T H E T R A F F IC L IT E
Virginia Section Institute of Transportation Engineers
Volume 41, No. 1 Newsletter Editor, Chris Lawrence Summer 2008
President Kirsten Tynch’s Message ITE President Alf Guebert and George
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Kids are
back in school, vacations have been taken, and • George Brisbin - Senior Transportation
everybody seems to be hard at work. It’s been a Planner, City of Portsmouth
very busy summer for VASITE and our members. • Bernard Whitlock - City Traffic Engineer,
Our Annual Meeting was as successful as always.
We had over 120 attendees at the conference in If you have the opportunity to see any of these
Virginia Beach this past June. We were especially gentlemen, please thank them for their years of
honored to have our ITE International President, Alf dedication to the transportation profession. We are
Guebert, in attendance. Alf provided valuable scheduled to present Dr. Nick Garber his certificate
insight into the challenges facing ITE and at the Fall VASITE Conference at Wintergreen.
transportation professionals during his speech at the
banquet. Alf also recognized one of our new ITE Kathryn Brown, VASITE Continuing Education
Life Members, George Brisbin, at the banquet. Chairperson, has been busy putting together great
continuing education classes this summer. A signal
VASITE has had 5 members become ITE Life design class was taught by Earl Hughes in June.
Members over the past 2 years. To become life There was so much interest in this class that there
members you must be over the age of 65 and paid were over 20 people waitlisted for this class. Don’t
for at least 25 years. The new life members are: worry! We’ll be offering it again in 2009. A bicycle
and pedestrian safety course was held in Richmond
• Whitefield Mayes - President, Mayes & in August, and a SIDRA Roundabout Analysis class
Associates, Newport News will be held in late September. I don’t know any
• Dr. Nick Garber - Professor, UVA other training courses of this quality that you attend
• Fred Hanscom - Director, Transportation at the low VASITE prices.
Research Corp., Markham
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In addition to arranging these great classes, Kathryn
was also busy submitting our application for
another DMV grant to subsidize our continuing
education efforts. Kathryn was successful in
obtaining a $15,000 grant for fiscal year 2009. I
know it’s a lot of effort putting the application
together and making sure that we spend the grant
money in accordance with DMV requirements.
Thanks Kathryn for all your hard work! We look
forward to many more interesting classes in 2009.
Our next meeting will be our Fall Meeting at
Wintergreen. As always, this will be our student led
meeting. We look forward to interacting with
students from UVA, VA Tech, and hopefully ODU.
We will be holding our traffic bowl to select our Vice President Tim Foster’s Message –
team of students to represent VASITE at the SDITE
Annual Meeting in Alabama in April. I know as Dear Fellow VASITE Members:
President I am supposed to be unbiased, but GO
I would like to thank everyone for participating in
our spring and summer VASITE meetings. These
meetings are the backbone of our VASITE
Our SDITE 2010 planning continues. We will be
organization. They give us a chance to further our
having a planning session at Fall Meeting in
knowledge in transportation, as well as give us a
Wintergreen. In December we will be hosting the
chance to see old friends and meet new colleagues
SDITE Board of Directors. As part of that meeting,
in our quest to improve transportation in Virginia.
we will be showing the BOD the facilities for the
Again, thank you all for your continued
2010 conference and updating them on our planning
participation in VASITE.
efforts. We are still looking for members to help
with the planning, so please let me know if you
want to help. It’s hard to believe we started
VASITE Vice President
planning this conference over 3 years ago, and it’s
now less than 18 months away.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fall
Meeting. In this issue:
Kirsten Continuing Education……………...…….…....3
2008 Fall Meeting @ Wintergreen Welcome and Guest Speakers………………...4
Please see the VASITE website at VASITE Summer Meeting Presentations...…..6
www.vasite.org for more details!
Southern District ITE…………………..…....11
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2008 Officers: Continuing Education -
President………………….… Kirsten Tynch, P.E.,PTOE The VASITE Continuing Education Committee plans
Woolpert LLP and conducts training courses on relevant topics for the
Vice President………………...Tim Foster, P.E.
