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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 "... 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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Challenges to Scenic resources include:

  • Billboard proliferation;
  • Poor community design and land use decisions;
  • Insensitive placement of telecommunications towers, wind turbines, and utility wires;
  • Inadequate tree protection;
  • Poor landscaping;... more
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Quote Icon Cultural Qualities are not necessarily expressed in the landscape; rather, culture encompasses all aspects of a communitys life. Cultural information about a community includes:... more
National Scenic Byways Program,
from Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities
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Quote Icon "Cultural quality is evidence and expressions of the customs or traditions of a distinct group of people. Cultural features include, but are not limited to, crafts, music, dance, rituals, festivals, speech, food, special events, architecture, etc.... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities
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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 "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 "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 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 "Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men."
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Quote Icon Roads and highways lead to recreational sites and can also be recreational facilities in themselves. The Recreational element encompasses resources for outdoor recreational activities that:... more
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The Scenic Context features elements that:

  • Encompass visual attributes of the landscape that surrounds and influences us;
  • Represent the features or views that are distinctly characteristic of a region including natural landscapes (mountains,... more
Scenic America,
from Evaluating Scenic Resources
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Quote Icon Scenic resources are in part responsible for our emotional attachments to place, and this emotional dimension can make scenic resources difficult to describe or measure. Yet the importance of scenic resources to the quality of our communities and our... more
Scenic America,
from Evaluating Scenic Resources
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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 highway as a cultural asset is long overdue for consideration in the United States ... Every day we are missing opportunities to bring this beauty into our lives."
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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 "Typically, maintenance activities consist of actions necessary to keep an existing highway facility in good condition. CSS is increasingly concerned with monitoring operation of a facility however and making adjustments to the design to make the... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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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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