2 Rule VS Policy The Rule Enforcement power of state law Part of the Louisiana Administrative CodeVery specific, strict, “black and white”The PolicyProvides decision-making authority for “exceptions” to the ruleLess strict, more adaptable to various situations
3 Categories of Access Connections The RuleThe PolicyDefines 4 categories for access connection requests (single-family residential, non-commercial agriculture, traffic generator, and temporary)Provides examples for each category and assigns typical design vehicles for each
4 Types of Permits & Design Vehicles Permit CategoryExamples of Property or Development TypesTypical Design VehicleSingle-Family Residential Access ConnectionsSingle Family Residential1-5 single family homes on a single access connectionPassenger Car (P)Residential Sporting and Recreation CampsFull-time residential or part-time residential camps used for hunting, fishing, etc. (1-5 on a single access connection)Passenger Car and Boat Trailer (P/B)Non-Commercial Agricultural OperationsUnimproved LandFarm, pasture, or wooded; passenger vehicle or farm equipment access and use onlyVaries (up to WB-40)
5 Types of Permits & Design Vehicles Permit CategoryExamples of Property or Development TypesTypical Design VehicleTraffic Generator Access ConnectionsPlace of BusinessRetail Outlets, Banks, Restaurants, etc.Varies (up to WB-15)Medical FacilitiesDoctors’ Offices, Hospitals, Urgent Care Facilities, Assisted Living Homes, etc.Single Unit Truck (SU)Religious FacilitiesChurches, Synagogues, Etc.Passenger Car (P)Multi-Family Residential DevelopmentsSubdivisions, Condominiums, Apartment Complexes, Trailer Parks, Etc.Educational FacilitiesSchools, Colleges, Daycares, After-School Care Facilities, Etc.Large School Bus (S-BUS-40)Lodging FacilitiesHotels, Vacation Rentals, Motels, RV Parks, Etc.Varies (up to MH/B)Recreational FacilitiesSports Fields, Public Swimming Pools, Parks, Golf Courses, Bowling Alleys, Theme Parks, Etc.
6 Types of Permits & Design Vehicles Permit CategoryExamples of Property or Development TypesTypical Design VehicleTraffic Generator Access Connections (cont’d)Private ClubsCountry Clubs, Golf Clubs, Yacht Clubs, Etc.Single Unit Truck (SU)Emergency ServicesFire Station, EMS Stations, Police Stations, Etc.Varies (up to BUS-40)Mixed-Use DevelopmentsAny Combination of the Above-Listed UsesVariesPublic FacilitiesLibraries, Court Houses, City Halls, Jails, Conference/Convention Centers, Etc.Commercial Agricultural OperationsProcessing and/or wholesale operations (cotton gin, rice mill, sugar mill, etc.)Interstate Semitrailer (WB-20/WB-65/WB-67)Natural Resource Harvesting OperationsOil, Natural Gas, Logging, Etc.Utility Company AccessPhone, Electricity, Gas, Etc., Access to Meters
7 Types of Permits & Design Vehicles Permit CategoryExamples of Property or Development TypesTypical Design VehicleTemporary Permits (Operations lasting up to 1 year)Short Term Natural Resource HarvestingOil, Natural Gas, Logging, Etc.Interstate Semitrailer (WB-20/WB-65/WB-67)Short Term Haul RoadHaul Road for Construction OperationsShort Term Construction AccessShort Term Construction Access to a Building Site until an Access Connection is Approved; Location of Short Term Construction Access Does Not Guarantee the Location for Permanent Access
8 Permit Process The Rule The Policy “…process for acquiring an access connection permit shall be defined in DOTD policies…”Defines a multi-step process including a pre- permit meeting with district staff, studies which may be required, and approval and permit issuance processes.
9 Preliminary AC Request Meeting PRELIMINARY ACCESS CONNECTION REQUEST MEETINGWHAT WOULD OR WOULD NOT REQUIRE ONE?Situations which would most likely NOT need a meeting:Single family residential access connection applicantsNon-commercial agricultural operations access connection applicantsTraffic generator access connection applicants with low trip generationTemporary access connection applicants
10 Preliminary AC Request Meeting PRELIMINARY ACCESS CONNECTION REQUEST MEETINGWHAT WOULD OR WOULD NOT REQUIRE ONE?Situations which might require a preliminary access connection request meeting:Owner’s request for clarification of DOTD policies, processes, and proceduresMultiple uses for a developmentMore than 100 peak hour trips expectedUnknown use for propertyCommercial nature of proposed developmentMore than one access connection requested
11 Preliminary AC Request Meeting PRELIMINARY ACCESS CONNECTION REQUEST MEETINGWHAT WOULD OR WOULD NOT REQUIRE ONE?Situations which might require a preliminary access connection request meeting:New signal or median opening requestedProperty in a known congested areaAccess connection requested in close- proximity to an existing signalAccess connection requested in close- proximity to an existing median openingKnown need for coordination with other developments nearby
12 Preliminary AC Request Meeting Mandatory AttendeesOptional AttendeesApplicant for the permit (prop. owner)DOTD District Permit SpecialistDOTD District Traffic Operations EngineerDOTD District Hydraulics EngineerLocal Government Permitting or Zoning OfficialsApplicant’s Engineer, Architect, etc.Other DOTD Staff
13 Preliminary AC Request Meeting THINGS WHICH MAY BE DISCUSSED AT THE PRELIMINARY ACCESS CONNECTION REQUEST MEETINGOther developments in the areaProposed or planned work on roadways impactedQuantity and location(s) of access connection(s) and how internal circulation would be affectedPreliminary trip generationNeed for studies (Traffic Impact Study, Traffic Signal Study, others)Establish a tentative review scheduleDesign vehicle (if varies from typical)Requirements for work zones
14 Acquiring an Access Connection Permit PROCESS FOR OBTAINING AN ACCESS CONNECTION PERMIT CERTIFICATEAcquiring an Access Connection PermitAll Steps Completed Permit Certificate Issued
15 Bonding Requirements The Rule The Policy “…may be required to post a bond in order to secure an access connection permit…sufficient to cover the expenses of all work or improvements required within the DOTD right-of- way as a condition of an access connection permit…”Further discusses that DOTD may require a bond when improvements are being done in the right of way as a permit condition (i.e. mitigation). If a bond is required, post- construction inspections are mandatory for release of the bond.
