Help with Permits
Trans Associates assists with the permitting requirements related to the transportation impacts of commercial development or redevelopment. Since new development or redevelopment can impact the surrounding transportation system by increasing traffic volumes and/or changing the existing traffic patterns, Transportation Impact Studies (TIS) are required by municipal authorities.
In the City of Pittsburgh, TIS determine the impacts to traffic, pedestrians, bicycles, parking and loading for proposed developments. Engineering services include data collection and analysis, recommendations report and meetings with the City Planning Commission.
Traffic Studies & Analysis
A TIS will assess the effects that a specific development’s traffic will have on the transportation network within the community. Proposed driveways are also evaluated for sight distances, safety and traffic capacities. The studies can vary in range of detail and complexity depending upon the type of development proposed. All impacts are fully analyzed, disclosed and mitigated.
The traffic studies help both the developer and the community to consider the impacts of the development, the improvements that might be required and the feasibility of moving forward with the project in that specific location within the community. The results from a traffic study can help determine the need for signals, access lanes or other roadway improvements. Recommended design improvements are engineered and designed by Trans Associates.
Design work scopes may include driveways, turn lanes, parking lot layout, interior roadways, traffic signals, ADA accessibility and connectivity to adjacent developments. Safety is a top design priority to ensure that the needs of all road users are met safely. Trans Associates designers have expertise with the Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) process in Pennsylvania and work with all PennDOT districts
TA Analysis – It’s in the details
Trans Associate’s has a reputation for technical detail and our HOP plans are comprehensive and complete. Our goal is to develop plans that will serve to acquire the necessary permits and to provide plans that will see our client through the construction phase with minimal change orders or clarification needed during construction. There is a big difference in plan development for permits and the detail required for construction. We understand that for our developer clients, time is money and we don’t intend to waste it.
In addition to roadway design, our design services include traffic signal design, hydraulic and hydrologic studies, erosion and sediment control plans, pavement marking and signing plans and traffic control design. Need help after the project gets underway? Our team offers construction monitoring services as well.