Influence of Schools onRoadway Improvement Projects                              (Sometimes Schools Rule)sain associates, ...
Outline • SR-160 Blount County, AL • Influence of Schools          –    Due diligence          –    Data collection       ...
SR-160 Blount County, AL •     Existing 2-lane east-west facility •     Principal access to I-65 from Hayden •     ADT Cou...
SR-160 Blount County, AL sain associates, inc.                       Influence of Schools on                              ...
Influence of Schools “Do your homework - early” •     Due diligence •     Data collection •     Analysis •     Recommendat...
Due Diligence sain associates, inc.                                   Influence of Schools on                             ...
Due Diligence • Identify school(s) located within or adjacent to   proposed project limits • Investigate influence of scho...
SR-160 Due Diligence                                   3 schools located                                     within ½ mile...
SR-160 Due Diligence                                                                   Hayden Junior High School          ...
SR-160 Due Diligence                                                    Hayden Middle School                              ...
SR-160 Due Diligence                            Hayden High School                                                      At...
SR-160 Due Diligence                                                                               4th Street             ...
SR-160 Due Diligence      With all four of these schools    located within a one-mile area of                 SR-160… sain...
SR-160 Due Diligence                             TRAFFIC CONGESTION!                             AM School Peak        PM ...
SR-160 Due Diligence Recommendation: • Conduct study of SR-160   traffic operations and school   campus traffic patterns •...
Data Collection sain associates, inc.                                     Influence of Schools on                         ...
Data Collection •     Roadway network inventory •     Meet with officials •     Traffic counts •     Historical traffic da...
SR-160 Data Collection • Roadway network inventory          – Adjacent roads and their characteristics • Meet with officia...
SR-160 Data Collection • Traffic counts          – ADT          – School peak hour turning            movements at school ...
SR-160 Data Collection • Campus observations          –    Parent drop-off/pick-up          –    Bus drop-off/pick-up     ...
SR-160 Data Collection                     Existing Traffic Flow             Hayden Elementary School             Hayden M...
SR-160 Data Collection                                    Hayden Elementary School                                        ...
SR-160 Data Collection                                         Hayden Middle School                                       ...
SR-160 Data Collection                                             Hayden High School                 SRO stops both direc...
SR-160 Data Collection                 2007-2008 Traffic Flow             Hayden Junior High School             Buses     ...
SR-160 Data Collection                                  Hayden Junior High School site                                    ...
Analysis sain associates, inc.                              Influence of Schools on                                       ...
Analysis • General goals for school traffic          – Safe          – Efficient          – Separate school traffic from  ...
SR-160 Analysis • Evaluation of alternatives          – Do nothing          – Retain SR-160 access plan,            modify...
SR-160 Analysis • Conclusions          – Parent pick-up/drop-off and bus pick-up/drop-off operations            are separa...
Recommendations sain associates, inc.                                     Influence of Schools on                         ...
Recommendations • Use evaluation of alternatives and conclusions to   develop improvement recommendations • Classify impro...
SR-160 Recommendations                     Short-term Improvement Recommendations                                   (Immed...
SR-160 Recommendations                 Proposed Traffic Flow             Hayden Elementary School             Hayden Middl...
SR-160 Recommendations                      Long-term Improvement Recommendations                                  (Includ...
sain associates, inc.                        Influence of Schools on                                       Roadway Improve...
Where are we now with SR-160? • Study recommendations approved • ALDOT moving forward with state-funded project to   add t...
SUMMARY sain associates, inc.                             Influence of Schools on                                         ...
SUMMARY • Influence of schools – “Do your homework – early”          –    Due Diligence          –    Data Collection     ...
QUESTIONS? sain associates, inc.                                Influence of Schools on                                   ...
