Road Design

MnDOT roundabout
News November 08, 2017
According to a new study released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the state’s nearly 200 roundabouts are reducing serious injuries and saving lives.   Minnesota built its first roundabout in 1995 in Brooklyn Park. Since then, MnDOT as well as the state’s counties and cities...
Route 30 Bypass

Image source: Pete Bannan-Digital First Media via Southern Chester County News

News September 05, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rte. 30 Bypass reconstruction project in Chester County, expected to cost $835 million, has moved into its design stage.   The project involves both federal and state funds, and includes widening the section from Reeceville Road to...
Hollywood Blvd

The Vision Zero Action Plan in Los Angeles aims to not only eliminate traffic deaths for motorists, but also for pedestrians and cyclists by concentrating efforts on areas with more vulnerable populations.

Article August 08, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the year 2015 marked the end of a five-decade trend of declining traffic fatalities by showing a 7.2% increase over 2014.   This trend also was seen in the city of Los Angeles, which exhibited one of the highest collision death rates...
Sheepshead Bay Rd after
Article August 08, 2017
A traffic island, more pavement markings and signage (top image) were added to this intersection to ensure safe interactions between vehicles and pedestrians as part of NYC’s Vision Zero plan.   In New York City, the efforts of the New York Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), in partnership...
Dallas CityMAP
Article August 08, 2017
How do major American cities like Dallas, Texas, address congestion and the splintering of neighborhoods caused by the tangled knot of aging urban interstates?   How do they rehabilitate them into models that foster urban renewal and transportation efficiency? That is the challenge that the Texas...
Complete streets road design
News July 27, 2017
City leaders in Akron, Ohio, have set in motion a long-term plan to raise nearly $12 million for a “complete streets” makeover of North Main Street from the Y-bridge to Cuyahoga Falls.   Public engineers received approval Monday from the city council to apply for $6 million in grant funding from...
Graphic of the preferred alternative for the Rappahannock River crossing

Image source: Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO)

News May 17, 2017
The massive southbound Rappahannock River crossing project has a new design concept that came about after the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) heard from the public about the original plan.   Instead of building the collector-distributor lanes on the outside parallel to I-95’s primary...

Image source: OCTA

News February 08, 2017
Last week the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) executed the design/build contract for the I-405 Improvement Project with OC405 Partners, a joint venture consisting of OHL USA and Astaldi Construction Corporation.   With a contract price of over $1.2 billion and a total estimated...

Photo source: CDOT

News January 20, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the reconstruction of I-70 through central Denver.   Federal Highway Administration approval concludes the federally required National Environmental Protection Act process and allows the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to proceed...
Article August 11, 2016
They will still make you stand and wait in Phoenix, but the chances of being offered a cool breeze are increasing by the year.   The southwestern city is embarking on a pedestrian-friendly street crusade involving a series of complete streets projects. Roosevelt Street was the first to feel it, and...

Photo: Fotoluminate 123RF

Article August 11, 2016
Chances are good that your city is planning to resurface one of its major streets some time soon.   Chances are less good, however, that city leaders recognize this—and other projects like it—as an opportunity to support local businesses; or to help residents lead healthier lives, help low-income...
News May 16, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has now finalized a trimmed-down list of design criteria for roads on the National Highway System (NHS) in a change that will simplify many projects and give more design flexibility to state and local governments.   Instead of the 13 design criteria it had...
News May 10, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a policy revision to allow more flexibility in the design of smaller road projects.   In 1985, 13 design criteria were prioritized because of their perceived impact on operations and safety. Based on research and FHWA experience, several have...
News April 18, 2016
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its notice to proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta.   According to GDOT, the corridor handles 420,000 vehicles. As of now the notice authorizes right of way...
News February 03, 2016
A section of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road, which stretches across the northern portion of the state between Ohio and Illinois, will undergo $200 million in improvements including new asphalt and bridge work.   Work is slated to begin in March on a 70-mile stretch describing a path from mile...
News December 30, 2015
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has selected a preferred developer for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, which remains on track for construction to begin in summer 2016 as the largest-ever highway project in the state.   This is the first highway public-private partnership in...
News June 08, 2015
The next phase of widening North Carolina’s I-85 commenced.  Crews started work on the project by first strengthening the shoulders so North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) can shift traffic outside and conduct work on the inside portion.   The project will add two lanes in each...
Article March 02, 2015
I-90 is the main east-west transportation corridor in the state of Washington, connecting the large population and business centers of the western half of the state with the agricultural industries and recreational areas that comprise the eastern portion.   The uninterrupted movement of people,...
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...
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