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News October 22, 2014
The $2.5 billion project to expand the New Jersey Turnpike between Interchanges 6 and 9 from six lanes to 12 is readying to open. According to Thomas Feeney, spokesperson for the turnpike authority, the project was slated for completion in mid-November, but the northbound lanes should be opened to...
Article October 07, 2014
When concrete is in the doghouse, tender loving care is at an all-time high.   It is perhaps the most critical point in the entire pour, one where all elements join together and attempt to harmonize. Those involved in the Elizabeth River Crossing project, which is this year’s No. 1 on the Roads...
Article October 07, 2014
So far the master plan is going according to plan.   Since commencing the I-405 Master Plan in 2002—which looks to ease congestion on one of Washington state’s busiest roadways—the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has completed 13 of the 150 total projects, all on schedule and...
Article October 07, 2014
The goal of the Highway 12 Jameson Canyon Road project was to widen two sections of Highway 12, a heavily traveled road connecting the Highway 80 corridor to Napa and the northern counties of California.   The road was open throughout all phases of construction, which made the project all the more...
Article October 07, 2014
Few things discourage people from living in an area more than a noisy neighborhood.   That was the situation in Delta and Surrey, B.C., at the end of 2010. Situated roughly 30 km southeast of Vancouver, the province’s second- and third-largest cities were seeing a lot of truck traffic on local...
Article October 07, 2014
Covering 10 city blocks and 3,800 linear ft of roadway, the Bagby Street Greenroads Project was effectively the first of its kind in Texas. Bagby Street is a one-way major collector that connects downtown Houston to southbound U.S. 59, and is one of the rapidly developing corridors of Midtown...
News September 25, 2014
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will go back to the drawing board after an environmental study revealed that a road project backed by former Gov. Robert McDonnell would cost $400 million more and destroy 120 more acres of wetlands than originally estimated. State Transportation...
News September 24, 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb and other state and local leaders near the northern end of the proposed I-39/90 Expansion project to see first-hand the traffic congestion it would alleviate, and to call for greater investment...
Case Studies August 01, 2014
Road departure devices
The city of Varenne, Québec, is on a mission to improve the safety of Canadian highways while saving taxpayer dollars. After recently completing a bridge replacement project on Autoroute 30, the city of Varenne decided to upgrade already-installed road departure devices.   Many contractors,...
News October 18, 2013
The Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee last night approved a proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road between Illinois and Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported.   The Illiana Expressway will be good for economic development and jobs in Illinois, according Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn...
News July 15, 2013
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Gov. Chris Christie broke ground last week on the $265 million project to rebuild portions of Route 35 battered by Hurricane Sandy last fall. Officials expect the full project to be completed by summer 2015.   Route 35 spans parts of nine...
Article August 14, 2012
For years, the BNSF railroad track in Frisco, Texas, has been a line of demarcation. Most commercial development is east of the tracks; everything to the west is largely residential. But a new six-lane thoroughfare is about to break through that barrier, spreading increased mobility and the...
Article August 14, 2012
The Edina-Richfield Interceptor Improvements project is an exemplary story of multiple agencies cooperating to solve widely varying problems. The project satisfied diverse constituencies and saved money in the process. It also exemplifies the application of design flexibility by planners and...
Article August 14, 2012
The Delmar Loop in the historic urban core of St. Louis is experiencing a wave of revitalization thanks to the efforts of local business, government and community members working together to revive and renew the area, both physically and economically. To further this revitalization effort, local...
Article August 05, 2011
Despite more than tripling in population over the last 30 years, the town of Matthews, nestled just outside of Charlotte on the southeastern edge of Mecklenburg County, N.C., has managed to preserve its allure as a small town retreat from the big and bustling city.   In recent years, Matthews has...
Article August 05, 2011
While most of Florida’s cities are a mash-up of suburbs and exurbs, and are suffering economically, Gainesville has a planned, small-town feel to it and is experiencing a revival.   Part of its design and revitalization is due to the influence of its urban core and economic engine, the University...
Article June 10, 2011
On a highway, driving side by side is nothing noteworthy. On the banked turns of a NASCAR oval, side-by-side driving is the subject of careful engineering.   The pavement at Phoenix International Raceway had reached the end of its useful life, so the racetrack’s owner, International Speedway Corp...
Article March 10, 2011
Every state is feeling the crunch: too many projects, not enough funding and lack of experienced staff.   However, while funding may be tight for many years to come, performance contracting provides a solution whereby owner agencies form cost-effective, results-focused partnerships with the...
Article February 10, 2011
The Dalles-California Highway, also known as U.S. 97, is central Oregon’s busiest highway, running north-south through the entire length of central Oregon east of the Cascade Mountain range.   Along the way it bisects the city of Bend, Ore., (pop. 82,000). Just south of Bend, the highway passes...
Article October 01, 2010
Parsons RCI Inc. has to dig deep to construct the U.S. 95 Sand Creek Byway. Not because the project demanded all of the company’s resources, but because the soils were so unstable. The project required 798,000 cu yd of excavation.   “In northern Idaho they have a lot of questionable soils. They’re...
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