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  1. 1. Influence of Schools onRoadway Improvement Projects (Sometimes Schools Rule)sain associates, inc.Consulting Engineers /Surveyors July 26, 2007
  2. 2. Outline • SR-160 Blount County, AL • Influence of Schools – Due diligence – Data collection – Analysis – Recommendations • Short-term improvements • Long-term improvements • Where are we now with SR-160? • SUMMARY sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 2 July 26, 2007
  3. 3. SR-160 Blount County, AL • Existing 2-lane east-west facility • Principal access to I-65 from Hayden • ADT Count (November 2006) ≈ 11,500 • Peak Hour Factor ≈ 15% • Directional Distribution of Traffic – AM Peak ≈ 70% WB – PM Peak ≈ 70% EB • ALDOT project to widen SR-160 west of Hayden is under design sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 3 July 26, 2007
  4. 4. SR-160 Blount County, AL sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 4 July 26, 2007
  5. 5. Influence of Schools “Do your homework - early” • Due diligence • Data collection • Analysis • Recommendations – Short-term improvements – Long-term improvements sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 5 July 26, 2007
  6. 6. Due Diligence sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 6 July 26, 2007
  7. 7. Due Diligence • Identify school(s) located within or adjacent to proposed project limits • Investigate influence of school peak traffic on the current transportation facility • Outline a plan (scope) to study the school(s) • Contact agency/school officials sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 7 July 26, 2007
  8. 8. SR-160 Due Diligence 3 schools located within ½ mile 2 of those schools have direct access to SR-160 Hayden High School Hayden Middle School 4th school Hayden Elementary School opening 2007-2008 ½ mile to east sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 8 July 26, 2007
  9. 9. SR-160 Due Diligence Hayden Junior High School (opens 2007-2008) Hayden High School Hayden Middle School il e m Hayden Elementary School ½ ≈ sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 9 July 26, 2007
  10. 10. SR-160 Due Diligence Hayden Middle School Hayden Elementary School ft 50 ≈1 Bent Tree Drive sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 10 July 26, 2007
  11. 11. SR-160 Due Diligence Hayden High School At A wo wo od od Ro Ro Post ad a Office Deans D an s F Ferry er y Road R ad sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 11 July 26, 2007
  12. 12. SR-160 Due Diligence 4th Street ad et ro re ail St XR in Ma CS ive Dr d oa il r Ra Hayden Junior High School (opens 2007-2008) sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 12 July 26, 2007
  13. 13. SR-160 Due Diligence With all four of these schools located within a one-mile area of SR-160… sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 13 July 26, 2007
  14. 14. SR-160 Due Diligence TRAFFIC CONGESTION! AM School Peak PM School Peak sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 14 July 26, 2007
  15. 15. SR-160 Due Diligence Recommendation: • Conduct study of SR-160 traffic operations and school campus traffic patterns • Develop short-term and long-term improvement recommendations for ALDOT and/or schools sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 15 July 26, 2007
  16. 16. Data Collection sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 16 July 26, 2007
  17. 17. Data Collection • Roadway network inventory • Meet with officials • Traffic counts • Historical traffic data • Historical crash data • Campus observations sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 17 July 26, 2007
  18. 18. SR-160 Data Collection • Roadway network inventory – Adjacent roads and their characteristics • Meet with officials – ALDOT • Met with District and Division – Historical data – Blount County Schools • Met with Superintendent, Principals – School traffic flow plans (parents, buses) – Bell schedules – Manual traffic control – Existing/projected enrollment sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 18 July 26, 2007
  19. 19. SR-160 Data Collection • Traffic counts – ADT – School peak hour turning movements at school driveways and intersections • Historical traffic data – ALDOT Transportation Planning • Historical crash data – ALDOT Third Division (CARE) sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 19 July 26, 2007
  20. 20. SR-160 Data Collection • Campus observations – Parent drop-off/pick-up – Bus drop-off/pick-up – Driveway intersections – Manual traffic control – Problem areas (unsafe, inefficient, excessive queues, traffic conflicts, etc.) sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 20 July 26, 2007
  21. 21. SR-160 Data Collection Existing Traffic Flow Hayden Elementary School Hayden Middle School Hayden High School BUS FLOW SEPARATE NORTH Buses FROM VEHICLE FLOW iv e e Dr re n tT Be d Roa o od Atw SRO ad SRO Ro ry er sF an De sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 21 July 26, 2007
  22. 22. SR-160 Data Collection Hayden Elementary School SRO stops both directions of SR-160 to let buses out Back of school looking EB Exit drive onto SR-160 looking NB sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 22 July 26, 2007
