BigNews.Biz - Aug 03,2012 - RALEIGH, N.C. – The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) (http://www.letsgetmoving.org/) will hold its 16th Solutions Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at RTP Headquarters, located at 12 Davis Drive in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The event will focus on “high-performance roundabouts” and will feature presentations by local and national transportation experts on the successful application of roundabouts at moderate to high-volume intersections and the associated benefits to public safety and mobility. Immediately following the forum, there will be an interactive workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for engineers, planners and others interested in the potential application of high-performance roundabouts to specific locations in the Triangle area.
A podcast about the forum with Joe Milazzo II, RTA executive director, is available at (http://letsgetmoving.org/podcast2012-1).
Presenters will include:
- Jim Dunlop, PE, NC Department of Transportation
- Mark Lenters, PE, Ourston Roundabout Engineering, Madison, Wis.
- Mike McBride, PE, City of Carmel, Ind.
- Howard McCulloch, PE, NE Roundabouts, Averill Park, N.Y.
- Bastian Schroeder, Ph.D., NC State University– ITRE, Raleigh
Both the Solutions Forum and interactive workshop are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested, as space is limited. Online registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at http://www.letsgetmoving.org/solutionsforum/. For questions, call Natalie Griffith at (919) 664-7062.
“We hope that members of the community will find the Solutions Forum both informative and beneficial for future transportation planning,” said Rick McNeel, president of LORD Corporation and RTA Regional Transit chair. “With an open discussion and the identification of potential locations for high-performance roundabouts, we can improve delay, congestion and safety at intersections across the region, and make the Triangle a better place to live and work for years to come.”
Joe Milazzo II, PE, RTA executive director, noted, “The event is particularly timely in light of the recent modification to Raleigh’s Hillsborough/Pullen roundabout to address site-specific challenges there. While not the solution everywhere, both dual- and single-lane high-performance roundabouts have strong potential for various intersections in our region and they are an important option in our congestion-relief toolbox.”
ABOUT THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE:
The Regional Transportation Alliance is the business leadership group that provides a strategic, action-oriented focus and a powerful, collaborative voice to advance regional transportation solutions that will attract top talent, grow prosperity, and sustain the quality of life for the Triangle region. More than 100 members and 23 member chambers work in concert through the RTA. The RTA also coordinates the efforts of the I-40 Regional Partnership, a cooperative initiative of area transportation partners that works to improve mobility along the I-40 corridor in the Research Triangle region. The RTA is a regional program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit http://www.letsgetmoving.org/ or call (919) 664-7062.