Did You Know? Rumble Strips

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018
Did You Know? Rumble Strips

By: Richard Holt, P.E.  Have you ever wondered what that terrible noise and vibration is when you slightly veer over the center or edge line of the roadway? Those noisy bumps are referred to as rumble strips or rumble stripes.  They are formed when a strip of asphalt has been milled (cut) or rolled with […]

Think Safety First Near Railway Crossings

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018
Think Safety First Near Railway Crossings

By: Brandon Kennedy, Traffic Designer Railway safety is a topic that cannot be emphasized enough for both the public and those working on the railway. According to Federal Railroad Administration statistics, 274 highway-rail grade crossing fatalities occurred in 2017, with 9 being in Alabama.

When 3 is Better Than 4 (Road Diets)

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018
When 3 is Better Than 4 (Road Diets)

By Nathan Currie, P.E. If you’re like me, when you hear the word “diet”, your first reaction isn’t the thought…sign me up! However, in the world of transportation, it may often be an easy solution that provides a very favorable outcome for all involved.

Sain & TDOT Work to Improve Traffic Flow and Safety

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018
Sain & TDOT Work to Improve Traffic Flow and Safety

By: Richard Holt, P.E, M.ASCE The Tennessee Department of Transportation has a plan to improve traffic flow and safety for the corridor between I-40 and Clarkrange, Tennessee; a distance of approximately 13 miles.  The corridor consists of four different segments assigned to design consultants.  Sain Associates is preparing roadway design plans for the second segment within […]

Girls Dream Big About Engineering

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018
Girls Dream Big About Engineering

By: Alicia Bailey, P.E. Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day, also known as Girl Day, is a worldwide campaign dedicated to help unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. The purpose of the event is to introduce girls to strong female leaders, help develop their understanding of engineering and inspire engineering or […]

Sparkman Global Health Case Competition

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018
Sparkman Global Health Case Competition

On Saturday, February 3rd, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) held the Sparkman Global Health Case Competition. The competition consists of teams of 4-6 students asked to provide strategies to resolve a current global health problem. This year our very own, Becky White was invited to be a judge for the competition. Twelve teams […]

TSM&O Projects

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017
TSM&O Projects

Author: Charles Cochran, PE, PTOE Sain Associates is currently working for ALDOT (Alabama Department Of Transportation) on two TSM&O projects– one for ALDOT’s East Central Region (includes the Birmingham metropolitan area) and one for ALDOT’s Southwest Region (includes the Mobile area). What is TSM&O? TSM&O stands for Transportation Systems Management & Operations.  Essentially, TSM&O is […]

Collaborating for Highway Safety and Operations

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017
Collaborating for Highway Safety and Operations

Author: Becky White, PTP On October 10-13, three Sain staff members attended the 13th annual Tennessee Highway Safety and Operations Conference in Franklin, TN.  The conference was a joint effort between Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), TDOT’s Highway Incident Management section, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Technical sessions were provided on a variety of topics […]

Driveways: They’re Not as Simple as You Think!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016
Driveways: They’re Not as Simple as You Think!

People are often surprised to find out that they need to obtain a permit before adding a driveway that accesses their property from the highway.  The addition of a driveway could have an adverse impact on the safety and operation of the highway, so a permit must be acquired to ensure that a balance is […]

Distracted Driving is Dangerous Business

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014
Distracted Driving is Dangerous Business

You and your family are on the road heading to Grandma’s for Christmas dinner. You’re at the wheel and get a call from a relative asking when you’ll be arriving. You answer what should be a quick question, but then get caught up in the conversation that lasts for several minutes. While this might seem like an innocent and common situation, you are actually driving distracted and putting your entire family and others on the road at risk.