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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Palmetto Beach, FL: A Mural of Miniatures

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Palmetto Beach, FL: A Mural of Miniatures

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) along with the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division devise an interesting way for the Palmetto Beach neighborhood to re-capture its identity while dealing with the transportation needs of Port Tampa Bay. Artist Stephen Hayford plays a major role in helping Palmetto Beach residents express community pride.

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Minnesota DOT: Fighting Winter with the “Ice Breaker”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Minnesota DOT: Fighting Winter with the “Ice Breaker”

This video describes the Ice Breaker machine that MnDOT is using to break up the ice on Minnesota roadways. The video was produced by Rich Kemp and Sue Roe.

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New York State’s Top Transportation Issues

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
New York State: Cost to Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP Executive Summary Eight years after the nation suffered a significant economic downturn, New York’s economy continues to rebound. The rate of economic growth in New York, which will be greatly impacted by the reliability and condition of the state’s transportation system, continues to have a significant impact on quality of life in the Empire […]

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Highway Boondoggles 2: More Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Figure ES-1. Federal Highway Trust Fund Highway Excise Tax and User Fee Revenues and Highway Expenditures, 2000-2013 (actual) and 2014-2025 (projected)

U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
FRONTIER GROUP
America is in a long-term transportation funding crisis. Our roads, bridges and transit systems are falling into disrepair. Demand for public transportation, as well as safe bicycle and pedestrian routes, is growing. Traditional sources of transportation revenue, especially the gas tax, are not keeping pace with the needs. Even with the recent passage of a five-year federal transportation bill, the future of transportation funding remains uncertain.

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Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Report Card for D.C.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
NATIONAL CAPITAL SECTION
The District of Columbia has 265 bridge structures; 226 of the bridges are owned by the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the remaining 39 are owned by the National Park Service (NPS). The average age of a bridge in D.C. is 58 years, and 80% of the bridges will need to be replaced or rehabilitated in the next 10 years. However, the District made significant strides to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges from 8% to 3% in just three years. Despite this progress, more than 220,000 trips are taken over a structurally deficient bridge every day and a quarter of bridges have at least one major component in fair condition.

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Arizona DOT: U.S. 60 Oak Flat Project Update

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Arizona DOT: U.S. 60 Oak Flat Project Update

Arizona Department of Transportation Employees give an update on the ongoing project east of Superior, AZ.

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Interregional Travel: A New Perspective for Policy Making

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
FIGURE 2-1 Factors contributing to increases in long-distance person miles of travel (PMT), 1977–1995. (Derived from Pisarski 2013.)

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
This study reviews the demand for interregional travel in the United States and the uncertainties that arise in supplying transportation services and infrastructure to accommodate it. Consideration is given to relevant experience in other countries, especially in providing intercity passenger rail. A central finding is that appropriate analytical tools and up-to-date data on long-distance travel in the United States are lacking, which complicates decisions about how to invest in the country’s interregional corridors in ways that will serve future travelers most effectively and further other policy goals such as protecting the environment, enhancing safety, and curbing energy use.

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Colorado DOT: New Technology to Keep Traffic Flowing

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Colorado DOT: New Technology to Keep Traffic Flowing

The Colorado Department of Transportation introduces RoadX and HERE, two 21st-century technologies to help make driving safer and more efficient statewide.

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Nevada DOT: 2015 Year in Review

Friday, January 8th, 2016
Nevada DOT: 2015 Year in Review

We broke ground on several important projects including the first phase of Interstate 11 that will eventually connect Las Vegas to Phoenix, and the U.S. 95/215 “Centennial Bowl” in Northwest Las Vegas that will greatly enhance traffic mobility and motorist safety.

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Nevada’s Highway 50: The Loneliest Road in America (Timelapse)

Monday, January 4th, 2016
Nevada’s Highway 50: The Loneliest Road in America (Timelapse)

New Yorker Byran Dai travels Nevada’s portion of Highway 50, The Loneliest Road in America. While many have traversed this legendary stretch of road, very few have captured the entire journey start to end time-lapse style.

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