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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Change in automobile trips after Complete Streets improvements.

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.

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Charleston, SC: Requiem for the Grace Memorial Bridge

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Charleston, SC: Requiem for the Grace Memorial Bridge

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 10 years since anyone drove from Mount Pleasant to Charleston on the Grace Memorial Bridge. To commemorate the occasion, For this week’s throwback Thursday, SCDOT video producer Drew Stewart dug up some video of the bridge that is now, “gone with the wind.”

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Utah’s Most Critical Surface Transportation Projects

Monday, March 16th, 2015

TRIP
Utah’s diverse economy relies on significant employment in mining, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, information technology, finance and petroleum production…From 1990 to 2013, Utah’s population increased by 68 percent, from approximately 1.8 million to approximately 2.9 million. Utah’s population is expected to increase to approximately 4.4 million by 2030.

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Oregon DOT: Community Support for the Sunrise Corridor Project

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Oregon DOT: Community Support for the Sunrise Corridor Project

With the support of local stakeholders, Oregon DOT is moving on with an important project to reduce congestion.

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Milwaukee, WI: Night Work on Bluemound Road

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Milwaukee, WI: Night Work on Bluemound Road

Timelapse video of the girders being installed for the new Bluemound Road Bridge, over I-94, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information visit: www.zoointerchange.wi.gov

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Oak Creek Canyon, AZ: Predicting, Evaluating & Repairing Sinkholes

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Oak Creek Canyon, AZ: Predicting, Evaluating & Repairing Sinkholes

ADOT crews have completed repairs to State Route 89A and the roadway is once again open to traffic (Feb. 10, 2015). The road had been closed to traffic since Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 because of damage caused from a sinkhole in the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks.

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Iowa Infrastructure: ASCE 2015 Report Card

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Iowa Infrastructure Report Card 2015

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
IOWA SECTION
The 2015 Report Card for Iowa’s Infrastructure has been prepared to acquaint Iowans with the extent, condition and importance of the capital assets that support modern life. It is hoped that this information, along with the grades, will encourage awareness of and concern for these often under-appreciated facilities. Iowa’s ASCE members hope that the grades will alert citizens, media agencies, business leaders, and elected officials to the needs of the infrastructure and induce a commitment to giving it proper care and upkeep.

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Ohio Statewide Transit Needs

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Figure 1: Ohio Transit Agencies Sources of Funding

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Changing cultural preferences for transportation are evident from both younger (millennials) and older generations (baby boomers). A large portion of these populations express a desire to live in communities that are bikeable, walkable and have transit.

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Iowa’s Top Transportation Challenges

Friday, February 20th, 2015

TRIP
Iowa 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 residents. Meeting Iowa’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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Colorado DOT: Why Build Express Lanes?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Colorado DOT: Why Build Express Lanes?

Colorado Dept. of Transportation provides informative video on the benefits of highway express lanes, which speed up traffic flow, manage congestion, and bolster revenue to transportation agencies.

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