Posted on October 2, 2014October 2, 20142014 Faces of Transportation Gallery The metropolitan Phoenix area continues to grow. Since 2011, ADOT has been building Loop 303 just west of Phoenix. The final link in the chain is the traffic interchange at Interstate 10 (completion date: 9/14). Major business are flocking to places like Goodyear, AZ-which has almost quadrupled in population over the last 14 years. In 2013, ADOT administered the renovation of the 100 year old Chevelon Creek Bridge in Northeast AZ. The submitted photo was taken after the work was done. This particular route was intended to link California with the rest of the country. If Route 66 was the “Mother Road”, this route was the ‘Grandmother Road”. While shooting along a desolate portion of I-17 in Central Arizona, I needed to cross the highway. Rather than play ‘Frogger’ with fast moving vehicles, I prefer to use box culverts as my thoroughfare underneath the highway. That’s where I ran across this image. In many parts of Arizona, what is left of Route 66 parallels Interstate 40. This photo was taken on the deteriorating Route 66 bridge over Diablo Canyon. In the background are the ruins of a zoo that was built here in the 1920’s. In the 1880’s this rip-roaring area was known as 2 Guns. I took this photo while traveling Historic Route 66 about 15 miles west of Seligman, AZ. Interstate 40 runs parallel, and therefore gets most of the traffic. Only people looking for the road less traveled would drive this road. This area is the longest preserved stretch of Route 66 in AZ. US 80 was intended to be a cross-continental highway. Also known as the Dixie-Overland Highway, it was built in the early 1920’s. When built, this bridge was the longest in AZ. Because of Interstate 8, the highway was decommissioned in 1956. The bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places. In 2013, ADOT administered the renovation of the 100 year old Chevelon Creek Bridge in Northeast AZ. On our first trip before the renovation started, I took this photo. This particular route was intended to link California with the rest of the country. If Route 66 was the “Mother Road”, this route was the “Grandmother Road”. A cool spring morning, back country road in Ocklawaha, listening to the sounds of silence. No cars, just the animals, on his way to work, trying to do his job reducing the carbon footprint. Road to endless adventures on the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin. Easy trail to navigate and great fun. Excellent for viewing wildlife and having fun. Where the pavement ends brings the mountain biker back in time. The Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration is part of a project to bring back the Ocklawaha River to its natural state, a flood plain, once a muck farm, bringing you back to an earlier period in time. Bay Area residents John Davidson and Thalia Pascalides enjoy cycling on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathway on October 14, 2013. Since opening on September 2, 2013 many cyclists have enjoyed breathtaking vistas from the new bridge and observed demolition of the old Bay Bridge. Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening. A diver prepares to perform an underwater inspection of the pilings of the Commodore Schuler F. Heim replacement Bridge. The old bridge is the last vertical-lift bridge that crosses the Cerritos Channel in the Port of Los Angeles. A welder works at the base of the Feather River Bridge. The 2,673 foot-long bridge connects the twin cities of Yuba City and Marysville. The structure, built in 1947, features steel place girder continuous spans with a reinforced concrete deck sitting atop a total of 23 concrete piers. Caltrans Transportation surveyor, Bruce Baker, conducts survey reading along the Willits Bypass Project in Willits, CA. Hundreds of Bay Area cyclists take to the new Bay Bridge Bike Path, Sept 3, 2013 to celebrate the new Bike Path opening in Oakland Ca. Once completed the bike path will allow cyclist to ride form the East Bay to Treasure Island a 2.2 mile bike ride. A State Park ranger stops in his truck at the top of Summit Road at sunset in Mount Diablo state park before locking up July 8th, 2013. The evening before the official opening of the new Bay Bridge an amazing sunset back lit both the new and old bridge. The opening of the new bridge and decommissioning of the old bridge marked the end of the 76 year Bay Area icon. The Florida Department of Transportation builds a direct connection from I-75 to Southwest Florida International Airport, one of the nation’s top 50 airports. Michael Daffan, Dominique Raff, and Darryl Bodle from Mammoth Contractors, LLC install drilled shafts for signage and lighting along I-75. The Florida Department of Transportation builds a direct connection from I-75 to Southwest Florida International Airport, one of the nation’s top 