Research | 2013

Missouri: A Comprehensive Process for Developing a Statewide Access Management Program

  • Authored by:  David J. Plazak
  • Co-authored by:  Norman Beeman , Mac Finley

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is responsible
for one of the largest state-jurisdiction road systems in the United
States. Missouri has recently decided to embark on an access
management program and has focused on utilizing access management
mainly to meet safety, traffic operations, and economic development
goals. The Missouri Access Management program development process
involves a number of key steps. These include:

  • · Stakeholder identification and participation.
  • · Participant education on access management principles and impacts.
  • · Development of specific statewide goals for access management.
  • · Development of an easy to understand (and communicate) access management roadway classification system based on MODOT’s existing functional classification system.
  • · Development of a detailed set of access management standards and guidelines in the form of a guidebook.
  • · Development of administrative processes (such as the driveway permitting process).
  • · Identification of current and likely future access management problem corridors.
  • · Identification of promising “pilot” project corridors where access management principals could be applied.
  • · Access management awareness and training for stakeholder groups identified through a marketing plan.

This paper will provide an overview of the start-up and development of
the Missouri access management program. It will also briefly cover a
process for the identification of problem corridors using management
information system data and geographic information systems (GIS)
technology. This paper will be useful to other states and state DOTs
wanting to address access management in a comprehensive fashion.

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