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Seattle, WA: Workers Inside the SR 99 Tunneling Machine

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Seattle, WA: Workers Inside the SR 99 Tunneling Machine

This video was provided by Ballard Marine Construction, the firm in charge of managing and performing hyperbaric work on the SR 99 Tunnel Project in Seattle. It shows crews at work behind the SR 99 tunneling machine’s cutterhead during a planned maintenance stop in spring 2016. To stabilize soil and water that would otherwise flow through openings in the cutterhead, crews must pump compressed air into their work space at the front end of the machine.

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Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

Monday, July 4th, 2016
Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Montgomery County Schools an Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant. With funding from the grant and additional support from partners,Curriculum Associates, Golden LEAF Foundation and Dream Builders Communications, the school system launched a new initiative, “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS). Montgomery County Schools started a one device per student (1:1) program and outfitted eight buses with WiFi hotspots.

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Minnesota DOT: The Noise Wall Video

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Minnesota DOT: The Noise Wall Video

MnDOT details the Who, What, Where and Why of noise walls. Are they right for your community?

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Connecting North Carolina: State Broadband Plan

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Figure 1. Broadband Deployment Rate Compared to Other States

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICE
…broadband’s benefits are not evenly dispersed and a digital divide, or “a gulf between those who have ready access to the internet and computers,” and those that don’t, is growing. Many communities, typically in sparsely populated or economically-distressed areas lack access to infrastructure or affordable service. Additionally, broadband adoption—the proportion of citizens subscribing to internet service—is low in NC given the rate of broadband availability in the state and contributes to the widening digital divide. This divide, new technologies, user demand, and greater reliance on internet access, necessitates ongoing infrastructure upgrades within our state.

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Atlanta, GA: Making a Visible Difference in the Proctor Creek Watershed Through Information and Data

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Atlanta, GA: Making a Visible Difference in the Proctor Creek Watershed Through Information and Data

Description: EPA is working to bring focused attention and coordinated action in more than 50 environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically distressed communities. This involves listening to community leaders and residents to understand their needs and then working with local, state and other federal partners to leverage our collective resources in support of local goals. In […]

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Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Active Transportation

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Active Transportation

Heidi Goedhart, UDOT’s Active Transportation Manager, helps us understand what “Active Transportation” means to Utah. She talks about UDOT’s programs to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on Utah roads, and also discusses what we are doing to promote safety in alternative modes of transportation. Road Respect and Head’s Up are two of the programs Heidi discusses.

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Oregon DOT: Planning for Tomorrow…Today!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Oregon DOT: Planning for Tomorrow…Today!

Learn why planning is an important step in the project delivery process and how the Oregon Department of Transportation works with local jurisdictions and other entities to reach a common solution when addressing a transportation challenge or opportunity.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: Engineering Excellence Awards

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
The 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry—showcased 151 ACEC Member Firm achievements from the United States and throughout the world…A panel of 29 judges, representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines, selected 24 projects for top awards—16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the Grand Conceptor Award, for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

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Indianapolis, IN: IndyGo Debuts New Transit Center

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Indianapolis, IN: IndyGo Debuts New Transit Center

Segment from RTV6 News in Indiana covers IndyGo’s new Indianapolis transit center. The regional transit agency is hoping that new infrastructure will lead to more users will take advantage of service.

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Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

The realization of a protected bike lane on NYC’s Amsterdam Avenue was an epic struggle years in the making. And the good guys finally won! The reason? In NYC, Community Boards have an advisory role in transportation changes to the street and NYC DOT is required to go thru them. Although “advisory”, the boards essentially have long had veto power over safety improvements, and if you have members on the body who aren’t educated in transportation matters or favor parking spaces and traffic speeds, it can easily mean the defeat of Vision Zero efforts for things like protected bike lanes. Compounding the effect is that board members are appointed for life!

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