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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

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

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

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

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

Elgin-O'Hare Study Area Map

Elgin O'Hare-West Bypass (EOWB)

(Started 2007)

The study area includes the second largest concentration of employment in Illinois. It is also adjacent to one of the nations busiest airports, within the nexus of 5 interstates, and includes major commuter rail and bus service as well as major... more

Ribbon Cutting

Frederick MARC Station and Extension of East Street

Frederick, MD (Completed 2001-01)

The project involved two phases. First, the designers prepared a pedestrian circulation study for the City of Frederick describing existing movement patterns and potential pedestrian routes once the station was complete. Plans were then developed for... more

Hayden, Colorado: Community Visioning Using 3D Scenario Planning Tools

Hayden, CO (Started 2004)

This case study examines ways to efficiently and quickly determine community preferences for balancing new growth and development in a small mountain town. Hayden is a rural town of 1,700 in the Yampa Valley of Colorado, 25 miles down State... 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

Houston Levee Road from Wolf River to Macon Road

Memphis, TN (Completed 2010-01)

This four mile long project is intersected by two other major roads in eastern Shelby County. The corridor has long been designated for a typical seven lane urban arterial. When a safety study commissioned by the county Mayor indicated that this... 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

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

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

Aerial of Existing Roadway

Lewistown Narrows

Mifflin, PA (Started 2004, Completed 2007-12-14)

The $110 million Lewistown Narrows project involved widening U.S. Routes 22/322 from a two-lane highway to a four-lane expressway through a 6.5-mile section of the Juniata River valley in the Pennsylvania Appalachians that is severely restricted by... 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

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

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