16 Single Family Residential COMPONENTS OF A SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ACCESS CONNECTION REQUESTCompleted Access Connection Request FormLocation map showing the propertySite plan or property layoutLegal description of property (if available)Description of requested improvementsPower of Attorney (if applicable)
17 Non-Commercial Agriculture COMPONENTS OF A NON- COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE ACCESS CONNECTION REQUESTCompleted Access Connection Request FormLocation map showing the propertySite plan or property layoutLegal description of property (if available)Description of requested improvementsPower of Attorney (if applicable)
18 COMPONENTS OF A TRAFFIC GENERATOR ACCESS CONNECTION REQUEST Completed Access Connection Request FormLocation map showing the propertySite plan or property layoutLegal description of property (if available)Description of requested improvementsTrip generation informationTraffic Impact Study and/or Letter of Compliance (if required)Traffic Signal Permit (if applicable)Subdivision Plat (if applicable)Power of Attorney (if applicable)
19 Remodeled/Reconstructed/Redeveloped The RuleThe Policy“If the property is reconstructed/remodel ed/redeveloped, the owner shall submit a new application for an access connection permit.”“Any changes to a property that could result in changes to traffic patterns, trip generation, or functional operation fot he site will result in the requirement for a new access connection permit as well as changes to the means of access to the highway.”
20 Remodeled/Reconstructed/Redeveloped DEFINITIONS:RECONSTRUCTEDREMODELEDREDEVELOPEDReconstructed Property A property that has any portion of the structure(s) demolished and new structure(s) built on the site. The use of the property may change or remain the same. Remodeled Property A property that undergoes significant alterations (interior or exterior) that may result in a change in traffic generated by the property. Redeveloped Property A property that undergoes a complete change in use, but not necessarily a change in the structure(s).
21 A DELICATE BALANCING ACT THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH COMPROMISE Retrofit SituationsA DELICATE BALANCING ACT THAT CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH COMPROMISETRANSPORTATION SYSTEMMobilitySafetyOperationsUninterrupted FlowADJACENT PROPERTIESEconomic InterestsProperty ValuesBusiness ClimateAccess to Property
22 Regulations & Geometric Requirements Design criteria for the geometry, size, quantity, and location of access connections
23 Classification & Type of Roadway LocationRoadway ClassificationURBAN SUBURBAN RURALARETERIAL COLLECTOR LOCAL
24 Functional Area of the Intersection The RuleThe Policy“Full access shall not be granted within the functional influence area of the intersection.”No AC on acceleration/decelerat ion lanes/tapersMedian openings shall not be located hereIf in FA, must be RI/RO and be as far from intersection as possible
25 Sight Distance The Rule The Policy “All entrances and exits shall be located so that drivers approaching or using them will have adequate sight distance in all directions along the highway in order to maneuver safely and without interfering with traffic.”Provides chart of critical sight distances for traffic entering the highway based on the HCM.
27 At-Grade Intersection Spacing The RuleThe Policy“…as defined in other DOTD policies…”Provides a table of minimum spacing between at-grade public road intersections
28 At-Grade Intersection Spacing URBAN**SUBURBANRURALARTERIAL¼ mile½ mileCOLLECTOR¾ mileLOCAL300 ft200 ft**In downtown urban areas, variances are allowed to meet typical block spacing at the discretion of the DTOE
29 At-Grade Intersection Spacing The RuleThe Policy“…as defined in other DOTD policies…”Provides a table of minimum spacing between traffic signals
30 Traffic Signal Spacing URBAN**SUBURBANRURALARTERIAL½ mile1 mileCOLLECTOR¼ mileLOCAL**In downtown urban areas, variances are allowed to meet typical block spacing at the discretion of the DTOE.
