Session No. 8C

The “How-Tos” of the New Design Manual 2 — Contextual Roadway Design

Complete livable streets are planned, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to provide mobility for all users, appropriate to the function and context of the facility. Transportation professionals in the 21st century must be cognizant of the public’s travel needs and an area’s livability as projects progress from conception through construction. This session, The “How-Tos” of the New Design Manual 2 — Contextual Roadway Design, will provide an overview of PennDOT’s new geometric design process by providing a synopsis of the design concepts and a walkthrough of specific project examples. 

Moderator: Brian Shunk, P.E., Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The “How-Tos” of the New Design Manual 2 Overview

  • Brian Shunk, P.E., Alternative Funding Engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation          

The “How-Tos” of the New Design Manual 2 Project Examples

  • Keith Johnson, Senior Project Manager, Gannett Fleming  


Brian E. Shunk, P.E. is a transportation engineer/planner with more than 35 years of experience in both the private and public sectors spanning a broad range of transportation projects encompassing multiple travel modes. Currently, Shunk is an Alternative Funding Engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where he assists with the development of the PennDOT PAthways initiative and the Major Bridge P3 program. He serves as the lead engineer and project manager for the development of PennDOT’s new geometric design manual update to incorporate a context driven/flexible design philosophy.  Additionally, he is the project manager for the development and implementation of PennDOT’s Risk Management for Project Development, and PennDOT’s upcoming Project Manager Training. Shunk is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering; is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida. He is also a member of the AASHTO Joint Technical Committee on Non‐Motorized Transportation.       

Keith Johnson is a Senior Project Manager for Gannett Fleming. He has more than 34 years of consulting and public-sector experience in the management of transportation planning, design and traffic engineering projects. He has performed corridor studies, travel demand modeling, traffic simulation modeling, toll and revenue studies, traffic impact studies, as well as long-range transportation plans, transit planning, and bicycle/pedestrian planning. Johnson was also the Co-Director for the Center For Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (CSTI) and Coordinator Transportation Engineering Program for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Pittsburgh Campus. He is currently the Project Manager for the Design Manual 2 Rewrite Project. This project is through the Highway Design and Technology Section of the Bureau of Project Delivery at PennDOT Central Office.

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Dec. 10, 2021

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891