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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

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

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

The purpose of the project was to replace two existing functionally obsolete truss bridges crossing the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor.

Cooper River Bridge Replacement Project

Charleston Harbor, SC

The purpose of the project was to replace two existing functionally obsolete truss bridges crossing the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor. The new structure would need to 1) Increase the capacity of US 17 over the Cooper River, 2) Improved traffic... 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

Eugene A. Carter Memorial Bridge

Charleston, WV (Started 2009-06-06)

This bridge was overdue for cleaning and painting. Also, this bridge is prone to icy conditions in the winter months. It was decided to add a skid-resistant surface to the deck and the approach spans.

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

Green Ribbon Project

Houston, TX (Started 1997, Completed 2001)

The purpose of the Green Ribbon Project was to provide the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with conceptual guidelines to integrate environmental aesthetics with roadway functionality. This project was intended to set forth a broad... more

Before After

Henderson Interstate 215/515 Interchange

Henderson, NV (Started 2005-01-02)

One of the biggest issues facing Nevada DOT is explosive growth rates in the Las Vegas Valley. This growth, along with the accompanying industries and businesses, overwhelmed the highway system's capacity. Part of the solution included building ... more

Houghton Streetscape and Brick Street Re-Installation

Houghton, MI (Started 2007, Completed 2009)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Ishpeming Transportation Service Center (TSC) and its partners took an innovative approach on the US-41 Houghton, Michigan, downtown streetscape project by, among other things, actually drawing... 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-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

I-96 at 36th Street: New Interchange

Grand Rapids, MI (Started 2005, Completed 2006)

The project will include constructing a new interchange on I-96 at 36th Street. Currently, the Kent County Road Commission is nearing completion of the extension of 36th Street. The interchange will tie into this extension. Upon completion, this new... more

I-96 BL (Grand River Avenue) Roadway Rehabilitation

Howell, MI

The project location was I-96BL (Grand River) from M-59 to Grand Oaks Drive in Genoa, Oceola, and Howell Townships and the City of Howell, Livingston County.

The project involved a milling and resurfacing, construction of a center... more

Connecting Dallas Timeline

IH-30 East Gateway

Dallas, TX

Over fifty years ago, Fair Park, portions of Deep Ellum, and adjacent neighborhoods were separated from the rest of the city by the construction of Interstate 30. While the highway provided much-needed mobility and helped suburban development, there... more

Improvements to the Self-Guiding Tour Routes

Murfreesboro, TN (Started 2009)

Issues that initiated this project include the inadequacy of the existing auto tour route in its ability to allow visitors to experience the important historic elements of the battlefield effectively and gain a sense of place; a lack of accessibility... more

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