Category Archives: Podcast

A look at the latest headlines from the states, agencies, and companies who shape America’s transportation network.

A Roundabout, A Princess, and a Rock Pile

Georgia wants to become “The Roundabout State.” You aren’t going to see an official marketing campaign for that. But a decade ago, Georgia’s Department of Transportation issued a new policy. Engineers must now seriously consider a roundabout at every intersection they redesign. This policy is colliding with centuries-old history in the mountains north of Atlanta. […]

Florida is Deadliest for Bicyclists

Data from the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) shows a bicycle rider is more than twice as likely to be killed by a vehicle than the national average. In 2016, data show the state had the highest percentage (4.3 percent) of auto-involved accidents killing a “pedacyclist” (person riding a bicycle). The national average was about […]

A $100 Billion Plan to Keep the Bay Area Moving

In Northern California, gold rushes are routine. The ’49ers raced across America to pan for gold in Yerba Buena. Silicon Valley generated several of its own gold rushes. The most recent, currently underway, produces a new millionaire every day. The wave of cash fuels job creation, population growth, and crippling traffic [News Release]. A business […]

Bakersfield: The Social Cost of a New Freeway

If you read a few of my posts, it’s no secret that I love new freeways. In one of my recent trips through California’s Central Valley, I was reminded of the non-monetary costs we all pay when there’s new construction. Westside Parkway The smooth new concrete, gentle grade, and baby landscaping plants offer the civil-version […]

What’s Next: Bangerter Highway

“Since when does a highway have stop lights?” I’ll never forget my buddy Paul complaining to me about Bangerter Highway. He’s from Ohio, where the word “highway” means  “freeway.” But putting aside English-language nuances, he has a good point — and one most Salt Lake County westsiders have complained about for over two-decades: Bangerter should’ve […]

Construction Progress on Provo Westside Connector

I didn’t want to get in the way, so I waited until all the heavy equipment was parked for the day and hopped the “Road Closed” sign. Here’s the 500 West extension, facing southbound toward Westside Connector: Here’s where I approached the corner of 500 West and Westside Connector. The base material looks rather interesting. […]