New Roads with Unique Challenges

New Roads with Unique Challenges

The world looks different today than it did yesterday. As we face the unknown of the coronavirus, Sain Associates will continue to bring weekly content to the blog. We find comfort in providing uplifting news but also bringing a sense of routine while we navigate through this fluid environment. Engineers and planners face a variety […]

The Importance of Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The Importance of Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

By: Tony Montanaro, PE The Greater Birmingham Regional Planning Commission hosted the Federal Highway Administration’s Designing Streets for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Workshop on February 20th and 21st. I had the opportunity to attend as a representative of Sain Associates, along with other consultants and individuals from local municipalities and organizations. The two-day workshop was […]

Did You Know? Tennessee Led the Nation in a Bad Way

Did You Know?  Tennessee Led the Nation in a Bad Way

By: Richard Holt, P.E., M.ASCE According to the “Hands Free Tennessee” campaign, there were 24,600 crashes involving a distracted driver in Tennessee in 2018. A recent study also revealed that from 2015 to 2017, Tennessee had the highest rate of distracted driving deaths in the nation, at 7.2 distracted driving deaths per 10 billion vehicle miles. Tennessee’s rate is nearly five […]

Interstate Access Requests

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Road Safety, Transportation | No Comments
Interstate Access Requests

By: Erin Curry, P.E., R.S.P. Did you know the state departments of transportation oversee all construction and maintenance of our Interstate System, but the federal government maintains oversight to interstate access?  Therefore, any change of access to the Interstate System requires approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  I recently attended an FHWA workshop at […]

Time to Rebuild Alabama!

Time to Rebuild Alabama!

By: Jim Meads, P.E. Alabama drivers saw a 6-cent state gas tax increase this past weekend starting September 1st. This was the first increment of the 10-cent tax approved this year by the legislature and Governor Kay Ivey. Alabama’s Fuel Tax of 18 cents per gallon on gas and 19 cents on diesel was the […]

Did You Know? What To Do When a Signal Is In Flash

Did You Know? What To Do When a Signal Is In Flash

By: Jeremy Greer, P.E. Traffic signals are part of daily life for most U.S. citizens.  Traffic signals are commonly seen at roadway intersections and primarily function to assign the right-of-way to the various traffic movements.  A traffic signal uses three colors, directional arrows, and circular indications to convey certain messages to drivers.  When signals work […]

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Community, Road Safety, Safety, Transportation | No Comments
National Work Zone Awareness Week

Created in 2000, National Work Zone Awareness Week  (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign dedicated to educating and encouraging safe driving through work zones. It also honors those whose lives have been lost due to a work zone accident. This year, the 20th annual campaign will take place April 8-12 with the theme: “Drive Like […]

“Aren’t you already a Road Safety Professional?”

“Aren’t you already a Road Safety Professional?”

By: Erin L. Curry, P.E., R.S.P. I have some new initials behind my name.  Erin L. Curry, P.E., R.S.P.  I am now a certified Road Safety Professional (RSP).  (To read what the P.E. means, check out this blog post). Charles Cochran in our Birmingham, AL office also obtained the certification.  A few months ago the […]

Did You Know How Mile Markers On The Highway System Are Established?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Did You Know | No Comments
Did You Know How Mile Markers On The Highway System Are Established?

By: Mark Randall, PE (TN), CPESC You may know that mile markers or mile posts tell drivers their location along an interstate or highway, but did you know how those markers are established or the other functions that they serve? Mile markers are used to indicate the distance traveled within a state as well as […]