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Denver, CO: Repairing the Pecos Street Bridge Over I-80 (Time Lapse)

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Denver, CO: Repairing the Pecos Street Bridge Over I-80 (Time Lapse)

Colorado DOT reconstructs the Pecos Street Bridge over I-70 outside of Denver. This 60-second time lapse video makes it look easy!

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Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Figure ES-1. Industrial Discharges of Toxic Chemicals to Waterways by Watershed Region

ENVIRONMENT CALIFORNIA
Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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Baltimore, MD: Building Resilience Through Immigration

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Baltimore, MD: Building Resilience Through Immigration

Two years ago, the city of Baltimore, in a bid to reverse population decline, announced a plan to draw 10,000 people to the city. One of the key demographics would be immigrants. Here, we look at why immigration is well-suited to helping a city bounce back from the shock of depopulation.

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Bicycling in New Brunswick, NJ

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Bicycling in New Brunswick, NJ

The City of New Brunswick has installed shared lanes, known as sharrows, and dedicated bike lanes throughout the City. These lanes include a dedicated bike lane on Remsen Avenue and sharrows in the 2nd, 5th and 6th Wards. Other City funds are being used to create lanes in other non-residential areas of town, such as College Avenue.

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Los Angeles Parking Meter Reform, Reasonable Edition

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The LA Times Editorial Board published a post this morning imploring city officials to come up with a more just system, so I’m throwing out a few ideas. My motivation here is two-fold. First, to find a solution that maintains high enough fees to discourage scofflaws because parking turnover is important to both consumers and businesses — $23 simply doesn’t meet that requirement. Second, to minimize the frustration of excessive fines resulting from the rare, honest mistake, and to reduce the confusion that leads to those mistakes. If you get three parking tickets a month, it’s you that needs to re-evaluate, not the city. Parking tickets have a place in a congested, highly urbanized city, but they must be perceived as fair if they’re to survive. Here are my recommendations:

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Virginia DOT: Restoring the I-95 Bridges

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Virginia DOT: Restoring the I-95 Bridges

VDOT project manager Scott Fisher talks about the I-95 Bridges Restoration Project that took place in Richmond, Va.
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Seattle, WA: Building Underground Walls to Fix Bertha

Friday, July 4th, 2014
Seattle, WA: Building Underground Walls to Fix Bertha

Raw footage of crews installing one of the 73 intersecting piles that will enclose the 120-foot-deep pit that will allow crews to access and repair Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine.

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Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Time-lapse video of the demolition of the westbound Ontario Street to southbound I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) ramp over the Kennedy Expressway Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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Missouri DOT: Take a Ride on the “Snooper”

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Missouri DOT: Take a Ride on the “Snooper”

Missouri Department of Transportation provides a lending hand to the Army Corps of Engineers at Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO. The MoDOT bridge inspection crew gave the Corps a lift in one of MoDOT’s under bridge inspection units allowing them to inspect dam. This video provides a first person view of what a ride in an under bridge inspection unit to inspect underneath bridges looks like. Enjoy the ride!

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Parking in San Francisco: Pilot Project Evaluation

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Smart meters, legacy meters and SFpark areas: Location of smart meters and blocks participating in rate adjustments

SFpark
SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
While the SFpark pilot project had many goals, its primary focus was to make it easier to find a parking space. More precisely, the goal was to increase the amount of time that there was parking available on every block and improve the utilization of garages. Besides helping drivers, making it easier to park more of the time was expected to deliver other benefits (e.g., reducing circling, double parking, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.).

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