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      • JMM assisting ATSSA under the 2016 Work Zone Safety Grant. JMM is working as a subcontractor to update courses and provide outreach support. The FHWA has awarded ATSSA multi-year grants in 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2016 to provide roadway safety training nationwide for workers and others who make their livelihood on America’s roadways. JMM is proud to have provided technical support for these grants.
      • JMM assisting  Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso (BLDM) with Maintenance of Traffic (MOT). JMM is providing MOT consulting services for the installation of pumping stations in Collier County Florida. The work involves review and design of MOT plans for this project.
      • JMM certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Florida Department of Transportation. A year after moving its offices to Orlando, JMM has been certified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) under the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP), in accordance with Title 49 Part 26, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
      • JMM’s Juan M. Morales obtains his Professional Engineering (P.E.) license in Florida. Mr. Morales also holds P.E. licenses in Virginia and Puerto Rico (inactive).
      • JMM assisting Hubbard Construction. JMM is providing maintenance of traffic (MOT) consulting services to Hubbard Construction on the Route 528 improvement project in Orlando, Florida.
      • JMM’s Juan M. Morales gives presentations at the FTBA conference and at the ATSSA Expo. Mr Morales presented “Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility” and “Work Zone Contractor Liability Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them” at the Florida Transportation Builders Association in Orlando. He also presented “Best Practices in the Application of Track-Mounted Attenuators (TMA) af the 2017 Convention and Traffic Expo of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).index
      • JMM develops Maintenance of Traffic Plans. Working for Bermudez, Longo, Diaz-Masso, LLC, JMM is developing and evaluating 18 MOT plans for the installation of pump stations in Collier County, Florida. The work involves compliance with the Florida Design Standards Index 600 and other applicable standards.logo-bldm-usa-llc
      • JMM conducts work zone audits in Los Angeles, CA. Working for Sterling Construction, JMM audited nighttime lane closures on the Ventura Freeway (US 101), in the vicinity of Thousand Oaks and Sherman Oaks, in Los Angeles, California. JMM prepared a report with observations and suggestions to improved the safety and mobility of this important project. Work zone safety audits aim at preventing crashes in a proactive systematic way.dscn0019
      • JMM relocates to Orlando, Florida. JMM has relocated from Reston, Virginia to Orlando, Florida, effective August 1, 2016. The new address is:

    JM Morales & Associates

    10079 Mere Parkway

    Orlando, FL 32832-6206

    Tel: 407-674-7007

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    NOTE: The old telephone number (703-471-7031) is no longer operational.

      • JMM conducting traffic calming study for Belmont Community Association. JMM is conducting a traffic calming study for the Belmont Community in Ashburn, Virginia. The study will recommend traffic calming measures to address a speeding issue through the community.DSCN2286
      • JMM conducts Work Zone Safety Audits for New York City Department of Transportation. Working for NYCDOT, JMM evaluated the safety of several work zones in NYC. JMM prepared a report with observations and recommendations, completed December 2015.

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    • JMM develops new training modules and resources. Designing Temporary Traffic Control Zones for Pedestrian Accessibility v2Working for ATSSA, under the FHWA Work Zone safety Grant, JMM developed two important works zone safety resources. The first one is a training module and field guide to improve the safety of highway workers. These resources will cover areas that are not addressed by national standards and guidelines, such as repair of stationary crash cushions and installation/removal of raised pavement markers (RPMs). The second resource is a one-day training course on the application of accessibility guidelines in highway work zones. The course, entitled Designing Temporary Traffic Control Zones for Pedestrian Accessibility, was completed in the Fall of 2015.

     

