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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

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

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

WEC Group

A New Vision For West Eugene

Eugene, OR (Started 2009-02)

This planning effort was initiated on the heels of a failed major bypass project planned for 20 years, to relieve traffic congestion in Eugene, OR that left the community extremely polarized. The objectives of the West Eugene Collaborative can be... 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.

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

Bruce R.Watkins Drive

Kansas City, MO (Completed 2001)

Bruce R. Watkins Drive, a Missouri Department of Transportation project, is a 10.2 mile-long artery, which links downtown Kansas City to Southtown. The design and construction of this project included aesthetic design with environmental... more

California: Developing and implementing Corridor Master Plans (CMPs)

Two one-day workshops focusing on how CMPs can be used to implement CSS principles to solve transportation & community issues and the mechanics of their funding and implementation in Caltrans. Included a Caltrans project case study, interactive group... more

Central Texas Greenprint for Growth

Bastrop County, TX

Greenprint for Growth or "Greenprinting" uses TPL's unique application of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and modeling technology to help local governments and communities make informed land use decisions, guiding where growth and... more

Coachella Valley Vista Point 3

Coachella Valley Vista Point

Coachella, CA (Completed 2011-06-30)

This project originally started due to a need to upgrade the existing site amenities of the existing vista point facility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and reduce maintenance expenditures. Caltrans maintenance identified... more

The purpose of this project was to address safety and capacity issues, with improved geometrics. Environmental and cultural enhancements were also included in the project.

Cody-Yellowstone Highway Project, Wyoming

Cody, WY

The purpose of this project was to address safety and capacity issues, with improved geometrics. Environmental and cultural enhancements were also included in the project.

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

"Context Sensitive Solutions: The Pillar of Sustainable Highways" - Parsons Brinckerhoff's (PB's) CSS Training for PB staff & clients (PB's) CSS Training for PB Staff & Clients

From October 2003 through the fall of 2007, PB sponsored seminars and presentations on the subject of Sustainable Highways: Oxymoron or Opportunity. More than 1650 transportation professionals participated in the 45 sessions that were held... more

Corridor Alignment Urban Design and Community Outreach Services Pasadena Blue Line LRT

Pasadena, CA (Started 2005)

The new 13.6-mile extension of the Blue Line will run from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles into Pasadena, serving the communities of Chinatown, Highland Park, and South Pasadena along the way.

The Pasadena Blue Line is a light... 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

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

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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

East Side Highway Corridor Study

McLean County, IL (Completed 2010-03)

A 2002 Feasibility Study examined the ability to connect I-55 to I-74 east of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It explored the impacts of providing a new major facility that would relieve urban traffic congestion and improve regional... more

El Camino

In recognition of the Spanish migration from the Atlantic coast to the present U.S. Mexico border, each state has designated the roadways the compromise the route as the El Camino East/West Corridor in order to promote tourism and historic... 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

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