April 19, 2016

About the Presentation

Many rural communities have developed around highways or major county roads. As a result, the main street through these communities is often part of a high-speed rural highway. Highways and county roads are characterized by high speeds outside the city limits; they then transition into a reduced-speed section through the rural community. Consequently, drivers passing through the community often enter at high speeds and maintain those speeds as they travel through the community. Traffic calming in small rural communities along major roadways is common in Europe, but the United States does not have experience applying traffic-calming measures outside of major urban areas.

The presentation provided an overview of a project that evaluated traffic-calming treatments on major roads through small Iowa communities using either single-measure, low-cost treatments or gateway treatments. The presenters discussed how the low-cost treatments were implemented and evaluated in five rural Iowa communities.


About the Speakers

Neal Hawkins is the associate director of the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University (ISU). He has also served as the director of two centers at InTrans: the Center for Transportation Research and Education and the Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety. Hawkins has more than 25 years of experience in traffic engineering, operations, and safety. He also is an adjunct lecturer with ISU's Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.

Lee Bjerke has served as the county engineer in Winneshiek County, Iowa, since 2000. He has also served as the interim county engineer in Fayette County and Howard County, Iowa. He is a licensed engineer in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and is a graduate of University of Wisconsin, Platteville.


The webinar series is sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute and the Midwest Transportation Center at Iowa State University.