Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Jun-Seok

Second Advisor

Dr. Valerian Kwigizile

Third Advisor

Dr. Zhanbo Sun

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Restricted to Campus until

5-15-2025

Abstract

Traffic simulation of the Western Michigan University campus and Downtown Kalamazoo to propose changes in the traffic flow and urban design are described. The main purpose of this thesis is to investigate the traffic mobility impact when incorporating the concept of Complete Streets in Downtown Kalamazoo. This project analyzes alternatives to improve traffic mobility for Stadium Drive, which includes new road geometry and roundabout. It also proposes wider sidewalks for pedestrians, bicycle lanes, and a designed landscape that enhances the genius loci. Bicycles are an ecofriendly means of transportation and the city of Kalamazoo lacks a safe path for bicyclists to use. Alternatives proposed in this project create a path from Western Michigan University to Downtown Kalamazoo for bicyclists to travel. Traffic simulation analysis was conducted using a simulation software package called VISSIM.

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