Roadway Design

bicycle and transit lane
News November 01, 2018
Two traffic lanes will be designated for bicyclists and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses on a mile-long stretch of Halsted Street on the Near North Side of the city under a pilot program launching Thursday.   Beginning this week, a shared curbside lane in each direction of Halsted between...
infrastructure software
News October 30, 2018
Bentley Systems Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced some of their latest acquisitions, resources and services at the company’s 2018 Year in Infrastructure Conference in...
Illinois DOT may add EV charging to I-294
News October 04, 2018
The Illinois Tollway has begun to examine the addition of embedded equipment on the I-294 corridor that would enable electric vehicles (EVs) to charge on route. At present the interstate is undergoing a $4 billion reconstruction, which includes the widening of a 22-mile stretch of the roadway.  ...
News September 28, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced that according to department data, crashes, injuries and fatalities decreased at 11 roundabouts in the state after they were installed.   PennDOT recently reviewed data for 11 roundabouts on state routes at intersections...
aerial after completion

Naples' Downtown Mobility & Connectivity Study ultimately resulted in recommendations for development of complete streets such as this.

Article August 07, 2018
When the Florida Department of Transportation expanded S.R. 45 and S.R.90 to six-lane arterials in 1982, against the objections of the city of Naples, the effect created what locals referred to as “the Great Divide.” Increased traffic volumes resulted in a disconnect between neighborhoods and...
Carmel 115 roundabouts

Since 1996, the city of Carmel has installed 115 roundabouts, more than any other city in the U.S.

Article August 02, 2018
Located just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County, Ind., Carmel is a dynamic edge city with award-winning schools, thriving businesses and family-oriented neighborhoods.   Once thought of as a “bedroom community” to Indianapolis, today more people commute into Carmel to work during the day than...
temporary roundabout intersection
News May 17, 2018
Salt Lake City is seeking the community's feedback on two "pop-up" intersection designs ahead of road construction work planned for next year.   From May 16-23, the city is testing out a temporary intersection design at 900 South and 1100 East, which will be part of a reconstruction project in 2019...
Protected Chicago intersection

A protected intersection in Chicago.

Article May 02, 2018
Bicycling has been on the rise in communities across the U.S. As cities and towns grapple with high growth in dense areas, as well as challenging mobility demands, the demand for bikeable, walkable places is rising commensurately. Businesses are increasingly seeking out cities with multimodal...
Copenhagen bikeways

Copenhagen has hundreds of miles of separated bikeways built next to their sidewalks.

Article March 12, 2018
U.S. travelers to many European cities often note the very large number of bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Indeed, bicycles are used for nearly half of urban trips in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Another notable feature of these cities is their extensive network of infrastructure...
multimodal projects
News February 09, 2018
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that 45 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian, and ports and waterways projects will benefit communities in 22 counties through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund.   The $41.5 million investment follows PennDOT's...
automated vehicle infrastructure
News January 22, 2018
The road designs in Florida are expected to change within the next decade or so, as the state prepares its infrastructure to adapt to autonomous vehicles (AVs).   Some of the changes will include narrower lanes, flyover ramps at intersections, fewer public parking lots and more shortcuts through...
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...
Multimodal geometric design
Article August 16, 2017
Roadway and highway designers have been increasingly turning from dimensional-based, three-dimensional geometric design criteria to performance-based analysis approaches. Historical approaches of using vehicular capacity and meeting nominal design criteria are giving way to multimodal solutions...
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.

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...
Detroit street lights

Image: College for Creative Studies in Detroit

Article August 08, 2017
The future is looking bright for the city of Detroit, and much of that optimism is due to the recent installation of 65,000 modern, efficient and reliable light-emitting diode (LED) streetlight fixtures that are casting the Motor City in a new light.   “I can remember a few years ago driving down...
Federal Highway Administration approval to spur more red transit-only lanes in San Francisco
News July 06, 2017
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is looking to add their red transit-only lanes to at least 50 new streets in the region, as newly granted federal approval will now allow the agency’s red lanes to spread to more areas across the city.   A list of “Potential Future Red Lanes...
28th and Hoyt.
Article May 31, 2017
28th and Hoyt.   The neighborhood greenway system in Portland, Ore., forms the backbone of the city’s renowned bicycle network. The idea is simple: Select a quiet residential street parallel to a bustling arterial and enhance it to create a pleasant yet efficient cycling environment that appeals...
Georgia officials planning semi-only lanes to reduce traffic, improve safety
News May 16, 2016
Georgia transportation officials are studying how to add semi-only lanes for truck traffic on Interstate 75 between Macon and Atlanta's southern suburbs.   State officials have yet to decide how to schedule the semi-only lanes and other big initiatives over the next 10 years, according to Georgia...
News March 17, 2016
Every 1,118th intersection in the U.S. is a roundabout, compared to France where at every 45th intersection motorists can expect to encounter the curved intersection. Research by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that roundabouts reduce injury by 75%.   The Washington...
News December 08, 2015
Bicycles are gaining ground in the state of Iowa after six complete street projects were awarded a combined $75,000 in grants. The complete street projects and the amount of funding received by each, administered through the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, breaks down as follows...
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