The town of Halton Hill’s population includes the areas of Georgetown and Acton and other communities such as Erin, Oakville, Burlington and Milton regions. This is what is considered to be my community because these are the many places that I am visiting most often and they are always referred to together as “Halton Hills Region” (p.5, 2011). With the substantial increase in population in the Halton Hills region, more specifically Georgetown, there should be a strong demand for a public transit system to counteract all of the environmental disturbances that are being caused due to this increase. One of the things that is happening is that there are so many trees they are cutting down in order to expand and grow the population with houses being built. Statistics are showing that the population of Halton Hill’s region will expand by 54% over the next 20 years (p.5, 2011). By the year 2031, employment rates will increase by 75%, leaving Halton with 42,100 jobs being offered (p.5, 2011). With this rapid influx of citizens, this will only increase the demands of travel to get to these work places as well as other destinations (p.5, 2011). Over the past couple of year’s the traffic congestion on the major roads in Halton Hills such as Trafalgar Road and Regional Road 25 with individuals trying to get to and from work. There used to be very little traffic in these areas, however since Halton Hill’s has continued to expand, the utilization of automobiles has significantly increased due to the fact there is no public transit system. The Transportation Demand Management in Halton Hill’s is noticing the increase in automobiles stating that there needs to be a major shift in more efficient ways of transportation, yet there still has been nothing improvised (p.7, 2011). The Transportation Demand
The decision can be made even without an agreement on objectives. On the contrary, the root method that is although more for an ideal world would make a better effect. It combines such positive features like being more theory oriented and assuming complete knowledge. It gives possibility of making a choice among several alternative solutions, not the first available and etc.
Being the fourth largest metropolitan city in the United States and the largest city of Texas, Houston is subject to a mighty amount of traffic that affects its roadways. As one would suspect, these roadways are constantly deteriorating due to this severe usage, but this problem isn’t being addressed proportionately. The Houstonians need improvements made towards roadways now to decrease traffic, provide an environment that is more safe, and reduce the above average financial costs to operate their vehicles in Houston compared to other cities in the United States.
II. CAUSES: As a functioning asset to people, our roadways must be monitored, maintained and most importantly funded to keep the structures serving their intended uses safely. Also, we all know the adage, nothing lasts forever, and this is true with our roadways, but our society’s pollution accelerates the decay. And these are two main causes where we, as a nation have fallen short.
When an individual has lived in and around an area such as New Orleans, La, the majority of their lives, it is hard to imagine an area with roads that are just as bad as, if not worse, as those in the city of New Orleans. With countless potholes, crumbling pavement and sink holes popping up here and there, there is no way the streets could be that bad anywhere else. That is the mentality that one has until the venture out to other cities such as Toledo. According to an article published in the Toledo Blade on June 19,2015 by Tom Troy, Toledo’s roads are the second worst in the state of Ohio. With the poor road conditions and constant road constructions, comes a number of problems for the city’s residents. People are forced to spend countless
A majority of residents in NW Ohio you are pretty familiar with the condition of our roads and the amount of construction that takes place. Many streets have been taken over by huge pot holes and cracking cement, large sink holes has also been an issue, but driving on them has become an issue and taking its toll the residents’ vehicles. Our highway has also become a cause of concerned with the amount of construction that is taking place. From the issues with traveling on them to the dangers of speeding drivers the current construction has become an inconvenience for anyone that is traveling on the highway.
City street lights mark the edges and corners of blocked off territory. Land labeled “ghetto” and “dangerous” translates to land that was ignored for the profit of the few. This land exists a short drive away from us, they are backyards to the neighborhoods we chose not to stray from. They are West Garfield Park, East St. Louis, Englewood, The Ville, and every impoverished community that suffered in isolation while those around watched. Our generation can be quick to judge the actions of oppressors or the lack of necessary change in our history, however a lot of these remarks can be made about today’s segregated neighborhoods. In cities such as St. Louis, where segregation is deep rooted and has allowed further issues to stem from such divisions, the voice of the community is often silenced by quick, misguided assumptions on such areas. These are not “bad neighborhoods” they are not populated by “bad people”, but are rather neglected portions of a city that has found it easier to accept these stereotypes than look beyond the superficial. We have the tools and knowledge to solidify that there is more to these neighborhoods than gangs or torn down houses, the question is now what do we do with them?
