Traffic Signal Installations and Upgrades

December 07 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Traffic Signal Installations and Upgrades

Some of the existing traffic signals on our roadways date back to the 1950s.  Our cities have immensely evolved since then and traffic signal upgrades are necessary to fit the traffic demand needs of today’s societies.  Traffic signal improvements provide increased capacity on our roadway systems, safer intersections for pedestrians and motorists, and even reduced energy consumption with LED lights.  Stonefield’s experience in roadway, intersection, and traffic signal design begins with field survey, traffic data collection, and traffic analyses utilizing the latest Synchro/SimTraffic software.  Stonefield has designed a number of traffic signal and roadway improvement plans that have enhanced both driver and pedestrian safety as well as increased vehicular efficiency.

 

Target Practice

July 14 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Target Practice

Traffic signs in desolate areas are often targets for nefarious activity.  Late-night petty criminals hone their skills at the expense of public property.  Yet, these bullet-punctured signs tell a tale beyond the impacts of minor vandalism.   They tell a story of victory and defeat.  A true marksman strives for more than simply hitting the sign.  Stonefield is like the marksman, striving for better and never settling.


 

Streetscape Elements

June 23 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Streetscape Elements

The many urban design elements incorporated in this streetscape help create a welcoming atmosphere.  Sidewalks function as outdoor rooms and gathering places as well as provide safety and comfort for pedestrians.  Planters add character to a streetscape and help define spaces, while outdoor seating offers a place for people to come and sit together and mingle.  Urban design is integral in Stonefield’s design process in land development.  We are inspired by urban areas that create inviting spaces by utilizing simple techniques including strategic placement of sidewalk fixtures as shown.

 

Your Choice of Transit

April 01 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Your Choice of Transit

Good public transportation systems provide people with options, freedom, and opportunity.  It is important to identify any and all modes of public transit available within the site vicinity of a development project in order to thoroughly analyze the potential traffic and parking impacts the project will have on the adjacent roadway network.   Stonefield has worked on hundreds of projects that integrate a variety of public transportation options, from bus service to heavy and light rail, with the development of a site. 




 

Point of View

March 30 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Point of View

Stonefield is a community of young engineers and professionals that provide a fresh view on a variety of development projects.  It is always a goal at Stonefield to innovate and create new ideas to move toward being the leading force in the business.  We are inspired by our clients to think outside of the box, and to go above and beyond to meet the goals of a project, whether it requires the installation of a bike rack or the construction of a 200,000 SF mixed-use development site.  We continue to challenge ourselves, learn new skills, and explore the latest technology and resources to deliver the ultimate product. 





 

Make Streets a Destination

March 10 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Make Streets a Destination

A roadway can easily be written off as only the tool you use to arrive at a destination; however, in this photo, art has transformed this street into the destination.  Stonefield supports the use of art and design to street, sidewalks, and other urban public spaces interesting and attractive.  







 

River of Opportunity

March 01 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
River of Opportunity

Traffic is a river of opportunity.  It provides motion and mobility from any origin to destination.  The transportation system is a critical part of our cities’ infrastructures, and thus, traffic engineering is heavily involved in a variety of issues.  Stonefield offers expertise in traffic analyses and roadway network design to provide our cities with efficient transportation systems. 





 

Concrete Puzzle Pieces

February 25 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Concrete Puzzle Pieces

Think of traffic impact studies in terms of a collection of puzzle pieces.  These pieces include field survey, traffic data collection, impact analysis, site access and circulation review, and parking assessment.  Stonefield puts all these pieces together when solving any development puzzle.  Like the concrete puzzle pieces shown in the photo, we strive to find a perfect fit for each piece to create a perfect picture. 





 

Don’t Turn Left!

February 01 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Don’t Turn Left!

