In the preliminary phases of any land development project, various engineering planning activities are needed. Find out how LMM can help you during the due diligence and planning phases of your project.
Throughout your project LMM provides functional and detailed design services to address the conclusions and recommendations of the planning phase.
Over the years LMM has helped developers around Ontario select appropriate sites for their developments, identifying red flags, pros and cons, and insight into the past and future of various properties throughout their selection process during the due diligence phases, saving them millions in potential mistakes and helping them reach their land development goals successfully.
Traffic engineering is often a key driver of commercial projects where the locations and number accesses to sites may make or break a deal.
Our extensive experience in what may or may not be reasonably approved by the various municipalities and agencies as well understanding the risks and costs involved in potential infrastructure improvements that may be needed provides our clients the tools they need to make informed decisions in property selection and acquisition.
As traffic consultants specialists, our clients seek our input to provide insight during the planning phases of projects.
Most new sizable developments require some degree of transportation planning attention. In addition, existing road facilities may over time experience increased traffic volumes and traffic congestion due to development growth; presenting the need for specialized traffic analysis and solutions. For proposed new and / or existing developments, LMM understands your project nature, land uses and needs, and accordingly advises of the potential traffic conflicts and problems that may arise as a result of the development.
A Traffic Impact Study is usually needed to assess impacts of proposed developments on traffic operations on the surrounding road network, and develop recommendations accordingly. Such recommendations may include inclusions or exclusions of access points and road facilities, turn lane additions, road widening, new traffic signal installations, traffic signal timing optimization and coordination, traffic signage and control, speed limit recommendations, school zones and pedestrian crossings, traffic safety and pedestrian accessibility improvements, parking and loading needs and configurations, and traffic calming measures.
Depending on the unique needs of every project, such as emphasis on road capacity, traffic safety, accessibility etc., LMM develops comprehensive solutions to identify and address traffic operational concerns, for existing and/or new facilities.
LMM also provides traffic analysis and assessments in support of road widening and improvement projects and Class Environmental Assessments (Class EA’s). Transportation screen line, link and intersection capacity analyses, as well as traffic safety and collision analyses may be utilized for the development of transportation improvement alternatives and justification of road widening and improvement projects.
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Depending on the nature and uses of proposed buildings, the Ministry of Environment (MoE) has set guidelines for maximum noise levels. Typically one of the main sources of noise is street traffic; the noise levels from which depend on traffic volumes and proximity to the structure and or level within the structure.
LMM utilities industry state of the art technology and software to analyze and produce Noise Impact Study reports that address noise level concerns as per MoE requirements.
Since LMM is also specialized in traffic engineering, we are able to assess and forecast future traffic volumes and therefore traffic noise more effectively.
In an effort to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly communities general policy has been directed to wards encouraging alternative modes of transportation and therefore often a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study is needed.
LMM reviews the existing services and facilities available for alternative (non-auto) modes of transportation including public transportation, pedestrian/cycling, and carpooling and calculates anticipated non-auto trips generated by proposed developments as determined through the traffic impact study as well as on-site and off-site provisions for non-auto modes of transportation including walking, cycling and school bussing.
Through this process, potential safety concerns for conflicts between vehicular traffic and pedestrians/cyclists are identified and recommendations for improvements to services, and facilities on-site and off-site to encourage use of non-auto modes developed.
Municipalities have established parking requirements as per their zoning by-laws for the various building uses.
Sometimes it is difficult to satisfy these requirements and a variance to the by-law has to be applied in order to justify the proposed parking supply.
In these cases, LMM has helped many developments by preparing parking studies to assess the parking needs of developments and determine the forecasted shortage or excess in parking supply based on engineering analysis of the site, its surrounding and often of external proxy sites of similar nature.
LMM professionals are experts at the requirements of municipalities and the committee of adjustment process and are able to provide assistance in the whole process.
As transportation engineers thoroughly familiar with local standards and design criteria, the LMM team of engineers are capable of bringing the traffic / transportation recommendations in the planning phase to a more detailed level as required, from conceptual road and intersection design to transportation functional designs and detailed engineering plans.
With both safety and practicality in mind, LMM engineers develop traffic / transportation engineering design solutions to suite your needs and budget with various levels of detail. Intersection designs, traffic signal designs, access driveway designs, left turn and right turn lane additions, road widening justifications and design are some of the examples of LMM design capabilities and services.
LMM engineers can also assist you in optimizing traffic flow on your site through our site plan review process. We may suggest alternative internal circulation solutions, access driveway locations and configuration options, parking and/or loading locations, minimize conflicts between users (pedestrians / cars / buses / trucks), improve accessibility and safety, and develop construction staging traffic management plans.
When it comes to geometric design of roadway facilities, site plan traffic reviews and traffic control plans, involving specialists from LMM Engineering will ensure safe and functional designs that work.