November 10, 2011
Non Members: $300.00
||<Do you know how the changes to AASHTO's "Green Book" will affect your highway and street design standards?
The sixth edition of AASHTO's publication "A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets" -- popularly known as the "Green Book" and the leading U.S. practice guidance for geometric design -- will be published this fall. The American Public Works Association has participated in the update of this key engineering design document.
State transportation departments, working through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), develop design standards through a series of committees and task forces in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Probably the most frequently used document generated from this process is the Green Book. This 1000+ page document is published by AASHTO and serves as this nation’s primary highway and street roadway geometric design reference.
Federal law provides that design standards for projects on the National Highway System (NHS) must be approved by the U.S.DOT in cooperation with the State highway departments, and the Green Book has been adopted for this purpose. Federal law also requires that projects other than highway projects on the NHS shall be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained in accordance with State laws, regulations, directives, safety standards, design standards, and construction standards. Since most state DOT guidance is derived from the Green Book, much of the design guidance and standards used by local governments also evolves from the Green Book.
The presentation will address the major changes in each chapter of the new book and discuss the use of updated design guidance and design flexibility throughout the document.
After viewing this program, participants will be better able to:
• Expand their knowledge of geometric design.
• Comprehend and apply the latest design policy guidance from AASHTO.
• Increase their ability to perform geometric design to current policies and discern how to apply design flexibility.
This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. The form to request these credits is available upon completion of the class evaluation. Please note there is a $5 fee per individual requesting CEUs.
||R. MARSHALL ELIZER, JR., P.E., PTOE
Senior Transportation Engineer
Gresham, Smith and Partners, Nashville, Tennessee
Mr. Elizer has been involved in transportation planning and engineering for over 34 years. His professional experience includes 22 years of public service and 13 years of private sector practice. His responsibilities have included the management, planning, design and operation of street and traffic systems in Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and California.
The following is a summary of Mr. Elizerˇ¦s relevant education and experience.
« Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Transportation Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
« Continuing education from the University of Colorado, Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University, and Georgia Technological University.
« Registered as a Professional Engineer in 14 states: Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Colorado, and Mississippi.
« Certified as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE).
« Eight years service on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NUTCD)
« Past International President (1995) of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
« Served from 1999-2005 as Director-at-Large for Transportation for the American Public Works Association (APWA) Board of Directors.
« Steering Committee Member of the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) since 2000
« City Traffic Engineer and Transportation Planner for the City of Lakewood, Colorado, a city of 130,000 in the Denver metropolitan area (1979-85).
« Director of Transportation for the City of Arlington, Texas, a city of 300,000 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth urban area (1985-91).
« Public Works and Transportation Director for the City of Modesto, California, a city of 210,000 in the central California San Joaquin Valley (1991-97).
« Principal transportation engineer with Gresham, Smith and Partners, a 600-person Nashville-based engineering, planning and architecture firm (1997-present).
||Mark B. Taylor
Safety/Geometric Design Engineer
Resource Center Safety and Design Technical Service Team
Federal Highway Administration
Mark Taylor is a Safety/Geometric Design Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center Safety & Design Technical Service Team in Lakewood, CO. He joined FHWA in 1974 and the Resource Center in 2008. He provides technical assistance and technology deployment on highway design as well as highway safety features.
For most of his career Mark has focused on roadway design and preparation of plans, specifications and estimates; safety analysis and operational effects of geometrics; and project development.
In prior positions with FHWA he served as the Design Discipline Leader for the Federal Lands Highway office, and as Project Development Engineer for the Central Federal Lands Division. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
||Moderator: Jason Meyers, P.E.,LEED® AP
Senior Transportation Engineer
Burns & McDonnell
Jason Meyers, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1999. Jason is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas and Missouri. He is also a LEED accredited professional.
His professional memberships include the American public works association (APWA) and society of American military Engineers (SAME). He is the chair of the local APWA transportation committee and past co-chair of the UMKC student chapter. He also serves on the government affairs committee for the Overland Park chamber of commerce and on the board of directors for the Local Kansas City SAME post.
His awards include the SAME Regional Vice President Medal, District Knight of the Year and the ACEC Kansas Emerging Leaders Program. His background includes municipal street design, highway design, construction inspection, site design, storm drainage design, roundabout design and traffic signal design.
Jason and his wife, Lisa, live in Leawood, KS. They have three children. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteers as a track and basketball coach for CYO. He enjoys snow and water skiing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Projects of Note include
• Roundabout at 133rd and Lamar in Overland Park Kansas (APWA award winning Project)
• I-435 and 350 interchange for MoDOT
• Consolidated Rental Car Facility at KCI
• Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth
• Red Bridge Road (Holmes to Blue River Road) in KCMO
He is currently working on the first diverging diamond in Kansas for the Kansas Department of Transportation.