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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Climate Change and Its Impact on Infrastructure Systems in the Midwest

Friday, October 13th, 2017
Climate change and infrastructure in the Midwest

The lifeblood of a community is its infrastructure system. In light of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – which are only the most recent examples of extreme weather events to affect the nation – the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) has examined the anticipated impact climate change will have on the Midwest.

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Rising Traffic Volumes Reaffirm the Need for Infrastructure Investment: FHWA

Friday, September 8th, 2017
Federal Highway Administration Logo

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) isn’t pulling any punches with the conclusion it draws from the latest figures for U.S. traffic volumes, which show “a streak of steadily increasing vehicle miles travelled (VMT) that began in 2011.”

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What’s Working: Governor Cuomo on the Making of New York’s Massive New Bridge

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Part of the new, state-of-the-art bridge replacing the aging Tappan Zee over New York’s Hudson River opens Friday. Norah O’Donnell climbed to the top of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to find out what it took to get the bridge built on time and on budget in four years.

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What Skewed Rail Crossings Do to Bicyclists

Monday, August 21st, 2017

This video is the result of a research effort by faculty and students at the University of Tennessee to document and study the hazards associated with railway grade crossings on bicycle safety (published in the Journal of Transport & Health). Most video was captured in August and September, 2014 on Neyland Drive, in Knoxville TN. The City of Knoxville has since realigned both rail crossings largely solving the safety problem.

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FHWA: Total Solar Eclipse – What You Need to Know

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Map of total solar eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.

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Colorado DOT Never Sleeps

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

At CDOT, it’s our job to do two things in transportation: save lives and make people’s lives better.

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How to Fix Traffic Forever

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Join Wendover Productions in exploring some seemingly obvious, but surprisingly effective, innovations in traffic control. From congestion pricing to diverging diamond interchanges, these systems effortlessly increase the flow of traffic and minimize the potential for collisions.

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Chicago’s Dearborn & Randolph Protected Intersection

Friday, July 28th, 2017

…this configuration in Chicago may be the most heavily used by not only bike riders but pedestrians as well. During the busiest times of rush hour and lunchtime, it sure gets a ton of use by plenty of people. I was lucky to grab Kyle Whitehead from the Active Transportation Alliance for 30 minutes to show me both of Chicago’s intersections. This one is at the intersection of Dearborn & Randolph which was completed near the end of 2016.

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IBTTA Announces 2017 International Toll Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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The 2017 International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s (IBTTA) Toll Excellence Award Winners are revolutionizing mobility for drivers around the globe by implementing cutting-edge solutions to 21st century transportation challenges…The annual awards presented by IBTTA, recognize innovative strategies to help ease traffic flow, relieve congestion and increase safety for the global driving public. The awards are presented in the following categories: Administration and Finance; Customer Service and Marketing; Social Responsibility; Technology; Toll Operations, Engineering and Maintenance; and Private Sector Innovation.

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Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

With the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists on the rise, MassDOT has launched a campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. We all play an important role in keeping our roads safe, please do your part and “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”

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