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Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Twin Cities, MN: Water Sustainability in the Northeast Metro Area

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Figure 1. Saint Paul Supply System Schematic

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
The primary objective of this study is to understand the relative costs and implementation considerations of different approaches to water sustainability. The northeast metro provides a study area for this evaluation. The Minnesota Legislature requested this part of the metro area to be studied specifically, given the continued concern over lake levels and the interaction of groundwater and lakes in the area, especially White Bear Lake. The study area includes 13 communities. The results will be incorporated in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan. The study will be referenced to support future planning of metro area water supplies and water sustainability practices.

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Multimodal Transportation Alternatives for Minnesota

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

This paper looks at alternatives for promoting and strengthening multimodal transportation in rural and small urban areas. It outlines 65 different innovative activities around the United States that have been undertaken to promote multimodalism in rural areas and smaller towns. These activities are grouped into six categories: improving transit options; accommodating alternative vehicles; supporting pedestrian and bicycle travel; multimodal land use planning; the use of financial incentives to promote multimodal land use development; and other alternatives that do not fit in these five categories.

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Minnesota DOT: Maintaining Bridges

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Minnesota DOT: Maintaining Bridges

Nancy Daubenberger, Minnesota State Bridge Engineer, discusses Minnesota bridges and the continuous effort that goes into their construction and maintenance.

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Promoting Public Engagement in Local Road Planning

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Persistent resource shortfalls and historic changes in usage of local road systems are challenging the sustainability of local road systems in Minnesota and elsewhere. The exact nature of the sustainability issues is difficult to pin down to one or two sources. Clearly, there are multiple sources of road system sustainability challenges. It is also true that the nature of the local road system sustainability problem is partly in the eye of the beholder. Divergences and convergences in information, perspectives, and preferences among the stakeholders in this issue potentially constrain or enable effective actions to address the challenges…Therefore, there is a need to develop and evaluate practical methods for communicating with and engaging diverse stakeholders in decision making regarding the complex, contested policy issues associated with local road systems.

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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

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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 www.mncommunitysolar.com 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

MINNESOTA GO
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

BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE
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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