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Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

St. Paul, MN: Sliding the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Into Place

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
St. Paul, MN: Sliding the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Into Place

Q: How do you move a 3.5 million-pound bridge?
A: One inch at a time.
For the new Larpenteur Ave. Bridge over I-35E north of St. Paul, Minn., MnDOT used an innovative slide-in-bridge-construction

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Minnesota Bike Lanes: Learning to Share the Road

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Minnesota Bike Lanes: Learning to Share the Road

Minnesota has a national reputation as one of the best states in the county for biking. Part of this acclaim includes hundreds of miles of on-street bike lanes. We talked with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists in Minnesota in order to identify some common misconceptions about bike lanes. (Produced by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board.)

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Expanding and Streamlining the Twin Cities Freeway Network

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Figure 11 Speed-Based Congestion report visualization for AM-peak of October 2012 based on program cleaned data

The Twin Cities freeway network is a densely instrumented and growing transportation system. As the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) pursues a performance-based management strategy to monitor the health of the network and make planning and management decisions, the data from this vast network is being examined using a variety of methods.

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Minnesota: Solar for Everyone

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Minnesota: Solar for Everyone

Minnesota Community Solar is leading a solar revolution. Securing your electricity with solar energy has never been easier or more accessible. All you need is an electric meter and a desire to be the change you wish to see in the world. Visit our website at or call 612.345.7188 to learn more or subscribe.
-Minnesota Community Solar on YouTube

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Minnesota 20-Year State Highway Investment Plan

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Figure ES-1: Minnesota State Highway System

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is directly charged with constructing, operating, maintaining, and managing this system, which is 74 percent of the State’s capital assets. The Minnesota 20-Year State Highway Investment Plan (MnSHIP) is MnDOT’s vehicle for deciding and communicating capital investment priorities for the system for the next 20 years. MnSHIP is a fiscally constrained plan, meaning its planned expenditures must align with expected revenues, which total $18 billion. Meanwhile, the projected transportation needs on the state highway system total $30 billion.

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Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Infrastructure for Climate Change

Friday, December 13th, 2013
Repair Minnesota

Minnesota’s infrastructure systems are in urgent need of significant repair. Our state’s roads and bridges, water, waste water, transit, energy, and communication systems need increased investment to become efficient, safe, and productive for Minnesotans. Repairing Minnesota will create good jobs, make our systems more efficient and less polluting, and safeguard communities from the impact of climate change, like severe weather such as floods and droughts.

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Brainerd, MN: Neighborhoods First

Friday, October 25th, 2013
Northeast Brainerd, MN: Project Location Map

This report outlines how this community can make small, incremental investments in just one part of one neighborhood. By watching how our neighbors use the city, by asking them where their daily struggles are, by getting out on the street and opening our hearts and minds to what is actually going on, we can discern what the pressing needs are. These are our high return investments.

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Minneapolis: How Powderhorn Lake Got Clean

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Minneapolis: How Powderhorn Lake Got Clean

Fifteen years ago, Powderhorn Lake in Minneapolis was in a dismal state—trash floated on the surface, the shoreline was eroding, and fertilizer and animal waste running off from the surrounding neighborhood caused frequent algae blooms…But today, thanks to the efforts of residents, the city, and other groups, Powderhorn Lake is a poster child for what can happen when citizens and government work together to create change.

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Regional Allocation of Federal Transportation Funds

Monday, September 30th, 2013
Table 1: Regional Solicitation of Federal Transportation Funding Summary

In evaluating its regional solicitation process, the Met Council wanted to know how other regions manage this process, including the extent to which federal highway funds are blended, how preservation and maintenance needs (particularly for transit) are met, and what type of alignment exists between selection criteria and regional policies or goals.

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Mitigating Run-Off-Road Crashes

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
ROR Crashes

While substantial steps have been taken to flatten curves, widen roads/shoulders, impose barriers, and remove collision-prone objects, ROR crashes consistently account for nearly half of all fatal crashes. The introduction of rumble strips to notify drivers of an impending lane departure has spurred other methods of notifying and preventing lane departures via in-vehicle systems (e.g. auditory/visual warnings and haptic/tactile alerts). While these Lane Departure Warning Systems (LDWS) show some promise in successfully warning drivers of impending lane departures, their ability to appropriately capture attention, convey information, and guide an appropriate response must still be refined to consistently prevent ROR crashes.

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