ITE Joint Western District Sections
Fall Technical Webinar Series – What You Knew is Changing

Everyone knows how to set speed limits, use the MUTCD, plan for a speed hump and design signs – right? Well things are changing and fast. With the completion of NCHRP 17-76 , work underway with the MUTCD NPA and ITE’s Speed Hump guide refresh on the horizon, as ITE members you might want to peek in on the work behind the scenes to change/update these everyday. Our goal with this webinar series is to provide opportunities for ITE members to learn about new developments, understand multiple perspectives, and leave with applicable insights to help you with your work in the future as the change rolls out. Join us as we explore some of the current topics facing our industry through the perspective of some of our ITE leaders involved in the discussions.

The Western District presents an ITE Joint Sections five-part technical series starting October 13th. Each session in this series will focus on a current technical topic with each session conveniently scheduled over lunch time (noon to 1:00 PM Pacific).  Registration is open to all ITE members for free (small registration fee for non-ITE members).

The series will be hosted by the ITE San Diego Section as virtual meetings using Zoom and made available by the Western District to all ITE members who might be interested in current technical discussions within the transportation industry. You will want your Section to participate and maybe follow up next year with more details at local meetings as these topics evolve.

PDH information coming soon!

Registration

Come join us for all or some of these lunchtime sessions.  Registration includes all sessions so once you register, you are good to go to join us for a few or any one you find of interest and fits your schedule (register in advance to receive the email with the Zoom link and password).

This webinar series is intended to supplement on-going ITE Section meeting activities and provide technical content for members of Sections that are not meeting regularly through the pandemic.

  • ITE Members = FREE (register below)
  • Non-ITE Members = $25 for the series (any one or all – one price register below)

Any proceeds, above expenses, from this series will be contributed on behalf of the ITE San Diego Section to the ITE Western District Student Endowment Fund. 

Please send any questions about the status of your registration to Cathy Leong.

Session Descriptions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Session 1: MUTCD Update – Part 1
Noon – 1:00 PM (Pacific)

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) may be the singular most influential transportation publication in the United States. This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-issued publication applies to all roads open to public travel in the United States. From the moment you leave your house—by car, by bike, scooter, or on foot—your travel is influenced by the MUTCD. A number of organizations have been making this point when responding to the current Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPA) to update the Manual for the first time in 11 years, which resulted in more than 25,000 comments to the docket. ITE’s response is available here and was based on a thorough review of the 800 pages of proposed changes by ITE’s  representatives from the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), key ITE Technical Councils and Committees, ITE staff, and individual members. Other groups have made detailed comments to FHWA such as AASHTO members and NCUTCD which will be discussed. Find out more about what folks asked FHWA to consider in the final rule making (and no – none of use knows when the new MUTCD may be available but it is likely not before 2022 and could be into 2023).

Host:  Ryan Zellers, Department Manager – Traffic Engineering, Michael Baker International, Western District Advertising Manager

Panel:
Randy McCourt, ITE International Past President (moderator)
Jeff Riegner, Vice president, transportation planner and engineer, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP, Mid-Colonial District International Director
Mike Kimlinger, Oregon DOT State Traffic Engineer, NCUTCD member

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Session 2: Guidance for the Setting of Speed Limits
Noon – 1:00 PM Pacific

NCHRP 17-76 “Guidance for the Setting of Speed Limits” was published on 3/31/20. It may just be one of the most influential research efforts related to speed limits. The objective of the research was to (1) identify and describe factors that influence operating speed and (2) provide guidelines to make informed decisions related to establishing speed limits on roadways.  Learn from the principal investigator on the project that looked for ways to address the following: (a) an approach for determining the relationship between operating, design, posted and statutory speeds and how the differences among them impact safety performance; (b) identification and classification of nationwide data including, but not limited to, geometric design, access density, signal density, traffic volume characteristics, and enforcement practices that may impact operating speed; (c) an analysis of the 85th percentile speed and other statistical measures and factors as appropriate methods for setting speed limits; (d) implications of setting a speed limit lower than those recommended using the factors identified above.

