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Quote Icon Road infrastructure can be beautiful too. NEPAs emphasis on the overall environment has expanded the context of project aesthetics. The examination of the aesthetic resource element requires consideration of each of the following:... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Visual Impact Assessment for Highway Projects
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Quote Icon "The definition of community requires consideration of both people and place. The people might include the total population of any geographic place or one or more identifiable smaller groups of people. Sometimes a community might include people... more
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
from Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place
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Quote Icon Fences and walls can make a positive contribution to the character of byways. Sometimes, they are one of the defining features of an area, such as the white horse fences of Kentucky or the stone walls of Kansas. There are almost as many types of... more
USDA Forest Service,
from Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements
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Quote Icon "Functional class and design speed dont have an automatic relationship. Functional classifications should be established with an eye to future planned development. There is a need for new classifications for scenic and historic country roads, with... more
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Quote Icon "Highway projects can be designed with imagination, creativity, and collaboration to preserve and enhance the character and quality of a community without sacrificing transportation mobility and safety."
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History permeates our landscapes and communities.

How to incorporate historic qualities, elements and features begins with understanding their significance today.

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities
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Quote Icon "Transportation officials are required to make a good faith effort to identify historic properties that may be affected by a transportation project and gather sufficient information to evaluate the eligibility of these properties for the... more
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Quote Icon "Historic transportation corridors can be seen as linking together a series of physical elements of a common theme or representing a single linear experience of motion through space and time."
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Quote Icon "It can be seen that the best way to shield and landscape a highway is to preserve the best of the natural features and growth that already exist."
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Quote Icon "Lately, people have been talking increasingly about loss of place. What theyre describing is the kind of place that has been special in their lives and has given them a strong sense of community."
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Quote Icon "Measures in places like in Birmingham, Michigan, show reduced speeds of 10-15 mph when street trees are present on same width streets. Landscaping is now considered a primary component of traffic calming."
Dan Burden,
from Building Communities With Transportation
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Quote Icon "A median is the portion of the highway separating opposing directions of the traveled way."
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals (AASHTO),
from A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book)
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Quote Icon Medians and parking islands can have major influence on the character of a byway. Medians can serve to separate opposing traffic, provide a recovery area for out-of-control vehicles, allow space for turn lanes, minimize headlight glare, and provide... more
USDA Forest Service,
from Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements
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Quote Icon Vegetation management can be used to enhance the scenic quality of a byway and to screen elements that detract from the scenic quality. Vegetation can also be integral to the visitors experience by providing a variety of spaces for the motorist to... more
USDA Forest Service,
from Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements
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Quote Icon "We established goals and developed design concepts with the task force from building face to building face rather than from curb to curb. we considered lane widths in light of the whole road as it passes through the town. If we went from 10-foot... more
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