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Cable Stayed Bridge in Minneapolis

An important pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Hiawatha Avenue was opened in Minneapolis on November 8, 2007.  The Star & Tribune has a good article about the bridge.  It allows pedestrians and bicycles to cross over Hiawatha Avenue at about 26th Street instead of crossing at a traffic signal.  We did a study of Hiawatha Avenue in […]

Traffic Signals Failing Us?

Traffic signals aren’t exactly failing us, but the United States got a D in the recent National Traffic Signal Report Card.  (This is up from a D- in 2006…. baby steps I guess.)  Unfortunately the report doesn’t show the grades of individual agencies.  It is my understanding Mn/DOT does a pretty good job with their […]

City of Toronto Quantifies Health Impacts of Traffic Pollution

The City of Toronto took the extraordinary step of quantifying the health impacts of traffic pollution on their citizens.  “For the first time in Ontario, we have isolated the health impacts of vehicle emissions, and can demonstrate the potential health benefits of moving to a more sustainable transportation system,” said Dr. McKeown. “A 30 percent […]

Copying Free Aerial Photos Into Reports

Lots of companies have free aerials out on the internet – google, microsoft, ask, yahoo…. (then click on city) seems to have the crispest aerials for a wide area (go to and click on city).  Anyone who needs to put together reports about physical locations (engineers, planners, real estate appraisers, lawyers….) should have […]

Why a traffic engineering blog?

I didn’t know this until I was an undergraduate in the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota, but there are actually engineers who try to improve the safety and efficiency of traffic.  This is news to most of the traveling public.  After a few traffic engineering courses, I decided this was for me.  […]

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