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Long Beach, CA: Challenges in Bridge Construction

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Long Beach, CA: Challenges in Bridge Construction

An update on the progress of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and the challenges facing the engineering and construction team.

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Dollars Well Spent: Solar Energy in Massachusetts

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Dollars Well Spent: Solar Energy in Massachusetts

Celebrating the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Undersecretary for Energy Mark Sylvia (then Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner David Cash toured six solar investments across the Commonwealth from sun up to sun down. The tour made stops in Chatham, Barnstable, Pembroke, Worcester, Easthampton and Pittsfield, touting the installation of more than 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power on former landfills, and at wastewater treatment plants and drinking water facilities in those communities. The state’s comprehensive solar policies have led to growing deployment of solar power at homes, businesses, schools, parking lots and elsewhere. There is at least one solar installation in 350 of the 351 communities across the Commonwealth, totaling more than 615 MW, which is enough electricity to power nearly 94,000 homes.

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La Grande, OR: A Bicycle Detour for Highway Construction

Monday, August 25th, 2014
La Grande, OR: A Bicycle Detour for Highway Construction

Bicycle detour options around construction site on I-84 in eastern Oregon, west of La Grande.

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Los Angeles County: Profile of Clean Energy Investment Potential

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Mid-century Warming in the Los Angeles Region

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
UCLA LUSKIN CENTER FOR INNOVATION
The Environmental Defense Fund commissioned the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation to profile the potential for clean energy investments in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report (LASER): An Atlas of Investment Potential is multi-faceted. The LASER Atlas begins with this particular profile of clean energy investment potential at the county level. Other profiles that comprise the LASER Atlas are at the sub-regional level…This county level overview is designed to help community stakeholders identify areas of high potential for solar energy and the benefits of green economic investment. These benefits include capitalizing on incoming state and local funding while creating jobs and building community resilience to current environmental health and energy threats that climate change will exacerbate.

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Lowell, MI: Demolition of the M-50 Bridge

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Lowell, MI: Demolition of the M-50 Bridge

Normally, bridge demolition is a fairly fast process that can even allow for traffic to cross one side of the bridge during work. With the M-50 bridge, the situation was much different. Crews had to close the entire bridge due to the way it was built.

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OIder Pedestrians at Risk in the Tri-State Region: NY/ NJ/ CT

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Figure 1. Tri-State Average Pedestrian Fatality Rate by Age Group (2003-2012)

TRI-STATE TRANSPORTATION CAMPAIGN
TSTC’s analysis clearly shows that across the tri-state and in the U.S., pedestrians 60 and older are at higher risk of dying from a car collision than their younger neighbors.

Why is this? A larger proportion of older adults may choose not to drive or may be unable to drive than younger adults, leaving a great number of older adults reliant on walking and taking transit. Also, as AARP explains, “With advanced age, bone density declines, making serious injury or death more likely if one is hit by a car.[. . .] Falls among people 65 and older are an equally significant public health concern and cost more than $19 billion annually in total direct medical costs. Inadequate sidewalk maintenance increases older adults’ risk.”

Simple roadway improvements, such as clearly marked crosswalks, longer crossing signals and wider pedestrian islands can help older pedestrians cross the street. Well-maintained sidewalks also help older adults get around safely without a vehicle.

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Utah DOT: The Walking School Bus App

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Utah DOT: The Walking School Bus App

UDOT’s Walking School Bus app is a forward thinking tool that allows parents to create and plan walks to and from school. It allows parents to search by elementary school for existing walking groups, create walking groups and invite neighbors to join, plan walks to and from school, assign parent leaders to walk with students, group text within the app, and greatest of all, alerts parents when students have arrived safely at school!

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Back in the Fast Lane: How to Speed Public Transit Planning & Construction in California

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Figure 1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
EMMETT INSTITUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This brief seeks to explain some of the causes of the planning and construction delays and escalating costs for major public transit projects, such as rail and bus rapid transit. Among the factors are counter-productive regulatory processes, lack of coordination among overlapping agencies and entities, poor agency oversight of construction, and political compromises meant to appease powerful neighborhood groups and automobile drivers at the expense of the regional good.

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Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

TDOT is working on a new 25-Year Long-Range Plan. We’d like your input. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/transportationplan/

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Utah DOT: Cleaning Culverts with Remote-Control Machines

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Utah DOT: Cleaning Culverts with Remote-Control Machines

Region 2 crews cleaning culverts via remote control.

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