Henrico County Through a Transportation Safety Project Grant from the
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV),
Secretary………………………John Yorks VASITE is able to offer safety-related continuing
City of Hampton education courses at an affordable cost to attendees.
Typically, the DMV Safety Grant covers over half of the
Treasurer……………………....John Hendrickson, P.E. course registration costs. VASITE is very appreciative
PB of the DMV for their generous support of our training
courses to improve safety across the Commonwealth.
Past President………………….Chris Gay, AICP
VHB The Continuing Education Committee tries to offer three
courses per calendar year. Currently, the committee is
Southern District Rep………….Bryant Goodloe, P.E. working on the courses for the 2008 calendar year. In
Bryant B. Goodloe, P.C. the past few years, the Continuing Education Committee
has offered courses on design topics such as Traffic
Southern District Rep. ……..…Mike Corwin Signal Design, Roundabout Design, Roadway Lighting,
VDOT Roadway Safety Audit, and Roadside Design. The
Committee has offered software training for packages
such as Synchro, CORSIM, and HCS. Please contact
Kathryn Brown (Chairman) if you have course topics
New Members – that you would like to see taught in the near future. If
you are interested in joining this committee, please
Robert (Dale) Edwards contact Kathryn Brown at 757.961.7834 or
George (Wes) Lewis From the Secretary:
Larry Kelley Reminder that dues have to be paid in full in order to
take advantage of the reduced membership registration
Wesley Parker fees for each conference and continuing education
Leo Blades course. To check your membership status or make any
Gary Campbell changes to your contact information, please contact John
Jessica Banks Yorks at email@example.com
From the Treasurer:
The VASITE account balance was $33,105 leading up to
the summer meeting.
The scholarship committee would like to remind all
students that would like to be considered for the
VASITE scholarship to please apply. In recent years
there have been very few applicants. We ask that
members please remind students that there are
scholarships available. See the website for details.
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Summer Welcome Speaker - The VASITE Awards – Presented at the Annual
Honorable Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf Conference in Virginia Beach
Bryant Goodloe, chairman of the awards committee
for VASITE, thanked Tim White and Warren
Hughes for serving on the committee with him and
then presented the following awards.
Recognized for chairing the local arrangements
committees for both the spring meeting and the
annual meeting, Pete Leavitt received certificates
for each one. Tim Foster was given certificates for
chairing the technical program committee for the
spring meeting and the annual meeting.
Kelli L. Stamm received the Young Member Award
for her outstanding fundraising activities in support
of the reception. She bought great enthusiasm and
organization to the task. Born and raised in
Mayor Oberndorf welcomed VASITE to Virginia Norfolk, she received a B.S. degree in Business
Beach with a light and humorous introduction. Administration from Old Dominion University. For
the last two years, she has worked for Precision
Measurements, Inc., where she is the Director of
Guest Speaker – Jason Cosby, Director of Business Development. She is married and she and
Public Works – Virginia Beach her husband, Scott, have two dogs.
Ric Lowman received the award for the
Outstanding Individual Activity for his work as
treasurer of VASITE. Under his leadership,
VASITE is now in compliance with Internal
Revenue Service rules and has filed its first return
ever. Ric received his BS in Civil Engineering from
Virginia Tech and works for the City of Virginia
Beach Traffic Engineering division. He has been an
active member of VASITE for many years and is
married with two children.
Valerie J. Henchel received the Distinguished
Service Award for achievements over her entire
career. Valerie received her B.S. degree from
Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and has earned
Jason Cosby gave a passionate speech on how an MBA from Old Dominion University. She came
important engineers are to society. His theme was, to this area as assistant City Traffic Engineer for the
“they come to us for answers.” He encouraged City of Virginia Beach and became the City Traffic
members of VASITE to get involved with Engineer. Later, she left the City and founded
legislation and funding, “be heard” he said. Intermodal Engineering, a woman’s business
enterprise. She has been a member of VASITE for
many years and has served as Secretary/Treasurer,
Vice-President, President, and District 5
Representative. She has remained an active
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supporter of VASITE, recruiting new members and
is always an enthusiastic participant in the golf
tournament, as well as other activities. She is
married and has a daughter.
