Sustainable Infrastructure

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Transportation construction and operations

If not appropriately managed, transportation construction and operations can negatively impact communities, including significant noise, pollution, and lack of access because of lane or sidewalk closures. It is critical for regional transportation providers to coordinate with each other, communities, and other organizations such as Transportation Management Organizations to help diminish the effects of construction on residents, businesses, pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. Some actions include:

  • Signage, detours, and maintenance of access for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Incentives to construction companies to work during off-peak construction times such as at night or on the weekends, where appropriate
  • Financial and/or marketing support of businesses affected by disruption of roadway construction

Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure

Transportation can play a significant role in fostering personal and community health by increasing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and connecting them region-wide. Many residents in the region want the option of walking or bicycling to work, school, errands, and appointments but do not feel they have safe routes. The region continues to promote bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure including planning with communities to enhance the system, close gaps, and make critical connections. More walkable and bikeable communities tend to have healthier residents.