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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

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

Crosswalks: Half-signal Crossing, Tucson, AZ

Crosswalks: Half-signal Crossing, Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ

Tucson has the greatest variety of successful mid-block crossings in the nation. Pedestrian actuated half-signals allow pedestrians to cross each section of the street separately.

Crosswalks: Toucan Crossings, Tucson, AZ

Crosswalks: Toucan Crossings, Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ

At these half-signal concept Toucan Crossings in Tucson, AZ, motorists stop for short periods to allow bicyclists and pedestrians highly efficient crossings. A pedestrian island, sometimes covered, forces cars to turn right, while allowing safe... 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

Cutler-Orosi, California: Community-Based Transportation Planning

Orosi, CA (Started 2001)

The two agricultural communities of Cutler and Orosi, CA were struggling with high poverty rates, inadequate water and sewer capacity, and a dangerous traffic problems on the main street/ state highway. Through an innovative design... 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

Danville-Riverside Bridge and Approach - Pennsylvania

Danville-Riverside Bridge and Approach - Pennsylvania

Danville-Riverside, PA (Started 1991, Completed 2000)

The project involved replacement of an existing two-lane Parker Through Truss bridge built in 1904 spanning the Susquehanna River, with a new 1,440 foot-long bridge with weathered steel haunched girders. The approach to the old bridge from Danville... more

Davis Square

Somerville, MA

Somerville, Massachusetts, the most densely populated streetcar suburb in New England, is home to 76,000 people. In 1973, Davis Square, one of the city’s largest central squares and a traditional commercial center, was selected as the location... more

Demonbreun Viaduct Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN (Started 2004-07, Completed 2006-10)

The Demondreun Viaduct in downtown Nashville, TN was closed due to strutural deficiency. This closing restricted a roadway that served as a "backdoor" route to downtown Nashville and closed a transit landport as well as hampered traffic to many... 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

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach

(Completed 2010-03)

A need to advance the practice of context sensitive design for major urban streets, drawing on principles and techniques used by practitioners from the new urbanist and smart growth movements. The intent of this joint project was to encourage street... more

Detroit River International Crossing

Detroit, MI

Trade between the United States and Canada in the year 2000 was $243 billion (U.S.). This is larger than the total U.S. trade with Japan. Over $1 billion in trade crosses the U.S –Canadian border each day. The majority of the border trade... more

New crosswalk at Front and Myrtle Streets

Downtown Boise Sidewalks Show Artistic Side

Boise, ID (Started 2003)

In spring 2003 the Downtown Boise Mobility Study began working on a comprehensive approach to transportation options in downtown Boise and for people traveling from, to and through the downtown area. Pedestrian enhancements were among the study's... more

Downtown Revitalization and Access Improvements, US-395 - Colville

Downtown Revitalization and Access Improvements, US-395 - Colville

Colville, WA

The mixture of significant freight and highway traffic on Main Street with its multiple traffic lights and slower speeds has created congestion, noise, and air quality concerns.

Downtown Revitalization, Safety & Congestion Improvements, SR-14 - Bingen

Downtown Revitalization, Safety & Congestion Improvements, SR-14 - Bingen

Bingen, WA (Completed 2004-08)

The purpose of this project was to reduce traffic congestion through this section of SR-14, which improved safety and traffic flow (mobility). The city of Bingen needed economic revitalization of the downtown corridor, and anticipated that their... more

Dubuque Historic Millwork District

Dubuque, IA

The Dubuque Historic Millwork District project being submitted is a streetscape project. Streets and sidewalks in the Historic Millwork District were redone as part of a larger revitalization project.

Streets in the Millwork District in... more

Retaining Wall Showcases Architectural Treatment

Easley Bridge Replacement: Bluefield, WV

Partnering meetings facilitated open, honest, and continuing communication throughout project construction for the WVDOH, City of Bluefield, local utilities, Bluefield State College, FHWA, Norfolk & Southern Railroad, Ahern & Associates, and GAI... more

Through innovative and collaborative partnerships, 19 political jurisdictions have agreed to pursue a balanced transportation plan that encompasses highway, bus, rail transit, bike, pedestrian and local network projects

Eastern Corridor

Southwestern, OH

The Eastern Corridor Project was conducted to address the growing needs of the eastern Cincinnati metropolitan area by integrating multi-modal solutions, land use planning and environmental stewardship. Through innovative and collaborative... more

East Main Street

Westminster, MD (Started 1990, Completed 1994)

One community's concern over the proposed removal of mature trees to widen the main street of a historic district compelled state officials to dispatch a landscape architect to direct the project.

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