Not sure of the best intersection design to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety? Try a demonstration project: prototyping solutions with temporary installations.
This week’s Minnesota’s Transportation Conference features a session by Tim Schoonhoven, a civil engineer at Widseth, and Jake Rueter, a pedestrian and bicycle planner with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, about their collaboration with the City of Alexandria to test and evaluate multiple demonstrations for a crosswalk on a busy road. Click here to register for the presentation, which is this Thursday, March 11, from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.
A demonstration project is a real-life, full scale model of the options the client and its design team want to explore. The basic idea is to set up a temporary scenario as inexpensively as possible, using temporary materials for a limited amount of time. During this time, data and public perceptions are gathered, and adjustments are made to the layout to test different approaches.
To learn more about Alexandria’s project and how to plan a demonstration project for your community, visit the Widseth virtual trade show booth or email Tim Schoonhoven at Tim.Schoonhoven@widseth.com.
Want funding assistance from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for a demonstration project in your community? Applications are due April 15, 2021 for their SRTS Demonstration Project Technical Assistance program for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 projects.