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Speeding Up the Slowdown: Strategies for More Intelligent Speed Management in Urban and Suburban Communities

This session focuses on new approaches to speed management, and how slower speeds can reduce fatalities and improve community livability. Several projects from medium and large cities around the Midwest will showcase the project development process for previously high-risk corridors, and the session will conclude with a broader discussion on intelligent speed limit setting and how to leverage all available tools and resources.
Learning Objectives
  • Describe how speeding is related to roadway fatalities, and how speed reductions can foster a healthy community environment
  • Assess the feasibility of implementing demonstrated speed management strategies in your own agency and/or project environment
  • Question the current prevailing practices used for speed limit setting in lieu of potentially smarter, more data-driven alternatives
Andy Kaplan, Assistant Manager – Agency Operations Center, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY
  • Removing Barriers, US 18/151-Verona Road in Madison, Wisconsin
    Jeff Held, Senior Associate, Strand Associates, Inc., Madison, WI; Tom Lynch, Senior Associate, Strand Associates, Inc., Madison, WI
  • What Can We Do About the 85th Percentile Approach to Speed Zones
    Rock Miller, Firm Principal, Rock Miller & Associates, Orange, CA; Mark Fayta, Regional Director, Iteris, Chicago, IL
  • Reimagining 4th Street in Downtown Minneapolis
    Donald Pflaum, Transportation Planner, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN; Kelsey Fogt, Associate Transportation Planner, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
  • Hubbell Avenue Safety Improvements, Des Moines, Iowa
    Molly Long, Lead Civil Engineer, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, Johnston, IA