Ric Lowman accepting his award
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Mr. Coffey gave a presentation on his research that
Summer Meeting Presentations dealt with the evaluation of DWI checkpoints and
their impact on traffic operations. He used
The 2008 Summer Meeting was held in Virginia computer modeling to test various scenarios (traffic
Beach at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel. The volume, number of officers, and type) and the
following articles highlight the presentations. resulting queues. He also explained how some of
the procedures are dictated by state law to prevent
Transportation Engineering Maintenance
Lynn Allsbrook Analysis of Operating Speeds, Speed
City of Hampton Limits and Appropriate Speed Limit
Mr. Allsbrook gave a presentation on how the City
of Hampton went about developing a Transportation
Engineering Maintenance Plan. The only guide he
found in the development was from APWA. Since Chris explained the methodology FHWA has
developing their plan other localities have requested developed to determine appropriate speed limits
copies for development of their plans. using a set of inputs. FHWA has developed a web
application for helping to set speed limits. The
Evaluation of DWI Checkpoints and their website is www.uslimits.com
Impact on Traffic Operations
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Dr. Brian Katz
Andy Boenau and Tim White both shared their
experience with the development of the Franklin
County Access Management Guidebook.
Dr. Brian Katz served as an advisor to the two
previous presentations which were research
Citizen Involvement in Newport News
Franklin County Access Management
T3 Design, Inc
Mr. Hurst gave a presentation on citizen
involvement on a small road design project in
Newport News. He shared the lessons they learned
during the process. Some of the key lessons learned
were: bringing in the public early, give the public
Andy Boenau ownership, safety is paramount, don’t offer what
can’t be provided, listen to the citizens, be
responsive to citizen’s request, and most
transportation projects involve impacts to the
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Norfolk’s Light Rail System most effective manner. His research will be
Marie Arnt published in upcoming TRB reports.
Hampton Roads Transit
Evaluation Procedures to Identify High-
Risk Four-Legged Signalized
Intersections in VDOT’s Northern
Dr. Young-Jun Kweon
Virginia Transportation Research Council
Ms. Arnt gave a presentation on the progress of the
Norfolk Light Rail system. She serves as a public affairs
officer. She gives presentations and answers questions
the public has about the project.
Advanced Process to Identify and
Prioritize High Crash Signalized
Intersections Dr. Kweon explained his efforts to develop an
Dr. In-Kyu Lim evaluation tool to identify high risk signalized
VDOT intersections. The intent of this tool is to for it to be
simple so that it is something traffic engineers can
use without much effort or time. His methods
employed regression to the mean techniques.
Mr. Lim gave a presentation on his research to
develop advanced process to identify and prioritize
high crash signalized intersections. It is a very
useful tool in order to use our limited funding in the
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Strategic Highway Safety Plan VDOT Work Zone Traffic Control
Mike Sawyer Training Requirements
VDOT Paul Kelly
Mr. Sawyer presented a vast array of statewide statistics
on automobile crashes. He spoke of VDOT’s plan to Mr. Kelly gave a presentation on the updated work zone
increase the safety throughout the state. The goal of the traffic control training – basic, intermediate, and
plan is to save 100 lives and prevent 4,000 injuries per advanced. He said that more construction will have to
year. The top five driving behaviors related to highway take place in traffic due to our aging infrastructure. He
safety are summarized below. explained the three perspectives of work zone traffic
control – design, maintenance, and construction.
Local Perspective of VDOT’s New Work
John Yorks and Larry Kelly
City of Hampton
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Fort Lee BRAC Study
Michael Baker Corp.
Mr. Yorks and Mr. Kelly gave a presentation on the
implementation of the new VDOT work zone
requirements. The explained how they have been
training all the field workers and how the program Mr. Curtis spoke of his experience with the recently
has been instituted. completed Fort Lee BRAC study. The base wanted
to reroute a major 4-lane arterial highway around
the base but it wasn’t the consensus of the study
Development of the TRB/AASHTO team which included VDOT and the localities. The
Highway Safety Manual VDOT road cut separated portions of the base
Stephen Read making it less accessible and less secure. The
VDOT BRAC legislation was creating enormous amounts
of new facilities at Fort Lee on a portion of the base
which is separated by the road in question.
