Traffic Study 101: Vital to Your Commute


Traffic Study 101: Vital to Your Commute The property is well-priced, preliminary layout has been defined, and the tenant is ready to proceed when someone in a meeting says, “We’ll need a traffic study.” Both new development and redeveloped sites often trigger the need for a traffic study.  As a civil engineering firm, here are Read More

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Woonerfs – A New Concept For Complete Streets


Complete Streets policies for cities are increasingly popular with the goal of improved access and safety for all transportation modes.  Almost all projects now include pedestrian improvements, bulb outs, bicycle accommodations, transit planning or other Complete Street elements.  However, residential pavement width designs not impacted by bicycle master plans, remain largely unchanged. A woonerf, pronounced Read More

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Dreaming Big Sometimes Means Thinking Smaller


The ability to envision new possibilities is perhaps uniquely human, and engineers are among those who figure out how to translate vision into reality. One of the engineer’s greatest tools is an ability to break down big dreams into the many small steps that must be accomplished to see them realized. Sometimes this includes finding Read More

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MARC Recognizes Grandview’s Gateway Project for Sustainability


The City of Grandview’s Main Street Improvement Project has been recognized by Mid-America Regional Council as a 2016 Sustainable Success Stories Honoree. This four-phase effort has brought many improvements to the community by revitalizing nine blocks of Main Street from the downtown business district to 71 Highway. The Main Street Improvement Project emphasized environmental responsibility Read More

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Roads Don’t Have to be Wider to Move More Traffic


From ancient Roman roads to the 20th Century, we assume roads have to get wider to move more traffic. However, we are helping our customers to understand that this is no longer automatically true.  As communities continue to advance and innovate, the most effective road may be different than it used to be. Whenever engineers Read More

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OWNER, Meet DESIGN & BUILD, The New Power Couple


Design-build (D-B), like a lot of industry terms, can mean different things to different people. To understand how local public works agencies use it, let’s start by highlighting the key advantages that design-build CAN (but is not guaranteed to) provide to a public owner: Schedule – design-build can shorten the overall time from conceptualization of Read More

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