31 Median Opening Spacing The RuleThe Policy“…access connections will not be permitted to align with median cuts or crossovers, and shall be located as far from these cuts and crossovers as possible…” “…may be restricted to right-in/right-out movements only…” “…shall be as defined in DOTD policies…”Differentiates between full- access and directional median openings and their locationsProvides tables for spacing of median openingsOutlines procedures for DOTD to consider openings that align with access connections (traffic study)
32 Median Opening Spacing DIRECTIONAL* MEDIAN OPENINGS – MINIMUM SPACINGURBANSUBURBANRURALARTERIAL800 ft¼ mileCOLLECTOR660 ftLOCAL*Signalized directional median openings may require greater spacing and must meet requirements for traffic signal spacing.
33 Median Opening Spacing FULL-ACCESS* MEDIAN OPENINGS – MINIMUM SPACINGURBANSUBURBANRURALARTERIAL½ mile1 mileCOLLECTOR¼ mileLOCAL400 ft*All full-access median openings shall meet signal warrant 1-A at 100%.
34 Access Connection Spacing The RuleThe Policy“…approved locations of access connections… so that the spacing between adjacent access connections is maximized…” “…minimum spacing as defined in DOTD policy shall be maintained between access connections…” “…frontage is not available… necessary to maintain the corridor and preserve mobility, adjacent property owners may be required… to share an access connection…” “…may require adjacent commercial applicant to share access… and/or provide connectivity between properties…”Specifies for corner lots – access on minor roadway onlyDefines how spacing is measuredAssigns minimum spacingAddresses state route VS non- state route accessAddresses process for acquiring more than one driveway
35 Access Connection Spacing MINIMUM ACCESS CONNECTION SPACING*URBANSUBURBANRURALARTERIAL550 ft700 ftCOLLECTOR300 ft400 ftLOCAL*** If a non-traversable median exists in within 200’ of both sides of the access connection and a right-in/right-out access connection is installed, then spacing may be reduced by one-half.** Locate access connections with the greatest achievable spacing possible within given property constraints. Where possible, interconnectivity and driveway sharing should be used.
36 Access Connection Geometry The RuleThe Policy“…all single-family residential and traffic generator access connections shall b constructed with permanent hard surface type materials…” “…adequate sigh distance in all directions…”Provides guidance on radii, width, and throat distance
37 Access Connection Geometry MINIMUM ACCESS CONNECTION RADII*TYPE OF ACCESS CONNECTION:URBANSUBURBANRURALSINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL10 ft25 ftNON-COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE--15 ftTRAFFIC GENERATOR**35 ft50 ftINDUSTRIAL-TYPE FACILTITIESShould be individually designed to handle the typical large truck that uses the access connection.* Posted speed limit of the highway or chosen design vehicle may direct design of a larger radius.** See design vehicle guidance in Chapter 1.
38 Access Connection Geometry MINIMUM ACCESS CONNECTION WIDTHSACCESS CONNECTION TRAFFIC CATEGORYAVERAGE DAILY TRAFFIC USING ACCESS CONNECTIONPEAK HOUR TRAFFIC USING ACCESS CONNECTIONWITH TWO-WAY ACCESSWITH ONE-WAY ACCESSSINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL & NON-COMM. AG.0-1000-1012 ft –15 ftnot applicableLOW-VOLUME COMM./ INDUST.< 1,500< 150≤35 ft≤16 ftMEDIUM VOLUME COMM./ INDUST.1,500 –4,000150 –40035 ft –42 ft20 ft –26 ftHIGH VOLUME COMM./ INDUST.> 4,000> 400determined through a traffic study – preferably46-54 ftgenerally not applicableNOTE: Striping of access connections should be required when more than one lane in any direction is present. The striping plans shall be in accordance with DOTD Pavement Marking Standards and shall designate the permitted movement(s) for each lane. Boulevard access connections have a maximum median width of 6 ft. Median widths are included in the overall widths listed in this chart.
39 Access Connection Geometry MINIMUM ACCESS CONNECTION THROAT DISTANCESACCESS CONNECTION TRAFFIC CATEGORYPEAK HOUR TRAFFIC USING ACCESS CONNECTIONMINIMUM THROAT DISTANCELOW-VOLUME COMM./ INDUST.< 15020 FTMEDIUM VOLUME COMM./ INDUST.150 –40060 FTHIGH VOLUME COMM./ INDUST.> 400determined through a traffic studyNOTE: Striping of access connections should be required when more than one lane in any direction is present. The striping plans shall be in accordance with DOTD Pavement Marking Standards and shall designate the permitted movement(s) for each lane. Boulevard access connections have a maximum median width of 6 ft. Median widths are included in the overall widths listed in this chart.
40 Implementation of the Rule & Policy LOUISIANA ADMINISTRATIVE CODETITLE 70PART ICHAPTER 15Rule became part of LAC in January 2011Implementation date: September 1, 2011DOTD Implementation Training in AugustHave not yet schedule other trainings
41 Kimberly D. McDaniel, PE, PTOEAccess Management EngineerLouisiana Department of Transportation & DevelopmentContact Information