TEC Engineering, Inc. is happy to announce our recent certification as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) through the City of Columbus! Our Columbus office, opened in February, is managed by William Lozier, PE, PS.
TEC is a small consultant firm (approx. 45 employees) specializing in traffic / transportation engineering. Our qualified staff includes engineers (PE and EI), Professional Traffic Operations Engineers (PTOEs), and IMSA-Certified inspectors, electricians, technicians and work zone specialists. Established in 1992, TEC is celebrating 25 years in the transportation industry.
TEC is also certified by the City of Cincinnati as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE).
TEC Engineering, Inc. is delighted to celebrate 25 years in business! Founded in 1992, TEC has established a reputation of providing excellent service and engineering design. Our small Ohio consultant firm is currently served by 45 fantastic employees, including Professional Engineers (PEs), Professional Traffic Operation Engineers (PTOEs), IMSA-certified traffic signal inspectors, Professional Surveyors (PS), and administrative staff. TEC has offices in Mason (Warren County), Dayton (Montgomery County), Springdale (Hamilton County) and Columbus (Franklin County).
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TEC is pleased to be exhibiting at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Great Lakes Annual Meeting being held from April 20 – April 21 this year. The event is being held at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. TEC’s expertise in transportation technologies makes this year’s theme especially pertinent; Transportation Performance: State of Technology, Tools and Practice.
TEC is a proud member of ITE’s Ohio section and excited to support the event. The Great Lakes District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is one of ten districts of ITE. ITE is an international educational and scientific organization of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation.
For more information about the conference and registration visit: http://ohioite.org/content.php?page=2015_GLD_Annual_Meeting or Contact Us.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Office of Local Programs is accepting online applications for the 2015 Small City Program and the 2015 Municipal Bridge Program. The applications are accepted from January 1, 2015 thru March 1, 2015.
The 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program will also be accepting online Letters of Interest (LOI’s) from January 1, 2015 thru February 2, 2015. Eligible entries will be invited to apply for funding. Qualifying project types include Bicycle/Pedestrian, Community Improvement Activities, Environmental Mitigation Activities, Safe Routes for Non-Drivers and Recreational Trails.
Below are links to the online applications:
TEC recently completed a signal timing study for a corridor in Licking County, Ohio as part of its ODOT Signal Timing contract. While not a true scientific study, crash results for the 21st street corridor were reviewed before and after the study were completed. The overall result was a 19% decline in accidents along the corridor. Posted below is the data collected to illustrate accident severity, accident type and accidents at a signal.
Crash Data for 21st Street
While not a scientific study, the results showed a marked decline in all accident types after the signal timing study was completed. While there are other variables to consider, increased safety is an additional benefit of signal timing studies. TEC has seen other examples of signal timing studies resulting in reduced crashes while collecting data on travel time statistics.
Srinivasa Sunkari, P.E. states in an unrelated study that, “Traffic signal retiming can significantly reduce delays and stops experienced by motorists, which can improve safety and reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Typically, the benefit to cost ratio for signal retiming is about 40:1.” (The Benefits of Retiming Traffic Signals)
In a more recent study, Rhythm Engineering takes the safety findings a step further as it relates to adaptive traffic control systems. Their findings on five separate corridors were crash decreases ranging from 15%-30% (Safety Benefits Associated with Adaptive Traffic Signal Control).
In conclusion, the benefits of keeping your signal timings current are numerous. Signal timings often cost less than adding lanes to a roadway. Signal timing projects also have multiple funding options, some up to 100% project cost. While improved flow and travel time are the most apparent, safety is the most important.
Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Taylor have declared the month of September to be Ohio Safe Driving Awareness Month. Safe Driving Awareness month is in honor of Maria Tiberi whose life was cut short in an automobile accident. The month long message is to educate drivers about distracted driving. The Maria Tiberi Foundation also holds Maria’s Message events to educate about the dangers of distracted driving. For more information visit www.mariatiberifoundation.org.
100 years ago this week, on Euclid and 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, history was made when a traffic signal system was installed to relieve congestion and traffic that had already begun to form on the city streets. James Hoge, an Ohio inventor developed the system and received a patent for his invention in January 1918 – 5 years after he filed it.
As with many inventions, there is debate about who created the first system that most closely resembles our modern-day signal. Whether you believe it is James Hoge, Lester Wire, or William Potts who should be credited with its invention, the traffic signal made transportation more efficient and safe for everyone. And for that, TEC salutes them and the technologies they created.
TEC Engineering, Inc. specializes in traffic signal design, inspection and timing for many of our clients including state, municipal and commercial agencies. Similar to the early inventors of the modern-day signals, we continuously develop and evaluate new technologies to create a safer, more efficient environment for transportation. For more information on traffic signal systems and technologies contact us.
The County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) is requesting grant applications for HSIP/CSTP safety studies and inventory by August 29, 2014. The grants are available to help county engineers bring their county roads and related roadway aspects up to current standards. These programs include:
CEAO Grant Application Programs
No Passing Zone Study
Sign Compliance (for signs that do not conform to the OMUTCD)
Guardrail Location Inventory and Inspection
Pavement Marking Inventory
Ball Bank (Curve Safe Speed) Study
Roadside Hazard Inventory
Speed Zone Study
Input New or Existing Studies into County GIS System
For interested counties you can find the grant and application information on CEAO’s website here. If you want an example of how these grants could help your county check out some prior CEAO projects here – TEC GIS and Inventory Overview. As always, contact us if you have any questions or would like additional information.
TEC is proud to be the Member Spotlight in this month’s Intelligent Transportation Society of the Midwest (ITS Midwest) Newsletter. ITS Midwest’s mission is to promote the development and deployment of intelligent transportation systems in the region and beyond. One of the many benefits of members is the monthly newsletter, among many other activities including education, outreach and events. To learn more visit www.itsmidwest.org.