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Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Minnesota DOT: Testing Drones for Bridge Inspection

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Minnesota DOT: Testing Drones for Bridge Inspection

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently completed a study to examine the effectiveness of drone technology as it applies to bridge safety inspections.

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Minnesota DOT: Smart Intersections Reduce Traffic Conflicts

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Minnesota DOT: Smart Intersections Reduce Traffic Conflicts

How Minnesota Department of Transportation is using “J Turns” or “Reduced-Conflict Intersections” to improve safety and efficiency on MN roads.

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Duluth, MN: Riding North on Interstate 35

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Duluth, MN: Riding North on Interstate 35

A drive through Duluth to the northern terminus of I-35.

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St. Paul, MN: High Bridge Inspection

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
St. Paul, MN: High Bridge Inspection

Get a view of the High Bridge that only a few folks in our inspections department get to see.

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Minnesota DOT: Update on the Winona Bridge Project

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Winona, MN: Update on the Winona Bridge Project

This video illustrates project progress, having used an approach known as CMGC.

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It’s About Time: The Transit-Time Penalty and its Racial Implications

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Twin Cities Homeownership, Poverty, and High School Graduation Rates, by Racial and Ethnic Group

Transit has many individual and community benefits—from improved safety and cost savings to enhanced personal and environmental health. However, across the nation, trips to work by public transportation take twice as long as trips to work by single-occupancy vehicle. While 68 percent of commutes by people who drove alone last less than 30 minutes, more than half (53 percent) of public transportation commutes are 45 minutes or longer. These travel-mode disparities have racial outcomes: national data show that people of color rely on public transportation for their commutes at significantly higher rates than whites.

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The State of Minnesota’s Bridges

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The average age of these sub-par bridges is 66 years — well over the typical design life of 50 years and nearly double the average age of all Minnesota bridges (35 years old). More than one in ten Minnesota bridges were built before 1948 — which means more than 1,300 bridges are older than the Korean War and creation of Medicare…Minnesota drivers collectively took close to 628 million trips over deficient bridges in 2014. That’s more than 1.7 million trips per day or almost 1,200 trips every minute taken over deficient Minnesota bridges in 2014.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: The Benefits of Increased Rail Investment

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: The Benefits of Increased Rail Investment

Freight railroads are making significant investments in Ninth District states (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Phil Davies presents an overview of the cover story of the April 2015 issue of the fedgazette.

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

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

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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