Engineering improvements are those that change the physical infrastructure of an area, or the design, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices. The physical environment often determines whether children walk or bike to school. Well designed, maintained and accessible routes to and from school and on the school grounds to the entrance of the school are necessary to increase students walking and biking to school.
For ideas and information about how to design roads to accommodate all travel modes, support residences and businesses and is a community asset, see this graph by the City of Portland. It shows which treaments are best for specific community goals. It includes pictures, sample costs, effectiveness, examples and handy notes to consider.
The SRTS team should consult local experts, like Washington County Land Use and Transportation or City of Beaverton to determine if the project has already been identified. Local officials may be able to help you with finding partners, data retrieval and best/ legal options.
In a SRTS program, engineering improvements should be used in conjunction with education, encouragement and enforcement activities to ensure consistent and safe use of engineering treatments.
In preparation for engineering or “Infrastructure” improvements, see the Ideas and Options Menu on the upper right of this screen for descriptions of activities that have provided potential grantees with valuable information.