Georgia considers plan to build America’s first truck-only highway

February 13, 2018 by  
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Georgia is exploring the feasibility of designating an entire highway just for trucks . The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is considering the 40-mile stretch where cars wouldn’t be allowed to drive – and WABE Radio says it would be the first of its kind in America. 4,317 people perished in crashes where large trucks were involved in 2016, the most recent federal statistics ready from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to WABE Radio. A separate highway for trucks could boost safety for both regular cars and freight operators, according to GDOT’s fact sheet on what’s called the I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes. Related: Siemens debuts first electrified eHighway in the US The toll-free truck-only highway would stretch from Atlanta to Macron and would consist of two barrier-separated lanes. GDOT’s fact sheet says the project is “projected to reduce delay on I-75 by 40 percent in 2030” and could also lower maintenance costs on the lanes for passenger cars. It would be northbound, per WABE Radio, with its own entrances and exits. Atlanta-area truckers have shown support for the project. WABE Radio spoke to trucker Afori Pugh, who transports around 20,000 pounds of construction materials on his trips. He said it can be difficult; when drivers cut in front of a truck, they rarely realize how much danger they’re in and they don’t understand his industry. He thinks a truck-only highway could “unclog a lot of the traffic .” Georgia governor Nathan Deal also seems to support the project, saying the truck-only highway is “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like” in a Georgia Transportation Alliance meeting. But some people are balking at the estimated cost of $1.8 billion. U.S. Public Interest Research Group listed the state’s truck-only lanes among the worst highway projects in America in 2017, saying it “would represent a giveaway to the trucking industry, while undermining a rail -based approach to freight movement in Georgia that is intended to get trucks off the roads.” GDOT could choose a general engineering consultant by the end of this year; that person would be expected to be in charge of project development and seek public input in the environmental process. Construction could commence in 2025. Via WABE Radio Images via Rhys Moult on Unsplash and Ken Lund on Flickr

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Brilliant diamond highway interchange eliminates dangerous lefthand turns

May 26, 2016 by  
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Just about every time we drive, we’re forced to make left turns, risking head-on or 90-degree collisions with cars coming from the opposite direction. An innovative new highway interchange significantly reduces this risk. Called a diverging diamond, this design allows drivers to avoid the hazardous turns altogether. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24jMVZszPTY Diverging diamond interchanges may appear complicated at first glance, but research reveals that drivers consistently navigate them with few issues. Roads cross each other so drivers on the right hand side of the road cross to the left and vice versa. Therefore, drivers on a diverging diamond interchange don’t have to turn against traffic when they go left; they simply merge away to the left. The roads cross again further down the street after left turns for both sides. Drivers entering the interchange simply merge left or right, and only have to worry about oncoming traffic from one direction instead of two. Related: Germany opens the first 3 miles of a 60-mile bicycle superhighway France constructed some diverging diamond highways in the 1970’s, but they didn’t really catch on in America until a graduate student named Gilbert Chlewicki wrote about the design in 2000 and realized his idea had already been implemented overseas. Nearly a decade later, diverging diamonds began to gain popularity as states such as Missouri and Utah adopted the concept. Wired reports that since 2009 , 22 states have built 62 of these innovative, safe roads. Research shows they work. University of Missouri engineers, along with colleagues around America, performed ” the first in-depth safety analyses ” in 2015. These are the stats: five out of seven intersections experienced ” serious safety improvements .” Deadly crashes occurring on terminal ramps declined by more than 60 percent. And crashes that do occur don’t result in death as often. The team estimated that crashes overall on the new safe roads are reduced by 33 percent. Via Wired Images via screenshot

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Chile introduces world’s first metro to be powered largely by renewables

May 26, 2016 by  
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Public transportation offers a sustainable alternative to masses of individual automobiles, yet many systems still run on unsustainable power sources. With around 2.2 million people riding the Metro de Santiago every day, Chile requires a great deal of energy to keep people moving. President Michelle Bachelet recently announced the country’s mass transit system will soon be almost entirely powered by wind and solar energy, resulting in a slew of environmental benefits. This is an exciting step for South America’s second largest subway system in terms of length. Chile’s Metro de Santiago will receive 42 percent energy from solar power and 18 percent from wind power . The country’s step towards renewables highlights its commitment to clean energy that does not harm the environment or people, according to President Bachelet . She announced the news at a future metro station currently under construction. California solar company SunPower is building the solar plant that will generate the solar power, and Brazilian company Latin America Power owns the wind project also worked on by Spanish company Elecnor that will provide wind power. Related: Uganda to launch its first solar-powered bus this month SunPower expects their solar plant to be finished in 2017. According to the company , Metro de Santiago “will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy.” In a statement, SunPower’s Executive Vice President of Power Plants Eduardo Medina said, “Solar is an ideal energy source for Chile because of the country’s high solar resource and transparent energy policies.” Chile will make the switch to renewables in 2018 when the solar and wind plants are operational. The projects will provide Metro de Santiago with renewable energy for 15 years. According to President Bachelet , not only will passengers be able to travel swiftly and safely, they will be able to get around in a way that “cares for the planet, reduces our carbon footprint , and makes possible a sustainable future for all.” Via Quartz Images via Wikimedia Commons and SunPower Corp.

