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Creating Green Roadways

Integrating Cultural, Natural, and Visual Resources into Transportation

  • Authors
  • James L. Sipes
  • Matthew L. Sipes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 1-8
  3. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 9-22
  4. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 23-77
  5. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 79-96
  6. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 97-106
  7. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 107-122
  8. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 123-137
  9. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 139-171
  10. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 173-210
  11. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 211-223
  12. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 225-239
  13. James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
    Pages 241-263
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 265-281

About this book

Introduction

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 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. 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 America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, more than a quarter of the nation’s 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.

Keywords

Infrastructure Roads Sustainability Transportation Urban design

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