VN Engineers Awarded 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards by the ACEC of Connecticut.

The ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards honor the very best of Connecticut’s engineers and the projects they have created for our citizens.

Merit Award
Connecticut Safe Routes to School Program
Engineer: VN Engineers, Inc.
Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation

Mr. Jim Fuda - President of ACEC CT Chapter
Mr. Jeff Maxtutis - Project Manager, AECOM
Mr. Patrick Zapatka - Current SRTS State Coordinator, CTDOT
Ms. Bridget Boucaud - Public Involvement, VN Engineers
Ms. Sharon Okoye - Former SRTS State Coordinator, CTDOT
Mr. Bob Gomez - Vice President VN Engineers
Ms. Sofia Nirshberg - President VN Engineers
Mr. Donald W. Doeg - ACEC Board Member

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Safe Routes to School, Statewide, CT

VN Engineers worked with the Connecticut Department of Transportation to encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school in a safe and fun manner.  The Safe Routes to School Program benefitted all stakeholders involved, as it promoted healthy lifestyles, reduced air emissions, and created stronger sense of community.  VN Engineers collaborated with schools and parents in various ways including phone calls, newsletters, SRTS website, public events, press releases, you tube videos, and surveys. Our firm also assisted with planning workshops, conducted engineering site assessments, running bicycle and pedestrian safety classes, and promoting walk and bike to school day events. The Safe Routes to School Program successfully fostered more bike and pedestrian friendly school communities throughout Connecticut.

 

June-July News

Why 12 Foot Wider Traffic Lanes Are Not Safer Than 10 Foot Lanes

Traffic Lanes...Wider is Not Better

One would assume that a wider traffic lane would be safer but a recent study by Jeff Speck AICP, LEED-AP, CNU-A, Honorary ASLA provided convincing data to show the opposite to be true.  During a Future of Transportation series Mr. Speck challenged the current conventions that 12-foot traffic lanes are safer than 10-foot lanes. This was especially relevant for city streets with the main problem focused on speed. Simply put, drivers tend to speed when they have more room and when they go faster accidents become more harmful.  

In a new study, Dewan Masud Karmin P.Eng., PTOE, evaluated dozens of intersections in Toronto and Tokyo. His study linked lower crash rates to narrower lanes with 10 to 10.5 foot lanes showing reduced speeds and less severe collisions. 

Narrow Lanes Are Safer

Based on this data, the ideal lane width is around 10.2 feet in Tokyo (3.1 meters) and 10.5 feet in Toronto (3.2 meters). Interestingly crash rates increased as lanes got too narrow and they also rose as lanes got wider. Karim declared that these results “clearly demonstrate why ‘conventional wisdom of lane width’ does not hold up to scientific scrutiny.”

 

Crash rates in Toronto (blue) and Tokyo (green) were lowest in lanes between 10 and 10.5 feet wide.

Tokyo (blue) tends to have narrower travel lanes than Toronto (orange), which might explain why collisions occur there at slower speeds.

Narrow Lanes Still Carry Lots of Traffic

The current rationale for larger lanes is that 12 foot lanes reduce congestion but with proper planning 10 foot lanes can provide a larger benefit as recently demonstrated in New York City. To make way for bike lanes many streets were narrowed, providing a safe alternative transportation option for city inhabitants. 

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Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering

VN Engineers Inc. offers roadway design services from corridor studies to the management of NEPA style preliminary engineering to environmental studies. We use an integrated team approach to the design process which draws from our construction management experience. With input from our construction staff, our designers are able to produce high quality constructible and biddable plans. Working as a subconsultant we have partnered with dozens of firms to provide traffic, M&PT/MOT, signal and lighting plans. 

  • Planning Services (Roadway/Bike/Ped) 
  • Design of Signalization
  • Traffic Impact Studies
  • Illumination Design
  • Tunnel Illumination
  • Parking Loading and Geometric Design
  • Signing and Pavement Markings
  • Maintenance and Protection of Traffic during Construction
  • Data Collection Origin and Destination Surveys
  • Parking Studies
  • Traffic Management Studies
  • Traffic Calming
  • Traffic Operations Studies
  • Traffic Safety Enhancement
  • Utility Coordination
  • GIS Mapping Services

Reconstruction of I-95 Northbound in the Long Wharf Area, New Haven, CT 92-649

VN Engineers, Inc. is a subconsultant responsible for Operational Analysis and Capacity Analysis for six signalized intersections and three un-signalized intersections using SYNCHRO and Highway Capacity software.  We have collected accident data, summarized in collision diagrams and prepared warrant analysis for four intersections. 

VN also prepared PE report-outlining improvements which address safety and operations to I-84 and the Route 34 and Route 25 intersection, including acceleration lanes, deceleration lanes, taper lengths and the need for turning lanes. The design of three traffic signals and traffic signal improvements for four signalized intersections including quantities and special provisions.

Additionally, we have conducted traffic signing inventory of I-84 and surrounding roadway network.  VN has prepared preliminary and final ground mounted and overhead signing plans, including guide signs, regulatory signs and warning signs as well as any other signs required for the freeway corridor, ramps and local streets.  Prepared quantities and special provisions.

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December News

VN Engineers and the Connecticut Department of Transportation Team to Expand Safe Routes To School

VN Engineers is currently working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation on a program that will encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school in a safe and fun manner. This program, Safe Routes to School (SRTS), is very beneficial for every stakeholder. It promotes healthy lifestyles and helps to increase children’s interest to learn in school. It also helps to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion and helps to increase neighborhood safety. VN Engineers, Inc. will be reaching out to all of Connecticut’s elementary and middle Schools to inform them about the program and to help them get their SRTS Program started.   VN Engineers is reaching out to the schools and parents in various ways including phone calls, newsletters, SRTS website, public events, press releases, you tube videos, surveys and working with educational organizations such as the Parent Teacher Organization. Once a school expresses interest in starting a SRTS Program, VN assists with their planning workshops, provides them with guidance on how to receive grants from different funding sources, conducts site assessments, conducts bicycle and pedestrian safety classes and helps with the promotion and operation of their first walk to school day event.

Safe Routes to School Testimonial

"The experience with the Safe Routes to School Program here at Orchard Hill has been wonderful. It is a community-building event, which we have, a monthly walk to schools.

It really brings out so many students, parents as well as staff who walk with us to school. Also the safe Routes program has made some great safety improvements   that really get our kids walking and biking to school so much so that last year our PTO purchased another bike rack that is used continuously because we’ve had so many kids walk and bike or scooters to school and again the safety improvements that have come about through the Safe Routes Program have really helped with that. So since my time here I’ve seen so many more students walk and bike to school.

We always tell them it is good to be active before school. It helps with getting them ready, and getting their brain ready for learning.

My favorite part of the Safe Routs to School Program is definitely our monthly walk to schools, as I said before it is such a community building event in which we have so many members of our school community come and walk with us."

Mike Tortora/Principal
Orchard Hill Elementary School / South Windsor

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