Access Management: Fundamental Principles and Application

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NHI offers two courses to learn about Access Management. A comprehensive three-day approach to learning techniques and impacts of Access Management, and a shorter one day overview to help those who want a basic understanding.

Access Management: Fundamental Principles, Application and Computation

PROGRAM AREA: Design and Traffic Operations

COURSE NUMBER: FHWA-NHI-133078A

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to provide those who plan, operate, design, construct, or administer surface transportation or land use systems with a basic understanding of the concepts and tools available to them, the benefits of successful access management, and the costs of unsuccessful access management. 

This three-day course provides more in-depth content targeted for technical professionals. This course is intended to attract participants beyond traditional state and local agency technical staff, including: planners, engineers, permit specialists, legal counsel, and project managers associated with transportation planning, operations, design, maintenance, and development review. The third day of this three-day class is designed to provide additional and more advanced instruction to participants than the FHWA-NHI133078 (two-day) course and is for those who desire to deepen their understanding of access management through more computationally-driven applications of the course materials.

OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Determine the impacts of signalized and unsignalized access connections on a given corridor in terms of safety, capacity, and business market area
  • Describe optimum connectivity for a given land use
  • Calculate needed turn lane lengths, given a set of data
  • Describe the interactions of access management treatments with both motorized and non-motorized users
  • Select appropriate median access management techniques for a given application
  • Select appropriate margin access management techniques for a given application

TARGET AUDIENCE:

Technical professionals who are responsible for the engineering and planning applications necessary to support the development and administration of policies, planning, and design of transportation facilities and programs regarding access management.

This two-day NHI course is designed to provide those who plan, operate, design, construct, or administer surface transportation or land use systems with a basic understanding of access management concepts and tools (e.g., permits, governance, practicality) available to them, the benefits of successful access management, and the costs, consequences, and even potential liabilities of unsuccessful access management.

FHWA-NHI-133078

OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define key concepts of access management and understand the symbiotic relationship of driveways, local streets, collectors, arterials and highways.
  • List the benefits of good access management. Understand the consequences of poor access management.
  • State the impacts of either favoring access or through traffic on the safety, operations, and sustainability of surface transportation systems for all users.
  • Explain the importance of access management to complete streets and transportation (all modes) systems.
  • Describe access-related challenges as they pertain to public rights-of-way and private property.
  • Choose access management techniques or combinations of techniques that meet intended precepts to move traffic, or provide access, with attention to enhancing safety and operations for all users.
  • Identify and address legal, political, and jurisdictional challenges to implementation of access management.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This course is intended for both technical and non-technical professionals working in, or having a strong interest in, transportation or land use planning, operations, design, maintenance, and development review in the public and private sectors.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at nhicustomerservice@dot.gov or 877.558.6873.

An additional 1 day course is also available 

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