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Final Design

The final design is crucial in determining the project's ultimate impacts on the road's context. Strategies to keep track of comments made in earlier phases are an essential part of a quality design process.

Excerpt IconExcerpt Public Involvement during Detail Design and Right-of-Way Acquisition
"The next major phase is detail design and right-of-way (R/W) Acquisition. Following are questions to be addressed in this project phase as well as potential products of the final design and R/W acquisition phase." more...
from  Hear Every Voice: A Guide to Public Involvement at Mn/DOT
Excerpt IconExcerpt Detailing the Design
Particularly during the final design phase, it is the details associated with the project that are important. Employing a multidisciplinary design team ensures that important design details are considered and that they are compatible with community values. Often it is the details of the project that are most recognizable to the public. more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design
Excerpt IconExcerpt Final Design
After a preferred alternative has been selected and the project description agreed upon as stated in the environmental document, a project can move into the final design stage. The product of this stage is a complete set of plans, specifications, and estimates of required quantities of materials ready for the solicitation of construction bids and subsequent construction. Depending on the scale and complexity of the project, the final design process may take from a few months to several years.  more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design
Excerpt IconExcerpt Final Design - Basics
Having a multidisciplinary team can assist in establishing a design theme for the road or determining the existing character of a corridor that needs to be maintained. Design consistency from the perspective of physical size and visual continuity is an important factor when making such improvements, and a multidisciplinary design team can assist in maintaining that consistency.  more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design
Article Icon Public Involvement Case Study: Trunk Highway 23 Task Force
This public involvement case study looks at how Mn/DOT used public meetings to inform the public of and a task force to involve them in the Trunk Highway 23 project. Includes the reasoning behind using this particular public involvement technique and an analysis of its usefulness.
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Excerpt IconExcerpt Design of Cross-Section Details
"The design of all elements of the highway cross section adds greatly to its appearance. Design details include the design and width of the median and traffic barriers and the selection of plant material. All these elements contribute to the theme of the roadway and should be considered as a unit. The best method for achieving a unified look is to work with a multidisciplinary design team from the beginning of the project development process through the last detail of the design." more...
from  Flexibility in Highway Design

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