Registration is now available for the September Talking Freight Seminar.


Topic: Accommodating Trucks in Innovative Design Intersections and Interchanges


Date/Time: September 21, 2016 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET




Description: In an effort to maximize safety, better accommodate bicycle and pedestrian movements, and/or optimize motor vehicle flows, various states, counties, and municipalities that build and maintain the roadway networks are constructing new types of intersections and interchanges.  Many of these connection points are also being designed to better accommodate truck movements, either by minimizing the negative impacts trucks can create in poorly-designed intersections or by easing truck movements in high truck volume locations.


This webinar will discuss the reasons why many different types of innovative intersections are becoming more popular across the United States, describe the state of the practice on how agencies are factoring in trucks and freight needs when planning and designing those intersections, and review on-going efforts in two states – Oregon and Ohio – that demonstrate how this is done within States at the program and project levels.


Topics and Presenters:


Introduction to Innovative Intersections (20 minutes)

This presentation will provide an overview of the growing number and types of innovative intersections, highlighting a few of them and discussing the design details that are important for making them work for trucks and freight haulers.



Oregon’s Efforts to Advance Freight-friendly Innovative Intersections (15 minutes)

Oregon DOT continues to diligently work to seek balance in their transportation solutions – providing space for trucks to maneuver, expanding networks for pedestrians and bicyclists, and addressing safety performance. This presentation will discuss efforts in Oregon to bring different perspectives together to implement an approach that considers various user needs based on context.



Integrating Trucks into Innovative Intersection Projects in Ohio (25 minutes)

Two projects – a diverging diamond interchange along I-270 in Columbus completed in 2013, and a proposed Superstreet intersection along US 35 in Beavercreek currently in design – will be used to illustrate how innovative intersections improve safety and mobility, and highlight design and operational details that make these intersections work for trucks and freight haulers in Ohio.


·        Keith Smith, Ohio DOT District 8

·        Brian Toombs, Burgess & Niple, Inc.


If you have not yet participated in Talking Freight, I encourage you to do so. These monthly seminars, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, are held via web conference, which means that you view the PowerPoint presentations over the Internet while listening to the presenters over your computer or the telephone. There is no cost involved and you do not have to leave your desk to participate. More information about Talking Freight is available at  Links to past presentations and recordings are available on


Talking Freight seminars are eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (for AICP members). In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or [log in to unmask]If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Nicole Coene, Leidos, at 703-318-4267 or [log in to unmask].


Nicole Coene  | Leidos
Task Manager | Transportation Solutions and Technology Applications Division
phone: 703.318.4267
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