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WIS 20 Racine County

Buena Park Road to WIS 36
WIS 20
Reconstruction
Racine County

Picture-(24)_smProject Description

Wisconsin Highway 20 is a heavily used entrance to the Village of Waterford’s downtown area and to the Waterford High School, the Fox River Middle School and the Evergreen Elementary School. The pavement is deteriorating and is in need of resurfacing or replacement. Lakeside is leading the design of a 0.65-mile reconstruction from Main Street to WIS 36. This segment features include a 2-lane portion, an historic church, a cemetery, a war memorial adjacent to WIS 20, and a mid-block trail crossing. The following improvements are proposed to address key deficiencies and to improve safety along the corridor:

  • Improve traffic flow by widening from 2-lanes to 4-lanes from Buena Park Road to the Main Street/First Street intersection.
  • Improve intersection operations with turn lanes and intersection control.
  • Improve sight distance deficiencies.
  • Provide traffic signals at Main Street/First Street (interim project).
  • Improve drainage.
  • Provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
  • Aesthetic improvements and lighting.

General Tasks

Development of plan and profile sheets, cross sections, pavement marking plan, storm sewer plan, and construction detail plan.

Completion of a noise analysis using Traffic Noise Model (TNM) Version 2.5 and the factor sheets for inclusion in the environmental report.

Assistance with public outreach.

US 10/WIS 441 capacity expansion

US10/WIS 441 County CB-Oneida Street Capacity Expansion,
Winnebago County

US10_WIS-441mapDELIVERABLES

  • Traffic counts
  • Crash analysis and technical memorandum
  • Signal Design

Lakeside Engineers is supporting traffic engineering functions on the US 10/WIS 441 capacity expansion project.

Project Description

The US 10/WIS 441 Tri-County Freeway is to be reconstructed and expanded. The project scope includes adding mainline capacity, constructing a new parallel bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts (LLBDM), re-decking and widening the existing eastbound LLBDM bridge, reconstructing the system interchange between US 41 and US 10/WIS 441, reconstructing the interchanges at Racine Street (County P), Midway Road (County AP), Appleton Road (WIS 47), and Oneida Street (US 10), constructing multi-lane roundabouts at ramp terminals, and installing freeway lighting and ITS. The project goals include addressing existing safety concerns and meeting future traffic demands for this critical freeway system.

General Tasks

Organization, completion, and summarization of intersection turning movement counts for the AM and PM peak hours

An analysis of six years of crash data (over 19,000 crashes) for both the freeway and 12 ramp terminal intersections. The analysis includes review of summarized crash data provided by WisDOT, calculation of the crash rates, detailed analysis of crash hot spots, and development of crash diagrams

Design of a traffic signal at 9th Avenue and Racine Street

IH 43/94 Milwaukee County

IH 43/94, Howard Avenue to Valley Bridge,
IH 43/94
Milwaukee County

project-mapIH43DELIVERABLES

  • Type 3 & 4 TMPs
  • Exceptions to Standards Report
  • Detour route proposal
  • Detour route plans
  • ITS Design
  • Traffic analysis review
  • Traffic control review
  • Safety Screening Analysis

Project Description

This project includes bridge rehabilitation for 19 bridges on or over IH 43/94 between Howard Avenue and the Valley Bridge.   Bridge deck replacements, bridge painting, and roadway rehabilitation on the collector distributor roadway and freeway ramps from Howard Avenue to Valley Bridge are anticipated. The construction of this project began in 2013 and will continue until 2015 due to the complexity of the lane, ramp, and roadway closures needed to complete this work.

General Tasks

Preparation of two Type 4 Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) for the long-term single-lane closures on the freeway

Design of ramp gates for the 10 on-ramps along IH 43/94

Review of traffic control plans, geometric design, crash analysis, stakeholder coordination, traffic management team facilitation, and adjacent project coordination

 

Southeast Region Freeway System

Southeast Freeways Sequencing and Prioritization Study,
Southeast Region

Southeast-Freeways-Sequencing-and-Prioritization-StudyDELIVERABLES

  • Safety Guidelines Manual
  • MetaManager Data Analysis
  • Crash and Safety Analysis

Project Description
This project includes data collection and analysis for a comprehensive study of the Southeast Freeway system. The study area includes approximately 200 miles of freeway and does not include segments of the system that have been reconstructed recently or segments that are currently being studied or designed. In addition, a deficiency analysis for a representative segment of the Southeast Freeway System with a goal to provide tools and guidance for the WisDOT programming decision process.

General Tasks
Development of a Safety Manual Guidelines Criteria to document the macro-level and micro-level safety analysis to be completed as part of the project.

Macro-level safety analysis for approximately 200 miles of freeway system in the Southeast Region, including a system-wide MetaManager analysis.

