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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

How to Be Prepared For the Inevitable Takeover of Autonomous Vehicles: A Letter to Jeff Brandes

Friday, November 7th, 2014
"I sure hope no one else gets in here." Photo from Car and Driver.

In Florida, Republican state senator Jeff Brandes is making the case that Pinellas County – home of the last metro area in the U.S. to develop a regional transit network – shouldn’t invest in light rail because autonomous vehicles will make mass transit pointless…In that spirit, I’ve put together a list of recommendations that Mr. Brandes can use in developing policy to prepare for this brave new world of robotic transportation. It’s one thing not to waste money on a boondoggle technology like light rail that’s faithfully served people for barely even 100 years –if we’re serious about autonomous vehicles and their guaranteed ability to solve all of our problems, we need to be more proactive.

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Introduction to Solar Roadways

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Introduction to Solar Roadways

If you have seen this viral video, you will know that Julie and Scott Brusaw have grabbed the imagination of several million people, with an invention that could benefit the lives of hundreds of times that number…When I saw it, several questions occurred to me about things such as cost, practicality, durability, traction and (a bit later) the effect of dirt covering, power generation/distribution, and several more…Here’s a small selection of questions from a large number that have already been answered (and whose answers are kept current as the project evolves)

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Assessment of California’s Local Streets & Roads

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Breakdown of Road Centerline Miles by Agency

SAVE CALIFORNIA STREETS
Every trip begins on a city street or county road. Whether traveling by bicycle, bus, rail, truck or family automobile, Californians need a reliable and well-maintained local street and road system. Unfortunately, these continue to be challenging times for our street and road system due to increased demand and unreliable funding. There is a significant focus on climate change and building sustainable communities, yet sustainable communities cannot function without a well-maintained local street and road system. The need for multi-modal opportunities on the local system has never been more essential. Every component of California’s transportation system is critical to providing a seamless, interconnected system that supports the traveling public and economic vitality throughout the state.

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Alabama’s Successes and Needed Improvements in Transportation Infrastructure

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Alabama Transportation Infrastructure

CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC POLICY, ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
This report considers changes to our state’s transportation system, building on some notable strengths and successes and guided by considerations of what Alabama needs to do to yield maximum economic return. At the same time, this report envisions an Alabama where all citizens have a chance to make a positive contribution.

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Massachusetts Transportation by the Numbers

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Cost of Congestion in MA

TRIPExecutive SummaryMassachusetts’ extensive system of roads, bridges, highways and public transit provides the state’s residents, visitors and businesses with a high level of mobility. This transportation  system, which also includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities, forms the backbone that supports  the state’s economy. Massachusetts’ surface transportation system enables the state’s residents  and visitors to travel to work […]

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Milton, KY: Time Lapse Video of Milton-Madison Bridge Milestones

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Milton, KY: Time Lapse Video of Milton-Madison Bridge Milestones

This video highlights the construction milestones of the Milton-Madison Bridge, which include the rising of the trusses into place on temporary piers…the blasts that brought down the old bridge…and the amazing slide of the new bridge onto its permanent piers. The half-mile structure was slid 55 feet making this the longest bridge slide of its type in North America — perhaps the world.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Aaron M. Renn, Urban Affairs Analyst and Founder of The Urbanophile

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Aaron M. Renn on The Infra Blog

Aaron M. Renn is The Urbanophile, an opinion-leading urban affairs analyst, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in the 21st century.

“Fundamentally, we have to take a hard look in the mirror and realize that, to some extent, the systems that we have in place in America are a reflection of the values of the people who live here…The public needs to take a look in the mirror and say this is what we’ve chosen as a society.”

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Freight Matters: Washington State Farmers Feed the World

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Freight Matters: Washington State Farmers Feed the World

Chad Denny and his family grow wheat in eastern Washington and sell it to local mills and to the world. Their grain ships to their customers by road, highway, freight railroad, and the river system. How can our freight routes support family farmers? See the Washington State Freight Mobility Plan for more.

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Lowell, MI: Sliding the Alden Nash Avenue Bridge Into Place

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Lowell, MI: Sliding the Alden Nash Avenue Bridge Into Place

The new bridge will be constructed adjacent to the existing bridge and traffic will be diverted to the new bridge in its temporary location. The old structure was demolished and the new bridge was slid into place. Bridge slide technology greatly reduces the amount of time a bridge is out of service. M-50 was closed and detoured for only two weekends (during demolition and during the slide), as opposed to a multiple-month closure typically associated with a traditional bridge replacement.

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Arlington, VA: Then and Now

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Arlington, VA: Then and Now

In 1949, the Virginia Department of Highways, now VDOT, did a traffic study along Route 29 in Arlington. A few years ago, VDOT discovered an old reel of 16mm film taken during the study. We shot a drive-along of the Lee Highway in 2014 to show how this busy corridor has grown in the past 65 years.
-vdotweb on YouTube

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