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In Defense of the Bare Minimum

The bare minimum: “the smallest possible quantity or the least fulfilling, but still adequate, condition that is required, acceptable, or suitable for some purpose.” (Per Wiktionary)


Low Impact Development 101: The Source of Stormwater Pollution

Welcome to Low Impact Development 101! Over the course of this series we will illuminate the primary source and effects of stormwater pollution, and we will conclude by offering some LID solutions to treat polluted runoff. This series is meant for everyone – not just engineers – so please share it in order to help educate as many people as possible about this challenge and how LID measures can be used to address it.


Don’t Get Caught Flat-Footed after Notice to Proceed: Pitfall #2

Issuing Notice to Proceed is exciting - you finally get to see your long-dreamed project take shape. But the first two weeks after Notice to Proceed can be fraught with project-delaying challenges if they sneak up on you. Last time I talked about the first pitfall that can arise after issuing Notice to Proceed: unanticipated or differing site conditions. In this post I’ll talk about the second: delayed contractor submittals.


Can Complete Streets and Freight Mobility Coexist? (Part 4): Engaging Freight Stakeholders with Virtual Tools

Public outreach on your transportation project is only successful if all stakeholders who use the route are given the opportunity to engage. That isn’t always easy, however, because not all stakeholders will be located nearby. For instance, freight traffic may frequently use a corridor but be based many miles away.

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