Traffic Engineering – Keeping Traffic Moving
If you’ve visited the headquarters of Anderson Engineering in Springfield, MO since 2009, you’ve likely noticed an unusual interchange on your commute. As part of it’s traffic management plan, Springfield was the first city in the United States to implement the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), which goes against what feels natural for everyday drivers. In the DDI, two directions of traffic cross to the opposite side on both sides of the overpass at the freeway. While it seems strange for a small stretch to go in the “wrong” direction, this innovative design cuts some valuable time off your daily drive. After Springfield embraced this unique setup, 85 more were constructed throughout the US.
This is what Traffic Engineering is all about. Simply put, it’s designing roadways and traffic features so they’re as safe and efficient as possible for commuters. Traffic engineering is a branch of civil engineering that is closely related to highway engineering, transportation engineering, and transportation planning.
At Anderson Engineering, we think about roadways as a whole, but also about the safety of walkers and bikers. Traffic Engineering isn’t limited to helping drivers. It includes sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic signals, the markings on the roads telling you which lane turns and which stays straight—every facet of any style of commuting ties into Traffic Engineering. We can look at everything from the big-picture project of redesigning an intersection, to the smaller details of creating a safe detour for pedestrians at that intersection.
Traffic Engineering blends the day-to-day efficiency of travel with thinking ahead to what’s next. Our engineers are constantly gathering traffic data and analyzing it to brainstorm and implement solutions, keep the traffic signals and devices updated and maintained, review accident-prone areas, look at the timing of current traffic signals to help maximize the efficiency, and so much more. It’s an ongoing process that takes time and expertise to keep the city moving as it should.
So, if you have a private development project coming up that will need the expertise of a Traffic Engineer, let us help you! Give Anderson Engineering a call to set up a meeting, get a quote, or discuss your plans!