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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

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

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Blue Ridge Road Grade-Separation Project

Raleigh, NC (Started 2011)

The proposed Blue Ridge Road grade-separation project in west Raleigh will lower the grade of Blue Ridge Road, carrying it under (currently intersecting) Hillsborough Street and Beryl Drive, as well as a busy at-grade railroad crossing between the... more

CPPW Safe and Complete Streets Plan

SeaTac, WA

The Safe and Complete Streets Plan was part of a larger Public Health - Seattle and King County project to create plans in six King County cities to reduce health inequities and disparities, especially related to obesity. As a national... 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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Indianapolis, IN (Started 2000, Completed 2013-05)

Leaders in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, wanted to make it easier for people to visit the city’s cultural districts, which were disconnected from the heart of downtown and didn’t get the attention they merited. In a city with a successful... more

Interstate 405: Context Sensitive Solutions Master Plan

KING COUNTY, WA

Most people agree, the Puget Sound region of western Washington State is among the most vibrant, progressive, and beautiful locations in the United States. Characterized by towering evergreens, splendid terrain, endless recreation opportunities, a... more

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

(Started 1992)

Strong legislative intent from the US Congress and Colorado state legislature to preserve and protect the canyon iniatiated this project, along with local environmental groups' pressure to protect the canyon.

The north trailhead will take a rectilinear geometry, recalling the rock fences and patchwork of pastures in
the surrounding landscape. Large swathes of perennials will intermingle with the rigid form of the trailhead.
Bosques of trees will mimic the long allees of trees that line roadsides and country estates in Lexington.

Legacy Trail

Lexington, KY

In anticipation of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Lexington desired a method of connection to downtown Lexington, Kentucky from the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to this major event, officials and stakeholders, knowing that the... 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

Mack Hatcher Parkway Before and After

Mack Hatcher Parkway Context Sensitive Design

Franklin, TN (Completed 2010)

State Route 397, the Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway in Williamson County, is the primary transportation concern of the city of Franklin. Due to huge demands on current and future traffic, local and state officials have requested for TDOT to improve... more

A doublespan stone bridge along the Merritt Parkway.

Merritt Parkway

An excellent example of a holistic design approach is the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. Designed and built in the 1930's, its overall design philosophy was to build a graceful highway set in a natural environment. The result was a highway that not... more

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