Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some presentations that will take place at the Fall Regional Meeting on November 9-10, 2017 at the Radisson in La Crosse, WI.
WROC: 2020 and Beyond
The multi-entity Wisconsin Regional Orthophotography Consortium (WROC) allows counties and other agencies involved in the program an efficient and collaborative means of collecting and sharing important imagery, elevation, and mapping data throughout the State of Wisconsin. Operating in five-year cycles, WROC is now approaching its sixth rotation and has increased participation, streamlined its processes, and expanded the amount of digital orthophotography and elevation data gleaned with each passing cycle. Participation has grown from seven entities in 1995 to 78 in 2015 – touching every corner of the state and allowing for an unprecedented amount of available data. The WROC team, along with its members and partners, acquired and processed nearly 45,000 square miles of high-resolution orthoimagery and over 15,000 square miles of aerial LiDAR throughout the state in the 2014-15 flying season alone. This presentation will outline the benefits, check in on the current status, and predict future developments of the WROC program as it steamrolls towards 2020.
Kirk M. Contrucci, C.P. is Vice President of geospatial services at Ayres Associates, a nation-wide engineering, mapping, architectural, and environmental firm. In this role he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the aerial mapping and land surveying groups at Ayres, including more than 40 staff in five offices around the nation. His specialties include terrestrial, mobile, helicopter, and aerial lidar; digital aerial imagery; photogrammetry; land surveying; program management; executive management; and expert testimony. Kirk has more than 25 years of experience in leading the firm’s implementation of emerging geospatial technologies, including airborne and ground-based mapping and surveying systems, GIS, and more recently, unmanned aerial systems.
Andy Faust, GISP is a Senior GIS Analyst and has a bachelors degree in Urban Regional Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Andy has over 25 years’ experience in GIS and planning. He has worked with all forms of local government to provide assistance with wide range of projects. Andy joined the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) in 1995 to develop and maintain the NCWRPC’s GIS program. Andy is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP).
Assessing Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Study was conducted to identify high-crash corridors and intersections within the LAPC planning area and recommend countermeasures to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in those areas. Crashes are analyzed as a matter of course when corridor studies are conducted, but crashes are generally broken down as rear-end crashes, angle crashes, left-turn crashes, etc. Vulnerable users are mostly considered only in bicycle and pedestrian safety and modal plans.
The study relied heavily on motor vehicle crash and count data obtained from the state DOTs and bicycle and pedestrian crossing count data obtained by LAPC staff. In order to compare intersections with varying attributes, a formula was developed to assign a crash value to each intersection. The result was that one of our major north-south facilities—STH 35 West Ave, which was reconstructed in 2008 for traffic safety reasons—is now one of the least safe facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. While the number of motor vehicle crashes decreased by 11 percent between the five years prior to the project (2003-2007) and the five years of this study (2011-2015), bicycle and pedestrian crashes increased 36 percent. This facility also includes five of the six identified high-crash intersections for bicyclists and pedestrians in the region.
Jackie Eastwood is the transportation planner for the La Crosse Area Planning Committee—a small bi-state metropolitan planning organization whose planning area covers 15 municipalities—12 in La Crosse County in Wisconsin, 2 in Houston County in Minnesota, and 1 in Winona County in Minnesota. She started working for the LAPC in 2003 after receiving her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with emphases in transportation planning and GIS from UW Milwaukee. While attending UW-Milwaukee, Jackie worked as a research assistant in the Department of Urban Planning and as a transit planner for Bay Ridge Consulting. Since joining the LAPC, her responsibilities expanded to developing long-range transportation plans, transit development plans, transportation improvement programs, performance reports, and safety studies; providing technical assistance to member communities through mapping and data analysis; and prioritizing projects through the Surface Transportation-Urban program and the Transportation Alternatives Program.