25 Dec '11, 9pm

Confessions of a recovering traffic engineer: Slow down the streets.

Confessions of a recovering traffic engineer: Slow down the streets.

Road widening is what engineers are taught to do for safety. Problem is, it makes things more dangerous. Photo: WSDOT Cross-posted from Strong Towns . After graduating from college with a civil engineering degree, I found myself working in my home town for a local engineering firm doing mostly municipal engineering (roads, sewer pipe, water pipe, stormwater). A fair percentage of my time was spent convincing people that, when it came to their road, I knew more than they did. And of course I should know more. First, I had a technical degree from a top university. Second, I was in a path towards getting a state license (at the time I was an engineer in training, the four-year "apprenticeship" required to become a fully licensed professional engineer), which required me to pass a pretty tough test just to get started and another, more difficult, exam to conclude. Third, I was...

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