When you drive down the road you see the yellow lines, the arrows, the traffic signs, and the various exits, on-ramps, and U-turns. But have you ever stopped to think about why they’re there? In simpler times, roads were just long paths that allowed people to get from one place to another without too much complication in between. With traffic choking the life from our major cities, it’s not so simple anymore.
With the growing population and increasing amount of traffic congestion, there is a constant need to create better road systems that allow people to get where they need to go safely and efficiently. That’s the job of transportation planning firms.
A transportation planning firm diagnoses traffic and safety issues in a particular area. Using the latest traffic engineering best practices, they work with local governments and other clients to implement a solution. Naturally, there are many steps and stages involved in this complex process.
When working to create more effective roadways, transportation planning firms take the following steps:
- Examine current conditions, such as roadway design and traffic.
- Take into account dynamic variables such as future population growth, future employment growth, land usage, and major areas of city expansion.
- Identify existing transportation problems and predict future problems; analyze ways to improve the transportation infrastructure.
- Develop both short-term and long-term solutions to operational strategies of moving people and goods from one place to another, including alternative capital improvements.
- Estimate the impact of their proposed improvements to the transportation system now and in the future on various environmental features, including air quality.
- Create a financial plan that will outline a strategy for securing the funds required to implement the improvement plan.
While this process can take time, once the improvements can be put into place, they will hopefully solve the current problems and deter future ones.
Roadway design and transportation planning are essential as the United States grows and our infrastructure decays. In fact, more than one-fourth of all bridges in the United States are in “poor condition” or are handling more traffic than they were designed to handle. That is why transportation planning firms put so much effort into every step that they take: to ensure that these problems are fixed in the long run and that their solutions don’t cause more problems themselves.
Luckily, if you’re in need of a civil engineering company to handle your increasing roadway demands, you can call the ACI Corporation today. Our traffic engineers can help you design a better city for the future.