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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Oregon: The Beauty of Mt. Hood and the Safety of U.S. 26

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Oregon: The Beauty of Mt. Hood and the Safety of U.S. 26

Our safety project on Mt. Hood will affect your travel in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Learn what we are doing and how you will be affected.

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Washoe County, NV: Constructing I-580′s Galena Bridge

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Washoe County, NV: Constructing I-580′s Galena Bridge

The I-580 freeway extension between Reno and Carson City opened in late August 2012. This time lapse video shows construction of the freeway’s showcase bridge, the Galena Creek Bridge.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Chart 1. Rural Population Change 2010-2012 by County

TRIP
America’s rural heartland plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, many of its natural resources and popular tourist destinations, and as the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that supports America’s economy and way of life. The strength of the nation’s rural economy relies greatly on the quality of its transportation system, particularly its roadways, which link rural America with the rest of the U.S. and to markets in other countries. The economy of rural America, which supports the quality of life for the approximately 46 million Americans living in rural areas, rides on the quality and connectivity of the rural transportation system.

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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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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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The Highway Trust Fund and Surface Transportation Programs in the Federal Budget

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Figure 1: Receipts, Outlays, and Balance or Shortfall for the Highway Trust Fund Under CBO’s April 2014 Baseline

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE
The federal government spends more than $50 billion per year on surface transportation programs, mostly in the form of grants to state and local governments. Much of this spending is for highways and mass transit programs financed through the Highway Trust Fund. Those programs have an unusual treatment in the federal budget, and the way they are classified in the budget facilitates the spending of more money from the trust fund than there are dedicated revenues to support such spending. Those revenues come from excise taxes on the sale of motor fuels, trucks and trailers, and truck tires, and from taxes on the use of certain kinds of vehicles.

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MDOT: Michigan Needs to Build Roads That Last

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
MDOT: Michigan Needs to Build Roads That Last

It’s easy to find examples of roads in Michigan that saw repairs just a few years ago and are falling apart again. It’s also easy to see why drivers and taxpayers think shoddy workmanship is to blame. Michigan follows national design and construction standards, and is a leader in roadwork warranties. MDOT can and does build quality roads, but Michigan’s current investment in transportation doesn’t support much more than short-term fixes for our aging system.

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Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros

Friday, June 20th, 2014
U.S. Metropolitan Land Use Options

SMART GROWTH AMERICA

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