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21st Street Complete Green Street Concept Plan

Paso Robles, CA

21st Street is a commercial and residential street near the Paso Robles Event Center, home of the California Mid-State Fair. The street, one of four railroad crossings in town, was established decades ago in a natural drainageway. A concept plan... more

Bell Street Model

Bell Street Park

Seattle, WA

A single-purpose right-of-way is being transformed into a vibrant, safe, and green public space. This 4-block section is the first phase of a long-range plan for a park corridor stretching from South Lake Union to Elliott Bay. When high land... more

Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program

Albany, NY

The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for New York's Capital Region (Albany, NY). CDTC initiated the Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program (the Linkage Program) in 2000... 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

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

32nd Ave SW After

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

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

I 15 - Blue Diamond Interchange

Interstate 15 / Blue Diamond Interchange

Las Vegas, NV (Started 2003-09-30)

One of the biggest issues facing Nevada DOT is the Las Vegas area has been growing very fast with projections of further growth. This growth has taxed highway system's capacity with congestion that needs to be addressed as well as other highways on... 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.

Green Street overlay of Town Center collector cross section

Jacksonville Collector and Green Streets Plan

Jacksonville, NC

By developing a network of Green Streets, the City of Jacksonville will improve its stormwater management and simultaneously enhance and expand public open space, along with reinforcing desired land use and transportation patterns.

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

Mercer Corridor

Mercer Corridor Improvements Project

Seattle, WA

Past design proposals for the Mercer Corridor had focused primarily upon moving vehicular traffic through the South Lake Union area. The solutions had unacceptable impacts and high costs for implementation. However, the new neighborhood plans and the... more

Views of 195’ and 320’ Span Options from the Tri-boro Expressway

MonFayette Expressway

Pittsburgh, PA

The Monongehela River Valley was the cradle of the steel industry in the US. The steel industry was built on rail and barge transport, so there never was a decent road system in the valley. The steel industry essentially disappeared in the... more

Natchez Trace Parkway Multi-Use Trail

Jackson, MS

The primary issue that initiated the design and construction of the Natchez Trace multi-use trail in the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area is safety and a need to resolve and minimize conflicts between motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in... more

Paris Pike-Lexington Road (US 68)

Paris-Lexington Road (US 68)

Lexington, KY (Started 2004)

Reconstruction of the Paris-Lexington Road, commonly known as Paris Pike, entailed routing and designing an historic highway through the scenic landscape of Kentucky bluegrass country. Improvements to Paris Pike had been delayed for 27 years due to... more

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