In the video: road engineer Ami Gottlieb (Editor: Dina Meffoutz)
Planning traffic correctly is a complex procedure that requires a lot of thinking.
How does the process work and what are the differences between planning an urban road and an interstate road?
The road engineer Ami Gottlieb came to explain the interesting topic in the studio and voila!
What is road engineering and how does planning work?
Road planning works from the macro to the micro.
In other words, the road planner must see who he is supposed to serve and only then begin to go into details - is it an urban neighborhood, a fast urban road or a rural neighborhood for example.
"An urban neighborhood works according to a hierarchy of main streets and secondary streets," Gottlieb explains.
"I plan the widths of the roads, the number of lanes, public transportation and the uses of road users, including vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles."
What is the difference between urban and interurban road planning and can proper planning affect traffic congestion?
While an urban road provides service to everyone, on an interstate road the speeds are higher and even there there is a matter of hierarchy, because of the amount of traffic, the volume of public transportation and traffic congestion in general.
Gottlieb commented on the issue: "In our country, public transportation is very problematic. Development of public transportation infrastructure takes a very long time. It exists in Haifa and Jerusalem, but in Tel Aviv, which suffers from traffic congestion, integrated public transportation is only now starting to come in, and especially the issue of light rail."
Can the expansion of existing roads ease traffic congestion?
"If you only widen lanes and don't develop public transportation, people will continue to buy cars and the congestion will come," Gottlieb points out.
"We need to organize public transportation and encourage its use, it will have a much more profound effect. Until public transportation reaches a state where it is effective to use it, there will be a lot of pressure."
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