Transportation Design


Transportation Design

In Florida effective transportation facilities are critical to commerce, tourism, economic development, as well as the lifestyle we have grown accustomed to as Floridians. As Florida grows transportation issues become more important than ever. Our transportation group understands this and is ready to address the challenges we face. This group consists of two primary teams; design and construction engineering and inspection (CEI). Working in concert with our other in-house disciplines, the traveling public and the client, our transportation group has enjoyed a successful history of providing comprehensive transportation services.

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What We Provide

Johnson Engineering has built an impressive portfolio of roadway design projects over the years. Our Transportation team boasts engineers and designers dedicated exclusively to Transportation Design. Our design experience includes developing new roadways, widening existing roadways, and various minor roadway improvements for state, local, and private facilities. Our team is FDOT prequalified in numerous areas. We are well-trained and very familiar with current industry standards and typical FDOT design practices and procedures. By providing much of the roadway support services in-house such as survey, drainage, environmental, utilities, and construction engineering and inspection (CEI), we are able to provide our clients a complete and comprehensive design effort on every project.

The reliable mobility afforded to us by our existing roadway network provides is often taken for granted. Maintaining our infrastructure is critical not only to commerce and the movement of goods, but also to our personal wellbeing and safety. Commonly referred to as “3R” projects, the Resurfacing, Rehabilitation, and Restoration of existing roadways are a common and recurring need. Design elements often include existing pavement condition survey, pavement section analyses, milling and resurfacing, cross slope correctio, shoulder addition and safety improvements. Alternative treatments such as Full Depth Reclamation, in-place recycling and various sealing treatments can also be useful. There are many treatment options that must be carefully considered and appropriately applied to make sure we are getting the most out of our roadways and our maintenance funds.

Traffic Control at intersections can be effectively achieved with Traffic Signals. Our design team is adept, and FDOT-pre-qualified, in providing signalization design. Proper signalization design must consider vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. It is important to coordinate these movements and optimize the timings to ensure safe and efficient intersection operation with minimal delays. Our team can provide signalization services including new signals, modification of existing signals, incorporation of pedestrian signals, signal timing analysis as well as signal warrant analyses.

Proper illumination of our roadway networks is critical for the safety of the traveling public. Various state requirements set for the minimum illumination criteria to provide sufficient light in a smooth and consistent fashion. With so many lighting options available today it can be challenging to select the best fit for your project. A computerized photometric analysis is performed to assess and determine the best combination of luminaire, pole and arm to provide the appropriate amount of light without additional wasted costs.

You cannot appropriately design roads without an understanding of the volumes and needs of the traffic they are intended to convey. We provide in-house data collection with pneumatic tube counters placed on the roadways to detect actual volumes, distribution, truck percentage and speeds of existing traffic. With real data we can then analyze that traffic to determine what improvements are really needed and what their expected benefit will be. Our team can provide a wide range of Traffic Analysis services including: signal and turn lane warrant analyses, volumetric and operational analyses, gap/delay studies, parking capacity analyses, speed studies, and Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) for both rezoning and development purposes.

Another popular and very effective form of intersection traffic control is the modern roundabout. The design of Modern Roundabouts has been much studied and improved, in the United States and in Florida, in recent years leading to increased safety, improved design and better understanding by the traveling public. Properly designed modern roundabout are very effective in their sheer simplicity, by removing left-turns, minimizing conflict points and providing slower, controlled passage through an intersection. While they have numerous benefits, the modern roundabout is not a one size fits all solution as it requires more right of way with its larger footprint and has reduced functionality at high traffic volumes. Our team is experienced in the design and development of modern roundabouts, when they should be used and when they shouldn’t.

Johnson Engineering’s long history has given us the unique insight that comes only with experience. We have seen the impact transportation facilities can have on a community, both positive and negative. By remaining mindful of our past, we can better prepare for our future. Planning transportation facilities today is not just about providing vehicular capacity. It’s not just adding another swath of pavement. Proper corridor planning is about overall mobility including vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian, and mass transit. Today’s transportation planning efforts must consider sustainability while balancing the needs of commerce, personal mobility, our environment, and the aesthetics and functionality it brings to our community. Our team has considerable experience in corridor planning, route analyses, corridor beautification, and enhancement, and Complete Street retrofits. Our roadway engineers work closely with our planners, landscape architects, and ecologists to provide the mobility options we need in a manner our children can be proud of.

