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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

How Arizona DOT Mitigates its Impact on Wildlife

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
How Arizona DOT Mitigates its Impact on Wildlife

Wildlife crossings are not only for the safety of wildlife. ADOT wants to keep the driving public safe as well. A wildlife strike can be fatal and cause significant property damage. In this video, we focus on the Sonoran Desert Tortoise-and ADOT’s first-ever multi-agency Candidate Conservation Agreement.

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Cost of Congestion in the Trucking Industry

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Figure 1: United States NPMRDS Roadway Network

AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Trucks transported nearly 10 billion tons of freight representing over two-thirds (68.8 percent) of total domestic tonnage shipped1, and traveled more than 279 billion miles on the nation’s roadway network in 2014.2 Due to the critical role of safe and reliable truck movements in sustainable economic growth, it is essential to continually monitor and evaluate the efficiency of the national roadway system. A key impediment to nimble supply chains is the level of traffic congestion experienced on U.S. roadways, and the subsequent costs that are incurred due to this congestion.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Henry Petroski, Historian & Author of The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Henry Petroski Professor of Civil Engineering in Pratt School of Engineering

Henry Petroski is an Aleksandar C. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University, as well as an author and historian. His most recent book is titled The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure.

Roads that aren’t paved correctly should not be paid for. They should be redone. If we have something, work done in our house and it’s not done right, we expect the contractor to redo it. We don’t just write another check. I believe unfortunately that too many times the government that represents the people and spends the people’s tax money does do just that.

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San Diego, CA: Fixing a Broken Intersection in City Heights

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
San Diego, CA: Fixing a Broken Intersection in City Heights

District 9 Council Representative Rudy Vargas-Lima, confirmed that the City will move forward creating a “marked crosswalk” with “rectangular rapid flash beacons” and that the project is funded, but not scheduled at this time…The intersection falls just outside the El Cajon Mobility Study, an ongoing project to develop infrastructure improvements that benefit the Rapid Bus service and make the corridor more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Louisville, CO: Aerial Footage of the US 36 Diverging Diamond Interchange

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Louisville, CO: Aerial Footage of the US 36 Diverging Diamond Interchange

The Colorado DOT took to the skies to show off the magnificent infrastructure of the diverging diamond interchange at the intersection of US 36 and McCaslin Boulevard.

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Outstanding Engineering: Michigan’s “96fix” Highway Rehabilitation

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Outstanding Engineering - Michigan's "96fix"

96fix was the largest single-season construction project in state history. Reconstruction of the seven-mile stretch of the 40-year-old freeway included the rehabilitation of 37 bridges, installation of LED lighting and storm sewers, and safety improvements. The $153 million project was completed early and under budget, and brought I-96 in line with current standards. Innovative technologies included visual modeling to gain public support for closing the freeway during construction and 3-D design model for fine-tuning paving work. The process saved taxpayer dollars, cut freeway closure time, and improved pavement quality and safety.

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ASCE: Design Big, Build Big, Dream Big

Monday, April 11th, 2016
ASCE: Design Big, Build Big, Dream Big

As a student of civil engineering, Peter Akinosho, S.M.ASCE, dreams of laying the foundations for the societies of tomorrow. Civil engineers build what people need: railways to transport goods, roads to guide them to their destinations, and pipes to carry water to their crops and to their homes. Join Peter in his call to design […]

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Utah DOT: Top 2016 Construction Projects

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Utah DOT: Top 2016 Construction Projects

More than 150 projects are scheduled this season statewide to improve mobility now and in the future. These projects are designed to enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve the flow of traffic and keep Utah’s roads in good condition.

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Filling up Seats in Cars: The Future of Driving

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Filling up Seats in Cars: The Future of Driving

Everyday we ignore a surplus of transportation capacity: the empty seats in the vast majority of cars on the road. But as driving attitudes, data, and technology change, it’s becoming easier for people to share rides — taking cars off the road and easing congestion.

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Outstanding Engineering: Tallahassee Regional Transportation Management Center

Monday, April 4th, 2016
Outstanding Engineering: Kimley Horn Tallahassee Regional Transportation Management Center

2016 ACEC National Recognition Award Winner Firm Name: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Project Name: Tallahassee Regional Transportation Management Center Project Location: Tallahassee, Florida Client Name: City of Tallahassee Operated by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, the Regional Transportation Management Center is a model of local government operations mutually benefiting from the integration of […]

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