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Fundamentals of Planning, Design and Approval of Interchange Improvements to the Interstate System

PROGRAM AREA: Highway Safety
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
3 Days
1.8 Units
$500 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Accomplished

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


This course provides participants with key knowledge of freeway systems and interchange types, FHWA policy on justification for interchange access approval, and applications of technical knowledge and policy understanding to interchange project decisions. Topics covered in this course include service and system interchange types, 8-point interchange justification process, interchange study and selection process, fundamentals of freeway system operations and planning, urban freeway diagnosis, geometric design considerations, and technical and documentation procedures.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast design and operational attributes of different of freeway interchange types
  • Interpret and apply the elements of the FHWA Policy for approving Interstate access
  • Describe and apply principles of good freeway systems and interchange design
  • Describe the application of design exceptions to interchange project decisions
  • Describe the content of an appropriate safety and operational analysis to support an access request
  • Compare alternative designs based upon an assessment of appropriate measures of effectiveness (MOEs)
  • Apply an interchange design study procedure


The target audience for the course includes traffic engineers and transportation professionals with one to five years of working experience.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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