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The purpose of this project was to reconstruct a six-mile section of urban arterial to address capacity and safety issues, in addition to providing a stimulation to the local economy.

12300 South Design Build Project, Draper and Riverton, Utah

Draper, UT

The purpose of this project was to reconstruct a six-mile section of urban arterial to address capacity and safety issues, in addition to providing a stimulation to the local economy.

Aesthetic and Safety Improvement, SR-99

Aesthetic and Safety Improvement, SR-99

Des Moines, WA (Started 1997, Completed 2005)

The purpose of the project is to improve traffic congestion, operations, and safety; provide facilities for transit and pedestrians; and encourage economic redevelopment along the SR-99 corridor through the city of Des Moines.

Aesthetic Guardrail Design, SR-20 - Ducken Road to Rosario

Aesthetic Guardrail Design, SR-20 - Ducken Road to Rosario

(Started 2000, Completed 2007)

The purpose of this project is to improve safety and reduce accident frequency and severity. Within this section of SR-20, a primary issue is upgrading it to bike touring standards.

Barracks Row

Barracks Row

Washington, DC (Started 2000, Completed 2004-01)

8th Street Barracks Row, a 3/4 mile, 6 block stretch between Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street SE, is one of the District's oldest commercial corridors. 8th Street's turn of the century buildings give the street charm and character, but over the... more

The existing facility had a narrow roadway that posed safety issues and mobility issues due to limited passing opportunities on the winding, mountainous road.

Berthoud Pass Mountain Access Project - Phases 1 and 2

Clear Creek County, CO

The existing facility had a narrow roadway that posed safety issues and mobility issues due to limited passing opportunities on the winding, mountainous road. The existing roadway also posed numerous environmental problems due to: 1) poor... 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

Bridgeport Way - University Place, Washington

Bridgeport Way - University Place, Washington

University Place, WA (Started 1998-05, Completed 2002-06)

Bridgeport Way is a major urban arterial and it could be considered as a "Main Street" of University Place. The project involved reconstruction of an existing five-lane road into a four-lane divided roadway over a distance of approximately 1.5... 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

Bulbout: Cotati, California

Bulbout: Cotati, California

Cotati, CA

This sidewalk extension is under construction on Old Redwood Highway, a two-lane road in a small rural town.

Bulbout : Del Ray Beach, Florida

Bulbout : Del Ray Beach, Florida

Del Ray Beach, FL

Planted sidewalk extension with inset parallel parking on a commercial street.

Bulbouts in Anderson, SC

Bulbouts in Anderson, SC

Anderson, SC

Downtown Anderson, South Carolina features landscaped sidewalk extensions with inset diagonal parking, in addition to paved sidewalks and crosswalks.

Bulbouts in Birmingham, MI

Bulbouts in Birmingham, MI

Birmingham, MI

Birmingham has added sidewalk extensions to many of its street corners, some of which include landscaping and small planters.

Bulbouts in Davis, CA

Bulbouts in Davis, CA

Davis, CA

Planted sidewalk extensions were added by developer of a mixed-use building on C Street near the Farmers Market.

Bulbouts in Encinitas, CA

Encinitas, CA

Landscaped sidewalk extension with a bench and a mosaic trash can. This treatment was given to intersections along historic Route 101 with attention to details, and public art.

Burlington, Iowa: Revitalizing a Struggling Small Downtown

Burlington, IA (Started 1999, Completed 2006)

Burlington, Iowa, was a significant Midwestern river and rail transportation hub from the 1820s til the mid-twentieth century. Manufacturing remains an important component of the local economy, but sprawling suburban development has made it... more

Canal Parkway, from Wiley Ford Bridge to MD 51

Canal Parkway, from Wiley Ford Bridge to MD 51

Cumberland, MD (Started 1989, Completed 2001)

Prior to this roadway project, severe traffic congestion occurred daily at the Virginia Avenue underpass (locally known as the "subway") of CSXT tracks and its intersection with MD 51. When this facility was blocked (by accidents or flooding) there... more

Carson Street Reconstruction

Carson Street Reconstruction

Torrance, CA

Carson Street is a major east-west arterial street running through the middle of the city of Torrance, CA. High levels of traffic congestion on the original four-lane undivided cross sections and the absence of left-turn lanes were responsible for a... more

This worn path across several vacant lots is now McVay Street.

Charlotte's Urban Street Design Guidelines

Charlotte, NC

The USDG is one of a set of policies (including the Centers, Corridors, & Wedges Growth Framework and the Transportation Action Plan) intended to transform Charlotte into a more sustainable city and create more context-sensitive streets. First, the... more

Cobblestone Street Interpretive Park

Cobblestone Street Interpretive Park

Boonville, MO

As the Missouri Department of Transportation was planning the construction of a new bridge over the Missouri River, a cobblestone street, believed to be the first paved street west of St. Louis, was re-discovered in the town of Boonville. The... more

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