Located in downtown Winston-Salem, this project is comprised of a new baseball stadium for the Winston-Salem minor league baseball team – the Winston-Salem Dash. When fully built out, the project will include several hundred thousand square feet of commercial and residential space. However, because of its downtown location, impacts to adjacent properties were a major concern. For start, the project was located near several well established residential neighborhoods. These residents were concerned about noise, traffic, and parking. DAVENPORT had to work closely with these stakeholders to address these concerns from a transportation perspective. Secondly, there was virtually no room for traditional intersection improvements. In a more suburban area, the addition of auxiliary lanes is not as challenging. However, for this project DAVENPORT engineers had to pull out the “shoe horn” to fit in the necessary improvements. This required significant negotiations with both the City and NCDOT.
DAVENPORT has completed a list of services for this project including; a traffic impact analysis with various updates, a parking study, work zone traffic control plans, and an event management plan. DAVENPORT has also designed off-site improvements including roadway and sidewalk design, traffic signal design, provided driveway permitting services, construction support services, as well as designed modifications to the interchange with Interstate-40 Business at the Broad Street on/off ramps. Public involvement was also critical in this project as it is located in a densely developed urban area. This project also included significant coordination with the City of Winston-Salem and NC DOT for driveway and encroachment permits.
The final product of this project has been a success in terms of traffic planning. The roadway improvements have operated as expected. In addition, the traffic management plan developed by DAVENPORT is still in use during major events. Finally, even parking has worked as planned.
Tweetsie Railroad is a family oriented railroad theme park located on US 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, in Watauga County, NC. In additional to a three-mile ride aboard an authentic steam locomotive, the theme park features amusement rides and other attractions geared toward families with children. Tweetsie Railroad, Inc. proposed to build a mixed-use development on land adjacent to the Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park. The development proposed a variety of shopping and entertainment uses with hotels and restaurants. DAVENPORT was contracted to provide transportation engineering services for the proposed development.
The Tweetsie Railroad amusement park had one full access point on US 321 just south of Middle Fork Road. During park hours, a traffic signal is also in operation at this access point. However, when the park is closed for the winter, the signal is taken down, and the intersection operates unsignalized. Initial discussions with NCDOT indicated that the concept of realigning Middle Fork Road with Tweetsie Drive be considered, as well as permanent signalization of the new intersection. The site plan proposed a second access point on US 321. Initially, NCDOT was not open to a second access point. However, the DAVENPORT analysis indicated that a second access was feasible.
Some key challenges to this project were: (1) limited right-of way due to rough topography; (2) potential environmental impacts to the adjacent stream; (3) the cost of the structures to cross the adjacent stream, which runs between US 321 and the park.
The Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department hired DAVENPORT to develop a Traffic Management Plan for the annual Festival of Lights, an event that runs from November to January each year and attracts over 250,000 visitors. The Festival experiences heavy traffic congestion, particularly on weekends. Forsyth County was seeking a Traffic Management Plan to alleviate the existing traffic congestion and better manage traffic entering and exiting the park, as well as provide for better circulation through the park.
DAVENPORT’s team reviewed existing traffic conditions plans, and conducted an on-site review to observe traffic queuing and identify specific traffic issues. DAVENPORT provided a Technical Memorandum which outlined observed traffic conditions and provided recommendations to better management traffic for the event. DAVENPORT also provided a modified Traffic Management Plan and also recommendations for off-site traffic patterns and signage locations.
DAVENPORT performed a transportation impact analysis for a proposed multi-use equestrian center proposed for the east side of US 29 to the north of NC 87 in Rockingham County. The site was planned to be constructed in three phases and included a large indoor arena building, a covered schooling/show ring, two outdoor practice rings, horse barns, a maintenance building and vendor space.
DAVENPORT is thrilled to announce the addition of its 11th office to the Southeast! Located in Jacksonville, FL this will be the firm’s second office within the Sunshine State (in addition to Pensacola, FL). Our firm has chosen the right person for the job. Jeremy Runkle, PE, MBA will serve as the Director of the Jacksonville Regional Office. Mr. Runkle has extensive experience in the field of transportation engineering and has significant experience on notable design-driven multimillion dollar projects.
Jeremy comes to DAVENPORT with over 10 years of experience providing transportation engineering services including proficiency in roadway design, construction plans preparation, CADD, project documentation, and cost estimating. Mr. Runkle’s specialties include geometric design, intersection design, interchange design, traffic operations including signing and pavement markings, ADA compliance, and bicycle facilities, with additional experience in pavement design, drainage design, and maintenance of traffic design.
With the design expertise Jeremy brings to the firm in the greater Jacksonville area, DAVENPORT is pleased to provide its top-notch services and complete its coverage of the North Florida region. DAVENPORT is excited to bring its proven engineered success to new clients within the State of Florida and look forward to the many opportunities ahead! For more on Jeremy you can visit the Our Team page.
DAVENPORT is pleased to announce that Edith G. Peters, PE, PTOE has joined DAVENPORT as Director of the Charlotte Regional Office. Ms. Peters has over nine years of experience in the industry, providing traffic engineering, transportation planning, and transportation design on numerous projects throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
For more on Edith you can visit the Our Team page. We look forward to her presence in the firm and to the many opportunities that await.