  23. 23. SR-160 Data Collection Hayden Middle School School staff stops parent pick-up/ drop-off for buses to cross to Hayden Elementary School West side of school looking SB West side of school looking NB sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 23 July 26, 2007
  24. 24. SR-160 Data Collection Hayden High School SRO stops both directions of SR-160 to let Hayden High School traffic out Intersection of SR-160 and Atwood Road looking NB Intersection of SR-160 and Atwood Road looking WB sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 24 July 26, 2007
  25. 25. SR-160 Data Collection 2007-2008 Traffic Flow Hayden Junior High School Buses 4th Street SRO ad et ro re ail St XR in Ma CS ive Dr d oa il r Ra sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 25 July 26, 2007
  26. 26. SR-160 Data Collection Hayden Junior High School site Drive in front of school looking EB sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 26 July 26, 2007
  27. 27. Analysis sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 27 July 26, 2007
  28. 28. Analysis • General goals for school traffic – Safe – Efficient – Separate school traffic from through traffic as quickly as possible – Separate parent pick-up/drop-off and bus pick-up/drop-off sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 28 July 26, 2007
  29. 29. SR-160 Analysis • Evaluation of alternatives – Do nothing – Retain SR-160 access plan, modify campus operations – Modify SR-160 access plan, retain campus operations – Modify SR-160 access plan and campus operations sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 29 July 26, 2007
  30. 30. SR-160 Analysis • Conclusions – Parent pick-up/drop-off and bus pick-up/drop-off operations are separate (retain) – Use adjacent roadway network for storage of Hayden Elementary School and Hayden Middle School queues (will better separate school traffic from through traffic) – Hayden Junior High School traffic operations will need to be monitored once school opens sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 30 July 26, 2007
  31. 31. Recommendations sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 31 July 26, 2007
  32. 32. Recommendations • Use evaluation of alternatives and conclusions to develop improvement recommendations • Classify improvement recommendations as short-term or long-term • Label improvement recommendations as agency- improvement or school-improvement sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 32 July 26, 2007
  33. 33. SR-160 Recommendations Short-term Improvement Recommendations (Immediate) • ALDOT to create a state-funded project to add turn lanes and increase radius at intersection of SR-160 @ Bent Tree Drive • School to relocate traffic flow into Hayden Elementary School and Hayden Middle School to intersection of SR-160 @ Bent Tree Drive • School to widen drive between Hayden Elementary School and Hayden Middle School in sharp curve • ALDOT and School to monitor Hayden Junior High School traffic sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 33 July 26, 2007
  34. 34. SR-160 Recommendations Proposed Traffic Flow Hayden Elementary School Hayden Middle School Hayden High School NORTH START TWO-LANE Buses ONE-WAY (WITH GUIDE SIGNAGE) iv e e Dr WIDEN ROAD re IN CURVE n tT Be d Roa o od Atw SRO ad SRO Ro ry er TURN LANES, sF INCREASE RADIUS an De sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 34 July 26, 2007
  35. 35. SR-160 Recommendations Long-term Improvement Recommendations (Include in SR-160 widening project) • ALDOT to retain turn lanes and large radius at intersection of SR-160 @ Bent Tree Drive and other existing turn lanes in design of SR-160 widening project • ALDOT to require five-lane cross section in vicinity of schools • School to retain traffic flow recommended in short-term improvements (via intersection of SR-160 @ Bent Tree Drive) • ALDOT and/or School to make any necessary adjustments to SR-160 widening design or Hayden Junior High School traffic operations based on findings of monitoring sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 35 July 26, 2007
  36. 36. sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 36 July 26, 2007
  37. 37. Where are we now with SR-160? • Study recommendations approved • ALDOT moving forward with state-funded project to add turn lanes and increase radius at intersection of SR-160 @ Bent Tree Drive • School has committed to adjusting traffic flow patterns and widening roadway between Hayden Elementary School and Hayden Middle School in sharp curve • SR-160 widening project currently under design sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 37 July 26, 2007
  38. 38. SUMMARY sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 38 July 26, 2007
  39. 39. SUMMARY • Influence of schools – “Do your homework – early” – Due Diligence – Data Collection – Analysis – Recommendations • General goals for school traffic – Safe – Efficient – Separate school traffic from through traffic as quickly as possible – Separate parent pick-up/drop-off and bus pick-up/drop-off • Improvement Recommendations – Short-term - Agency-improvement – Long-term - School-improvement sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 39 July 26, 2007
  40. 40. QUESTIONS? sain associates, inc. Influence of Schools on Roadway Improvement ProjectsConsulting Engineers /Surveyors 40 July 26, 2007

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