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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

28th - 31st Avenue Connector Builds Bridges in Nashville

Nashville, TN

For several decades, Interstate 40 and a CSX railroad line separated North Nashville from West End and limited social and economic interaction between those communities. The recently completed 28th-31st Avenue Connector spans the railroad tracks... 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

Abita Springs Roundabout

Abita Springs, LA (Started 2004-04-15, Completed 2008-03-03)

Congestion during peak hours due to the strange configuration of the intersection initiated this project.

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

Viewed as the most maintained wall type, according to the AIMS study.

Aesthetic Initiative Measurement Systems (AIMS) - Phase I & Phase II

(Started 2006-06)

The goal of the project was to integrate consideration of highway landscape corridor public perceptions into DOT planning and decision-making by developing a method to engage DOT staff in a variety of design, engineering, and maintenance disciplines... more

Arterial Relations: Widening a one-mile stretch of Pennsylvania roadway far from routine

Altoona, PA

The widening of a one-mile stretch of Park Avenue roadway near Altoona, Pa., was far from routine. The nine-year project impacted more than 80 properties – businesses and residences – resulted in more than 35 right-of-way acquisitions and... more

Austin Accessibility Assessment Improvement (AAAIM)

Austin, TX

Persons with disabilities have long voiced concerns about the lack of integrated access between Capital Metro's (CMTA) fixed-route bus stops and the City of Austin's transportation network, particularly the pedestrian infrastructure, a disconnect... more

Blue Water Bridge Aesthetic Design Guide

Port Huron, MI

Billions of dollars of trade pass through crossings in Michigan to and from Canada each year. At the Blue Water Bridge crossing, increases in wait time and new improved security measures require a redesign of the plaza and highway approach in the... 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

Map 22 of 44 Proposed Plan Areas. See connectatlantaplan.com for more maps

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

Cottonwood Street Environmental Assessment

Murray, UT

The Cottonwood Street EA (located in Murray, Utah) reflects a number of CSS principles. One of the main goals of this project is to create a more livable, walkable community through construction of a new one-way couplet with bike lanes, improved... more

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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

Edgartown, Massachusetts: Promoting Walkable, Attractive Development on Upper Main Street

Edgartown, MA (Started 1990)

This case study examines ways in which to ensure the character, quality and pedestrian-orientation of historic, downtown main street facing typical, strip commercial, auto-oriented development patterns. The economy of this 19th century whaling... 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

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

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

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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