Access Management Analysis

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Access Management Analysis

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This course covers the latest access design principles and management techniques, retrofit programs, legal implications, and design guidelines.  Included in the materials are examples of procedures for estimating the potential safety and operational benefits of an access management program.  Material from TRB’s second edition of the National Access Management Guide will be the basis of the course.  Access management’s impact on the business community will also be covered.  The course concludes with an access management exercise that will require participants to design a retrofit access plan for Leesburg Pike.  A workbook is provided.


Welcome and Introductions

Roster sign-in, workbook distribution, agenda, schedule, informal discussion.

Introduction to Access Management

Overview and discussion of the fundamental principles of access management.

Access Management Benefits          

Investigating the expected safety and operational benefits of access

Access Management Techniques

Review various techniques such as median control, turning lanes, and driveway spacing

Business Impacts and Retrofitting

Techniques for retrofitting corridors and the potential on the business community

Intersection Spacing & Site Planning

Analyze minimum distances & discuss site design

Class Exercise



Dane Ismart is with Louis Berger & Associates, retired from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) after 25 years of service in a variety of policy, planning and engineering positions. He was responsible for implementing the Intermodal Management Systems regulations. Mr. Ismart has authored manuals and taught NHI courses on Capacity Analysis, Access Management, Financial Management, Travel Demand Forecasting and Intermodal Planning, and is a member of the TRB Highway Capacity Subcommittee on Unsignalized Intersections. Mr. Ismart is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelors Degree and received his Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Course Length:

6 Hours

Credit Hours:

6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)


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