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Traffic Management News August 18, 2014
TriMet in Portland, Oregon, hopes to add electric buses to its local routes, eliminating loud motors and exhaust smells. The mass transit agency is currently looking at vehicles from two different manufacturers.   An electric bus from BYD, a Chinese manufacturer, operated alongside other buses...
Traffic Management News August 15, 2014
Ride-sharing services are in a new “non-luxury limousines” category in Hillsborough County, Florida. Services such as Uber and Lyft can operate if they charge customers a minimum of $30 and require riders to book a half-hour in advance.   Neither company has responded to these restrictions, which...
Traffic Management News August 15, 2014
Leaders in Phoenix, Arizona, have formed a citizen committee in order to plan proposed light rail expansion and city bus and street improvements. This comes after Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton said he wants to triple light rail mileage in the next 30 years.   Currently there are 20 miles of light rail...
News August 15, 2014
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced that the State Transportation Commission, building on the Act 89 transportation plan, has updated Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program with a sizeable boost in much-needed transportation improvements. The new plan anticipates $63.2 billion being...
News August 13, 2014
Michigan DOT crews are still trying to clear major interstates leading in and out of Detroit due to flooding, leaving motorists without a clear shot to their destination.   Traffic has been forced to use alternate routes to get around sections of I-696, I-75, I-94 and S.R. 39, which remain...
Traffic Management News August 12, 2014
Thanks to a new partnership between BMW and technology company JustPark, Mini drivers in the U.K. can now access the JustPark parking locator app from their vehicle dashboards. BMW hopes to have the app integrated across its full lineup by the end of this year.   JustPark allows drivers to search...
News August 12, 2014
The taxpayers have spoken, and now the politicians are stuttering.   A few days after a proposal to raise the sales tax three-fourths of one cent was defeated loud and clear in Missouri, those in power were not sure what next step to take. The increase would have generated $5.4 billion over the...
Case Studies August 12, 2014
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The Challenge   The Carroll Canyon Road Bridge crosses I-805 just 20 miles north of the Mexican/U.S. border of Otay Mesa — California’s busiest commercial border crossing, facilitating 1.4 million truck crossings each year. As just one phase of an area-wide, $607 million, four-phase project, the...
News August 11, 2014
The widening is coming along nicely.   The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) cut the ribbon on the first phase of the U.S. 85 road-widening project. The job consists of three phases in order to convert a two-lane highway into a four-lane divided highway with a median. It took just a...
Concrete News August 08, 2014
Decades of heavy use have taken a toll on I-5 north of Seattle. The concrete is cracked, chipped and bumpy in many places. Now a new highway preservation project will address some of the worst areas between Northgate and Shoreline.   On Monday, Aug. 11, contractor crews from Granite Construction Co...
Retaining Walls Case Studies August 07, 2014

A Cobblestone texture was required for retaining walls in the parking lot and the emergency entrance; the former was 9 ft high and the latter was 15 ft high.

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When the Maine General Hospital started construction on the Alfond Center for Health, they had some unique challenges to face.   The hilly site required 23,000 sq ft of retaining walls to create level areas for buildings and roads. “There was 50 ft of grade difference across the site. This required...
Funding News August 07, 2014
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addressed the nation yesterday in a virtual town hall meeting.   “While I certainly appreciated the opportunity to make the case for a long-term transportation bill that truly funds our nation's needs and provides states, counties and cities the certainty they...
Traffic Management News August 06, 2014
Researchers at Virginia Tech recently completed a 17-week test of new connected-vehicle technology that would determine if drivers should stop or yield at an intersection based on current traffic levels. Though still in the proof-of-concept stage, the technology could eventually reduce the need for...
Funding News August 06, 2014
Lawmakers in Missouri will have to go back to the drawing board to fund transportation improvements such as rebuilding I-70. Voters in the state rejected a proposed sales-tax increase yesterday, the Kansas City Star reported. The new sales tax, in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment,...
Bridges Article August 05, 2014
It all comes down to money—or lack of it.   State transportation CEOs from across the nation were in agreement on that point in Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Spring Conference. The federal Highway Trust Fund is...
Road Design Article August 05, 2014
Access into Louisville, Ky., from Indiana has long been limited to two interstate bridges and one local-access bridge.   The Kennedy Bridge (I-65) provides direct access through downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. Traffic has long exceeded the bridge’s capacity. Earlier attempts to...
Road Design Article August 05, 2014
They needed a weekend to think it over.   In preparation for the demolition of the Ontario Street ramp, which spanned the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) in Chicago, prime contractor Paschen and subcontractor Omega Demolition were bracing for a series of separate closures on one of the most prime...
Road Design Article August 05, 2014
Ybor City, located northeast of Tampa’s downtown, is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida.   Red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm that is a refreshing contrast from the area’s Gulf beaches and gleam of the city’s...
Road Design Article August 05, 2014
Change is coming to Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue, and the Spanish explorer would have been proud to see a street named after him leading a movement into the future.   Starting in mid-2016—or so the project team hopes—this major east-west corridor on the city’s northeast side will begin its...
Concrete Article August 05, 2014

Ballard Greenways group is one of more than 20 local grassroots groups that have sprung up in the past three years under the umbrella of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

Michael Wolf sits on his front porch on the new 58th Avenue NW Greenway and watches the world go by.   It has been just about a year since the neighborhood greenway in front of his house in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle officially opened.   “I see moms on family bikes with a few kids behind...

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