In 2001, UPS announced their new course of action to save time and money which required their truck drivers to turn right whenever possible.  Left-turn movements raise safety and congestion concerns, and therefore, right turns increase intersection efficiency.  The UPS wasn’t the first to introduce this concept – the “Jersey Jug-handle” and “Michigan Left” were early models of this idea.  Efficiency is a skill Stonefield continues to perfect by employing a variety of techniques to ensure quality assurance and quality control throughout all stages of the project development process to provide quality work in a timely fashion. 



 

Expanding Accessibility

January 29 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Expanding Accessibility

Proper pedestrian accommodations are essential for providing mobility to the non-motorists in our communities.  For decades, many suburban locations have long overlooked the need for pedestrian facilities and are only now understanding the benefits of a robust pedestrian infrastructure.  Through both retro-fit and new installations, Stonefield’s experience in roadway, intersection, and traffic signal design incorporates comprehensive pedestrian systems and the latest pedestrian technology to enhance pedestrian infrastructure and the surrounding community as a whole.  With Stonefield’s design expertise, communities and developers alike are seeing the benefits of full pedestrian amenities and increased mobility for all people. 




 

Share the Road!

January 10 2016
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Share the Road!

As the trend of using other modes of transportation other than passenger vehicles rises, cities are in need of retro-fitting their streets to accommodate them. For instance, installing designated bike lanes provides a safe and convenient way for bicyclist to confidently travel within their neighborhoods. The Stonefield HQ is located in Downtown Rutherford, where many transit options pump into heart of the Borough. The implementation of intermodal transportation systems is a concept we hope to see in all communities. 




 

Small Local Businesses

October 27 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Small Local Businesses

Small businesses are what make our communities special and unique.  Stonefield has supported many small local businesses from inception, implementation, to operation all throughout the tri-state area.  Our traffic engineering team provides our clients with consulting services involving preliminary traffic and parking data collection, impact analyses, and expert testimony. We aspire to create downtown areas that bustle with activity from successful small neighborhood businesses. 




 

Site Access and Circulation

October 06 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Site Access and Circulation

Site circulation design all depends on location, which can range from tight urban settings to wide suburban sites.  Successful site access and circulation plans provide convenient, efficient, and safe methods of navigation for all users.  Stonefield specializes in providing effective access management plans and internal roadway functionality designs for development projects of all shapes and sizes. 




 

Shoegazers

September 29 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Shoegazers

The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the rise of a type of alternative music that effectuated a downward gaze. More than a quarter-century later, we find people of all ages walking perpetually with their heads down while they study their smartphones, sometimes absent to the dangers of moving traffic nearby. It makes us wonder whether the next canvas for wayfinding signs and directives should be the very pavement we walk on. 





 

At the Crossroads

August 24 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
At the Crossroads

Drivers and their vehicles come and go and may come again, but intersections remain anchored stalwarts of access, opprtunity, and even placemaking in city. To commuters, they are the organs of our roadway network, where everthing meets, interacts, and redeploys. For tourists, they are the photo ops and sighs of relief after intently studying a map. For traffic engineers, they are the nodes that keep everyone and everything in motion, so much so that we need to design them to stop everyone and everything from time to time in order to maintain a very delicate balance. Achieving that balance drives Stonefield's engineers to create intersections that do amazing things--like processing thousands of vehicles traveling in opposing directions every hour. 



 

Dancing in the Street

August 14 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Dancing in the Street

Diagonal crosswalks are a rare find, but they offer pedestrians the most efficent means of passing through an intersection. They are made possible by the "Barnes Dance," a kind of traffic light sequencing that stops vehicle traffic in all directions so that pedestrians can move exclusively in any direction they choose. As cities become increasingly more populated and non-motorized transportation grows in popularity, intersection features such as diagonal crosswalks may become key components of safety initiatives, akin to New York City's Vision Zero. Stonefield's traffic engineering leaders are constantly thinking along these lines to design the safest and most efficent transportation system for each and every project that comes through our doors. 



