. 34. • Purpose – to establish a consistent guideline for application of access management and driveway permitting statewide • Joint Effort by UTCA & ALDOT • Current Status- final draft under review by ALDOT • Next Task – training of ALDOT staff • Ultimate Goal – adoption into state codeAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  35. 35. • Consideration of non-auto modes is a Federal Requirement • Increases the utility of a transportation network by providing options for users • Costs more if done “after the fact” • Plan and Design as Cohesive Unit BEGIN WITH THE END IN MINDAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  36. 36.  Depends on several factors: • Surrounding context • Traffic mix • Travel speeds • Roadway conditions (surface, driveways, parking, etc.) A “Complete Street” reasonably accommodates all users Users want to feel safe and comfortable using the facility
  37. 37.  Lots of design options for complete streets Key is to work for a desired performance measure and use flexible design strategies Flexibility especially important with constrained ROW Example Options for Bike Accommodation Bike Lanes Sharrows Buffered Bike Lane[Jay]dwg197-001Restripe to Create Bikewaysrestriping.ppt 5 1 2 1 4 1 2 5 4 8
  38. 38. Typical Section with Multi-Use Path Typical Section with Sidewalk and Bike LanesAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  39. 39.  Plan your thoroughfares as a holistic network  Manage access on new facilities  Retrofit access management to recapture capacity  Incorporate modal accommodations at the planning stageAARC Annual Training Conference 2011
  40. 40. Becky White, PTP bwhite@sain.com (205) 263-2141Scott Cothron, PE scothron@sain.com (205) 263-2129

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