    • JMM conducts Work Zone Safety Audits for the National Park Service. On August 2015, JMM conducted a work zone safety audit (WZRSA) at the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia for the National Park Service. The audit included from the South GWP up to Mount Vernon to the North GWP including the Spout Run project. JMM made observations related to the safety of the work zones and compliance with the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual.NPS
    • JMM conducts Work Zone Road Safety Audits at the Capitol Crossing Project in Washington, DC. Working for Balfour Beatty Construction, JMM is evaluating the safety aspects of the Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) components of this important project. The WZRSA is expected to run into 2017.IMG_1367
    • JMM presents Work Zone Liability webinar for North Dakota State University Transportation Learning Center. On March 10, 2015, JMM presented the webinar Legal Aspects of Temporary Traffic Control on Highway Work Zones to about 220 participants from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The webinar provided an overview of the legal aspects of TTC and discussed ways to minimize tort liability exposure.NDSU Liability Webinar
    • JMM to present Designing Facilities for Accessibility course in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Working for the University of Maryland, JMM will present this important course to county public officials on April 22, 2015. The course will address ADA accessibility guidelines both within the public’s right-of-way (PROW) and within building facilities. For information on this and other courses, contact JMM at 703-471-7031.
    • JMM Conducts Work Zone Road Safety Audit in Panama. Working for Odebreck Panama, JMM conducted a WZRSA at the Madden-Colón Freeway, in Panama. The work involved an evaluation of work zone standards and procedures; and developing recommendations.DSCN0686
    • JMM presents training courses at the University of Maryland. JMM presented the courses Traffic Engineering Fundamentals and Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility to groups of public sector officials and consultants from Maryland and DC. The Traffic Engineering Fundamentals was co-presented with Dane Ismart (Louis Berger Group). The Accessibility course discussed geometric design considerations for ADA accessibility, including ramps, audible pedestrian signals (APS) and other features of accessible facilities within the highway’s right-of-way. For information on these and other courses, contact JMM at 703-471-7031.
    • JMM developing TMA Operator Certification Program. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM is developing a certification program for the operators of truck-mounted attenuators (TMAs) is highway work zones. The course will discuss TMA practices, location of TMAs both during moving and stationary operations and other safety practices. The course is expected to be complete by  the Fall of 2014. A pilot presentation was made in Canton, Ohio on September 11, 2014.TMA Pilot Course, Canton, OhioTMA Operator Certification Course
    • JMM conducts Work Zone Road Safety Audit (WZRSA) in Lake Tahoe, NV. As part of a WZ RSA course in Carson City, Nevada, JMM lead a team of auditors from the Nevada DOT and consultants to conduct a work zone safety audit near Lake Tahoe. The auditors made several observations to improve safety in this active work zone. After the field visit, the participants met to discuss their observations and recommendations. The audit was conducted on June 25, 2014.Work Zone Safety Audit, Lake Tahoe, NV
    • JMM Develops Pennsylvania-Specific Traffic Control Manager Training Program. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM developed a Traffic Control Manager (TCM) training program for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The program consists of a two-day training course, based on PennDOT’s Publication 213, and a a day-long train-the-trainer component. A pilot program presentation was conducted on August 2014 in Harrisburg, PA. Several presentations of the course are scheduled for 2015.
    • JMM joins Team red. JMM has joined Team red, a network of international consultants that delivers expert knowledge for transportation and mobility projects. Team red is a bridge between freelancing experts and international projects that offers clients a unique combination of tailor made teams, composed from a pool of very experienced independent consultants. JMM is very honored to join Team red. For additional information, click here. team red banner
    • JMM presents Traffic Control Coordinator Course in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Working for the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA), JMM presented the TCC course in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on April 22-23, 2014. The course, the fourth is a series of training activities developed by JMM for MHCA, was attended by provincial inspectors, contractors, staff of the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) and MHCA instructors. The training program, developed by JMM, is based on the MIT standards and guidelines for temporary traffic control.MHCA2014
    • JMM’s Juan M. Morales participates in 2014 ATSSA Traffic Expo in San Antonio. Mr. Morales moderated a PowerTalk session entitled “Use of Truck-Mounted Attenuators (TMA) in Work Zones. The session was attended by over sixty transportation professionals interested in issues related to the use of these life-saving devices in highway work zones. Visit the FaceBook page for photos of the Expo.DSCF7688
    • JMM to develop Truck-Mounted Attenuator (TMA) Course. JMM has been hired by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to develop a  TMA course and certification program for TMA drivers. The course will cover operational and safety issues related to the use of TMA in highway work zone. The course was completed by the Fall of 2014.Daytonimpact_tma
    • JMM presents the seminar Designing Safer Roads for Vulnerable Road Users in Bogotá, Colombia. Working for the Secretaría de Movilidad de Bogotá. JMM presented a VRU seminar in Bogotá, Colombia, November 7-13, 2013. The seminar was part of the first motorcycle expo celebrated which highlights the significant role that motorcycles play in traffic safety. The seminar included a road safety audit of three intersections. JMM also participated in the Motorcycle Safety Forum.
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      JMM{s Juan M. Morales (right) with Renán Caicedo Murillo, during the presentation of his book Valores en la Vía Para la Vida.

