Creating Green Roadways

Creating Green Roadways

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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 dona€™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 approacha€”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 Americaa€™s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, more than a quarter of the nationa€™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.... have a rated life typically between eight and eleven years of continuous use, longterm maintenance costs are greatly reduced. ... These types of stations can charge a Nissan Leaf from empty to 80 percent charge in less than thirty Naturalanbsp;...

Title:Creating Green Roadways
Author:James L. Sipes, Matthew L. Sipes
Publisher:Island Press - 2013-01-01


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