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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

FHWA: Total Solar Eclipse – What You Need to Know

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Map of total solar eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation.

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Colorado DOT Never Sleeps

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Colorado DOT Never Sleeps

At CDOT, it’s our job to do two things in transportation: save lives and make people’s lives better.

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How to Fix Traffic Forever

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
How to Fix Traffic Forever

Join Wendover Productions in exploring some seemingly obvious, but surprisingly effective, innovations in traffic control. From congestion pricing to diverging diamond interchanges, these systems effortlessly increase the flow of traffic and minimize the potential for collisions.

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Chicago’s Dearborn & Randolph Protected Intersection

Friday, July 28th, 2017
Chicago’s Dearborn & Randolph Protected Intersection

…this configuration in Chicago may be the most heavily used by not only bike riders but pedestrians as well. During the busiest times of rush hour and lunchtime, it sure gets a ton of use by plenty of people. I was lucky to grab Kyle Whitehead from the Active Transportation Alliance for 30 minutes to show me both of Chicago’s intersections. This one is at the intersection of Dearborn & Randolph which was completed near the end of 2016.

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IBTTA Announces 2017 International Toll Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
IBTTA Logo

The 2017 International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s (IBTTA) Toll Excellence Award Winners are revolutionizing mobility for drivers around the globe by implementing cutting-edge solutions to 21st century transportation challenges…The annual awards presented by IBTTA, recognize innovative strategies to help ease traffic flow, relieve congestion and increase safety for the global driving public. The awards are presented in the following categories: Administration and Finance; Customer Service and Marketing; Social Responsibility; Technology; Toll Operations, Engineering and Maintenance; and Private Sector Innovation.

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Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

With the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists on the rise, MassDOT has launched a campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. We all play an important role in keeping our roads safe, please do your part and “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: 130th & Torrence Grade Separation in Chicago, IL

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Alfred Benesch & Company, 130th & Torrence Grade Seperation

One of Chicago’s most noted traffic bottlenecks has been transformed into a smooth-flowing multi-tiered interchange that is also helping spur development of the nearby Chicago Manufacturing Campus. Each day, more than 38,000 vehicles, 50 freight trains and 41 passenger trains used the intersection, creating a crowded logjam. Further complicating the project was its close proximity to an automotive assembly plant, a railroad mixing yard, a residential area, and protected marsh area. The project realigned roadways and added six new bridges, including a 4.75-million-pound steel railroad truss bridge assembled in a nearby staging area then transported in just four hours to its permanent location.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state

An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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Saratoga Springs, UT: Preparing Redwood Road for the Future

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Saratoga Springs, UT: Preparing Redwood Road for the Future

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will improve Redwood Road south of Pioneer Crossing in Saratoga Springs over the next two years. The improvements, which are scheduled to begin this summer, are designed to reduce congestion and extend the life of the roadway.

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Colorado DOT: Managing I-70 through Progressive Thinking

Monday, June 12th, 2017
Colorado DOT: Managing I-70 through Progressive Thinking

I-70: More than 2,000 miles of the highway reaches from Utah all the way to Maryland. Yet no stretch is more captivating than the Rocky Mountain corridor. With 2.1 million cars maneuvering through congestion, constrained roads and tight curves, the Colorado Department of Transportation manages I-70 by implementing progressive ideas–as inspiring as the mountains themselves.

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