    • JMM presents Road Safety Audit program in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Working for Avery Dennison Brazil. JMM presented an RSA program in Sao Paulo the week of September 9th, 2013. The program is the second of a series that started last year with activities related to vulnerable road user (VRU) safety.
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    • JMM’s Juan M. Morales, P.E. Quoted in Traffic Safety Article by the Pulitzer Center. The Pulitzer Center is reporting on the crisis of traffic fatalities over the world. To access the report, click here.
    • JMM participates in Annual ATSSA Instructors Meeting. Mr. Morales traveled to Fredericksburg, VA to participate in this annual event that brings together all the ATSSA instructors to discuss technical issues and other matters related to the ATSSA training program. The meeting took place on August 20-21, 2013. JMM’s Juan M. Morales, P.E. has served as ATSSA’s Chief Instructor since 2005.

      Participants of the 2013 ATSSA Instructors' Meeting.

      Participants of the 2013 ATSSA Instructors’ Meeting.

    • JMM to present Work Zone Road Safety Audit (WZRSA) Workshops in Baltimore and Boston. Working for ATSSA and through the FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant, JMM presented the first workshop on WZRSA in Baltimore (September 4-5). A second workshop was presented in Boston (September 19-20). The workshop was intended to introduce the RSA process and its applicability to highway work zones. Photos available in the Facebook page.
    • JMM’s Juan M. Morales presents Positive Protection Webinar. Mr. Morales presented the webinar: Minimizing Worker Exposure in Highway Woke Zones through Positive Protection and Other Strategies – #33216, on July 24, 2013.
    • JMM develops training Work Zone Coordinator Training program for the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA). Working closely with MHCA and the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, JMM developed a training program for work zone coordinators in Manitoba. The course will be required for all work zone coordinators in the Province. JMM’s Juan M. Morales traveled to Winnipeg for two pilot presentations in April 2013. The program is part of MHCA’s Certificate of Recognition Program.DSCF6002
    • JMM to present Traffic Control Coordinator course for the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Working for MHCA and following the successful course held last year, JMM will travel to Winnipeg to present this two-day course to MCHA Convention attendees on April 8-9. The course will repeated twice in May to the staff of the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT).
    • JMM presenting Positive Protection pilot courses. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM is presenting six pilot presentations of the the course Minimizing Worker Exposure in Highway Work Zones Through the Use of Positive Protection and Other Strategies. This two-day course covers issues related to the application of positive protection devices and other strategies to help minimize worker exposure in highway work zones. The course includes a review of standards, guidelines and FHWA guidance (SAFETEA-LU and MAP 21) on when and where to use positive protection devices. The pilot presentations have been presented in Salt Lake City, UT, Ames, IA, Springfield, IL, Salem, OR, Austin, TX and Charlottesville. For information, contact JMM.
    • JMM conducts Road Safety Audit on pedestrian safety in Manta and Cuenca, Ecuador. Working for the World Bank, JMM traveled to Ecuador to evaluate various corridors for pedestrian safety and accessibility through a Road Safety Audit. The corridors are located in the cities of Manta and Cuenca. JMM evaluated the proposed designs and made recommendations to improve the safe of pedestrians in the corridors. Visit the Facebook page for photos and a video on the Manta project..DSCF5184
    • JMM developing RSA Workshop. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Federal Highway Adminstration, JMM is developing a work Zone Safety Audit Workshop. The workshop will discuss the application of safety audit concepts to highway work zones. Several presentations are scheduled for 2013.
    • JMM makes presentation at ATSSA Expo in San Diego. JMM’s Juan M. Morales made a very successful presentation at the ATSSA Expo in San Diego, CA, March 23-27. The subject of the presentation was inspection and fundamentals of lane closures on freeways.
    • JMM developing Florida MOT courses. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM is developing work zone safety courses required in the State of Florida. JMM is developing the ADVANCED and INTERMEDIATE MOT courses, based on the Florida Designs Standards Index 600. The new standards became effective January 1, 2013.
    • JMM presents Vulnerable Road User (VRU) seminar in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Working for Avery Dennison Brazil, JMM presented this 3-day seminar, aimed at local and state governments wishing to reduce VRU crashes. The seminar discussed how to integrate VRUs into the safety design process, diagnosis of their crashes and evaluation of potential countermeasures. The seminar was specific to the VRU crashes that are common in Brazil and will included field visits where participants applied the concepts learned through hand-on exercises. A presentation on work zone safety followed. The seminar was presented November 6-8 at the Vinhedo Plaza Hotel, in Vinhedo and at World Center in Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo. For additional information, contact JMM.

