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Access Management

SEMCOG can help develop an access management plan for corridors in member communities that would help prevent crashes, reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic flow, and preserve existing investment in roads.

What is access management?
Access management maximizes existing road capacity and reduces potential for crashes by limiting the number of access points (commercial driveways and median crossovers), carefully placing and spacing access points, and designing the road and access points to serve all users (drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders). Specifically, access management can help:

  • Reduce the number of traffic crashes and improve safety.
  • Preserve the flow of traffic and reduce traffic congestion.
  • Preserve the public investment in roads by reducing the need for additional lanes.
  • Enhance the value of private land development and sustain vibrant business districts.
  • Contribute to more livable communities.
  • Support community goals along corridors e.g., walkability/bikeability, transit accessibility, low-impact development to manage stormwater.
  • Enhance corridor aesthetics.

Who benefits from access management?

  • Motorists
  • Residents, visitors, and employees
  • Business owners, operators, and customers
  • Property owners
  • Pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders


Developing an access management plan

Implementing an access management plan

How SEMCOG can help