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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

East Bay, MI: U.S. 31 Project a Success

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
East Bay, MI: U.S. 31 Project a Success

June 25, 2015 – Officials from MDOT and US-31 project contractor Team Elmer’s and Traverse City-area business owners and managers talk about the success of the project in East Bay Township.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Phineas Baxandall, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. PIRG

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Phineas Baxandall on The Infra Blog

Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Policy Analyst at U.S. PIRG and directs program on tax and budget issues as well as transportation. He often presents at conferences and has given invited testimony and public comment to state legislatures, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. His blogs appear on the National Journal Transportation Expert blog, Huffington Post and StreetsBlog. At U.S. PIRG, he has authored or co-authored dozens of reports, including a series examining the end of America’s driving boom, a series on infrastructure privatization, and a series on state government spending transparency.

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Tolling in the United States

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
HIGHWAY TRUST FUND RECEIPTS: 1970 - 2009

INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE, TUNNEL AND TURNPIKE ASSOCIATION (IBTTA)
Q: Why do we need tolls to pay for roads and crossings?
A: No matter how you slice it, federal and state fuel taxes are insufficient to support America’s highway infrastructure. Tolls provide a valuable source of revenue both to build new roads and maintain existing roads.

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Harrisburg, PA: In Just One Weekend, Bridge Superstructure Demolished & Restored

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Harrisburg, PA: In Just One Weekend, Bridge Superstructure Demolished & Restored

Instead of impacting traffic for roughly a year and a half with traffic restrictions for a bridge superstructure replacement, PennDOT took an innovative approach to replacing a 60-year old structurally deficient bridge superstructure on busy Route 581 in the Harrisburg region.

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NYC: Documenting Dangerous Crossings – 111th Street, Queens

Monday, June 29th, 2015
NYC: Documenting Dangerous Crossings – 111th Street, Queens

Here in NYC, there has been an intrepid battle fought by many groups and Queens leaders to improve 111th Street, a dangerous speedway to cross for pedestrians and cyclists. In April, NYC DOT, working from results of a Vision Zero workshop spearheaded by Make the Road and Transportation Alternatives, presented to Queens Community Board 4 a smart proposal to put 111th Street on a road diet, add a two-way bike lane, and make the pedestrian crossings safer for the copious numbers of families, children and seniors going to Flushing-Corona Park & The Hall of Science.

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Road Diet Case Studies

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Road Diet Case Studies

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
A Road Diet is generally described as removing vehicle lanes from a roadway and reallocating the extra space for other uses or travelling modes, such as parking, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, transit use, turn lanes, medians or pedestrian refuge islands.
Road Diets have the potential to improve safety, provide operational benefits, and increase the quality of life for all road users. Road Diets can be relatively low cost if planned in conjunction with reconstruction or resurfacing projects since applying Road Diets consists primarily of restriping.

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ASCE: What Do Civil Engineers Do?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
ASCE: What Do Civil Engineers Do?

If you look around, civil engineering is everywhere! Meet three civil engineers whose work is having a real impact on people’s lives. Whether involved in projects underground, on huge structures or meeting the water needs of developing communities, these engineers are making a difference. See if you have what it takes to be a civil engineer.

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Texas: Governor Abbott Paves the Way for Historical Transportation Funding Increase

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Texas: Governor Abbott Paves the Way for Historical Transportation Funding Increase

Video clip illustrates Governor Abbott’s dedication to increasing funding for roads throughout the state of Texas, and also doing away with diversions. From now on, taxes for roads will be spent on roads.

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Klamath Falls, OR: Blasting Through Bly Mountain

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Klamath Falls, OR: Blasting Through Bly Mountain

Work crews are straightening out and widening OR140 east of Klamath Falls to help trucks and cars move more safely and more quickly.

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TxDOT Secretary Joe Weber: A Safety Message for all Texans

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
TxDOT Secretary Joe Weber: A Safety Message for all Texans

TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret) delivers an important safety message for all Texans during severe weather. Never try to cross a road covered with water and turn around, don’t drown.

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