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Signs and Markings: Innovations That Work (NRITS)

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This session examines advancements in the design and application of innovative signs and markings. Real world examples and photos will be presented to document successful implementation of treatments presented. The session also helps professionals prepare for the future by identify signing and marking considerations that accommodate the needs of connected and automated vehicles.
Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the safety benefits of variable speed limit signing through case study applications
  • Understand how low-cost signing and marking strategies can be used to improve safety
  • Identify signing and marking issues introduced by vehicle automation

Moderator: Vishal Kakkad, P.E., RSP1, PTOE, Traffic Engineering Division Manager, Manatee County (Florida) Public Works

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • Practical Transportation Solutions to Save Lives”, Brian Chandler, P.E., PTOE, RSP2IB, PMP, National Director for Transportation Safety, DKS Associates, Seattle, Washington
  • Effectiveness of Pedestrian/School Crossing Signs with Embedded LEDs”, Kay Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, P.E., PMP, Senior Research Engineer / Program Manager / Regents Fellow, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
  • Variable Speed Limit System (VSLS)”, Cory Edgar, P.Eng, PTOE, P.E., Managing Director, PBX Engineering Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia
  • Safety Effects of a Variable Speed Limit System During Fog Events”, Michael Fontaine, P.E., Ph.D, Associate Director, Virginia Department of Transportation, Charlottesville, Virginia

Contributors

  • Moderator: Vishal Kakkad, P.E., RSP1, PTOE, Traffic Engineering Division Manager, Manatee County (Florida) Public Works

  • Cory Edgar, P.Eng, PTOE, P.E., Managing Director, PBX Engineering Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia

    Cory Edgar, P. Eng., PTOE, PE has over 17 years of transportation experience including the design of tunnel and bridge electrical systems, traffic signals, ITS systems, on and off roadway lighting, power distribution systems, project management, quality assurance, tender documentation, field reviews, and integration services for both large and small-scale multidisciplinary projects. As a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, he oversees the design of guide signing, traffic signal modelling and analysis, and the development of signal timing plans.

  • Michael Fontaine, P.E., Ph.D, Associate Director, Virginia Department of Transportation, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Michael D. Fontaine, P.E., Ph.D. is the Associate Director for the Safety, Operations, and Traffic Engineering team at the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), the research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). In that role, Dr. Fontaine manages VDOT’s research program in the areas of highway safety, traffic engineering, operations, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and automated vehicles. Dr. Fontaine is also actively involved in research in the areas of highway safety, traffic monitoring, emerging crowdsourced data streams, and intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Fontaine currently serves as the chair of the Transportation Research Board Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems committee, and he previously served as the chair of the TRB Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability joint subcommittee. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on transportation data analysis and highway safety. Prior to joining VTRC, Dr. Fontaine has also worked at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Old Dominion University, and for the City of Charlottesville. Dr. Fontaine received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

  • Kay Fitzpatrick, Ph.D, P.E., PMP, Senior Research Engineer / Program Manager / Regents Fellow, Texas A&M

    Kay Fitzpatrick is a Senior Research Engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Her research interests include pedestrian treatments, roadway geometric design, traffic control devices, roadway safety, and the effects of posted speed limits on safety and operations. Her work has influenced changes in the TxDOT Roadway Design Manual, FHWA MUTCD, and the AASHTO Green Book.

  • Brian Chandler, P.E., PTOE, RSP2IB, PMP, National Director for Transportation Safety, DKS Associates, Seattle, Washington

    Brian Chandler is the National Director for Transportation Safety at DKS Associates in Seattle, Washington. He brings real-world experience in roadway safety planning, traffic operations, safety management, and data analysis, including a combination of leadership positions in government and the private sector. Brian spends each day seeking new and innovative ways to save lives.

July 21, 2021
Wed 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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