The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Tennessee recently honored two KCI projects with awards at their 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards and Gala held last month in Nashville. The Marshall County Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the 10th Avenue South Multimodal Traffic Calming project both received honor awards.
Marshall County Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Given its geographic proximity to the Nashville region, as well as its connectivity to Interstates 65 and 840, Marshall County has continued to see growth over the past few decades. In an effort to accommodate the forecasted continued growth, while also preserving the unique elements of the county, its communities and its landscapes, KCI conducted a roadway inventory and evaluation to identify needed roadway improvements that were appropriate for surrounding land use patterns. An in-depth public engagement process including meetings and an online mapping application provided input from local residents and business members. The ultimate outcome of the project was a set of refined roadway design standards that are more sensitive to a spectrum of place types and are more responsive to the needs of non-motorized transportation users.
10th Avenue South Multimodal Traffic Calming Project
10th Avenue South is a collector street in an urban, active neighborhood that includes small-scale commercial and residential uses, as well as an elementary school. Residents in this neighborhood, particularly those with children who walk and bike to school, were concerned about the surge in cut-through traffic occurring during peak travel times. Through community participation and involvement, KCI developed a comprehensive traffic calming plan to combat high vehicle speeds and improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. Changes included reduced travel lane widths to provide on-street parking, protected bike lanes, various treatments at key intersections and a side-boarding transit island to reduce conflicts between transit riders and bikers. The final design provides a more complete street and a safe neighborhood facility for all users.