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Video Conference

Access Management

  • Apr 8, 2015 (9:00 - 4:00 pm CT; 8:00 - 3:00 pm MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


Registration Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015


Access control is the management of the location and design of driveways and roads, as they connect to other streets, roads and highways. Access connections often create serious conflicts for motorists as vehicles enter, maneuver and exit the roadway. As access frequency increases, collision potential and travel delay also increase. When access proliferates excessively, roadways (including intersections) lose their intended function and capacity. Arterial roads, originally designed to connect and serve communities become congested leading to delays and safety problems not only for motorists but also for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to access management
  • Safety, operational and economic impacts of access management
  • Access management principles and procedures
    • Roadway classification for access management
    • Corridor access management plans
    • Access connection permitting, coordination and public involvement
  • Land development and access management strategies
  • Retrofit experiences
  • Design principles
    • Access location and spacing
    • Driveway design
    • Medians and median treatments
    • Highway Capacity Manual concepts
  • Access management techniques


Ronald W. Eck, PE, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University and is Senior Advisor with the WV Local Technical Assistance Program. He has been involved in traffic engineering and traffic safety for over 35 years. He chaired the City of Morgantown Traffic Commission for 18 years. In the late 1990’s, he was co-principal investigator on a project to update the West Virginia Division of Highways Driveway Manual.

Target Audience

State and municipal transportation engineers, planners, technicians, public works directors, street supervisors, elected officials.

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050