Castleglenn’s roadway designs include grading, horizontal and vertical curve geometry, cross-section and pavement structure, storm water management, intersections, signing and striping elements.
Specifically for institutions and quarries (or other developments that need to accommodate emergency and/or heavy vehicles), Castleglenn focuses on its designs for emergency and/or heavy vehicles: grading, adequate horizontal and vertical curves to accommodate vehicle turning movements, cross-sections and pavement structures able to sustain heavy loads, intersections, roadway restrictions (if applicable), heavy vehicle routes, ramps and signing. The design features would allow for optimal operational practice and vehicle safety.
Frequent and efficient transit systems help reduce traffic congestion on local roadways and provide an alternative mode of transportation for commuters. Transit system planning includes forecast ridership, determining infrastructure requirements and evaluation of existing facilities.
Castleglenn evaluates transit use as a part of each of its Transportation Impact Assessments to ensure this mode of travel is accounted for.
Greenhouse gas emission modeling can be analyzed based upon traffic volumes, heavy vehicle volumes and traffic operations. Castleglenn evaluates quantities of fuel consumption, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds and can compare these emissions for various transportation network options.
Identifying critical issues with emergency and heavy vehicle turning movements, parking, delivery areas and pedestrian walkways or crossing concerns.
Castleglenn aims at ensuring an effective consultation process where all parties involved achieve a consensus, while assuring that technical standards, policies and guidelines are adhered to. Communicating the need to comply with standards is essential in assuring support for viable solutions.
This includes: data collection (traffic volumes, population, employment, trip rates, travel costs, etc.) and the development of traffic demand models depicting existing and forecast traffic conditions. Animations and simulations are used to depict future traffic operational conditions.
Specifically for quarries, heavy vehicle forecasting and generation is highly dependent upon the production rate of quarries. Castleglenn’s forecasting involve: data collection and the development of traffic demand models for existing and future quarry operations.
Planning and design for heavy vehicles includes: ensuring adequate turning movements, accessible parking, access spacing and design, sufficient roadway slopes and an in-depth understanding of speed profiles.
Transportation solutions often involve a municipal approvals process ranging from simple private access permits to more significant public roadway modification permits involving the preparation of conceptual plans, preliminary cost estimates, timelines and descriptions of impacts.
Parking provisions range from surface parking lots serving large venue entertainment complexes (such as the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa and the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston) to multi-level structures incorporating loading/unloading docking areas (serving hospitals and major retail establishments). Parking provisions are determined in terms of design, layout, inventory utilization, time restrictions, revenue forecasts, in addition to identification of community impacts and related traffic infrastructure.
In particular, parking requirements for institutions are complex because there are shared stalls with high turnover rates (i.e. staff, visitors, patients, etc.) and are highly dependent on the institution type. Parking studies determine required parking provisions or include inventories of existing facilities such as: number and types of parking spaces, parking lot utilization, time restrictions and fees.
Castleglenn’s studies have often been prepared keeping in mind the possibility that they can be submitted as evidence at either an expropriation hearing, Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) or similar evidentiary hearings.