Planning

No more going around in circles.

Our credo is that “a well-planned project approach and implementation strategy together with optimal design, guarantees a successful project once constructed”.

“I have been very pleased with the relationship between Fresno State and Omni-Means. They have built a reputation for professional, responsive, timely and efficient service.”
– Cynthia Matson, VP for Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Fresno State University

The planning process starts with the idea that there is often a better solution for a community than another traffic signal or series of stop signs to control traffic flow. Roundabouts may be a sound alternative as they can:

  • Provide aesthetic opportunities
  • Offer “green” benefits (lower emissions/energy usage)
  • Can reduce overall right-of way along a corridor (cost effective)
  • Instill traffic calming (reduce corridor travel speeds)
  • Reduce traffic collisions and severity (safety)
  • Facilitate pedestrian and bicycle travel (multi-modal)
  • Compliment a complete street approach

Planning kicks-off with a comprehensive Feasibility Analysis. The analysis includes a comprehensive study of the issues, each of which could prove to be critical depending upon the nature of the location and the level of interest by the community and its elected leaders. Typically the analysis will consider many if not all of the following roundabout design considerations:

  • Roundabout Plan View Layout
  • Preliminary Typical Cross Sections
  • Truck Turn Requirements
  • Natural Paths
  • Fastest Paths
  • Approach Sight Distance
  • Circulating Road & Walk Sight Distance
  • Intersection Sight Distance
  • Preliminary Pavement Delineation
  • Traffic Volume/Turning Movement Exhibit
  • Pedestrian Signal – Field of Vision
  • Utility Conflicts
  • Right of Way Requirements
  • Adjacent Driveway Access