Jeff Stephenson, P.E., is the Team Leader of [...]
As you are driving down the road, flicking on your turn signal to enter a turning lane, you are likely not thinking about why that turn lane is there, when the intersection behind you didn’t have one. You are also probably not thinking about the length of the turn lane, or the size of the median, or why the “Left Turn Only” sign is placed exactly where it is.
Access management is defined as the planning, design, and implementation of various land use and transportation strategies to maintain traffic flow and safety along a primary roadway – linking appropriate access design to roadway function.
Last week we defined access management, and discussed why it’s so important.
Research conducted by recognized transportation entities such as the Texas Transportation Institute and others note effective access management has shown positive results when implemented in terms of roadway capacity (increased by 25%-45%), traffic crashes (reduced by 50%) and land values (maintained or increased).