In today’s climate, accommodating our transportation needs has evolved beyond simply addressing vehicular capacity on our roadways. With persistent congestion, multi-modal transportation alternatives are becoming increasingly more popular. Our transportation design services include a strong emphasis on the design of bicycle, transit, and pedestrian facilities including sidewalks, bus stop boarding & alighting, bike lanes, and multi-use paths. The development of these facilities is supported by our in-house services including roadway design, land planning, and landscape architecture. As State and Federal funding is often available for such projects, we are also very familiar with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and FDOT Local Agency Program (LAP) procedures and compliance requirements required for such funding opportunities.

Transportation Design Projects

Transportation Design Team

Ryan Bell, PE, PTOE

Director of Transportation

Ryan serves as the director of the transportation group and is a shareholder of the company. With a degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida, Ryan was born and raised in Southwest Florida giving him a keen understanding and inherent appreciation for local transportation issues. Ryan has experience in both the design and construction of various transportation improvement projects. As project manager for various transportation design and CEI projects, such as the Six Mile Cypress widening design, S.R. 31 widening design and the Three Oaks Parkway/Imperial Street CEI, he brings comprehensive management and oversight to all of Johnson Engineering’s transportation projects.


Josh Hildebrand, PE, PTOE

Transportation Engineer

In 2007, Josh began his professional career and has since served as a team member in the transportation services division at Johnson Engineering. He has worked on various projects throughout Southwest Florida and is familiar with traffic studies, supervision of traffic data collection,roadway design, pathway design, construction, and the permitting procedures of the local municipalities. Josh has worked on 100+ traffic / construction feasibility-related engineering studies, roadway and drainage design projects within public right-of-way. This experience provides him with a unique understanding of the development of corridor and intersection design, parking demand, traffic generation, ADA compliance-related challenges, and the permitting requirements on both private and public capital improvement projects.


Phil Chang, PE

Lutz Branch Manager

Phil is the branch manager of the firm’s Lutz/Land O’Lakes office. He has been a project manager on various projects throughout Southwest and West Central Florida, as well as outside of Florida. He is familiar with the design and permitting procedures of the local municipalities as well as the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Phil’s primary experience as a Project Manager includes peer review and design and permitting of public sector projects. He is a former public sector employee whose experience includes public meetings, working with city/county attorneys and various other staff, presenting to boards/committees, site plan permit reviews, infrastructure analyses, cost estimates, feasibility studies, preparing bid documents and responding to public inquiries.


John Glenn, PE

Transportation Engineer

John joined Johnson Enghineering in 2012 and currently serves as a Project Administrator and Project Engineer in our transportation group. John’s experience includes both design and CEI on various projects throughout Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties. Serving as design engineer and senior inspector on many of these projects has given John an understanding of what it takes to successfully complete both the design and construction phases of a project.


Leah Holmes, PE

Transporation Engineer

Leah currently serves as a transportation engineer in our transportation group. Leah graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2012, with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. With her primary focus on signal design, traffic impact analysis, roadway and lighting design, quantity takeoffs and cost estimations, Leah understands what must be done to successfully plan for and design roadway projects to serve both the clients and publics needs.


Jessica Boardman, EI

Engineer Intern

Jessica joined Johnson Engineering in 2019. She serves as an engineer intern in the transportation group.With her primary focus on roadway design, traffic impact analysis, quantity analysis and cost estimations, Jessica understands what must be done to successfully plan for and design roadway projects to serve both the clients and public’s needs.


Harvey Castro, EI

Engineer Intern

After completing a summer and fall internship at Johnson Engineering, Harvey graduated from FGCU with a BSC in Engineering in 2022. With his internship experience, Harvey joined the transportation group full time as an Engineering Intern and Microstation Technician. In his first two years at Johnson Engineering, Harvey led the design effort for the Crescent Avenue SCRAP funded resurfacing project in Glades County. Harvey has also served as project engineer on a number of projects in Hendry, Lee and DeSoto Counties. Harvey continues to excel and expand his knowledge in roadway design and plan production and is proficient in 3D modeling of roadway improvements utilizing OpenRoads designer.


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