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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

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

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

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

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Connect Atlanta Plan

Atlanta, GA (Started 2008-12)

A lack of investment in projects that benefited the City economically over the past 60 years has resulted in a City of Atlanta that has not kept pace with the region’s phenomenal growth. If we are to remedy this imbalance we must embrace new notions... 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

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

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

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

Hutchinson, Minnesota: Implementing a Transportation Plan to Accommodate Regional Growth

Hutchinson, MN (Started 1998, Completed 2007)

Home to Hutchinson Technology, Inc. and consumer products manufacturer 3M, Hutchinson MN is a manufacturing town that is also attracting exurban development based on its proximity to the Twin Cities. The town used a context-sensitive solutions... 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

Lincoln City, Oregon: Taft Village Redevelopment Plan

(Started 1999, Completed 2000)

This case study examines what can be done to revitalize a small urban village in a rural setting, with a state highway running through it. Lincoln City spans eight miles along the Pacific coast. Taft is one of the city's five villages, all of... more

M-25 Harbor Beach: Road Rehabilitation and Streetscape

Harbor Beach, MI (Started 2004-04, Completed 2004-10)

Harbor Beach is located at M-25 and M-142 along Lake Huron in Huron County. The 1.4 mile project along M-25/Huron Street from the south to the north city limits and on M-142/State Street from Third Street consisted of roadway replacement and... more

M-25: White Rock Motorist Park

White Rock Motorist Park is located along Lake Huron off M-25 in Huron County. The park preserves the natural character of the site and enhances the travel experience. Components of the motorist park include a picnic area, restroom... more

M-69: Paint River Bridge Rehabilitation

Crystal Falls, MI (Completed 2002)

The bridge spans the Paint River in the city of Crystal Falls, located in Iron County.

Built in 1924, the structure is the only non-redundant open spandrel concrete arch bridge in Michigan. The project purpose was to maintain safe... more

Mississippi River Bridge Project, I-70

St. Louis, MO (Completed 2003)

The New Mississippi River Bridge Project (MRB) is a group of major transportation improvements designed to enhance the region’s infrastructure. The economic future of the St. Louis urban core on both sides of the Mississippi River depends on the... more

Park East Freeway Removal

Milwaukee, WI (Completed 2003)

The Park East Freeway was a one-mile spur connection between I-43 and downtown Milwaukee. It was originally intended to continue through downtown, but was never completed. The impacts of this freeway spurred a great deal of controversy such that... more

Paul Bunyan Drive (TH 197) Reconstruction

Bemidji, MN (Started 1997, Completed 2003)

To reconfigure and reconstruct TH 197 at the south entrance into Bemidji, Minnesota, consolidating driveway access, stabilizing the shoreline of Lake Bemidji, creating storm water ponds to enhance water quality, creating new traffic and pedestrian... more

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