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Access Management Analysis Course

This course covers the latest access design principles, access management techniques, retrofit programs, legal implications, and design guidelines. Included in the materials are examples of State Highway Access Codes and procedures for estimating the potential safety and operational benefits from an access management program. Material from TRB’s National Access Management Guide will be the basis for the course. Access management impacts on the business community will also be discussed. The course concludes with an access management exercise that will require participants to design an retrofit access plan for Leesburg Pike in Northern Virginia. A workbook is provided and a general agenda for the two-day course follows:

Day 1

Welcome and Introductions Roster sign-in, workbook distribution, agenda, schedule, informal discussion.
Introduction to Access Management Overview and discussion of the basic principles of access management.
Access Management Techniques Various techniques, including median control, turning lanes, and driveway locations
Access Management Safety Investigating the expected safety benefits of access management techniques
Business Impacts and Retrofitting Techniques for retrofitting corridors and the potential impact on the business community

Day 2

Functional Areas Determination of functional areas and upstream and downstream distances
Left-Turn Lane Warrants Harmelink, ITE and AASHTO turning warrants and the latest available research
Capacity and Intersection Spacing Analyzing for the minimum distance that generates maximize capacity
Site Planning Discussing issues such as determining throat length and site location
Class Workshop Team workshop to design an access management improvement plan for Leesburg Pike


Dane Ismart is with Louis Berger & Associates, retired from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) after 25 years of service in a variety of policy, planning and engineering positions. He was responsible for implementing the Intermodal Management Systems regulations. Mr. Ismart has authored manuals and taught NHI courses on Capacity Analysis, Access Management, Financial Management, Travel Demand Forecasting and Intermodal Planning, and is a member of the TRB Highway Capacity Subcommittee on Unsignalized Intersections. Mr. Ismart is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelors Degree and received his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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