Insights by Dustin Wolff, AICP

Vertical gardens: A green solution to roadway noise and air pollution
Vertical gardens: A green solution to roadway noise and air pollution

The citizens of Mexico City are using vertical gardens to create green space, reduce traffic noise and remove air pollutants.

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Traffic Noise Model® receives major upgrades
Traffic Noise Model® receives major upgrades

The Federal Highway Administration changes the noise modeling game again with their first major update to Traffic Noise Model® in over a decade – TNM 3.0.

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Write a winning grant proposal using these four steps
Write a winning grant proposal using these four steps

Municipalities are receiving less state and federal funding and grants are becoming more competitive, but I’ve learned a few simple rules to help guide my writing to be concise, strategic and organized.

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Identifying funding for your municipal project
Identifying funding for your municipal project

“Doing more with less” is a constant struggle for municipalities. Demands for public services and programs increase, but finding ways to fund these projects is becoming increasingly more difficult.

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NEPA goes online with every day counts effort
NEPA goes online with every day counts effort

The NEPA approval process, as we know it, is changing and going online. For a number of years the Federal Highway Administration has promoted their Every Day Counts initiative.

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New industrial developments require updated freight infrastructure
New industrial developments require updated freight infrastructure

The movement of freight is an important part of a fully functioning transportation system.

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Grant-writing tips for success
Grant-writing tips for success

State and federal grants are an incredible opportunity to leverage limited agency or community budgets for important infrastructure projects or initiatives. In today’s economy, grant funding is exceptionally competitive and the applications are increasingly complex.

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Sometimes old school works best
Sometimes old school works best

Leading edge technologies to gather and share information aren’t always the best tools. I don’t think “new” should trump “what will work best.” Let me give you an example.

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Complete streets are required when funded with state or federal dollars
Complete streets are required when funded with state or federal dollars

Long past are the days when we were dependent on a bicycle or walking as our primary means of transportation.

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Using public involvement for highway projects
Using public involvement for highway projects

In this two part series, we’ve talked about public involvement in highway projects; how it’s changing and how DOTs are using it effectively.

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