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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

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.

Bell Street Model

Bell Street Park

Seattle, WA

A single-purpose right-of-way is being transformed into a vibrant, safe, and green public space. This 4-block section is the first phase of a long-range plan for a park corridor stretching from South Lake Union to Elliott Bay. When high land... more

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

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

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

9-3-09 Image

Dana to Downtown

Redding, CA (Completed 2010-08)

State Route 44 through Redding serves as a primary east/west connector for both local and interregional travelers. This segment of freeway crosses the Sacramento River and serves as a gateway and first impression for those entering the downtown... 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

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

MSU Central Campus

Farm Lane Underpasses

East Lansing, MI (Started 2007, Completed 2009)

Eliminating the current at-grade railroad crossings on Farm Lane will increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and decrease response times for emergency vehicles. More than 1 million rail cars travel through this region each... 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

32nd Ave SW After

High Point Redevelopment Street

Seattle, WA (Started 2000, Completed 2009)

The housing stock of this 120 acre redevelopment was in need of replacement. Along with the rebuilding, a thorough re-plating and replacement of the street grid was undertaken. At the same time, the City of Seattle's stormwater utility, Seattle... more

I-25 New Pueblo Freeway

Pueblo, CO

Through Pueblo, I-25 serves interstate travel, regional travel to and from Pueblo, and trips with origins and destination within Pueblo. I-25 serves north/south travel, but has created a barrier to east/west mobility. Communities were divided by the... more

Collapsed Bridge

I-35W St. Anthony Bridge Collapse and Reconstruction Over Mississippi River

Minneapolis, MN (Completed 2008-09-18)

The I-35W St. Anthony Bridge replacement project is hereby offered as a CSS National Dialog submission case study because it demonstrates a unique and amazing local and national story and most surprisingly to some that under extreme... more

I-485 South Blvd Parking Deck Under Construction in Ravine

I-485/South Boulevard Station Parking Deck - LYNX Blue Line Light Rail Project

Charlotte, NC

CATS needed a large real estate parcel to construct the I-485/South Boulevard light rail parking deck at the end of the line. There was limited availability of existing real estate. After a suggestion by a local resident during a community... more

The existing facility was functionally obsolete and did not provide an acceptable level of service. The project addressed anticipated future traffic demands will provide sufficient median size to allow future expansion and/or multimodal use for mass transit. The upgraded roadway was expanded to 6 lanes with modern design features. This project is part of a comprehensive initiative to upgrade roads in the Tampa area.

I 4 Reconstruction

Tampa, FL

The existing facility was functionally obsolete and did not provide an acceptable level of service. The project addressed anticipated future traffic demands will provide sufficient median size to allow future expansion and/or multimodal use for mass... more

I-696: Three Pedestrian Plazas Over Freeway

These three pedestrian plazas are located in the cities of Oak Park and Southfield in Oakland County. The area includes a mix of residential, community, and commercial properties.

The purpose of the pedestrian plazas is to maintain... more

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