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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Nevada: Flood in the Desert

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Nevada: Flood in the Desert

After flooding near Las Vegas closed Interstate 15, crews were able to re-open the flood-ravaged interstate in just four days. Here’s the story:
On Sept. 8, 2014, remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert dumped nearly six inches of rain in the Moapa/Glendale area north of Las Vegas—more than the area typically receives in an entire year.

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Wisconsin DOT Projections vs Reality: An Analysis of Traffic Trends

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Total Growth in Miles Traveled

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Wisconsin is undergoing a marked shift in how people in the state are choosing to travel. Data show that the number of miles driven in the state has fallen, or has levelled off in the last ten years. This is in sharp contrast to previous decades, when people drove more each year, since the creation of the Interstate System in the 1960’s.

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Asheville, NC: Why North Carolina Needs the I-26 Connector Project

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Asheville, NC: Why North Carolina Needs the I-26 Connector Project

This video provides an animated representation of the proposed alternatives for each section of the project, and also contains narration which further serves as a guide as to how each alternative would operate if constructed.

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Denver, CO: Creating a Better Future With the I-70 East Corridor Project

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Denver, CO: Creating a Better Future With the I-70 East Corridor Project

This video features the structural, safety and congestion challenges the I-70 East Corridor Project currently faces between Brighton Boulevard and Tower Road in Denver, Colorado. It presents a solution developed by CDOT and the community.

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Video: Georgia Express Lanes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Video: Georgia Express Lanes

Georgia Express Lanes are an innovative solution to ‘manage’ traffic congestion and provide travel choices for interstate travelers. This system uses restricted access points, toll pricing, and exempt vehicles to provide more reliable travel options for motorists on Georgia DOT’s state highway.

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California Transportation By The Numbers

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
VOC, Congestion & Safety

TRIP
With a current unemployment rate of 7.4 percent and with the state’s population continuing to grow, California must improve its system of roads, highways and bridges to foster economic growth and keep businesses in the state. In addition to economic growth, transportation improvements are needed to ensure safe, reliable mobility and quality of life for all Californians. Meeting California’s need to modernize and maintain its system of roads, highways and bridges will require a significant boost in local, state and federal funding.

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Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Figure ES-2. Vehicle-Miles Traveled per Capita in the United States, 1946-2013

U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
Americans drive no more in total now than we did in 2005, and no more on average than we did at the end of Bill Clinton’s first term as president. The recent stagnation in driving comes on the heels of a six decade-long Driving Boom that saw steady, rapid increases in driving and congestion across the United States, along with the investment of more than $1 trillion of public money in highways…But even though the Driving Boom is now over, state and federal governments continue to pour vast sums of money into the construction of new highways and expansion of old ones—at the expense of urgent needs such as road and bridge repairs, improvements in public transportation and other transportation priorities.

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21st Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Table ES1: Performance of State-Owned Highways, 2009–2012

REASON FOUNDATION
Reason Foundation’s 21st Annual Highway Report tracks the performance of the 50 state-owned highway systems from 1984 to 2012. Each state’s overall rating consists of 11 category rankings. The rankingsinclude highway expenditures, Interstate and rural primary road pavement conditions, bridge conditions, urban Interstate/freeway congestion, fatality rates and narrow rural arterial lanes. The study is based on spending and performance data submitted by the state highway agencies to the federal government. It also reviews changes in highway performance since 2009, the prior report’s focus.

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Video: Rebuilding Colorado After the 2013 Flood

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Video: Rebuilding Colorado After the 2013 Flood

The floods of 2013 left Colorado’s road network in shambles, but by uniting toward a common goal, the state rebuilt its infrastructure to be even better, even more resilient, than before. This inspiring video traces the path of the Colorado Department of Transportation as it worked with citizens and stakeholder groups to get Colorado moving again.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Rudy Malfabon, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Rudy Malfabon, Director, Nevada DOT

Rudy Malfabon has worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation for more than 25 years. As director, he is responsible for the daily operations of the department that has an annual operating budget of over $800 million and close to 1,750 employees.

“I think that transportation infrastructure is an investment in the economy and it grows the economy. It pays back dividends. Not just the jobs that are created during construction, but the jobs that are sustained by businesses that are improved in access by that transportation.”

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