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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

The purpose of this project was to reconstruct a six-mile section of urban arterial to address capacity and safety issues, in addition to providing a stimulation to the local economy.

12300 South Design Build Project, Draper and Riverton, Utah

Draper, UT

The purpose of this project was to reconstruct a six-mile section of urban arterial to address capacity and safety issues, in addition to providing a stimulation to the local economy.

21st Street Complete Green Street Concept Plan

Paso Robles, CA

21st Street is a commercial and residential street near the Paso Robles Event Center, home of the California Mid-State Fair. The street, one of four railroad crossings in town, was established decades ago in a natural drainageway. A concept plan... 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

Abita Springs Roundabout

Abita Springs, LA (Started 2004-04-15, Completed 2008-03-03)

Congestion during peak hours due to the strange configuration of the intersection initiated this project.

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

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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

The goal of the project is to develop Bridgeport Way as a corridor that will improve traffic safety, increase the mobility and cohesiveness of the community, enhance the appearance of the corridor, and control traffic growth.

Bridgeport Way Reconstruction

University Place, WA

The purpose of this project was to address the safety concerns due to the high number of crashes over the past years. At the same time it was viewed essential to the vision statement of the City Council that aimed in improving the quality of life in... 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

"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

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

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

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

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

Edgartown, Massachusetts: Promoting Walkable, Attractive Development on Upper Main Street

Edgartown, MA (Started 1990)

This case study examines ways in which to ensure the character, quality and pedestrian-orientation of historic, downtown main street facing typical, strip commercial, auto-oriented development patterns. The economy of this 19th century whaling... more

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