2017 Traffic and Safety Forum

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center (map)
2100 Green Hills Dr.
Ames, IA 50014

The purpose of the 2017 Traffic and Safety Forum is to enable traffic and safety engineering professionals to learn about new and innovative systems and processes, share individual experiences, and collectively address issues of interest. In recent years, representatives have attended from cities, counties, consultants, universities, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.


The event is free to attend, but you must register in advance by Friday, November 10. Capacity is limited to the first 120 registrants.

More Information

If you have questions, please contact Judy Thomas, 515-294-1866, jathomas@iastate.edu.

Tentative Agenda

Time Event
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome - Steve Gent, Director, Iowa DOT Office of Traffic and Safety
9:10 am - 10:00 am Keynote Address: Pedestrian and Bicycling Simulation Research in the Hank Virtual Environments Lab - Joseph Kearney, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Iowa
10:00 am - 10:30 am Iowa DOT Updates:
Traffic Engineering Update: MUTCD, Adaptive Signals, RRFB - Tim Crouch, Iowa DOT
Safety Update: Crash Data, HFST, Cable Median Crashes - Jan Laaser-Webb, Iowa DOT
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 11:30 pm Iowa DOT Programs:
Web-SAVER - Jan Laaser-Webb, Iowa DOT; Zach Hans, InTrans
Wrong Way Driving - Willy Sorenson, Iowa DOT
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Facilitated Discussion on Traffic and Safety Challenges - Neal Hawkins, InTrans
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Lunch
12:40 pm - 12:45 pm Video: How to Make a Sign?
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Research Update - Iowa State University and University of Iowa:
Connected Vehicles - Chris Schwarz, University of Iowa
Interstate Congestion - Neal Hawkins, InTrans
Work Zone Performance - Skylar Knickerbocker, InTrans
Cable Median Barrier - Peter Savolainen, InTrans
MDST - Theresa Litteral, InTrans
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Roundabouts - Ben Wilkinson, MSA Professional Services
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Strategic Highway Safety Program (SHSP) Priorities - Jan Laaser-Webb, Iowa DOT
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm City Traffic Engineering Hot Topics:
Matt Meyers, City of Cedar Rapids
Dave Ness, City of Dubuque
4:00 pm Adjourn

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