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11th Street Bridges Project

Washington, DC (Started 2008-07-02)

The incomplete freeway system in Southeast Washington forces drivers to exit the freeway onto neighborhood streets to reach their destinations. Some of the primary routes are through environmental justice neighborhoods. Freeway and local street... more

6th Street Undercrossing

Santa Rosa, CA (Completed 2012)

This project creates a vital crosstown link for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. On one side, it opens up into the West End Neighborhood, Railroad Square, the CHOPS Teen Center, the future SMART station, and miles of creek trails. On the... more

Access Management Plan: US Highway 10

Detroit Lakes, MN (Completed 2002)

The Access Management Plan for Highway 10 through Detroit Lakes was needed to improve safety and maintain mobility for through traffic while providing appropriate access to the local community.

This project is located in the City of... more

Earning rave reviews from the City of Shoreline and the public, the project garnered formal recognition from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) with its Globe Award, which honors U.S. transportation construction projects that demonstrate environmental excellence and stewardship and serve as role models for other projects.

Aurora Multimodal and Interurban Bridge Project

Shoreline, WA (Started 2007-06)

Community desires to improve the quality of life in the city; promote development; security; stormwater quality; aesthetics.

Big Bear Plan

Big Bear Bridge

Big Bear, CA

Time, heavy use and severe weather has critically affected the road and the dam beneath it. Seismic retrofitting of the dam will require the elimination of the existing road, which has two 10.5' lanes with 0' shoulders and a 3.5' sidewalk which... more

The goal of the project is to develop Bridgeport Way as a corridor that will improve traffic safety, increase the mobility and cohesiveness of the community, enhance the appearance of the corridor, and control traffic growth.

Bridgeport Way Reconstruction

University Place, WA

The purpose of this project was to address the safety concerns due to the high number of crashes over the past years. At the same time it was viewed essential to the vision statement of the City Council that aimed in improving the quality of life in... more

Bridge Retrofits, I-70 North

St. Louis, MO (Started 2001, Completed 2002)

MoDOT had recently completed 10 miles of urban I-70 interstate using a standard design palette that neighboring residents disliked. Particularly when compared to recent context sensitive solutions development and community input in the adjacent... more

Bruce R.Watkins Drive

Kansas City, MO (Completed 2001)

Bruce R. Watkins Drive, a Missouri Department of Transportation project, is a 10.2 mile-long artery, which links downtown Kansas City to Southtown. The design and construction of this project included aesthetic design with environmental... more

California: Developing and implementing Corridor Master Plans (CMPs)

Two one-day workshops focusing on how CMPs can be used to implement CSS principles to solve transportation & community issues and the mechanics of their funding and implementation in Caltrans. Included a Caltrans project case study, interactive group... more

Coachella Valley Vista Point 3

Coachella Valley Vista Point

Coachella, CA (Completed 2011-06-30)

This project originally started due to a need to upgrade the existing site amenities of the existing vista point facility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and reduce maintenance expenditures. Caltrans maintenance identified... more

"Context Sensitive Solutions: The Pillar of Sustainable Highways" - Parsons Brinckerhoff's (PB's) CSS Training for PB staff & clients (PB's) CSS Training for PB Staff & Clients

From October 2003 through the fall of 2007, PB sponsored seminars and presentations on the subject of Sustainable Highways: Oxymoron or Opportunity. More than 1650 transportation professionals participated in the 45 sessions that were held... more

Corridor Alignment Urban Design and Community Outreach Services Pasadena Blue Line LRT

Pasadena, CA (Started 2005)

The new 13.6-mile extension of the Blue Line will run from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles into Pasadena, serving the communities of Chinatown, Highland Park, and South Pasadena along the way.

The Pasadena Blue Line is a light... more

Corridor Management Plan: Minnesota Highway 38 Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway

Grand Rapids, MN (Completed 1995)

The purpose of creating a Corridor Management Plan was to coordinate the philosophies and activities of land management agencies with those of the state and county authorities responsible for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining a... more

Design for Reconstruction of US 93: Evaro to Polson, Montana

Evaro, MT

US 93 runs from Arizona to Canada. It is a two-lane road through much of Montana, entering big-sky country from Idaho at Lost Trail pass and passing through Missoula, Kalispell, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and along the western shore of Flathead... more

Elgin-O'Hare Study Area Map

Elgin O'Hare-West Bypass (EOWB)

(Started 2007)

The study area includes the second largest concentration of employment in Illinois. It is also adjacent to one of the nations busiest airports, within the nexus of 5 interstates, and includes major commuter rail and bus service as well as major... more

Façades, Festivals, and Footpaths: Greenville, Kentucky’s Downtown Redevelopment

Greenville, KY (Started 2007)

Five years ago if you took a stroll down Main Street in Greenville, Kentucky on a Saturday night you would have likely walked on deteriorated sidewalks, peered into vacant storefronts with dilapidated façades, and felt enveloped by silence and... more

Feasibility Study, Maine Route 1

Bath, ME (Completed 2005)

Public Engagement

A key component of the Bath Feasibility Study was public involvement. The outreach program included several public forums including a public goal-setting workshop, a public informational meeting and... more

FLORIDA Adapts Existing Performance Measures to Reflect CSS

Three half-day sessions for different audiences: a presentation of recent research on quantifying the benefits of CSS, an interactive workshop to apply performance measures to an FDOT CSS project, and an action planning session. Also prepared... more

The purpose of this project was to replace a low water crossing over the Frio River quickly and with minimum impact on the recreational visitors and the water quality.

FM 1120 Low Water Crossing, Real County, Texas

Real County, TX

The purpose of this project was to replace a low water crossing over the Frio River quickly and with minimum impact on the recreational visitors and the water quality. The crossing was in need of replacement due to a series of floods that had... more

Ribbon Cutting

Frederick MARC Station and Extension of East Street

Frederick, MD (Completed 2001-01)

The project involved two phases. First, the designers prepared a pedestrian circulation study for the City of Frederick describing existing movement patterns and potential pedestrian routes once the station was complete. Plans were then developed for... more

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