Micro-level detailed crash analysis for a selected representative corridor on the freeway system, including incorporation of Highway Safety Manual principles.

IH 794 Lake Interchange feasibility study

IH-794 Lake Interchange Feasibility Study,
Downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee County

IH-794-VolumesDELIVERABLES

  • Feasibility Study
  • Freeway capacity analysis
  • Traffic analysis
  • Interchange reconfiguration report

Lakeside Engineers completed a feasibility study to examine operations of the Lake Interchange area under existing conditions and for the 2035 design year.

Project Description

This study focused on the traffic operations of IH 794 at the Milwaukee River, west-to–south and south-to-west ramps of the Lake Interchange, the Jackson/ Van Buren eastbound exit ramp, and the Jackson/Clybourn westbound entrance ramp. The facilities were examined for operational performance under three conditions for both the AM and PM peak periods. The three conditions included: (1) existing traffic operations; (2) 2035 forecasted growth with partial development and with Lincoln Memorial Drive (Alternative 1); and, (3) 2035 forecasted growth with full development and without Lincoln Memorial Drive (Alternative 2). Existing traffic conditions on service ramps were determined by intersection traffic counts. Service ramps included in the data collection effort were the Jackson/Van Buren exit ramp, the Lincoln Memorial eastbound exit ramp and westbound entrance ramp, and the Jackson/Clybourn entrance ramp. Existing traffic conditions on IH 794 and the Lake Interchange system ramps were determined by the use of STOC-archived detector data.

Level of Service (LOS) was determined for AM and PM peak periods to assess the operational performance of each facility, using principles and equations for uninterrupted flow from the Highway Capacity Manual 2010

Recommendations for each ramp were included in the final report and additional simulation was recommended where LOS was expected to reach D or E in 2035.

MVE program support

Lakeside Engineers completed a program planning study for the Iowa DOT Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement which involved articulating recommendations to guide continued investment in and future enhancements to their Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) safety and weight enforcement facilities, technology, and related resources. This project accomplished the five primary goals including:

WISCONSIN-ETO-PROGRAM

  1. Identify best practices in CMV safety and weight enforcement operations and practice to inform and guide Iowa DOT decision-making
  2. Assess current DOT CMV safety and weight enforcement facilities and related technology
  3. Develop a basis for data-driven decisions regarding on-going and future investment in CMV safety and weight enforcement facilities, technology, and related resources, using the best available current and forecasted measures of CMV travel demand
  4. Recommend guiding principles for CMV safety and weight enforcement operations, as well as short-term revisions to and investments in those operations
  5. Develop a deployment strategy to implement report recommendations including identifying available grants or funding opportunities for freight specific projects

 

Lakeside Engineers continues to support the Motor Vehicle Enforcement program with on-site staff to provide assistance with facility maintenance activities, development of performance measures, drafting an Expanded CVISN Top Level Design plan, and calibrating existing WIM equipment.

Iowa ETO program administration

Since 2011, Lakeside Engineers has provided support to the Iowa DOT Emergency Traffic Operations (ETO) program. This project has involved providing services to assist Iowa DOT and the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) to identify, coordinate and integrate traffic operations safety and emergency response activities. A key task in the project has been development and delivery of training and table-top exercises to improve the effectiveness of Iowa DOT/DPS emergency transportation operations. Another critically important work element has been integrating traffic operations systems, infrastructure and resources among DOT, DPS and key partners, including the interoperability of communication systems.

ETO-Program-Administration

Lakeside staff facilitate monthly joint meetings of DOT/DPS senior managers and helped develop a formal DOT/DPS integration plan. Other project work elements have had Lakeside staff advising DOT/DPS on traffic operations-related legislative initiatives, developing and delivering an Incident Command System (ICS) training program for personnel in both agencies, and assisting a joint agency work group to develop and implement a statewide Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) Plan. Successful delivery of all work products requested by Iowa DOT during this on-going project has given Lakeside the unique benefit of current hands-on experience with and insight on Iowa’s statewide and corridor-specific challenges to traffic operations and emergency response.

Wisconsin ETO program administration

Lakeside Engineers is providing on-site Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) support services at the WisDOT, Statewide Traffic Operations Center (STOC) to administer the statewide ETO Program.