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    • JMM develops Florida Advanced and Advanced Refresher courses for ATSSA. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM developed updated version of these courses, required for all Florida personnel involved in the planning, design, supervising, implementation, and maintenance of work zone safety in the state of Florida. The courses are based on the 2013 Florida Design Standards, Index 600, as required by FDOT training procedures. The courses will be presented through ATSSA (www.atssa.com) starting in 2013.
    • JMM develops state-specific work zone safety courses for Louisiana and Utah. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM developed Traffic Control Technician (TCT) and Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) as required by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Developement (DOTD) and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). Both of these agencies now require courses that are specific to their temporary traffic control standards and guidelines, which meet or exceed the national standards included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The courses will be presented starting in 2013.
    • JMM presents three technical presentations at Avery Dennison’s Global Traffic and Safety Summit. JMM gave presentations to the international delegates to the summit, held in Cleveland, Ohio, June 18-22, 2012, from countries like Italy, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, India, USA and others. The three topics presented were: 1) Work Zone Safety: Lane Closure Basics, 2) The Needs of the Aging Driver, and 3) Vulnerable Road User Safety: Diagnosis and Countermeasures. See photos of the event, including a trip to the Indians’ Jacobs Field on out Facebook page. Thanks to Joel Ross and Patricia Calle for their support.
    • JMM develops and delivers Designing Safer Highways for Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Working for the Traffic Safety Commission (Comisión de Seguridad en el Tránsito), of the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation, JMM presented this seminar to over 30 participants and highway designers from the TSC and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), May 23-25, 2012. The seminar defined the various characteristics of VRUs, provided tools to diagnose the causes of their crashes and potential countermeasures to reduce them. The seminar incorporated requirements of the American with Disabilities (ADA) requirements, based on the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), such as proper sidewalk design, ramp design and other design features that impact the safety of the most vulnerable (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, transit users and others). A highlight of the seminar was a field inspection, including issues associated with wheelchair users, of various intersections in the San Juan and Rio Piedras areas utilizing the Tren Urbano rail system. Afterwards, participants made presentations of their observations and presented a series of recommendations. Please visit JMM’s Facebook page for photos. A special thanks to Gloria Reyes and Mario Maldonado for their efforts making this seminar possible.

      Participants of the VRU Seminar, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    • JMM develops and delivers Work Zone Traffic Control Coordinator Training Program for Province of Manitoba, Canada. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA), JMM developed the Manitoba Work Zone Traffic Control Coordinator training program. The program includes a full 2-day course, exam and workshops; and a Train-the-trainer component, based on the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) standards. The pilot presentation of the course took place in Winnipeg, March 20-21, 2012, during the Manitoba Heavy Construction Expo, presented by MHCA. JMM’s Juan M. Morales was course instructor, attended by over 60 participants. Thanks to Glen Black and the rest of the MHCA staff for their support.

