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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

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

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

Context Sensitive Design Resolves Interchange Problems

Queens, NY (Completed 2005)

Already heavily traveled, the corridors were becoming increasingly congested. Volumes on the Cross Island were at 120,000 and on the LIE were approaching 200,000 vehicles a day. These volumes were projected to grow with added lanes to the east in... 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

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

The existing Four Bears Bridge (ND 23) was narrow and could not accommodate existing traffic (functionally obsolete).

Four Bears Bridge Replacement

Four Bears Village, ND

The existing Four Bears Bridge (ND 23) was narrow and could not accommodate existing traffic (functionally obsolete). The new Four Bears Bridge provided a modern bridge that eliminated restrictions posed by the earlier bridge. It also accommodated... 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

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

Replace a deteriorating historic bridge quickly reaching its intended lifespan (1939 was the last structural improvement) located in a unique setting that includes a nearby historic hotel and scenic river front area.

IA, Hwy 1, Keosauqua Bridge

Keosauqua, IA

Replace a deteriorating historic bridge quickly reaching its intended lifespan (1939 was the last structural improvement) located in a unique setting that includes a nearby historic hotel and scenic river front area.

Improving Neighborhood Connections, I-465 Reconstruction

Indianapolis, IN

The purpose of the project is the reconstruction of a 12-mile segment of beltway around Indianapolis to provide increased capacity and replace deteriorated infrastructure. Mainline roadway, interchanges, and bridges all required reconstruction as... more

Interstate 10: Papago Freeway

Phoenix, AZ (Completed 1995)

The Papago Freeway runs seamlessly through the middle of downtown Phoenix. From above, sound walls and landscaping conceal the recessed roadway. Pedestrian and bicycle crossings are plentiful. In the heart of downtown, the freeway actually... more

Kellogg Avenue (US-54) Improvements

Wichita, KS (Completed 1998)

Kellogg Avenue is the major east-west transportation corridor through Wichita which provides a major link between the turnpike, downtown, and Wichita airport. The project improved Kellogg Avenue from a major arterial to a limited access... 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-119: Special Guardrail

Harbor Springs, MI (Started 2002-12, Completed 2003)

M-119 is located in Emmet County, north of Harbor Springs and adjacent to Lake Michigan. The road meanders along the shoreline offering the traveler spectacular views of the lake and the Beaver Island archipelago.

The purpose of... more

M-36 Pinckney: Streetscape

Pickney, MI (Completed 2004)

Pickney is situated in southwestern Livingston County. The project location was M-36 from Dexter/Pinckney Road to the west village limits.

The project involved streetscaping downtown Pinckney, milling and resurfacing the existing... more

M-45: Resurfacing, Rehabilitation and Widening

Grand Rapids, MI

The project is located in the cities of Grand Rapids and Walker in Kent County on M-45 from 100 feet east of Manzana Drive easterly to 25 feet west of Fulton Street.

This project included approximately three miles of HMA cold... 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

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