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Planning, Design and Operations of Road Segments and Interchanges in Urban Areas


By the ITE Traffic Engineering Council

Webinar Description:
Urban freeways and expressways total less than 3% of the total urban highway mileage, yet carry more than 37% of the daily vehicle-miles of urban travel (FHWA, 2012). In urban settings, it can be particularly challenging to improve transportation facilities with the array of constraints that are commonly faced. Increasing travel demands, limited budgets, and physical constraints are typical to the urban context. Modern practices in the planning, design and operation of urban uninterrupted-flow facilities involve the implementation of policies, strategies and technologies with a focus on improving overall system performance for all users. Providing transportation improvements that are economical and adaptable to changing demands and user preferences is a core principle in the modern planning and design.

Learning Objectives
This webinar aims to provide transportation professional with the principals of planning, design and operations of the road segments and interchanges in urban areas. This webinar will cover:

  • Overview of Current Guidance
  • Emerging Trends
  • Case Studies


  • Hillary Isebrands, P.E., Ph.D | Senior Safety Engineer | FHWA

    Hillary Isebrands has served in the transportation profession for 23 years. She focuses her work on improving the design and safety of our nations roadways by providing design technical assistance, training and technology deployment of proven safety countermeasures. Hillary is currently a Safety Engineer with the FHWA, Resource Center, Safety and Design National Technical Service Team. Hillary is a PE, a NHI Certified Instructor and has her BS, MS and PhD in Civil Engineering. Hillary is the Secretary for the TRB Committee on Roundabouts, past Member of the TRB Committee on Geometric Design, Chair of the ITE Lane Widths Task Force and past Chair of the ITE Roundabout Task Force. Hillary was one of the authors of Chapter 9 of the Traffic Engineering Handbook.

  • John McFadden, P.E., Ph.D, PTOE, RSP | Senior Safety Engineer | FHWA

    John McFadden has been involved in the transportation field for 27 years. He joined FHWA in 2001 where he has served as the Technical Director for Safety Research and Development and currently serves as a Safety and Geometric Design Engineer delivering technical expertise in support of FHWA Division offices and State DOT’s. Prior to joining FHWA served as an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Alabama. John was one of the authors of Chapter 9 of the Traffic Engineering Handbook.

  • David Thatcher, P.Eng., P.E. | Senior Principal, Transportation | Stantec Consulting Ltd

    David Thatcher is a Senior Principal with Stantec based in Calgary and is responsible for overseeing Stantec’s Roadway Sector for Canada and the norther and eastern US. Over the course of his 19-year career he has been engaged in a wide range of planning and design projects for both the public and private sectors within a variety of urban environments.

August 27, 2019
Tue 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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