Florida Department of Transportation Research Project BDK 84: TWO 977-19: Landscaping of Highway Medians at Intersections, (in progress)
For many years, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has limited the landscaping
of highway medians at or near intersections. These limitations, detailed in Index 546 of the
Benz, Robert J. Guidelines for the Effective Use of Flexible Pylons for Congestion Mitigation, Access Management, and Safety Improvement, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., Texas Transportation Institute (in progress, end date August 2012)
The objectives of this project are to develop guidelines on/to:
(1) When and where pylons are suitable for implementation,
(2) Which type of pylons (curb mounted or fixed to pavement) is suitable for various applications,
Williams, K. Tallahassee-Leon County Corridor Management Program, Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference on Access Management, Transportation Research Board, Kansas City, Missouri, (2004)
City of Orlando, Transportation Element: Goals, Objectives, and Policies. Approved August 12, 1991, Amended November 1, 2010.
City of Charlotte, Transportation Action Plan (DRAFT 8/22/2011) and Urban Street Design Guidelines (Adopted 10/22/07)
K. Williams and V. Stover, Access Management for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, Proceedings of the 8th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, Transportation Research Board, Cincinnati, OH, (2002)
This paper includes specific steps for developing a local government access management program, as well as suggested comprehensive plan policies and development regulations.
Williams, K. and K. Seggerman, Mobility Review Guide: A Proposed Practice, prepared for the Florida Department of Transportation, Center for Urban Transportation Research (2010)
This comprehensive toolkit includes a series of access management concepts in the form of frequently asked questions and answers, as well as access management treatments, case studies and literature review. It is supplemented with tables and figures to illustrate each point, and an overview of key techniques. It also includes specific information on the importance of access management for pedestrians, such as the following:
What are some other corridor design features that help pedestrians?
Williams Feed, Inc. v. State, 2007 MT 79 - Mont: Supreme Court (2007)
Wardany v. City of San Jacinto, Dist. Court, CD California (2011)
Hardin v. South Carolina Dept of Transp., 359 S.C. 244, 597 S.E.2d 814 (Ct. App. 2004)
Rucci v. Cranberry Twp., 130 Fed. Appx. 572, U.S. App. (2005)
Ovens v. Quality Acquisitions, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued October 28, 2003 (Docket Nos. 236800 and 238885), 2003 WL 22442786
Galvis v. State, Dept. of Transp., 167 P. 3d 584 - Wash: Court of Appeals, 2nd Div. 2007
This landmark case questions the constitutionality of the Highway Access Management Act (HAMA). The contention lies over the fact that while HAMA authorizes a taking of private property by the state, it allows an administrative hearing instead of a jury trial.
City of South Haven v. Van Buren County Road Commn, 715 NW 2d 81, 270 Mich. App. 233 (2006)
City of Jacksonville v. Twin Restaurants, 953 So. 2d 720 - Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 1st Dist. (2007)
Legal Considerations in Access management, Florida Department of Transportation.
Hutchins, B., Chief Deputy Attorney General, Use of Police Power, presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2004.
Downie, R. Legal Issues in Floridas Access Management Program, presentation, Session 203: Legal Considerations in Corridor Projects and Access Control, Transportation Annual Meeting, January 11, 2010.
Thiel, J. Highway Access Laws and Control, Plat User Group Conference, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (2006)
This paper outlines key legal considerations in access control authority of Wisconsin Department of Transportation and local government and details these considerations through an analysis of Wisconsin case law.
Netherton, R. D. NCHRP Legal Research Digest 44: Reexamination of the Line between Governmental Exercise of the Police Power and Eminent Domain. TRB, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2000.
National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Selected Studies in Transportation Law, Volume 2, Eminent Domain (2008).
These studies are written for public transportation agencies. Volume 2 is organized into seven sections:
Indiana Statewide Access Management Study: Access Management Authority in Indiana (DRAFT Technical Report #1), prepared by Urbitrans, Inc. for the Indiana Department of Transportation (2006) [Online]. Available: http://www.in.gov/indot/files/legal.pdf
This report addressed the legal authority of the state of Indiana to engage in access management.
