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November 12, 2009 - The 2009 Fall semester concluded with a presentation by Auburn University student, Jacob Hall on his experiences while studying abroad in Pamplona, Spain during the Summer of 2009. While in Pamplona, Mr. Hall studied the public and private transportation systems and specifically focused his study area around the downtown business district of Plaza de Castillo. It was in this business district where he observed the interactions between pedestrians and vehicles, the lack of speed limits and cross walks, the use of roundabouts for intersections, and the popularity of the public transportation system.


November 10, 2009 - Gary Moore, Traffic Design Engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation, gave an update on the usage of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the state of Alabama. Current ITS applications include Fog and Ice Detection Systems, Dynamic Message Signs displaying traffic information, and the highway assistance patrol. Also mentioned was the development of the state 511 system.


November 4, 2009 - The City Traffic Engineer of Auburn, Alabama, Brandy Ezelle, led a discussion on traffic signals in Auburn. She gave an overview of the traffic signal system in the city. Issues raised included the operating strategy of all signals being actuated, institutional boundaries between the city and state, and various technologies deployed around the city.


October 29, 2009 - Richard Caudle from Skipper Consulting of Birmingham gave a presentation titled, “At-Grade Railroad Crossing Signal Control.” The talk consisted of the planning, design, and construction of a rail crossing signal outside of a quarry in Lee County, Alabama. It was a unique project because it was a new private rail line and work is rarely done on such projects.


October 15, 2009 - The ITE chapter welcomed Bubba Bowden, Traffic Engineer for the City of Montgomery, and Capt. John McCall of the Montgomery Police Department to discuss the deployment of red light running cameras in the city. Capt. McCall talked about the methods for choosing the vendor of the enforcement system as well as where the cameras should be placed. Numerous pictures and videos showed the risks involved in running a red light and how the system detects and issues citations to violators. Lastly, statistics were given to show the effectiveness of the red light cameras in reducing crashes and fatalities in Montgomery.


September 10, 2009 - The first chapter meeting for the Fall semester focused on welcoming back current members and introducing new and interested students to the activities and events of ITE. This included a short presentation put together by chapter president, Bill Minor, highlighting the benefits for becoming a member of ITE, past activities, such as E-Day, competitive projects, trip generation/traffic studies, and discussing ideas and goals for the upcoming semester. In addition, Doc Dorsey, City Engineer of Opelika, Alabama and ITE Member, discussed upcoming Alabama Section ITE meetings and events, as well as the importance of transportation engineering. Planning and scheduling was also done for assisting a graduate student in an independent study to count the number of bicycle riders entering and exiting the campus at several major intersections.


July 27, 2009 - During the summer break, the officers for the Fall semester met to discuss the agenda for the coming year. Topics discussed included potential speakers, scheduling, service projects and looking for ways to improve the chapter.


July 23, 2009 - William Hutto, Jr., Airport Director of the Auburn-Opelika Robert G. Pitts Airport, came and talked about the airport. He discussed the history of the airport, its physical characteristics, and the plans for the new terminal building.


June 24, 2009 - During the summer term, John D’Arville and Stan Biddick from the Alabama Department of Transportation spoke to students on the visualization of roadway projects for public presentation. The visualization is achieved through a program which gives owners and the general public an exact view of the proposed project upon completion of construction. The state of the art technology has proven to be successful in legal issues as well as in project development stages.


April 23, 2009 - The ITE chapter welcomed Robert V. Kolar, a consulting engineer from Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss sight distance design issues and observations. Among the issues raised were situations of inadequate sight distances at intersections and on curves. Comments were also made about the AASHTO Green Book standards.


March 12, 2009 - Dr. John M. Mason, Jr., Associate Provost and Vice President for Research at Auburn University and Senior Editor of the ITE Urban Street Geometric Design Handbook, spoke to the chapter. He gave a presentation on the evolution of highway geometric design and the potential for the integration of computational tools.


February 12, 2009 - Ms. Alison Frazier of the City of Auburn Department of Public Works gave a presentation on the proposed Magnolia Avenue improvements slated to take place in the summer of 2009. Specifically, Ms. Frazier detailed the plans to lower the vertical profile on Magnolia Avenue near its intersection with Donahue Drive as well as constructing additional turn lanes and upgrading the signals. The presentation was an example of local municipal projects designed to increase safety and improve efficiency.


January 29, 2009 - The ITE student chapter held its monthly meeting where new and returning students were welcomed and upcoming events were discussed. The guest speaker was Scott Rumble of PBS&J from Birmingham and he gave a presentation titled “Simulating Contraflow Lanes during Hurricane Evacuation.” The presentation focused on contraflow on a section of I-59 in southern Mississippi if a hurricane evacuation was in effect for southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Following the meeting, four students took the Traffic Bowl qualifying test in order to represent the Alabama Section at the SDITE Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama.