Roadway Engineering — Designing Safer Roads

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While it can be easy to take road and highway design for granted, there is an immense amount of time and effort that goes into ensuring that they are as safe, reliable, and functional as possible. We’ll walk you through the various steps of roadway engineering and help you choose the right partner to work with on your next project.

What Does Effective Roadway Engineering Entail?

Effective roadway engineering can include a wide range of planning, design, engineering, and maintenance. It requires a multidisciplinary approach that combines technical expertise, engineering experience, construction management, as well as knowledge of the local community, to be done effectively.

Planning and Design

The foundation of any successful roadway project lies in its planning and design phase. This involves conducting thorough traffic studies, researching the terrain, and predicting the future growth of the area. It should also consider the needs of everyone who uses the road, including truck drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

The research phase can include traffic engineering studies on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Congestion management
  • Parking
  • Pedestrians
  • Travel time
  • Traffic impact
  • Traffic signals
  • Safety
  • Schools
  • And more

Environmental Research

One of the most important aspects of modern roadway engineering is designing infrastructure that minimizes any impacts on the local environment. The engineers will need to conduct research into the local wildlife, waterways, and landscape to incorporate green infrastructure practices when possible. This includes designing for stormwater management, erosion control, and the integration of local habitats.

Construction Management

Effective construction management ensures that road projects are completed on time, within budget, and up to the standard of quality you expect. Working with an experienced roadway engineering company that has existing relationships with local road construction companies will help ensure a smooth project. They should ensure that safety measures are followed for both the workers and the public and any unexpected issues are resolved quickly and effectively.

Maintenance and Rehabilitation

The longevity of your roadways will depend heavily on regular maintenance and timely rehabilitation. Your team will need to conduct routine inspections, repairs, and upgrades to address wear and tear over time. You’ll also need to make any necessary updates to match the changes in traffic conditions as the local population and economy grows and shifts.

What Should You Look for in a Roadway Civil Engineering Company?

While the size of a bid is what most people are going to look at when choosing a roadway design and engineering company, there are several other factors that are also important.

A wealth of experience and expertise can be invaluable on a roadway engineering project. Companies that have been around for decades have seen it all, and they know how to plan for the unexpected and take any challenges in stride.

Working with a company that does road design, planning, construction engineering, maintenance, and other aspects will help make the work more efficient—and make life much easier for you.

Look for a company with a proven history in road engineering projects in your area. Check out their online portfolio to see the scope, complexity, and quality of their previous projects.

You might also talk to the government agencies and municipalities the company completed the work for to get their personal feedback on the work. Be sure to ask them about the full experience of working with them, including their communication, collaboration, and commitment to safety.

A roadway engineering company with a long list of awards can also give you confidence that you’re working with the right people.

Roadway Engineering with Fleis & VandenBrink

Fleis & VandenBrink has more than three decades of roadway engineering experience. We’ve worked on public, commercial, and residential projects of all shapes and sizes. Our expert engineers can perform a wide range of traffic and engineering studies, plan out the work, and oversee the construction.

F&V can also help identify various federal, state, and local funding programs that might be applicable to your road project. This can include grants, loans, or other financing options available for infrastructure improvements. For projects that may not be fully covered by grants or subsidies, F&V can assist with financial planning, including the exploration of other financing options, such as bonds or public-private partnerships.

Whether you’re looking to design a new highway, upgrade an urban street, or implement traffic-calming measures in a residential area, our team of roadway engineers is here to guide you through every step of the process. We are dedicated to transforming your vision into reality, creating road systems that enhance mobility, safety, and quality of life for all users.

Tell Us About Your Project

Are you looking for an experienced road design and engineering company? Reach out to the team at F&V and tell us about your project.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Are Roadways Classified?

Roadways are classified based on factors such as the volume of traffic they handle, their function, and their location. Common classifications include arterial roads, which are high-capacity urban roads; collector roads, which gather traffic from local roads and feed them into arterial roads; and local roads, which provide access to property and direct traffic to more significant networks.

What Are Sustainable Practices in Roadway Engineering?

Environmental practices can include using recycled materials for construction, implementing green infrastructure for stormwater management (like bioswales and permeable pavements), and planning for non-motorized transportation (bicycles and pedestrians) to reduce vehicle emissions. Other environmental considerations include assessing and mitigating the impact of road construction on wildlife, water quality, vegetation, and air quality.