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Keeping It Local:
Transportation Planning Integral to Jordan High Renovations

Gary Hamrick, vice president for Western Region Planning
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The renovation of Jordan High School involves more than modernizing old buildings. Access to and from campus must be considered during renovation. That’s where the experts at Iteris, Inc., a Santa Ana-based transportation management company, come in.

Working out of the Iteris firm's Long Beach offices, Gary Hamrick, vice president for Western Region Planning, heads a team that will examine existing traffic and access patterns and consider vehicular drop-off, pick-up, parking, bicycle access and pedestrian issues.

"Using a combination of observation, measurements and other field work at Jordan High School plus advanced technologies and software-based transportation analysis, we will determine the best way to accommodate all modes of access, reduce traffic congestion and maintain safety at and around Jordan High," said Hamrick.

"We combine decades of expertise in traffic engineering, transportation planning, and information technologies with specialized patented products we've developed to find the best solutions for making entry and exit from campus efficient and easy," he said.

Aside from its work with school districts, Iteris has contracts with local, state and federal governments as well as private industry. Recent Iteris transportation projects include assisting the LA Metro transit agency with rail and bus system improvements throughout Los Angeles County and working with the City of Long Beach on its long-range mobility plan. Iteris also designed and installed advanced traffic signal systems along Ocean Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.

Hamrick is a transportation planner by training, having earned a masters degree in urban and transportation planning from UCLA. As a 25-year resident of Long Beach, he is familiar with the city’s traffic flow issues.

Other members of his team include transportation planners and engineers Janet Harvey, Candice Sullivan and Luke Yang.