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World’s longest footbridges by main span length – UPDATE 2

Below is a ranking of the longest bridges specifically built for pedestrians (and in some cases also for bicycles).  Not included, are those bridges that were converted from another use such as a railroad or roadway. Please note that some … Continue reading

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Ranking the longest cable-stayed bridge for each state

  Below are the rankings of the longest cable-stayed bridge in each state as measured by the main span(s) of the bridge, as of March 6. 2021. Ties are included, so some states may appear more than once as a … Continue reading

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Top engineering/design marvels seen to date by state/province

Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alberta – Calgary’s Light Rail System (CTrain) Alaska – Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks Arkansas – Bobby Hopper Tunnel in NW Arkansas Arizona – Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam in … Continue reading

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Favorite aerospace museums visited to date – UPDATED

Titan Missile Museum – Green Valley, AZ: best of the best – they focus on one topic and do it extremely well. The one and only place you can see a retired Titan Missile literally sitting in it’s underground launch … Continue reading

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States with the most heliports and seaplane bases

The following data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics identifies those ten (10) states with the most public and private heliports and seaplane bases in the United States. A separate list is provided for each. One of the more surprising … Continue reading

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Since when are fire trucks incapable of backing up?

As anyone who has worked with fire departments to review the proposed design of new buildings/developments will attest, they hate projects that require a fire truck to back up more than 50-75 feet. Why this is, has never been clearly … Continue reading

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CITIES WITH THAT ‘sinking’ FEELING

We all have heard about the perils posed to urban areas by rising sea levels, but less often discussed (until recently) are the potential disasters awaiting those cities that are literally sinking under the weight of themselves. The proper term … Continue reading

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The visual wit of Ian Lockwood

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Association of Planning’s Transportation Bonanza 6. Among the stellar list of speakers was Ian Lockwood, P.E. of Toole Design Group. He gave a terrific presentation entitled “Prepare for the Biggest Paradigm Shift … Continue reading

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Overcoming roadblocks to non-motorized connectivity

Much research and analysis has been conducted over the years on the numerous harmful impacts from poorly designed highway projects on the fabric of a neighborhood or a community. In some instances, cities have begun the healing process of stitching themselves back together … Continue reading

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Longest underwater highway tunnels

When it became apparent that a list of underwater highway tunnels by order of their length could not be found on the internet, I decided to put one together. The list is not comprehensive and meant to be a continuous … Continue reading

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