Oct 02

2019 Traffic and Safety Forum

Event Details

Des Moines, Iowa


Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa  50309
Hotel Website


October 2, 2019


Event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Event Contact
Judy Thomas
InTrans, MTC


The purpose of the 2019 Traffic and Safety Forum is to enable traffic and safety engineering professionals to learn about new and innovative systems and processes, share individual experiences, and collectively address issues of interest. In recent years, representatives have attended from cities, counties, consultants, universities, and the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Jay Otto

Keynote Speaker

Jay Otto, Traffic Safety Culture

Jay Otto is a Research Scientist for the Center for Health and Safety Culture in the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. Jay received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He leads the research efforts for the Center as well as participates in research projects.

Otto will engage the participants in an interactive presentation about traffic safety culture. He will introduce the Center’s approach to traffic safety culture, share information about current data and trends, and share some of the exciting research underway funded by the Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Steve Gent, Director, Traffic and Safety Bureau, Iowa DOT

9:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Traffic Safety Culture
Jay Otto, Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon

"TAS Talks"

  1. City of Ames: Lincoln Way Pedestrian Project
    Damion Pregitzer, City of Ames
  2. Western Suburbs Signalization
    Jim Dickinson, City of West Des Moines
    Doug Pershall, GBASI
  3. Safer Streets and Complete Streets
    Matt Myers, City of Cedar Rapids
  4. CAV Update: SPaT Challenge and Work Zone
    Neal Hawkins, CTRE
Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (provided) and Videos

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Zero Fatalities
Andrea Henry, Iowa DOT

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.


2:20 – 3:30 p.m.Research Update
  1. Work Zone Performance
    Skylar Knickerbocker, Iowa State University
  2. Safety Analyses
    Cara Hamann, University of Iowa
  3. Away from Crash Rates to SPF
    Angie Poole, Iowa DOT
  4. Traffic Signal Technology
    Chris Day, Iowa State University
  5. Young Drivers
    Michelle Reyes, University of Iowa
  6. Machine Learning
    Anuj Sharma, Iowa State University
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Iowa DOT Update

  1. Safety Update
    Jan Laaser-Webb, Iowa DOT
  2. Traffic Engineering Update
    Tim Crouch, Iowa DOT
  3. Traffic and Safety Update
    Willy Sorenson, Iowa DOT
4:00 p.m.


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