Host: Ryan Zellers, Department Manager – Traffic Engineering, Michael Baker International, Western District Advertising Manager

Panel:
Randy McCourt, ITE International Past President (moderator)
Kay Fitzpatrick, Senior Research Engineer at Texas Transportation Institute

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Session 3: ITE Speed Humps Recommended Practice Update
Noon to 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Speed humps have gained acceptance as a traffic calming device by North American and international jurisdictions over 50 years. We now know a lot more about their success, impacts and best design practices than when ITE first published a Recommended Practice for the design and application of speed humps in 1997 and updated it in 2011. The recommended practice is now being refreshed to provide state of-the-practice guidelines for humps, providing clearer definitions to vertical deflection traffic calming including speed humps, speed tables, raised pedestrian crossings, raised intersection and mini-roundabouts – all of which use hump features. Learn from one of the committee members tasked with developing this revised document on behalf of ITE as the document is being developed real-time. The Recommended Practice is expected to go to balloting sometime this Fall/Winter and be available in early 2022 to membership. It is intended to provide an overview of the recommended framework for an agency to follow to implement speed humps or speed tables in their jurisdiction based on the experience documented by dozens of agencies.

Host: Ryan Zellers, Department Manager – Traffic Engineering, Michael Baker International, Western District Advertising Manager

Speaker: Randy McCourt, ITE International Past President

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Session 4: CMS, DMS, VMS and Automated Vehicles – Updates to standards (NEMA, MUTCD, NTCIP) and refresh/flicker issues with LEDs
Noon – 1:00 PM (Pacific)

Most people look at dynamic message signs or traffic signals and think they are on all the time. However, automated vehicles cameras take images so fast that they catch LEDs in the refreshing state leaving a dark image or distorted image. To address this, finding the right balance in specifications for both the LED used in DMS and highway traffic signals and the camera speeds has the attention of IEEE, NEMA, NCUTCD and AASHTO. At the same time, updates to NEMA TS-4 (which guides DMS) are underway looking and consolidation and unification of definitions for changeable message signs, dynamic message signs, variable message signs, hybrid signs and blank-out signs.  All of this has emerged in 2011 and is leading to new guidance for designers and well as system planners in terms of specifications and jargon for the industry. Join the co-chairs of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Connected and Automated Vehicle Joint Task Force Signs Working Group for a discussion on how this affects not only DMS but traffic control signal displays, vehicle turn signals and any LED application.

Host: Ryan Zellers, Department Manager – Traffic Engineering, Michael Baker International, Western District Advertising Manager

Panel:
Randy McCourt, ITE International Past President, Co-Chair of the NCUTCD Signs working group, Connected-Automated Vehicles Joint Task Force (moderator)
Roxane Mukai, Co-Chair of the NCUTCD Signs working group, Connected-Automated Vehicles Joint Task Force

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Session 5: MUTCD Update – Part 2
Noon – 1:00 PM (Pacific)

In Session 1 of this series, we explored some of the responses to the current Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPA) for the 11th Edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  ITE’s response (available here) includes a call for FHWA to consider the needs of all users, to provide greater flexibility and opportunities to innovate, and encouragement to take a forward-looking posture with the Manual.  The responses from other organizations reviewing the proposed changes such as NACTO have been much more adamant regarding the call to substantially reframe the MUTCD to create a safe and sustainability-first document. What does this mean to you? How might this effort lead to changes of subsequent changes to (12th Edition) MUTCD?  Join our panel in exploring what a revamped version of the MUTCD could be.

Host:  Ryan Zellers, Department Manager – Traffic Engineering, Michael Baker International, Western District Advertising Manager

Panel:
Randy McCourt, ITE International Past President (moderator)
Peter Koonce, Engineering Manager of the Traffic Signals, Street Lighting, Intelligent Transportation Systems, & Electrical Maintenance Division at the City of Portland
Dongho Chang, Washington State DOT Traffic Engineer
Jen Malzer, Engineer in the Liveable Streets Division at The City of Calgary, Canadian District International Director