Insights by John Rathke, PE, SE

Improving communities by improving roadways
Improving communities by improving roadways

Transportation improvement projects aren’t just for automobiles anymore – they can become a catalyst for improving communities’ cores.

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Achieve a greater vision with community input
Achieve a greater vision with community input

By using a community-sensitive design and public-conscious mindset, engineers and planners have the ability to break projects down into simpler working relationships by getting rid of barriers and building efficiency.

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New Fox River Bridge opens in Wrightstown
New Fox River Bridge opens in Wrightstown

After years of planning and design, the new Fox River Bridge in the Village of Wrightstown opened to the public.

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Traffic simulations create confident clients
Traffic simulations create confident clients

Over the past two decades, I’ve been impressed as innovation in computer microsimulations improved predictive analyses in a number of engineering scenarios and in turn improved public acceptance of the solutions offered.

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Sustainable transportation budgets vital
Sustainable transportation budgets vital

Many DOTs are creating and revamping their state budgets as 2014 comes to a close. Sustainable transportation budgets are vital to support growth and improvements to our infrastructure. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently proposed a new 2015-2017 state budget with provisions for long-term sustainable funding of our transportation system.

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Road diet? Diets aren’t just for people anymore
Road diet? Diets aren’t just for people anymore

As many of us go on a diet for our New Year’s resolution, it is a good time to review our transportation needs and determine if certain roadways should go on a diet as well.

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New wetland provides floodplain mitigation and habitat improvement
New wetland provides floodplain mitigation and habitat improvement

The primary benefits of wetlands are floodplain attenuation and a diverse natural habitat. Often, roadway construction projects affect wetlands, especially if the roadway is near a floodplain.

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Watch a new interchange emerge from the Granite Hills
Watch a new interchange emerge from the Granite Hills

The recently completed STH 29 interchange at CTH O is the manifestation of years of planning and design initiated to provide a safer roadway for travelers west of Wausau, Wisconsin.

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Combining art with structure (Part 2)

As a follow up to a previous article on the STH 54 project in Oneida, WI, the retaining wall was recently completed.

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Funding challenges for Wisconsin

States across the entire country are faced with the challenge of paying for the maintenance and improvement of our transportation network and Wisconsin is no different.

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