 

All Modes Equal

July 13 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
All Modes Equal

Long Gone are the days when streets were prioritized for motor vehicles and all other modes were pushed to the periphery. As is common with art, music, and cuisine, great cities throughout the world have championed multi-modal transportation as way to achieve a more balanced system. This sign speaks volumes about how bicyclists are accommdated: not only is the roadway a communal place, but its users should expect bicyclists. At Stonefield, we believe that setting transportation users' expectations goes hand in hand with safety.  







 

Avalanche

June 30 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Avalanche

Amid stark differences in the architectural landscape, traffic moves through a transportation system that is equal parts uniform and unpredictable. The uniquenesses of cities require transportation systems to be flexible yet not ambiguous. Stonefield employs a kind of design that is steeped in a deep understanding of place. We drive these streets, walk these sidewalks, and speak the local vernacular, and we believe that the success of design hinges on an understanding of how the layperson perceives and uses the system first and foremost. 




 

Our Primary Colors

June 12 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Our Primary Colors

From the 19th floor of this office building, the red, yellow, and green lights look like tiny bulbs on a Christmas tree--pleasant and disarming. Up close, they are instruments of authority, courtroom gavels, and at the same time non-agressive symbols of a system striving so hard to be organized. It's always fascinating to we as traffic engineers that the levels of safety and mobility offered by this very system are reliant on a social behavior learned only a few years after birth: that red means stop and, well, you know the rest. 





 

Crossroads

June 10 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Crossroads

There is nothing more stunning than a well designed intersection.  It can be a backdrop for a fashion shoot, a memorable movie scene, or just an amazing walk during a family vacation.  This particular location is the intersection of pedestrian crosswalks, traffic signals, vehicles, architecture and virtually all of the elements of living.  At Stonefield we are inspired by how Traffic Engineering can by married to all of the other elements of urban design that make for memorable experiences.  When we analyze how an intersection like this one might "work," we would be remiss if we simply told you what the vehicular Level of Service might be.  There is so much more here to be considered. 



 

Designing Convenience

May 06 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Designing Convenience

Stonefield's team members have worked with QuickChek Corporation for the better part of 10 years on building convenience markets that exceed traffic enigneering standards. In optimizing the geometrics of a development site, the impact of traffic on nearby roadways can be minimized. Stonefield understands the marraige between site design and transportation better than anyone and strives to provide its clients with the highest level of serivce to enhances these critical components of real estate development.





 

Building Blocks

April 16 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Building Blocks

So much of people’s perception of an artwork’s comes from its canvas.  So too do our roadways have the ability to imprint a mindset within each of us.  Stonefield’s roadway design expertise expands beyond simple vehicle throughput; it encompasses a full-spectrum of techniques to achieve a new perception of the community.  We understand the role the physical roadways play within our cities and towns and how to create great living spaces from them.





 

The Power of Paint

April 15 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
The Power of Paint

Applying paint to pavement surfaces is about as simple as traffic engineering gets. Yet properly installed and well-maintained pavement markings may provide the largest return on investment in terms of their benefits to safety and mobility. Imagine the surfaces on which you walk, run, bike, and drive daily without these basic features. They have an incredible effect on guiding traffic and are always one of Stonefield's first considerations when developing traffic mitigation plans due to thir economical price tag.




 

Streetscape Elements

March 03 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
Streetscape Elements

The many urban design elements incorporated in this streetscape help create a welcoming atmosphere.  Sidewalks function as outdoor rooms and gathering places as well as provide safety and comfort for pedestrians.  Planters add character to a streetscape and help define spaces, while outdoor seating offers a place for people to come and sit together and mingle.  Urban design is integral in Stonefield’s design process in land development.  We are inspired by urban areas that create inviting spaces by utilizing simple techniques including strategic placement of sidewalk fixtures as shown. 




 

End of the Road

February 15 2015
Topics:   Traffic Impact Study
End of the Road

Traffic consulting services involves traffic data collection and reduction, capacity analyses, and expert testimony.  Stonefield has provided traffic engineering services for hundreds of land development along the east coast.  Our company’s experience with traffic impact studies and expert testimony can take any development project to the end.