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Creating Green Roadways: Integrating Cultural, Natural, and Visual Resources Into Transportation

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Roads and parking lots in the United States cover more ground than the entire state of Georgia. And while proponents of sustainable transit often focus on getting people off the roads, they will remain at the heart of our transportation systems for the foreseeable future. In Creating Green Roadways, James and Matthew Sipes demonstrate that roads dont have to be the enemy of sustainability: they can be designed to minimally impact the environment while improving quality of life.

 

The authors examine traditional, utilitarian methods of transportation planning that have resulted in a host of negative impacts: from urban sprawl and congestion to loss of community identity and excess air and water pollution. They offer a better approach—one that blends form and function. Creating Green Roadways covers topics including transportation policy, the basics of green road design, including an examination of complete streets, public involvement, road ecology, and the economics of sustainable roads. Case studies from metropolitan, suburban, and rural transportation projects around the country, along with numerous photographs, illustrate what makes a project successful.

 

The need for this information has never been greater, as more than thirty percent of Americas major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, more than a quarter of the nations bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and congestion in communities of all sizes has never been worse. Creating Green Roadways offers a practical strategy for rethinking how we design, plan, and maintain our transportation infrastructure.

Synopsis:

In Creating Green Roadways, James and Matthew Sipes demonstrate that roads don’t have to be the enemy of sustainability: they can be designed to minimally impact the environment while improving quality of life.

The authors examine traditional, utilitarian methods of transportation planning that have resulted in a host of negative impacts: from urban sprawl and congestion to loss of community identity and excess air and water pollution. They offer a better approach—one that blends form and function. Through case studies and photos from around the country, Creating Green Roadways provides an examination of all aspects of green roads, from transportation policy to the basics of road design, public involvement, road ecology, and the economics of sustainable roads. This comprehensive guide offers a practical strategy for rethinking how we design, plan, and maintain our transportation infrastructure.

About the Author

James L. Sipes is a landscape architect, environmental planner, and the author of Digital Land and Sustainable Solutions for Water Resources. Matthew L. Sipes is a civil engineer with HMB Professional Engineers, Inc.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

-Why We Need Green Roadways

-The Expansion of Our Highway Infrastructure

-The Problem

-Green Roadways and Quality of Life

-Overview of the Book

 

Chapter 2. Transportation Policies

-Federal Policies and Procedures

-Federal Acts and Regulations

-NEPA

-State and Local Policies and Procedures

 

Chapter 3. Basic Roadway Design

-Road Types

-Access Control

-Types of Transportation Projects

-Sources of Basic Transportation Standards

-Impact of Design Speeds and Level of Service on Roadway Design

-Importance of Safety

-Design Exceptions

-Right-of-Way

-Greening Roadway Components

-Pedestrian Facilities

-Art

-Summary

 

Chapter 4. Design and Planning Process for Green Roadways

-Overview of the Process of Planning and Designing a Green Road

-Environmental Considerations in Planning

-Transportation Planning

-Rethinking Roads: Context-Sensitive Design/Context-Sensitive Solutions

-Planning to Reduce Risks Associated with Green Roadways

-Land Use Planning, Smart Growth, Complete Streets, and Transportation Infrastructure

-Road Diets

-Transit-Oriented Development and Highway Interchange Transit-Oriented Development

-Highway Corridor Overlay District

-Value Engineering

-Transportation Challenges

-Problems with Current Mass Transit

-Rising Interest

 

Chapter 5. Public Involvement Process

-Public Involvement Begins at the Beginning

-Public Involvement Plan

-Social Media and Public Involvement

-Visualization

-Partnership Opportunities for Green Roadways

-Case Study: Public Participation

1. Vancouver Land Bridge, Vancouver, Washington

 

Chapter 6. Green Roadways in Urban Areas

-Deemphasizing Roads

-Retrofitting Existing Streets

-New Transportation Projects

-Urban Case Studies

1. Mexicantown Bagley Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and Plaza, Detroit, Michigan

2. Bostons Big Dig

5. Portlands Green Streets Program

4. Multifunction Roundabout, Normal, Illinois

5. Delaware Avenue Expansion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

6. T-REX Light-Rail Pedestrian Bridge, Denver, Colorado

-Summary

 