      MHCA’s Glen Black and JMM’s Juan M. Morales

    • JMM presents Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility (DPFA) course. Working for the University of Maryland, JMM’s Juan M. Morales presented this important course on March 14th, 2012. The course discussed the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), including the proper design of wheelchair ramps and landings, slopes, color contrast, continuous detectable edging, etc. bot in permanent highway facilities and work zones. The course was attended by over 30 participants from the Maryland area. For information about this course, contact 703-471-7031.
    • Juan M. Morales makes tort liability presentation during ATSSA Expo in Tampa. Mr. Morales traveled to Tampa February 2012 to participate in the ATSSA Expo and make a presentation entitled Contractor Litigation Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them. The hour-long presentation discussed the importance of contract language, standard and guidelines, documentation and other pitfalls that lead to litigation. See photos of the Expo in our Facebook page.
    • JMM develops state-specific work zone training programs. Working for ATSSA, JMM developed comprehensive work zone training programs specific to the states of Virginia, Texas, California, and others. The courses are based on state supplements to the Manual on Uniform Traffic COntrol Devices. All courses will be piloted during the first few months of 2012.
    • JMM’s Juan M. Morales awarded the 2011 Edmund R. Ricker Award. JMM’s Juan M. Morales received the Edmund R. Ricker Transportation Safety Individual Award at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2011 Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held August 13–16, in St. Louis, MO, USA. The award is given annually to a person who is recognized as a leader in the field of traffic safety through his/her safety activities in professional organizations, in the community or in the performance of traffic engineering.
    • JMM presents Designing Highways for the Safety of Vulnerable Road Users. JMM presented this course for the World Bank in Quito, Ecuador, June 2011. The course highlights highway design to improve the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users. Please visit our Facebook page to see photos.
    • JMM moderates session at ATSSA Traffic Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. JMM traveled to Phoenix in February 2011 to attend the 41st Annual Convention and Traffic Expo of the American Traffic Services Association (ATSSA). Mr. Morales moderated a power talk session entitled MUTCD – What’s Working and What’s Not. The session addressed work zone practices and issues related to the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), both good and bad, and discussed how work zone standards affect both highway contractors and designers. Please visit our Facebook page to see photos of the Traffic Expo.
    • JMM to present IRF’s Executive Workshop on Congestion Management. Working for the International Road Federation (IRF), JMM will present this executive workshop in Orlando, Florida, May 4-6, 2011. This workshop will focus on the latest global innovations, technologies and measures to improve the mobility of motorized and non-motorized transport, as well as on the economic and financial challenges affecting congestion and travel demand, and proposed solutions. To register, visit www.irfnews.org.
    • JMM certifies World Trade Center Pedestrian Safety Professionals: Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), JMM certified the Allied Barton employees who control pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of Ground Zero. JMM certified 35 PSPs over three January 2011 days in New York City, New York. Please visit our Facebook page for photos.
    • JMM presents VRU course in Orlando, Florida. Working for the International Road Federation (IRF), JMM presented the Vulnerable Road User (VRU) portion of IRF’s Safer Roads by Design seminar, held in Orlando December 8-10, 2010. Mike Dreznes presented the positive protection (barriers, teminals, etc.) section of the course, which was attended by delegates from Jamaica, South Korea, Singapore, Honduras, USA and Brazil.
    • JMM presents Designing Highways for the Safety of Vulnerable Road Users. JMM presented this course for the World Bank in Lima, Peru, in November 2010. The course highlights highway design to improve the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users.
    • JMM develops TMP Guide. Working for the American Traffic Safety services Association (ATSSA), JMM developed the guide Understanding Transportation Management Plans (TMPs) in Highway Work Zones: A Quick-Reference Guide for Highway Contractors. The Guide explains TMPs to highway contractors who may be charged with the responsibility to implement TMPs in the field. It explains TMPs in easy-to-understand, simply language. To purchase the Guide, contact ATSSA. (http://www.atssa.com/cs/roadway-safety-store)
    • JMM assists with TRB Synthesis on Mobile Lane Closures. JMM’s Juan M. Morales participated as a panel member and reviewer of a Synthesis Report of the Transportation Research Board on “Improving the Safety of Mobile Lane Closures“. The synthesis report was published in Research Results Digest 339.
    • JMM presents work zone safety courses in Hawaii. Working for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Hawaii Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), JMM presented work zone safety courses in Kauai, Oahu (2), Maui and Big Island. The courses were held late 2009 and 2010.
    • JMM expanding its work zone expert witness activities. JMM is expanding its work zone expert witness activities. JMM’s services include work zone crash evaluation and analysis, check for compliance with applicable standards and guidelines, and preparation of findings’ report. Contact JMM for additional information.
    • JMM presents highway safety courses in Africa and Latin America. Working for the International Road Federation (IRF), JMM, presented highway safety courses in two African and two Latin American countries. Vulnerable Road User Safety was presented in Accra, Ghana and in Bogota, Colombia. Roadside Safety Design was presented in Kampala, Uganda and Lima, Peru. All courses were presented in early 2010.
    • JMM assisting the International Road Federation (IRF) with their Latin American activities. JMM is assisting the IRF with their Latin American activities, including assisting with the third IRF Latin American Regional Conference (LARC), held in Bogota, Colombia, October 2010. JMM’s Juan M. Morales also made a presentation on work zone standards 2nd LARC in Lima, Peru in 2008 and presented a seminar on Safety of Vulnerable Road Users at the Argentinean Road Association’s annual meeting in Mar del Plata, Argentina, September 2009.