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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

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

AR 215, Ozark National Forest, AR

AR 215, Ozark National Forest, AR

Purpose and Need: Inadequate roadway for current and anticipated traffic - travel lane too narrow, surface rough (gravel), and unnecessary amount of dust and siltation produced, detracting from the personal experience and water quality of the streams... more

Arterial Relations: Widening a one-mile stretch of Pennsylvania roadway far from routine

Altoona, PA

The widening of a one-mile stretch of Park Avenue roadway near Altoona, Pa., was far from routine. The nine-year project impacted more than 80 properties – businesses and residences – resulted in more than 35 right-of-way acquisitions and... 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.

The existing facility had a narrow roadway that posed safety issues and mobility issues due to limited passing opportunities on the winding, mountainous road.

Berthoud Pass Mountain Access Project - Phases 1 and 2

Clear Creek County, CO

The existing facility had a narrow roadway that posed safety issues and mobility issues due to limited passing opportunities on the winding, mountainous road. The existing roadway also posed numerous environmental problems due to: 1) poor... more

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

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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

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

Burlington, Iowa: Revitalizing a Struggling Small Downtown

Burlington, IA (Started 1999, Completed 2006)

Burlington, Iowa, was a significant Midwestern river and rail transportation hub from the 1820s til the mid-twentieth century. Manufacturing remains an important component of the local economy, but sprawling suburban development has made it... more

This worn path across several vacant lots is now McVay Street.

Charlotte's Urban Street Design Guidelines

Charlotte, NC

The USDG is one of a set of policies (including the Centers, Corridors, & Wedges Growth Framework and the Transportation Action Plan) intended to transform Charlotte into a more sustainable city and create more context-sensitive streets. First, the... 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

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

Map 22 of 44 Proposed Plan Areas. See connectatlantaplan.com for more maps

Connect Atlanta Plan

Atlanta, GA (Started 2008-12)

A lack of investment in projects that benefited the City economically over the past 60 years has resulted in a City of Atlanta that has not kept pace with the region’s phenomenal growth. If we are to remedy this imbalance we must embrace new notions... 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

The purpose of the project was to replace two existing functionally obsolete truss bridges crossing the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor.

Cooper River Bridge Replacement Project

Charleston Harbor, SC

The purpose of the project was to replace two existing functionally obsolete truss bridges crossing the Cooper River in Charleston Harbor. The new structure would need to 1) Increase the capacity of US 17 over the Cooper River, 2) Improved traffic... 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

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