Our firm is well versed in creating transportation plans for both large and small scale projects. These transportation plans outline the goals of the project, what investments are needed, and the general design to fulfill the project goals. In some cases, transportation plans can look at goals that are still 20 or 30 years in the future in order to anticipate the effect of new technologies both known and unknown, as well as growth and demand.
Following specific standards and guidelines, good roadway design will manage peak traffic flow and help ensure that junctions, crossing points, and intersections all work to maximize visibility, minimize risks, and resist local area conditions. These designs take in a number of factors including vehicle speed, obstructions, road grades, traffic patterns, and stopping distance needed. In addition to these factors, roadway design must also consider the need for sidewalks, bike paths, public transportation and/or bus stops, and crossing points for pedestrians. Public safety, ease of use and an appealing visual design of these roadways can all be achieved by an experienced, qualified Engineer.
Streetscape design is an important part of maintaining the character of a local area while also maximizing use for vehicles, pedestrians, and other conveyances. Many local municipalities have requirements for streetscapes, which can include lamppost/lighting requirements, drainage design, street sign designations, approved pavement materials, street furniture, and sidewalk details. A good streetscape design ensures an aesthetic, functional community plan based on the planned usage of the area and the physical attributes of the surrounding environment.
Intersection Design is a fundamental part of transportation planning. An intersection should minimize traffic disruption as much as possible, prioritizing the main routes while being intuitive and easy to navigate. Other aspects of intersection design include crosswalk and signal timing, and accessibility concerns.
Roundabouts are becoming more popular in the United States and depending on the situation, a transportation engineer may recommend one for your project. Roundabouts can be a useful way of changing priorities without the use of electricity. They improve flow and are often less expensive to maintain than traditional traffic light-controlled intersections. They also reduce the likelihood of dangerous accidents, as head-on collisions and T-bones are significantly reduced, and multi-lane roundabouts can increase traffic flow.
Pedestrian Facilities Design
Pedestrian Facilities Design should create a safe, inviting, and accessible environment for pedestrians to walk. These facilities include many things such as sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian overpasses, transit stops, and features such as lighting and water fountains. These help pedestrians to utilize the city streets safely and socially while also providing an alternative to using a vehicle. Street furniture, such as seating, lighting, and landscaping can help to make the pedestrian experience more pleasant.
Multi-use Trail Design
Multi-Use Trail Design involves creating a trail network that is usable and appealing to many different groups of people. Many groups such as walkers, cyclists, and others will use these trails when applicable. Multi-Use trails tend to be wider and have specific requirements to ensure there is enough room for all groups, as well as appropriate markings, signage and drainage to keep both sides safe.
Storm Drainage Analysis & Design
Storm Drainage Analysis and Design is extremely important as stormwater can damage homes and transportation infrastructure. It can also create a general hazard for those using the roadways. With storm drainage analysis and design, we can create a system of drainage networks that controls flooding, minimizes the effects on roadways, and also prevents environmental damage from storm runoff.
Transportation Engineers must also factor in utilities when designing a project. Utilities, such as water, sewer and gas, often are routed underneath roadways. Electrical lines, street lighting and traffic signals hang above the roads. All of these utilities must be considered and evaluated in order to make sure the design is functional and safe for vehicles and pedestrians.
Construction Bidding Assistance
Our Firm offers Construction Bidding Assistance which involves assessing the proposed costs and the bidding companies. This process helps prevent deliberate underestimating and claims of losses/expenses that fall outside of the original estimate. Construction bidding often starts with a cost estimate based on construction plans and materials and ends with a prime contractor being selected. Some of the scope items here include providing the client with a bid advertisement and posting it to engineer’s website, providing prospective bidders to the client, responding with written bids, reviewing qualifications, and more.
Construction Engineering & Inspection (CEI)
Keck & Wood offers a broad range of construction inspection and contractor quality control services for transportation, utilities, water/wastewater, recreational, and other public/private infrastructure projects. Competent and thorough inspection is one of the most important elements in achieving a quality construction project. Proper inspection requires not only technical expertise and knowledge of the materials and procedures to be used, but also sound judgment, diplomacy and good communication skills.
Construction Contract Administration
Construction contract administrators are responsible for administrating transportation design projects. The administrator is appointed by the client and acts on the client’s behalf, ensuring the project is done to the required standard. The administrator handles several aspects of the project including but not limited to preparation of the contract documents, performing onsite observations during the construction process, reviewing contractor’s applications for payment, preparing lists of items needing attention for the client and more.
Funding Application Assistance
A variety of federal and state funds may be available for different transportation projects or even parts of a project. Finding and matching the right funds for each project can make the difference between a project going ahead and it being delayed or even slashed for budgetary requirements. Our firm can help you find these funds and go through the application process.
Full program management requires coordinating, managing, and integrating dozens of contractors and subcontractors to deliver a comprehensive and complete project program. From SPLOST programs to Bond programs, at Keck & Wood, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure your projects are delivered on time and to budget.
Whether you are building a complete transportation system or are looking at a smaller project such as rebuilding a bridge, Keck & Wood can provide the transportation design solution you need. Contact us online or call us at one of our four offices located in Georgia and South Carolina to talk to us about your transportation design requirements.