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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

I-465 Concept Hierarchy

Accelerate I-465

Indianapolis, IN

For reasons of increasing capacity and improving safety, the I-465 project, titled “Accelerate 465,” consists of freeway reconstruction, upgrades of interchange ramps and mainline capabilities, improved geometrics and access upgrades to major... 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

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

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

Context Sensitive Design Resolves Interchange Problems

Queens, NY (Completed 2005)

Already heavily traveled, the corridors were becoming increasingly congested. Volumes on the Cross Island were at 120,000 and on the LIE were approaching 200,000 vehicles a day. These volumes were projected to grow with added lanes to the east in... 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

Cunningham Avenue Imagery

Cunningham Avenue Beautification

Urbana, IL

The majority of the existing corridor was developed in the County and was later annexed in the City. This created areas of non-conformity with the City's zoning and subdivision ordinances and a significant number of curb cuts along Cunningham... 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

El Camino

In recognition of the Spanish migration from the Atlantic coast to the present U.S. Mexico border, each state has designated the roadways the compromise the route as the El Camino East/West Corridor in order to promote tourism and historic... 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

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

Grade Separation: Wichita Central Corridor Railroad

Wichita, KS (Started 2005-03, Completed 2008)

In the 1990s, Wichita began to explore the impact of growth on its existing transportation facilities, land use, and development. A specific effort was to assess the increased train traffic going through the city due to the merger of Union Pacific... more

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