Road Diets from a Traffic Engineering Perspective

Participants will earn a total of 1 professional development hour (PDH).

About the Workshop

In January 2012, FHWA issued a “Guidance Memorandum on Promoting the Implementation of Proven Safety Countermeasures”. This guidance takes into consideration the latest safety research to advance a group of countermeasures that have shown great effectiveness in improving safety. One of these countermeasures is a “Road Diet,” which involves a reduction of travel lanes or reallocation of space (e.g., going from a 4-lane roadway to 3-lane roadway). Many communities have implemented or are currently evaluating locations for road diets. With each road diet project, there are many operational, multimodal, use allocation, and outreach challenges that should be considered by transportation professionals and community leaders.

This TES will examine many of the principles and considerations for road diets from a traffic engineering perspective. Our presenters will explore some of the national and local guidance related to road diets; example projects and programs from Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; and potential locations in the Treasure Valley.

About the Presenters

Mike Coleman Associate Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Mike Coleman’s transportation project management and traffic engineering career spans nearly 30 years, primarily as a steward of Portland’s rights-of-way and transportation system. Mike’s extensive experience in the daily operations of a community’s transportation system includes retrofitting existing street networks in response to evolving conditions and community priorities through traffic calming, active transportation strategies and context sensitive complete street designs. Mike is an Associate Engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Josh Saak Engineer, Ada County Highway District

Josh is the traffic design engineer for the Ada County Highway District. He has been in his current position for six years and has 13 years of work experience in a variety of traffic engineering disciplines (public and private sector) including traffic impact studies, signal and highway geometric design and microscopic traffic modeling. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Idaho as well as a professional traffic operations engineer. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golf, and attempting to wear out his dog so he doesn’t chew all of his furniture.

Kevin Sablan Engineer, Idaho Transportation Department

Kevin Sablan has 13 years of experience working for the Idaho Transportation Department and has been the District 3 Traffic Engineer since 2005. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1996.

Andrew Cibor Engineer, Ada County Highway District

Andrew Cibor is a Traffic Engineer at the Ada County Highway District and has eight years of experience in the transportation engineering and planning field. He is originally from Metro Detroit and has a BS in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. Andrew is the incoming President for the Idaho Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a licensed Professional Engineer, and certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.

Registration & networking begins at 8:00 am. Presentation will begin promptly at 8:30am and run until 9:30am.

This TES workshop is equal to 1 PDH.

There is no cost to attend this workshop and snacks/refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Robyn Austin at (208) 338-2683.

We look forward to seeing you there!