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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

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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Highway Boondoggles + The Illiana Expressway

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Photo by Brad/Flickr Creative Commons License

(This post also appears in Going Places, a policy blog by CNT’s Jacky Grimshaw)I recently read the U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s excellent new report, Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future. I couldn’t help thinking about the decision(s) looming in CNT’s backyard about the proposed Illiana Expressway.Highway Boondoggles focuses on the national and local mismanagement […]

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America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Wyoming Department of Transportation’s $146.2 million Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project increased safety and mobility by upgrading a 50-year-old road on a major route leading to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. New under-crossings were built so wildlife and snowmobilers can pass under the highway safely. New shoulders, passing lanes, and upgraded bridges and parking facilities allow a safe trip through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project was recognized as a Regional Winner in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition and it is also a Top 10 finalist, competing for the National Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Watch this presentation and hundreds more videos 24/7 at www.transportationtv.org

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Bend, OR: Engineering Wildlife Crossings

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Bend, OR: Engineering Wildlife Crossings

Central Oregon wildlife use the new wildlife undercrossings along U.S. 97 south of Bend.

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Nevada: Flood in the Desert

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Nevada: Flood in the Desert

After flooding near Las Vegas closed Interstate 15, crews were able to re-open the flood-ravaged interstate in just four days. Here’s the story:
On Sept. 8, 2014, remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert dumped nearly six inches of rain in the Moapa/Glendale area north of Las Vegas—more than the area typically receives in an entire year.

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Wisconsin DOT Projections vs Reality: An Analysis of Traffic Trends

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Total Growth in Miles Traveled

1000 FRIENDS OF WISCONSIN
Wisconsin is undergoing a marked shift in how people in the state are choosing to travel. Data show that the number of miles driven in the state has fallen, or has levelled off in the last ten years. This is in sharp contrast to previous decades, when people drove more each year, since the creation of the Interstate System in the 1960’s.

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Solar-Paneled Roadways: Future Infrastructure

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Solar-Paneled Roadways: Future Infrastructure

We’re all aware that America’s infrastructure is in trouble and needs some serious restoration work done ASAP…I don’t need to convince you that we have an urgent problem…Instead, I am here to spark a conversation about a potential solution to two of the problems. In my opinion it’s a pretty sweet deal as it is one solution that fixes two issues. I don’t know about you, but when I’m shopping around I’m a sucker for two for one deals so this tickles my fancy nicely. The problems are our aging roadways and power grid. The solution, potentially, is solar freakin’ roadways.

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Asheville, NC: Why North Carolina Needs the I-26 Connector Project

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Asheville, NC: Why North Carolina Needs the I-26 Connector Project

This video provides an animated representation of the proposed alternatives for each section of the project, and also contains narration which further serves as a guide as to how each alternative would operate if constructed.

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Virginia DOT: Introducing the Flashing Yellow Arrow

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Virginia DOT: Introducing the Flashing Yellow Arrow

Virginia DOT describes the purpose and operation of the flashing yellow arrow, now being installed in various locations in Virginia.

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