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Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

Wisconsin Transportation by the Numbers

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Cost to Wisconsin Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP estimates that Wisconsin roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have deteriorated pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $6 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear), the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and the financial cost of traffic crashes.

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Wisconsin DOT Projections vs Reality: An Analysis of Traffic Trends

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Total Growth in Miles Traveled

Wisconsin is undergoing a marked shift in how people in the state are choosing to travel. Data show that the number of miles driven in the state has fallen, or has levelled off in the last ten years. This is in sharp contrast to previous decades, when people drove more each year, since the creation of the Interstate System in the 1960’s.

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Madison, WI: Installing 270,000-Pound Bridge Beams

Friday, June 6th, 2014
Madison, WI: Installing 270,000-Pound Bridge Beams

At more than 100 feet long, 14 feet wide and weighing approximately 270,000 pounds, one of the new straddle bent bridge beams arrived to the Verona Road (US 18/151) construction site in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin DOT: How J-Turns Make Intersections Safer

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Wisconsin DOT: How J-Turns Make Intersections Safer

J- turns are located on 4-lane divided highways and prevent direct crossing and left-turn movements. These side road movements are made indirectly by making a right turn, traveling about a quarter-mile on the divided main road, and then making a U-turn to proceed in the opposite direction on the main road toward the intended destination. A J-turn reduces a significant number of the severe, right-angle, “far” side crashes. Relative to other improvement concepts, it is a low-cost treatment that can be quickly implemented, does not require property acquisition or relocation of homes and businesses, and minimizes environmental impact.

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Transportation Moves Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Transportation Moves Wisconsin

Transportation Moves Wisconsin. The state’s multimodal transportation network moves Wisconsin as it has from our beginnings. Important decisions need to be made about the path to a new vision for transportation.

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Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Natural Connections: Green Infrastructure in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of land and water that supports native species, maintains natural and ecological processes, sustains air and water resources, and contributes to the health and quality of life of people and communities…The need to protect the region’s green infrastructure is greater than ever. Rapid changes in land use, increases in non-native species, and other threats imperil the region’s natural heritage. Green infrastructure should serve as the strategic framework for conservation and development so that linkages and key natural areas can be preserved before development occurs.

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Getting to Work: Improving Transit Service to Suburban Milwaukee Job Hubs

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
ride mcts

This report takes a fresh look at workforce mobility in metro Milwaukee by reconsidering the options that may exist to improve access to suburban job centers for those who cannot afford an automobile, or who otherwise cannot or opt not to use one. Our focus is on the four-county Milwaukee metropolitan statistical area, defined as Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and Washington counties. In exploring this topic, we acknowledge that the relocation of jobs to Milwaukee’s suburbs that has occurred during the past several decades is problematic on many levels, and that an ideal solution would be to encourage job growth in areas that already are well-served by transit. That is a long-term solution, however, and in the meantime there is merit in re-exploring potential transportation strategies that will better connect those seeking employment with areas where jobs currently are available.

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Highway Boom, Budget Bust: Are Misplaced Transportation Priorities Wasting Taxpayer Money and Squandering Wisconsin’s Precious Transportation Resources?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Wisconsin’s demographic and transportation trends are changing. But, state transportation plans are not. Wisconsin continues to spend heavily on new road capacity and highway expansions, reflecting a decades-old assumption that we are continuing to drive more every year.

This report questions whether the state of Wisconsin might be wasting huge sums of taxpayer money on unnecessary projects by planning to invest heavily in new roads and highway expansions that are out of sync with population and travel behavior trends in the state. On the one hand, Wisconsin’s population and its volume of driving grow at a relatively slow pace that has slowed over time.

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Searching for Novel Approaches to Transportation Funding

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Innovation NewsBriefs
Vol. 24, No. 1
As we enter the New Year (and begin our 24th year of publication), the debate about transportation funding is taking a new turn. Talk of raising the federal gas tax has become muted and even the efficacy of the gas tax itself is being questioned. And no wonder: vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, CAFE standards are becoming more stringent, vehicle use is leveling off, and hybrids and electric vehicles are expected to slowly but surely increase their market penetration.

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Minnesota to Wisconsin: St. Croix Crossing Construction

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

An update on the St. Croix Crossing construction this week has concrete mixers floating across the river on barges. – rfilipczak on YouTube

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