All of these solutions provide a viable way of increasing the safety of drivers in the intersection and also make the intersection easier to follow direction. The first solution is based upon the idea that the light pole will be shifted from the right side of Estes Parkway running north to the left side between the median. This solution would eliminate the two extra traffic lights above the parallel road, and focus on the intersection. The main issue with this idea is the cost involved with moving the traffic light. According to the WSDOT it costs the taxpayer $250,000 to $500,000 to purchase and install a traffic signal (WSDOT, n.d.). This also does not incorporate the amount of money that it would take to provide the construction to move the light from one side of the street to the other. Over all, this first solution could take upwards to 600,000 dollars to complete. The second solution to the intersection is based on the idea that the two traffic lights over the intersection could be taken down and in replacement there would be a sign placed in the spot instead. This would provide an easy understanding of the intersection and also the drivers would not be confused on which sign was meant for them. This change would save the city around 16,000 dollars a year based off of calculations from WSDOT in the amount of money it takes to maintain traffic lights a year. Again there would have to be a little construction, however, the cost to make this solution a reality would be much more cost efficient for the tax payers’ dollars. Finally, the third option is to completely redesign the intersection as a roundabout. The average cost to put an intersection in is just underneath 450,000 dollars (FHWA, 2015). That number however does not even begin to cover the operating expenses of the intersection. WSDOT amounts the cost of maintenance and electricity per year to be about 8,000
The street consists of almost 30 houses, most of which look brand new. The street lights turn on almost immediately after sundown. The tall LED light posts illuminate the freshly tarred streets. The pitch black asphalt has remained in its perfect condition for almost 15 years. The street also never floods despite being adjacent
The system should be visually inspected which means a tower climb or a high-resolution drone video to each of the lighting fixtures – all beacons and sidelights. The inspection should look for “ultraviolet (UV) damage, cracks, crazing, dirt buildup, etc.” The “etc.” in this instance could include unwanted deposits on the outside of the lens (think bird poop as an example), or unwanted deposits on the inside of the lens. LumenServe℠ has seen instances where material inside a legacy lighting system, such as certain types of tape, are vaporized and then deposited on the inside of the lens. This is a result of a poor installation and must be addressed. Certain older models of lighting lenses are made of older plastics that are effected by UV rays resulting in crazing. Old glass lenses can chip. The bottom line is the inspection relies on the reasonable judgement of the inspector to determine if the lens performance is degraded in some manner and decreasing the system’s certified output. No light meter or measurement is required, just a thorough inspection and reasonable determination of the status of each lens.
Although driving to and from places is a normal part of many people’s daily routine, it is often forgotten that driving is a dangerous task that demands all attention of a driver for the safety of the occupants of a vehicle. For our safety, cities must provide the best roads and intersections to keep driving a safeguarded activity. As a resident of Tomball and a driver on the roads, I have noticed that the feeder road at the intersection of S.H. 249 and F.M. 2920 located next to Lowe’s and Chase Bank has caused big issues for drivers. Ever since S.H. 249 became a toll road, many Tomball residents have avoided paying high fees for driving short distances by taking this service road. This has caused much more traffic, especially, during rush hour around this area. Many businesses such as Ross, Target, Academy, and Chick Fil A are located here, and are contributing factors to the congestion. I myself have had a few close calls at this intersection. However, the issue did not become apparent to me until my best friend was in an accident at this intersection. Fortunately, she walked away from the accident unharmed, but her brand new car was totalled. Losing anyone at this intersection would be devastating for myself and my community.
A number of "traffic calming" measures were introduced, but this did not solve the problem. In fact those changes created numerous disruptions, increased traffic congestion, and provoked a large number of complaints from road users. The CCT has started to attract significant political attention, negative media and a strong resistance by the community. So what went wrong? It is evident that CKI and its partners need to act quickly and implement a plan that could allow them to get this project back on track and achieve the project goals.