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General Tasks

Provide professional on-scene support during declared ETO events

Coordinate after-action reviews (AARs), and compile and submit recommendations

Interact and coordinate with Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council, the Wisconsin Interagency Working Group, the Transportation Infrastructure Security Group, and the Catastrophic Planning and Preparedness Committee

Assist with ETO Oversight Committee monthly meetings and biannual joint peer exchanges

Design and administer ETO training exercises to each WisDOT region during the spring and fall of each year

Ensure that ICS is a key component of the ETO Program and that NIMS-compliant training is provided to its stakeholders

Coordinate with WisDOT regional training coordinators and State Patrol to identify needed training

Monitor other agencies to identify joint exercise opportunities

Manage the archiving of all WisDOT emergency training certifications

Submit a biannual Training and Emergency Exercise Report

Update the WisDOT Multi-Year Training Plan annually

Manage updates to the ETO Plan and ETO Resource documents

Ensure that ETO contact lists, training archives, and training plans are updated

Measure and track ETO response performance

Complete the annual program report, including use of the self-assessment tool

Monitor Federal Homeland Security/FEMA requirements

Assist with system-wide threat and vulnerability assessments

 

Work zone safety and management

Lakeside Engineers provides support services to the Bureau of Traffic Operations for Work Zone Support.

General Tasks

Lead and coordinate quarterly Work Zone Management meetings, agendas, and minutes

Develop work zone safety and mobility performance measures

Review TMPs to assess and report on anticipated freeway and expressway traveler impacts statewide, including driver delays

Analyze lane closures and freeway work zone delay impacts in order to develop work zone delay forecasts

Update the general lane closure analysis tool for use in planning and development of TMPs

Asses the different types of smart work zone technology and the relevance to the state of Wisconsin

Training

Work zone training materials are being developed for two statewide training programs for construction engineers and design engineers. Additional support is being provided for the WisDOT instructors (i.e. reserving training locations, providing course materials, setting up training facilities, and summarizing the course evaluations). Two additional trainings are also being developed as online update modules. The modules are being created to provide annual updates on policies, FDM procedures, CMM guidance, etc. A third online training modules will also be created for the use of the Wisconsin Lane Closure System providing basic instructions on how to properly use the system. In addition, a training course Work Zone 101 is provided to law enforcement throughout the state.

Statewide Inspection Project

WisDOT work zone inspections are performed for MUTCD compliance, OSHA compliance, and ATSSA quality standards. The project includes completing site visits to work zones throughout Wisconsin, developing reports with site visit findings, and developing performance measures and procedures. Work zone site visits are made to each WisDOT work zone in the state, and deficiencies (if any) on the overall work zone conditions as well as the pedestrian accommodations are reported to the WisDOT regional work zone engineers.

Data Collection

Work zone data collection is being performed to update the FDM procedure on capacity calculation. Data have been collected on over 5 projects, with additional data to be collected in 2014. Reports are provided to WisDOT for incorporation into the new analysis tool being developed by the TOPS Lab. Work zone data collection is also being performed in order to help develop a series of work zone performance measures in order to assess how work zones throughout the state of Wisconsin are functioning.

TIME program administration

Lakeside Engineers is providing on-site Traffic Incident Management and Enhancement (TIME) support services at the STOC to administer the statewide TIME Program.

General Tasks

Host two Wisconsin TIME Coalition partner meetings annually

Recruit additional Wisconsin TIME Coalition partners

Conduct 30 regional TIME meetings throughout the State

Prepare after-action review (AAR) reports for extended duration traffic incidents occurring on Wisconsin’s Freeway System

Assist WisDOT Regions with conducting AARs and assist with action items

Provide 50 statewide training sessions for WisDOT’s Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines

Facilitate at least 10 TIM-related workshops at the Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety

Maintain the TIME Program website and continue development of the TIME Coalition website

Provide outreach and material distribution for Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law or Slow Down” and “Steer It, Clear It” laws

Promote delayed towing and recovery best practices

Promote mitigation and strategic direction on construction project plans

Support TIME Coalition partners by attending their statewide association conferences to present on traffic incident management guidelines and to staff a TIME Program exhibitor booth

Coordinate with Wisconsin technical colleges and emergency responder curriculum managers to incorporate traffic incident management into training for new responder personnel

General Tasks

Host two Wisconsin TIME Coalition partner meetings annually

Recruit additional Wisconsin TIME Coalition partners

Conduct 30 regional TIME meetings throughout the State

Prepare after-action review (AAR) reports for extended duration traffic incidents occurring on Wisconsin’s Freeway System

Assist WisDOT Regions with conducting AARs and assist with action items

Provide 50 statewide training sessions for WisDOT’s Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines

Facilitate at least 10 TIM-related workshops at the Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety

Maintain the TIME Program website and continue development of the TIME Coalition website

Provide outreach and material distribution for Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law or Slow Down” and “Steer It, Clear It” laws

Promote delayed towing and recovery best practices

Promote mitigation and strategic direction on construction project plans

Support TIME Coalition partners by attending their statewide association conferences to present on traffic incident management guidelines and to staff a TIME Program exhibitor booth

Coordinate with Wisconsin technical colleges and emergency responder curriculum managers to incorporate traffic incident management into training for new responder personnel