50 airports. Michael Daffan, Dominique Raff, and Darryl Bodle from Mammoth Contractors, LLC install drilled shafts for signage and lighting along I-75. The Florida Department of Transportation builds a direct connection from I-75 to Southwest Florida International Airport, one of the nation’s top 50 airports. Michael Daffan, Dominique Raff, and Darryl Bodle from Mammoth Contractors, LLC install drilled shafts for signage and lighting along I-75. Repairs to a drainage structure after Tropical Storm Irene. Innovative use of grout and fabric to form ditch pavement. The erosion and undermining around this structure was enormous. A section of a bridge being moved into place on the State Road 826/State Road 836 Interchange Reconstruction Project. There are 45 bridges in the project. The gantry was used to construct 4 of them because the confined space below precluded the use of cranes. District 6 South Miami Resident Engineer Erik Padrom on the gantry being used to construct 45 bridges in Section 5 of the State Road 826/State Road 836 Interchange Reconstruction Project. Pablo Orozco, P.E., MSCE and Florida DOT employee, ready for all modes of transportation at the Miami Intermodal Center. A Bahamanian band leading construction workers out of the Port of Miami Tunnel at its grand opening Monday, May 19, 2014. A construction worker enters the Port of Miami Tunnel after its grand opening event on Monday, May 19, 2014. Georgia DOT Maintenance Worker Keith Monette watches in near 90-degree heat as soil is dumped into a sinkhole following the repair of a damaged pipe on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. The sinkhole formed at the entrance to a business, prompting owners to notify GDOT. This photo of Georgia DOT maintenance worker Keith Monette was taken through an opening under a truck used to dump soil into a sinkhole on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. Monette is preparing to use a Wacker Packer to compact soil around a repaired pipe. DOT maintenance worker Keith Monette spreads soil around a repaired pipe on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. The damaged pipe caused a sinkhole at the entrance to a local business. The temperature on this day is near 90 degrees. DOT maintenance worker Keith Monette steadies the Wacker Packer as he compacts soil in the sinkhole and around a repaired pipe. The pipe was damaged in July, causing a sinkhole on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. Georgia DOT maintenance worker Keith Monette glances up after working on a sinkhole on SR 3 Connector at SR 120 in Cobb County. The high temperature on this day was near 90 degrees. Idaho increased speeds for cars to 80 mph on some rural sections of its interstate highways to reflect actual driving speeds. Studies suggest that a higher speed limit improves traffic flow, reduces accidents, improves gas mileage, makes for less travel time for motorists, and contributes to greater personal productivity. Idaho Transportation Department’s $112 million U.S. 95, Sand Creek Byway Project increased pedestrian traffic and keep large trucks out of downtown Sandpoint by constructing a 2.1 mile byway. The project included not just the new roadway but also bike and pedestrian paths, six bridges, and a retaining wall. Key goals of the Idaho Transportation Department’s $112 million U.S. 95, Sand Creek Byway Project included fitting the project into the pristine, popular tourist area and providing connectivity from the downtown Sandpoint area to City Beach for the public. A new chapter in transportation history is being fabricated along America’s East Coast. Made in the USA from US steel and spanning over 3 miles long, this bridge will soon replace the 60-year-old Tappan Zee, which has carried over 2 billion New York commuters across the Hudson River. Your next trip down the Great Smoky Mountain Parkway via Sevierville, Tennessee will be filled with less congestion and a more enjoyable drive along scenic Highway 66. The widening of this main artery from 4 lanes to 6 will greatly benefit the 9 million visitors each year. High school senior Mitch Chaput found job shadowing opportunities to assist in his future career decisions. Continuing an aggressive outreach program to young students, encouraging careers in transportation, MDOT was pleased to provide this opportunity. Following a day of job shadowing with an MDOT bridge engineer, this high school graduate enrolled in a civil engineering program at Michigan State University. Rocky Balfour, motorist assistant operator, helps change a tire on Interstate- 29/35 in Kansas City, Missouri. Motorist Assist patrols some of the busiest interstates offering assistance to stranded motorist. Their goal is to minimize major disruption of freeway traffic flow. They put themselves on the line to provide motorist a smoother, safer commute. Rocky Balfour, Motorist