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Benthem Crouwel Architects named designer of new Paris airport metro station

May 26, 2016 by  
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In Paris , a major expansion project is underway on the city’s metro system. The new Grand Paris Express Ligne 17 is expected to be completed by 2024, and will include nine metro stations on its nearly 17-mile (27 km) route, which will serve two major airports. Société du Grand Paris , the agency overseeing the new metro line, has chosen Benthem Crouwel Architects to design the new metro station at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, which boasts more foreign destinations than any other airport in the world. The Dutch architectural firm was chosen to design the metro station at Charles de Gaulle Airport in part because of their experience with aviation hubs . The firm has been the architect of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, main the main international airport of the Netherlands, since 1982. In 1995, the team designed the underground train station at Schiphol, so they are primed to take on the largest international airport in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=UEhseAPKs40 In addition, Benthem Crouwel Architects will also take on the job of designing three other above-ground metro stations and viaduct of the Ligne 18 , which is the metro line that will connect Orly Airport and Versailles. Ligne 18 will stretch a total of 31 miles (50 km) with 13 metro stations along the way. That line is expected to open in 2023. Related: Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris metro station The almost 17-mile Ligne 17 will cost $2 billion (1.8 billion euros) and will add nine new metro stations to the greater Paris area. + Benthem Crouwel Architects Images via Benthem Crouwel Architects , Sébastien d’Halloy for Société du Grand Paris , and Didier Baertschiger

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Vintage Eichler home receives open and airy remodel that preserves its roots

May 26, 2016 by  
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It was important to both the owners and the Klopf team to honor the original Eichler design, but to also bring the space into the 21st century. Much of the original mahogany paneling and courtyard zinc wall panels were preserved, as the owners had special relationships to the textiles’ origins. White and gray accents let the wooden features shine as homages to the home’s history, including the specially built mahogany cabinetry which unites the kitchen and living room areas. Related: Mid-century Eichler home gets a bold remodel into the 21st century The old chimney flue was revitalized as a television nook and the tiny galley kitchen was opened up to create an inviting gathering place, creating a more modern vibe. The master bedroom was also expanded to engulf two small rooms, allowing the owners to transform the larger suite to include an open closet and dressing area. The laundry appliances were also given a more spacious spot, eliminating an unsightly mechanical room. The home’s courtyard could very well be the owners’ pride and joy, and it retained much of its original glory. Zinc wall panels seamlessly transition from outside to in, accenting the large glass features beautifully. The modern, minimalist approach somehow works very well with the midcentury history of the space, creating a home that is both comfortable and timeless. +K lopf Architecture Images via Mariko Reed

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Samsung designs “see-through” trucks to make the roads safer

June 22, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Most of us have been there at one time or another; stuck behind a truck on a narrow two-lane road with the choice between cruising impatiently at the back or taking a potentially hideous risk of blindly overtaking. So what if the truck in front of us had a screen that displayed a real-time video of the road ahead? It’s not an entirely new concept , but one that Samsung has revived in Argentina. Sure, it’s partly an ad campaign, but is the idea genius or just really, truly terrible? Read the rest of Samsung designs “see-through” trucks to make the roads safer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argentina , green transportation , led monitor , LED screen , outdoor LED , road safety , safety truck , samsung , see through truck , traffic safety

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France says “no more” to selling Roundup over the counter

June 22, 2015 by  
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Citing a probable link to cancer, France announced that Roundup weedkiller–or glyphosate –will no longer be available for sale over the counter at garden centers throughout the country. France has chosen to go on the offensive, according to the French Ecology Minister, Segolene Royal, in regards to the banning of pesticides. Read the rest of France says “no more” to selling Roundup over the counter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: france bans glyphosate , france bans roundup , france ecology minister , Glyphosate , glyphosate weedkiller , Monsanto , monsanto and cancer , Monsanto and farmers , roundup weedkiller

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Tesla Model S is rated the safest car of all time

August 21, 2013 by  
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No other car on the road has gotten marks this high from the government's traffic safety agency.

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Volvo Introduces the World’s First Car Equipped With Pedestrian Airbags

February 18, 2013 by  
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Swedish carmaker Volvo has unveiled the world’s first car with external airbags to ensure the safety of pedestrians and protect them from serious had and neck injuries. The airbag is located under the hood and inflates at the base of the windshield while enabling the driver to see ahead. The new Volvo V40 hatchback goes on sale in Australia today. Read the rest of Volvo Introduces the World’s First Car Equipped With Pedestrian Airbags Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automobile industry , car pedestrian detection , Geneva Motor Show , pedestrian safety , safe cars , traffic safety , Volvo pedestrian airbag , Volvo V40 , Volvo V40 hatchback

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US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise

January 8, 2013 by  
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Most hybrid and electric cars don’t combust fuel at slow speeds, which makes them virtually silent. It’s a peaceful way to travel, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fears that these vehicles may be too quiet for pedestrians and cyclists to detect. The U.S. government safety agency has proposed a new rule that would make it mandatory for eco-friendly cars to make a noise at speeds under 18 miles per hour, as a way to warn foot traffic. Read the rest of US Safety Agency Wants Hybrid and Electric Cars to Make More Noise Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco-friendly car , electric vehicles , green design , hybrid vehicle , national highway Traffic Safety Administration , sustainable design

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