Forsyth County and Winston Salem North Carolina, City-County Planning Board, Metro Activity Center Design Guidelines: Recommendations for Developing Focused, Mixed-Use Commercial/Residential Centers (2003)
These design guidelines provide an overview of the land use and network characteristics important to the design of regional activity centers. They include general guidance on circulation, parking and pedestrian access as well as site plan elements, and desirable land use mix.
Esseks, D., L. Oberholtzer, K. Clancy, M. Lapping, and A. Zurbrugg. Sustaining Agriculture in Urbanzing Counties: Insights from 15 Coordinated Case Studies, University of Nebraska: Lincoln (2009).
City of San Diego Land Guidance System, Transit-Oriented Development Design Guidelines, prepared by Calthorpe and Associates, (1992)
Alba, C. and E. Beimborn. Relationship between land use patterns and highway widening, Center for Urban Transportation Studies, University of Wisconsin (2004). [Alba, C. and E. Beimborn. Analysis of the Effects of Local Street Connectivity on Arterial Traffic, Proceedings of the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2005.]
Hughes, W., R. Jagannathan, D. Sengupta, and J. Hummer, Alternative Intersections/Interchanges: Informational Report (AIIR), prepared for the Federal Highway Administration, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Incorporated (2010)
Bared, J., Displaced Left-Turn Intersection, TechBrief, FHWA-HRT-09-055 (2009)
Bared, J., Median U-Turn Intersection, TechBrief, FHWA-HRT-09-057 (2009)
Bared, J., Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersection, TechBrief, FHWA-HRT-09-059 (2009)
Bared, J., Displaced Left-Turn Interchange, TechBrief, FHWA-HRT-09-056 (2009)
Bared, J., Quadrant Roadway Intersection, TechBrief, FHWA-HRT-09-058 (2009)
Schultz, G.G., C.G. Allen, and D.E. Eggett, Crashes in the Vicinity of Major Cross Roads, UDOT Report UT-08.25, Brigham Young University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Provo, Utah (2008) [Schultz, G., C. Allen and T. Boschert, Making the Most of an Existing System through Access Management at Major Arterial Intersections, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No 2171, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C. (2010)]
Plazak, D., C. Albrecht and B. Grefe, Access Management Guidebook For Major Arterial Intersections, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, prepared for the Iowa Department of Transportation (2009) This guidebook addresses the importance of managing access at the intersections of major arterial roadwaysroadways that carry higher volumes of traffic and are of a greater regional or local significance. Of particular value are the case studies used for illustrating good and poor practices, using actual situations documented at major roadway intersections in Iowa. The guide:
This report presents recommended improvements for the geometric design and safety performance of at-grade intersections on expressways. In general, the operational and safety performance of these multi-lane divided highways nearly matches those of rural interstates. However, because expressways allow for stop-controlled at-grade crossings, increases in both major and minor roadway traffic volume have had a significant impact on intersection safety in recent years. The study investigated alternate safety improvements and indentified their relative effectiveness and focused on reduci
The 10th National Conference on Access Management and 2012 Texas Department of Transportation Planning Conference in Dallas, Texas, hosted by the Transportation Planning and Programming Division of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The conference program was developed to meet your professional needs through the dissemination of the latest information by noted professionals in the transportation field.
Committee Name and Number: AHB70, TRB Access Management Committee
Committee Chairperson: Kristine M. Williams, Center for Urban Transportation Research,
University of South Florida
Period: April 2011 April 2014
Date Prepared: August 2011
Committee Future Outlook Statement:
FHWA Policy Statement. Access to the Interstate System, Federal Register/Vol. 74, No. 165/ Thursday, August 27, 2009/Notices.
Interstate System Access Informational Guide, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration Office of Infrastructure (2010)
Zhou, H., K. Williams and W. Farah, Methodology to Evaluate the Effects of Access Control near Freeway Interchange Areas, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 134, Issue 12 (2008)
Williams, K., H. Zhou, and W. Farah, Costs and Benefits of Strategic Acquisition of Limited Access Right-of-Way at Freeway Interchange Areas, prepared for the Florida Department of Transportation, (2004)