Assistance Operator, sets up traffic cones alerting drivers to slow down and move over allowing him to assist motorist in need of help on the interstate. It is the goal of the Motorist Assist to minimize major disruption of freeway traffic flow and ensure a safer commute to motorists. All in a day’s work. Missouri DOT Maintenance worker Rickey Ramirez prepares a pothole for his crew to fill after a hard winter has taken its toll on this rural route. Missouri DOT Mokane Maintenance crew leader Roy Kempker directs his crew as they prepare to fill potholes on Route PP. Missouri DOT Mokane Maintenance crew fills a pothole on Route PP to continue safe travels on the rural route. Matt Barnes, Construction Inspector and Quentin Stampley, Highway Designer look over U.S. Highway 50 construction plans in Osage County to focus on delivering MoDOT’s mission to provide a world-class transportation system that delights its customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri. Missouri DOT Engineer Cyrus Meller reviews electronic plans for a project on U.S. Route 50 east of Jefferson City. The new section with an additional lane and safety features will allow these local residents to travel along Missouri roadways safely and efficiently. Two bicyclists, including the photographer, rode the 175 mile loop of the Old West Scenic Bikeway in eastern Oregon during a Spring Break bicycle tour in March 2014. The loop was ridden in three days, camping in tents at night and exploring sights and small towns along the way during the day. This historic group of folks certainly made history with their pose in 1896 in Lavrinburg, North Carolina. More than 100 years later, cycling in NC remains as strong as ever. This group of people featured on the right, have played a critical role in continuing to evolve cycling in NC today. It’s not just the destination, but also the stress-free enjoyment of the journey that matters in this photo of a young family traveling the rails of North Carolina. Contractors at work with the rebar on a replacement bridge along Highway 31 in South Central North Dakota near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. A North Dakota DOT engineer pauses to watch the construction on the Highway 31 bridge over the Cannonball River in south central North Dakota. North Dakota DOT employee, Adam Kuntz, wears proper safety gear when rides his motorcycle on US 83 north of Bismarck. North Dakota DOT employee, Adam Kuntz, wears proper safety gear when rides his motorcycle on US 83 north of Bismarck. North Dakota DOT employee, Brie Moore, instructs a motorcycle rider on the route that she will have to ride through for her license test in Bismarck. North Dakota DOT employee Lowell Spitzer works on a plow truck inside the Valley City District shop. At age 5, Eileen Foley cut a ribbon in August of 1923 to mark the opening of the Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Nine decades later the 95-year old former Portsmouth mayor repeated the milestone, marking the opening of a new Memorial Bridge on August 8, 2013. Bridges to the future! Nevada Department of Transportation has been busy with the Carlin Tunnels project outside of Elko, Nevada. The project will enhance and retrofit eight I-80 bridges, four directly on each side of the tunnels and four to the east of the tunnels. As part of the project, a bicycle path will be constructed to accommodate bicycle access along I-80. Bridges to the future! Nevada Department of Transportation has been busy with the Carlin Tunnels project outside of Elko, Nevada. The project will enhance and retrofit eight I-80 bridges, four directly on each side of the tunnels and four to the east of the tunnels. As part of the project, a bicycle path will be constructed to accommodate bicycle access along I-80. Workers laying down metal work on F Street creating a foundation of solitude in the re-establishment of the F Street corridor under Interstate 5. The project is a highway and bridge project designed to improve access to one of Las Vegas’ most historic communities. Bicyclists travel the well-worn U.S. 50 near Moundhouse, Nevada. The Nevada Department of Transportation is currently giving the northwestern Nevada road a facelift by repaving and making safety improvements. Photographer Sholeh Moll of the Nevada Department of Transportation photographs semi-trucks and other traffic related images from the passenger seat of a state car while on a trip through rural Nevada. A new stretch of bike path provides access to several beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada beaches. This photo was taken during the Stateline Bikeway dedication ceremony. Nevada DOT has been instrumental in America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway that will eventually circumnavigate the lake. A worker on the Carlin Tunnels Project near Elko, Nevada melds together the