Innovating Road Standards to Help Municipalities Improve Safety and Roadway Maintenance

Road standards that promote the safety of motorists and the community are crucial to roadway design.

Our progressive, research-driven approach to road standards offers cities, counties and departments of transportation an innovative solution that can reduce maintenance costs and improve safety.

By leveraging our research and expertise in crash prediction modeling, our typical sections optimize cost and safety benefits while providing community leaders with tools for communicating with the public.

Johnson County, Kansas, serves as an example of how this approach can be applied to communities throughout the U.S.

How can performance-based design improve your community's road standards and safety?

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About the authors:
Howard Lubliner, Ph.D., P.E.

As managing director, Howard leads SKW’s infrastructure services department for planning, construction observation, transportation and structural engineering in the Kansas City metropolitan area and branch offices in Missouri and Oklahoma. In this role, he develops creative solutions for clients to utilize cutting-edge safety and procurement practices to achieve cost-effective solutions. For 16 years, Howard served in various roles at the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Regarding design, he was involved in both large- and small-scale highway, urban reconstruction, park facility and bridge reconstruction projects. Additionally, he served as KDOT’s Highway Safety Manual (HSM) expert, reviewing and performing crash predictions and writing implementation policy that informed decision-making in project management.

Cheryl Bornheimer, P.E., M.S.

As a transportation engineer, Cheryl is responsible for designing comprehensive multimodal transportation solutions to accommodate automobiles, pedestrians, cyclists and public transit in accordance with local, state and federal policies and standards. Along with leading the design of roadway safety, roadway design, sidewalk and intersection facilities, Cheryl also serves as a project manager defining the scope, schedule and budget of public infrastructure and private development projects. Cheryl joined SKW in 2016, with five years of experience in highway safety and design, and has added intersection design, as well as traffic studies to her portfolio.