Chapter 7. Green Roadways in Rural and Suburban Areas

-Rural Transportation

-Types of Rural Development

-The Suburbs

-Livable, Walkable Communities

-Suburban and Rural Case Studies

1. The Rain Gardens of Maplewood, Minnesota

2. State Route 17 in Horseheads, New York

3. High Point Redevelopment, Seattle, Washington

 

Chapter 8. Cultural/Historic/Visual Resources

-Cultural and Historic Resources

-Archaeology

-Visual Resources

-Approaches for Addressing Visual Resources

-Design Approaches

-Road Layout

-Landform

-Scenic Byways

-Case Studies: Cultural/Historic/Visual Resources in Transportation

1. I-70 Glenwood Canyon and Snowmass Canyon, Colorado

2. Paris Pike, Kentucky

3. Old Florida Heritage Highway, Florida

4. Merritt Parkway, Connecticut

5. Nevada Landscape and Aesthetics Master Plan

6. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

7. Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, Tennessee

8. Creative Corridors, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

Chapter 9. Natural Resources/Environmental Sustainability

-Wildlife Habitat

-Road Ecology

-Wildlife Crossings

-Habitat Alterations

-Planning for Climate Change

-Open Space Opportunities

-Protecting Open Space

-Water Resources

-Air Quality

-Energy Conservation

-Generating Energy

-Case Studies: Integrating Natural Resources and Green Roads

1. Corridor K, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

2. US Highway 93, Montana

3. Alligator Alley, Florida

4. Mountains to Sound Greenway, Washington

5. Yellowstone National Parks East Entrance Road

6. ARC International Design Competition for Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure, Vail Pass, Colorado

 

Chapter 10. Constructing Green Roadways

-Green Construction Practices

-Green Construction Materials

-Recycling

-Case Studies: Green Construction

1. New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia

2. Meador Kansas Ellis Trail, Washington State

3. US 97 Lava Butte-South Century Drive, Oregon

 

Chapter 11. Economics of Green Roadways

-Funding Road Infrastructure

-Funding Green Roadways

-Increasing Efficiency

-Maintenance and Life-Cycle Costs

-Case Studies: Economics of Green Roadways

1. Atlanta BeltLine, Georgia

2. Greater East End Livable Centers, Houston, Texas

 

Chapter 12. Next Steps in Creating Green Roadways

-Planning for Green Roadways

-Changing the Emphasis of Transportation Funding

-Measuring Success for Green Roadways

-Sustainable Highways

-Measuring Success for Green Roadways

-U.S. Case Studies—Next Steps

1. Manchaca Greenway, Austin, Texas

2. Oregon Solar Highway

3. Houston Low Impact Development–Independence Parkway, Texas

-International Case Studies

1. Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore

2. Clem Jones Tunnel, Brisbane, Australia

3. Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza, Spain

4. Atlantic Road Bridge, Norway

5. City of Saskatoon (Canada) Green Streets Program

-Summary

 

Appendix 1. Resource Characteristics

Selected Resources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610913751
Author:
Sipes, James
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Sipes, Matthew L.
Author:
Sipes, James L.
Subject:
Planning
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
10.5 x 8 in

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In Creating Green Roadways, James and Matthew Sipes demonstrate that roads don’t have to be the enemy of sustainability: they can be designed to minimally impact the environment while improving quality of life.

The authors examine traditional, utilitarian methods of transportation planning that have resulted in a host of negative impacts: from urban sprawl and congestion to loss of community identity and excess air and water pollution. They offer a better approach—one that blends form and function. Through case studies and photos from around the country, Creating Green Roadways provides an examination of all aspects of green roads, from transportation policy to the basics of road design, public involvement, road ecology, and the economics of sustainable roads. This comprehensive guide offers a practical strategy for rethinking how we design, plan, and maintain our transportation infrastructure.

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