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The RPCGB’s APPLE Program

For this week’s blog, we asked Mike “Kaz” Kaczorowski, the Principal Planner of Transportation for the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB), to dive into their APPLE program and its success story. Under his leadership, the program has made significant strides in supporting local governments and improving infrastructure across the Greater Birmingham region. APPLE,…
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New Regulations Under the MUTCD

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, also known as the MUTCD, is the national standard for traffic control devices on all streets, highways, and other public roads. The MUTCD provides the purpose and application of traffic control devices such as signs, roadway striping, and traffic signals. In December of 2023, the Federal Highway Administration…
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Understanding Driveway Cracking

Driveways are often plagued by a common nemesis: cracks. But fear not, understanding the cause is the first step to keeping them at bay. It’s not a matter of if your driveway will crack, but when. Not all cracks are the same, so understanding what causes cracking to occur can help prevent the deterioration of…
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National Work Zone Awareness Week: 25 Years of Safety

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), it’s crucial to reflect on the origins and impact of this important safety campaign. Initiated by a group of dedicated Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff members in 1997, NWZAW aimed to raise awareness about the critical importance of safety in work…
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Did You Know: Longitudinal Traffic Barriers

Did you know that there are three classifications for traffic barriers? Traffic barriers are roadside safety measures implemented to reduce motorist harm after leaving the roadway. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) categorizes roadside medians into three classifications: flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid. These classifications are defined by the deflection of the barrier when impacted by a…
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Alabama SEEDS Act: Boosting Economic Development with Grants

The Alabama Site Evaluation and Economic Development Strategy (SEEDS) Act is a groundbreaking grant program that aims to expedite the process of developing economic sites throughout the state. The program is a critical component of Governor Ivey’s Game Plan to boost economic development in Alabama. Under the SEEDS program, the State Industrial Development Authority (SIDA)…
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Let’s Get Out and Walk to School!

National Walk to School Day is an annual event encouraging families and students to walk to school to promote physical activity, reduce traffic congestion, and teach safe walking habits. As an engineering firm, we believe this event is not only important for promoting healthy habits and reducing traffic congestion, but it also presents an opportunity…
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Child Passenger Safety Week

My daughter is only two years old, but she sits in her car seat like a queen. She sits semi-reclined with her head cradled by the plushy interior of the car seat, and she has two cup holders because one just won’t do! Life is good in this car seat. What she doesn’t know is…
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Take Advantage of On-Call GIS Services

Municipalities contract with engineering consultants to provide on-call geographic information systems (GIS) services for various reasons. Some of these reasons include the need for specialized expertise that may not be available in-house, the desire to supplement existing staff during peak workloads, and the need for flexibility in staffing levels. Additionally, working with consultants can sometimes…
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Industry Disruptors: Digitization to Modern AI

Recently, we found a 1995 Engineering Times article in our archive with a note from Sain’s founder to distribute the article amongst the staff. The article, “No Easy Answers for Sealing Partial Plans” by Molly Galvin, provided timely insight into using an engineer’s seal during the rising usage of digital CADD files. The article urged…
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