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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

Earning rave reviews from the City of Shoreline and the public, the project garnered formal recognition from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) with its Globe Award, which honors U.S. transportation construction projects that demonstrate environmental excellence and stewardship and serve as role models for other projects.

Aurora Multimodal and Interurban Bridge Project

Shoreline, WA (Started 2007-06)

Community desires to improve the quality of life in the city; promote development; security; stormwater quality; aesthetics.

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

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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

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

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

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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

Houghton Streetscape and Brick Street Re-Installation

Houghton, MI (Started 2007, Completed 2009)

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Ishpeming Transportation Service Center (TSC) and its partners took an innovative approach on the US-41 Houghton, Michigan, downtown streetscape project by, among other things, actually drawing... 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-25 New Pueblo Freeway

Pueblo, CO

Through Pueblo, I-25 serves interstate travel, regional travel to and from Pueblo, and trips with origins and destination within Pueblo. I-25 serves north/south travel, but has created a barrier to east/west mobility. Communities were divided by the... 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

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

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MD 924 (Main St.) in Bel Air Community Safety & Enhancement

Bel Air, MD (Completed 2008-10)

Bel Air is home to the county courthouse and government offices, local businesses, and restaurants - which generated high volumes of traffic during peak hours and on weekends. High traffic speeds made it difficult for pedestrians to cross Main... 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

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