Webinar: Maximizing capacity: new applications for full-time and on-demand hard should running


Hard shoulder running has been a popular method for transportation agencies to increase capacity in the existing right of way, especially during peak periods along heavily-congested corridors. This webinar will focus on new applications of hard shoulder running for automobiles and transit from the Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington DOTs, including an overview of the projects, lessons learned, and best practices for other agencies to consider.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the important elements of a successful hard shoulder running program
  • Learn how to sell the concept of hard shoulder running to local decision makers, as well as the travelling public
  • Learn about different methods of implementing hard shoulder running, including inside shoulder, outside shoulder, and transit-only, and understand tradeoffs associated with the different scenarios
  • Be able to apply traffic volume and travel time data to make the case for investing in a hard shoulder running program


  • Barrett Hanson

Barrett Hanson is a design manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s I-405/SR 167 Program. He was the design project manager for the I-405 – SR 527 to I-5 Northbound Peak-Use Shoulder Lane project delivered in 2017. This project was the first dynamic peak-use shoulder lane (hard shoulder running) application in the state of Washington. Barrett and his team developed the concept of operations, environmental documentation, and design-build procurement documents for the project on a very accelerated timeframe. He has been working on the I-405 Corridor Program for 14 years and has led the development of and helped administer several design-build projects including the I-405 – NE 6th to I-5 Widening and Express Toll Lanes Project.

  • Karl Westby

Karl Westby is the traffic manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s I-405/SR 167 Program. He has extensive experience with traffic operations, planning and managed lanes, including toll lanes. Karl graduated with his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Washington. He has delivered multiple national conference presentations and published numerous papers. Karl’s team conducted the traffic operations and crash modeling for the I-405 peak-use shoulder lane.

  • Brian Kary, Minnesota DOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center:

Brian Kary is the Director of Traffic Operations at MnDOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center. He oversees the daily operations of the traffic management center including MnPASS Express Lanes, ramp metering, 511 traveler information and active traffic management. Brian played a key role in developing MnDOT’s operation strategy in developing a hard shoulder running lane on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis.

  • Dave Holstein, Administrator, Office of Roadway Engineering, Ohio DOT Division of Engineering

Dave has been with ODOT in various capacities for almost 27 years including 19 years as the State Traffic Engineer. Dave currently serves as the Administrator of the Office of Roadway Engineering and is responsible for Traffic Control Design, Standards, Geometrics, Interchange Studies, Value Engineering, Performance Based Practical Design and Maintenance of Traffic. In addition to his years at ODOT, Dave worked two years at a Traffic Engineering consultant firm that acted as the City Traffic Engineer for numerous communities in Southwest Ohio.

Target Audience:

Engineering supervisors and project managers tasked with congestion mitigation and traffic management. TSMO practitioners interested in understanding the impacts of new hard shoulder running infrastructure and policy on their larger traffic operations programs.

Operations Area of Practice

  • Active Traffic Management (ATM)
  • HOV Lanes / HOT Lanes
  • Pricing / Toll Roads

Organizational Capability Element

  • Active Traffic Management/Travel Demand Management/Pricing

Event Type

  • Webinar

Content Type

  • Presentation

Publishing Organization

  • NOCoE


  • Learning

Document Downloads

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Issue Date
September 28th, 2017
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