Tag Archives: highways

Arizona DOT ponders paving over paradise


  Are they NUTS? Among the alternatives being considered by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for future Interstate 11 (I-11) are two (2) options that would loop it west of Tucson through the stunningly gorgeous Avra Valley. Who in … Continue reading

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Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this … Continue reading

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Longest turnpikes and tollways in North America


Below is a list of the longest tollways in North America based on the following criteria: Minimum distance of 40 miles At least a portion be four lanes Limited access A guide for abbreviations of provinces or countries is provided … Continue reading

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Transforming an eyesore into eye-candy


Similar to the image above, the vast majority of highway and railroad underpasses across the country are the epitome of sterile concrete and overgrown weeds.  Left as underutilized vacant space, they hardly engender any sort of warmth or welcome, particularly … Continue reading

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Polishing our window to the world


Detroit Metropolitan Airport is very impressive to anyone who arrives there by aircraft. Both the McNamara Terminal and the North Terminal are bright, shiny, modern, busy, welcoming, and clean.  The same cannot be said for those arriving by car or … Continue reading

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Putting Humpty Dumpty Cities back together again


  Some may wonder what in the world this nursery rhyme has to do with cities. Well, it’s essentially a metaphor for those cities that were devastated by freeway construction in the 1950s through 1980s. Much in the way Humpty … Continue reading

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Eight awesome bridges of Vietnam


Above and below are impressive bridge photographs of seven of the ten most popular bridges of Vietnam, plus one other beautiful one that I found on Trip Advisor.com. While all of them are intriguing in their own special way, it … 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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How federal surface transportation funding should be allocated


While my preference would be for 0% go to new roads/bridges the pragmatist in me realizes this breakdown is slightly more plausible, albeit from a bicycling advocates viewpoint. 🙂 Mass transit (bus, BRT, light rail, commuter rail) = 20% Intercity … Continue reading

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