Norfolk Naval Air Station BRAC Study
Mr. Read explained the development of the
TRB/AASHTO highway safety manual which is
similar in nature to the Highway Capacity Manual.
Its purpose is to be the single source safety manual.
Details of the manual can be found at
Mr. Nichols spoke of his study of some road
changes around Norfolk Naval Air Station related to
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BRAC. They primarily involved Hampton
Boulevard, which runs on the east side of the base,
and I-564. The study focused on the existing
conditions because volumes have changed little
since 1994. They encountered large variations in
traffic flow for various reasons such as number of
ships in port and security levels. The base employs
60,000 military and 10,000 civilians.
2010 SDITE Annual Meeting Update
Our planning of the 2010 SDITE Annual Meeting in
Portsmouth, VA is off to a great start. We still have a
few committee co-chair positions open and are always
looking for volunteers to staff any and all committees.
The dates for the 2010 SDITE Annual Meeting are April
11 – 14, 2010. Please mark your calendars. We will need
everyone’s help to make this a successful event.
We would like to encourage any VASITE member, but
especially the SDITE 2010 committee chairs and co-
chairs, to attend this year’s SDITE Annual Meeting in
Charleston, SC on March 30 to April 3. This is a great
opportunity to see a SDITE Annual Meeting in action,
and will help with planning our conference in 2010. The
characteristics of Charleston and Portsmouth are similar,
so it should give an invaluable opportunity to preview
our conference. In addition, the 2009 SDITE Annual
Meeting will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, and the
registration and travel costs will be much higher in
Birmingham than Charleston. The 2008 SDITE meeting
should be a great event. Please try to attend if at all
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Advertising with VASITE
VASITE - Public Relations
Phone: (757) 368-0945
Bryant B. Goodloe, P.C.
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VASITE has a "Job Posting" area. The cost per ad engineering reviews of land development projects
is $75.00 and it will run for 90 days. This ad will and proposals within Culpeper District. Provide
run in both the Newsletter and the Website. assistance to Assistant Regional Traffic Engineer
in administration of various highway safety
improvement programs and administration of the
The point of contact for further information is: work unit. Hiring salary is $55,000 - $109,000
(Salary negotiable based on training and
Public Relations Chair for VASITE Kelli Stamm experience). This position will remain open until
with Precision Measurements. filled.
firstname.lastname@example.org Minimum Qualifications:
(757) 368-0945 -P.E. License required.
-Prior management experience required to
We want to also advertise on the Website the include but not limited to: supervising/developing
opportunity for companies to become corporate staff; participating in, coordinating, and
members. This is $ 75.00 for the year. This covers managing projects to include ensuring projects
inclusion in the three (3) Newsletters that are planned are delivered on-time and within budget.
each year, the Membership Roster and your Company -Knowledge of civil and traffic engineering
Logo and Profile Information on the VASITE Online principles and practices as related to highway
design and operation.
web site, www.vasite.org, including a hot link to your
company’s web site. See how others are benefiting from
this opportunity. Visit www.vasite.org and click on
-Working knowledge of Highway Capacity
‘Sponsors’ at the top of the page. Please complete and Software, and other traffic simulation
mail the accompanying form to place your Ad. Please optimization modeling software.
send your Business Card Artwork, Company Logo and -Demonstrated analytical skills required to plan,
Profile Information to Public Relations chair for coordinate, and complete multiple assignments
VASITE Kelli Stamm with Precision Measurements, with the ability to organize and analyze data,
Inc. via e-mail me at draw conclusions, develop recommended
email@example.com improvement alternatives, and cost estimates.
or you can contact me at 757-368-0945. -Experience in conducting traffic engineering
-BS in Civil Engineering or equivalent related
Architect/Engineering Manager II education, experience, and training.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is
-Valid driver's license required.
seeking an Area Traffic Engineer, position
-Position requires completion of Statement of
number #20103, for Northwestern Regional
Economic Interest as condition of employment.
