Managing access connections to roadways is an effective strategy for reducing crash frequency and improving the operational performance of roadways. Tools used by state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local governments to manage access connections include highway design features and the use of permitting to control driveway locations, spacing, and design.
Local government land use decisions impact all aspects of access management. Many local agencies are recognizing their role and ability to enable safe and efficient roadway access, and would like to improve their access management planning. At the same time, DOTs are recognizing the need to better coordinate access management planning with local jurisdictions.
The objective of this synthesis is to document local tools, ordinances, site design regulations, and other practices that support access management. The synthesis will also document strategies to facilitate coordination between state and local agencies on issues related to access management.
Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to):
• Examples of local policies, zoning, subdivision, site plan documents, and other strategies that address access management.
• Examples of collaborative initiatives between DOTs and local agencies (e.g., MOUs, cooperative agreements, freeway agreements, corridor plans, access classification schemes, training, outreach, funding, technical assistance).
The scope includes:
• A literature review to document common themes and elements of effective access management ordinances and policies at state and local levels;
• An initial screening survey of state DOTs to document their practices for working with local agencies on access management. The screening survey will identify DOTs that have successfully worked with local agencies on access management and will ask for recommendations of local agencies and contact information for follow up;
• A survey of local agencies to collect relevant information and documents;
• Follow-up interviews with selected agencies to ascertain experience and lessons learned from their application of access management. A minimum of six case examples representing a cross-section of jurisdictions and techniques will be developed. The PI will provide the methodology for selecting the case examples in the work plan;
• Identification of knowledge gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps; and
• A concise final report of the findings (literature, survey findings, and case examples) from the synthesis study. Sample documents obtained during the conduct of this study will be included as appendices.
Information Sources (partial);
TRB Access Management Manual, 2nd edition
TRB Access Management Application Guidelines
Jo Allen Gause
First Panel: October 2, 2018, Washington, DC
Teleconference with Consultant: October 23, 2018
Second Panel: June 18, 2019, Washington, DC
Marc Birnbaum, California DOT
Gina Bonyani, Florida DOT
Nelda Buckley, Kansas DOT
Wayne W. Kober, Wayne W. Kober Transportation & Environmental Mangement Consulting
Grant G. Schultz, Brigham Young University
Joseph F. Segale, Vermont Agency of Transportation
Valerie J. Southern, VJS-TC, LLC
Tameka Macon, Federal Highway Administration
Richard A. Cunard, Transportation Research Board