bridge of yesterday to the bridge of tomorrow. The approximately $31 million project will enhance and retrofit eight I-80 bridges, four directly on each side of the tunnels and four to the east of the tunnels. Balance Beam. A windblown Oklahoma Department of Transportation surveyor takes careful steps on a bridge beam. Demolition at Dusk. Crews tear down a structurally deficient bridge at I-44/161st E Avenue. The old structure was one of Tulsa’s most infamous “bad bridges,” with tarps placed under the beams to catch falling pieces of concrete prior to the replacement project in 2010. Final Moment in the Spotlight. As the sun sets, an old bridge has its final moment in the spotlight. One of the more notorious “bad bridges” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this structurally deficient bridge at I-144/161st E Avenue was a maintenance nightmare until it was replaced in 2010. Early transportation for Oklahoma’s settlers was trying and difficult, especially when muddy roads prevented travel. The Oklahoma Department of Highways was formed in 1911, after farmers, railroad companies and the Oklahoma Good Roads Association pushed for the state to build a highway system. Rocky Road on the IDL. Crews balance on an elevated bridge in downtown Tulsa to clear debris during a redecking project. Thanks to stimulus funding in 2009, more than 40 bridge decks on I-244 were replaced on the Inner Dispersal Loop. Signs of Change in Tulsa. In 2009, construction on a massive $45 million drainage project along I-44 also meant improvements for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. A better sidewalk and street crossing system were installed on the Tulsa River Parks trail near the Arkansas River. In 1924, crews completed a 2600-foot long bridge on SH-3 over the Red River in Sayre, Oklahoma. Using 456,000 feet of lumber, this bridge cost just $63,971.60. Following record floods in western Oklahoma in 1923, the Highway Commission urged State Aid be extended to those areas for construction projects. Each year the Oklahoma DOT Civil Rights Office and the AOGC sponsor a Construction Career Day. Last year the event took place on September 20, 2013, at Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma City Campus. Over 200 students from five Oklahoma City high schools participated in this event. Students rotate through four sessions: Employment Skills, Career Booths, Hands-On Activities, and Heavy Highway Construction Equipment. Pictured in Anthony Delce at the controls of his motorgrader.) Workers assemble the curving steel of a new ramp as part of the $66.8 million Providence Viaduct Southbound Project. This large multi-span bridge carries I-95 through the heart of Rhode Island – a central artery for our state and our region. This project will also result in increased safety and reduced congestion. Elliott Fulton of the South Carolina DOT District 5 Bridge Crew constructs a temporary bridge on 52nd Avenue in North Myrtle Beach. When completed, the structure will be put in place by a series of rollers and a crane. Temporary bridges work well to replace smaller bridges quickly until permanent bridges can be built. South Carolina DOT Lexington Construction B employees manage and monitor the work of contractors as they replace a bridge and realign the roadway of a portion of Hope Ferry Road off U.S. 378 in Lexington County on April 11, 2014. Here, Derrick Goodman records asphalt depths, loads of asphalt delivered and asphalt temperatures during the project. South Carolina DOT employees Harriett Caldwell-Moore, left, and Clarence Blakely look over lane reversal plans on Interstate 26 as workers place cones and barricades to simulate closing exits during a hurricane lane-reversal drill on June 3, 2014. SCDOT uses the practice drills with other state agencies to ensure that a real event would go as smoothly as possible. York Assistant Resident Construction Engineer Jared Bragg, left, supervises repairs to the I-77 bridge over Celanese Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The repair fixes a pothole that had progressed into a small hole completely through the bridge deck. Maxie Craft is an 83-years-young security guard at South Carolina DOT Headquarters. She manages the reception and entry areas of the building five days a week pulling first, second or third shifts. Employees love her and her manner brings a smile to visitors. She’s definitely a ‘behind-the-scenes’ face of transportation. South Carolina DOT Videographer Peter Tarpley films an oversized load as it travels down a rural highway on September 26, 2013. Tarpley passed away five days later. A 21-year veteran of the agency, Tarpley produced hundreds of videos across the state regarding transportation projects and issues. The glare from workers and a paving train light up the sky on Interstate 24 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.