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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 "An island is a defined area between traffic lanes used for control of vehicle movements, Islands also provide an area for pedestrian refuge and traffic control device. Within an intersection, a median or an outer separation is also considered an... more
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 "... a standard approach to easing traffic is to widen streets and facilitate movement of vehicles, whereas traffic calming looks for ways to marrow them in a manner that eases the comfort and use of both vehicles and pedestrians, as well as... more
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Quote Icon "Center island narrowings are raised islands located on the centerline of a street that narrow the travel lanes at that location. They are also called mid-block medians, median slow points, or median chokers. They often are nicely landscaped to... more
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE),
from Traffic Calming: State of the Practice
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Quote Icon "The term clear zone is used to designate the unobstructed, relatively flat area provided beyond the edge of the traveled way for the recovery of errant vehicles. The clear zone includes any shoulders or auxiliary lanes."
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 "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 "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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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 "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 "The term modern roundabout is used in the United States to differentiate modern roundabouts from nonconforming traffic circles or rotaries that have been in use for many years. Modern roundabouts are defined by two basic operational and design... more
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 "A shoulder is the portion of the roadway contiguous with the traveled way that accommodates stopped vehicles, emergency use . . . In some case, the shoulder can accommodate bicyclists."
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 The type of traffic barriers you choose is an important consideration along scenic byways. Barriers help prevent motorists form striking a more hazardous object or from sliding down a steep slope. However, since these structures line the roadway,... more
USDA Forest Service,
from Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements
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Quote Icon "Traffic engineers are always talking about enhancements in terms of trade-offs, but its not a trade off to add landscaping and curb extensions and make the street safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. Even if improving the road for all users... more
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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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