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ALDOT Access Management Manual Workshop


Pelham, AL
August 9, 2022 - CLASS FULL
Huntsville, AL
August 10, 2022
Mobile, AL
August 23, 2022
Montgomery, AL
August 24, 2022

This training course is intended to inform and educate individuals on the updated version of the Alabama Department of Transportation Access Management Manual. The purpose of ALDOT’s Access Management Manual is to set out standards for managing access to and from state roads and highways. The primary goals of access management include:

    • Protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public,
    • Maintaining the highway rights-of-way, and
    • Preserving the functional level of state roads and highways while meeting the needs of the motoring public

Attendees will be introduced to the basic principles of access management, its benefits, and considerations in terms of roadway geometric design and traffic operations. Understanding the effects of access management from the perspective of developers, consulting engineers, public officials, and private citizens will be presented through case studies. These examples will show application of theoretical and conceptual access designs in real world scenarios and should be of interest to any individual with responsible charge for ensuring both functional and safe roadway a

This course should be of direct interest to those individuals in the civil engineering field, including state, county, and city engineers, public works officials, transportation engineers, consultants, and all those with responsibilities for streets and highways.


Darrell Skipper, P.E. is President of Skipper Consulting, a traffic engineering and transportation planning consulting firm established in 1998. Prior to entering the consulting field, Mr. Skipper served as Jefferson County’s Traffic Engineer and Assistant Traffic Engineer for the City of Montgomery. Mr. Skipper is a licensed professional engineer in Alabama and 13 other states. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Skipper has completed numerous corridor traffic operation/safety and access management plans for ALDOT. Mr. Skipper was one of the original authors of the original Access Management Manual for the ALDOT and served as one of the primary authors for the current update of that document.

Jim Meads, P.E. is President and CEO of Sain Associates, a multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm. Mr. Meads has more than 35 years of transportation engineering experience throughout Alabama and the Eastern United States and is a licensed professional engineer in 23 states. He has led training for the ALDOT leadership program, ALSITE, and other professional organizations. He serves as ACEC Alabama’s National Director. Mr. Meads was also one of the original authors for the ALDOT’s first Access Management Manual, and he served as one of the primary authors for the current update of that document.

Charles Cochran, P.E., PTOE, RSP is a project manager at Sain Associates. He has 10 years of experience in the traffic engineering field and is a licensed professional engineer in Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Prior to joining Sain Associates, Mr. Cochran worked for the Mississippi DOT in their traffic engineering division. He has previously led training on wrong way prevention for the ALDOT staff. Mr. Cochran also served as one of the primary authors of the current update of the ALDOT’s Access Management Manual, and he participated in the associated training activities for the ALDOT.