Nov 16

2022 Traffic and Safety Forum

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50010


November 16, 2022


Event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

Event Contact
Judy Thomas
InTrans, MTC


The purpose of the 2022 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.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

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

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Road Safety—The Forgotten Pandemic
Mike Dreznes, Former Senior Vice President, International Road Federation 

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

TAS Talks
Moderated by Chris Poole, Iowa DOT

  • Wejo Based Safety Assessment on Uninterrupted Flow Facilities – Anuj Sharma, Iowa State University
  • Raccoon River Valley Trail and Sunrise Drive Crossing System – Molly Long, Foth, & Rudy Koester, City of Waukee
  • Developing a Crosswalk Policy – Brian Willham, HR Green
  • Advisory Bike Lanes Case Study – Rich Voelker, Snyder & Associates
  • School Zone Safety Projects – Leslie Hart, City of Ankeny
  • Cumberland Roundabout Study – Pat Byrd, JEO
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.Research Update
Moderated by Jan Laaser-Webb, Iowa DOT
  • ADS for Rural America Project – Michelle Reyes, National Advanced Driving Simulator
  • Rear Seat Occupant Belt Use and Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Severity – Michelle Reyes, National Advanced Driving Simulator
  • ICAT and Potential for Crash Reduction – Hossein Naraghi, Iowa DOT
  • Traffic Operations Research – Neal Hawkins, Institute for Transportation
  • Smart Work Zone Presentation – Skylar Knickerbocker, Institute for Transportation
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.Technical Presentation: Safe Systems Approach
Steve Ratke, Federal Highway Administration
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Iowa DOT Update
  • New Speed Feedback Sign Program – Steve Gent, Iowa DOT
  • Safety Engineering Update – Jan Laaser-Webb, Iowa DOT
  • Traffic Engineering Update – Chris Poole, Iowa DOT
  • Traffic and Safety Update – Willy Sorenson, Iowa DOT
4:30 p.m.


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