-Successful DMV background check required.
The position will: Conduct and supervise
traditional and special traffic engineering studies
Special Instructions to Applicants:
in the Northwestern Operations Region,
Applicants selected for interview may be required
addressing roadway safety and operation
to perform a skills demonstration as part of the
problems that affect motorists, pedestrians and
interview process. Additional positions may be
bicyclists. Primary focus area will be Culpeper
filled from the same applicant pool within 90 days
and Warrenton Residencies within Culpeper
of the closing date.
Construction District. Engineer solutions to
improve traffic safety, capacity and other traffic
In addition to a rewarding work experience,
issues with a proactive and systematic approach.
VDOT offers core benefits including competitive
Manage the secondary traffic count program.
health and life insurance programs, pre-tax
Participate in and coordinate the staff's
spending accounts, and leave programs.
involvement in the concurrent engineering
Employees participate in a Retirement Plan fully
process for roadway and bridge construction
funded by the State; a tax-deferred Retirement
projects within Culpeper District, ensuring traffic
Savings Plan with employer-matching provision
engineering, operational and safety issues and
also available. Also, the State funds a Short and
items are addressed. Administer traffic
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Long Term Disability Program. Miscellaneous transportation projects; or an equivalent
benefits include paid holidays, training and tuition combination. EIT or PE desired. This person will
assistance programs, wellness programs, etc. manage the preliminary engineering,
On-line application required. For benefits environmental, right-of-way, utility relocation
information or to apply on-line, visit and construction phases of road projects. Duties
www.VDOT.jobs. For additional assistance include reviewing design plans for compliance
contact the Human Resources Office at: (540) with specifications and determination of
332-9087 or VA Relay Center: 1-800-838-1120. constructability; discussing proposed
improvements with property owners; overseeing
Equal Opportunity Employer the acquisition of right-of-way; reviewing bid
documents and resolving construction conflicts;
managing the project budget and schedule.
Strong oral/written communication and public
The Transportation Engineering Department of relations skills necessary. This position requires
the City of Richmond, Virginia has several coordination with engineering consultants, VDOT
professional position openings in this multi- and internal county departments. Good driving
disciplinary department. record required. Must not reflect a total
accumulation of six or more negative points
Assistant Transportation Engineer within the past three years or a major
(Operations Manager) - 936: violation within the past four years. Pre-
B.S. in Civil or Transportation Engineering or a employment drug testing and FBI criminal
related field, plus a minimum of five years background check required. A Chesterfield
related engineering experience; must have County application is required and must be
Virginia P.E. or ability to obtain Virginia P.E. submitted online. Visit careers.chesterfield.gov to
Salary Range: $57,419 - $94,312 view instructions and to complete and submit an
application. Salary range for position is $50,837
Traffic Operations Engineer (Engineer II) – to $86,810. Position to remain open until filled.
991 & 992: (804) 748-1551.
B.S. in Engineering and minimum of four years
related experience; Virginia P.E. or ability to An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to
obtain a Virginia P.E. desirable. Workforce Diversity
Salary Range: $50,167 - $82,403
Neighborhood Traffic Program Manager
(Engineer III) – 189: If you would like to contribute to the next
B.S. in Civil or Transportation Engineering or a VASITE newsletter, please send articles and
related field, plus a minimum of four years information to:
related experience; Virginia P.E. or ability to Chris P. Lawrence, P.E.
obtain a Virginia P.E. desirable. Salary Range: URS Corporation
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THE TRAFFIC LITE is the official publication of the
Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation
Engineers (VASITE), which is a professional society of
persons involved in transportation engineering activities
Engineer - Senior in Virginia. It is affiliated with the ITE, which is an
international professional society of transportation
Chesterfield County’s Transportation Department engineers. The primary goal of VASITE is to promote
is seeking an Engineer to handle project sound transportation engineering practices in planning,
management for capital improvement, design, operation, and management of transportation
state/federally funded road improvement facilities and equipment for the safe, convenient and
projects. Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or efficient movement of people and goods.
related field and 3 years experience in project
management, design and/or construction of
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