CGA awarded Miami Beach traffic engineering contract and opens I-95 emergency stop sites

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Florida-based multidisciplinary engineering and planning consultancy Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. (CGA) has been awarded a General Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Services contract by the City of Miami Beach.

Under the three-year contract, with two one-year extensions, the CGA project team will provide the city with traffic engineering analysis and design, short- and long-range transportation planning, transit-oriented development planning, facilities planning and development, public participation, financial planning and analysis, environmental sustainability analysis, transit intermodal facility development, and urban design services.

CGA’s director of traffic engineering, Eric Czerniejewski, will lead the project team which consists of: the Tindale Oliver consultancy (transit planning, transit-oriented development, and facilities planning), Toole Design Group (transportation planning and complete streets design), CALTRAN Engineering (traffic data collection), Lambert Advisory (economic and financial analysis), and Roar Media (public involvement and outreach).

CGA anticipates the resulting Task Work Orders under this contract will focus on supporting the City’s Transportation and Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plans’ goals, which include:

• Prioritizing pedestrians first;

• Providing reliable, convenient, and consistent transit service and infrastructure;

• Developing a safe, connected, and consistent bicycle network throughout the entire City;

• Providing accessible and convenient off-street parking facilities;

• Ensuring most, if not all, planned developments are in concurrence with the expected capacity levels and the multi-modal vision for the transportation network;

• Planning for the efficient freight mobility and delivery of goods within the city.

To meet these aims, CGA assembled a broad interdisciplinary team with the expertise to address improvements to transportation infrastructure within constrained streets, implement projects that prioritize all modes of transportation, provide green sustainable infrastructure design recommendations, coordinate transportation and land use decisions, and implement a public outreach program that includes all stakeholders.

CGA has also announced the opening of the I-95 Express Lanes Emergency Stopping Sites (ESS) in Miami-Dade County. The five new ESSs are part of the company’s I-95 Rigid Pavement contract for construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) – District 6.

The new ESSs (three northbound, and two southbound) were constructed between NW 62nd Street to NW 131st Street. Each site consists of 13ft-wide (4m) shoulders, measuring between 1,200ft and 1,900ft (365-580m) in length, that will give motorists, law enforcement and emergency vehicles a safe space to pull off the road to make emergency stops or conduct enforcement activities.

CGA says this is an exciting milestone reached under its contract with FDOT, as on an average day, approximately 254,000 vehicles use this section of the highway. Now, with the opening of these ESSs, drivers will experience enhanced rideability, not only for those who use the sites, but also through the resultant decrease in traffic backups caused by incidents in the I-95 Express Lanes.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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