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Official planning efforts for a community’s future affect all residents, but only a limited number of them typically turn out for public meetings.

To boost public input across a range of demographics, Freese and Nichols’ Urban Planning and Design team now offers clients an innovative tool that can broaden the reach of engagement and empower residents while conserving tax dollars: Meetings-2-Go.

With Meetings-2-Go, an individual or community group can pick up a...

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Shared active transportation, including bikes, scooters and e-bikes, present a great opportunity for cities to provide effective transportation choices to their citizens.

The 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), estimates 45.6 percent of trips are under 3 miles. While only 5 percent are under half a mile, ideal for walking, the other trips under 3 miles are most efficiently traveled by other active transportation modes,...

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A major deployment for self-driving car service for the public is taking shape in Frisco, with potential to provide a roadmap for the future of transportation to cities across the nation.

The pilot project involves a public-private partnership among Drive.ai, the City of Frisco, the Denton County Transportation Authority and the private developments for Hall Park, The Star and Frisco Station. North Central Texas Council of Governments, the regional metropolitan planning organization (MPO),...

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Tagsautonomous vehicle, Transportation, micro transit, Transportation Design, cars, vehicle,

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) recently announced the launch of Envision v3. The updated set of criteria outlines ways to maintain sustainability in both design and construction.

Among the changes in Envision v3:

  • Increasing the number of credits and points
  • Expanding the scope of credits to include lifecycle economic evaluation, equity and social justice and sustainable community planning
  • Adding new construction-focused credits;
  • Including an explanation of what
  • ...

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Commuters on the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City have seen road construction aggressively taking place.

The construction is part of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) Driving Forward program. The Turner Turnpike is being widened to six lanes -- three lanes each direction. The result will be less congestion, improved safety and better traffic flow.

Several contractors on this project are working to finish the project expeditiously. Freese...

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We are excited to host another asset management training course for our clients and professionals involved in managing critical infrastructure assets for their organizations.

The takeaways from this class can be utilized to drive positive results in your organization. This training is highly recommended for staff from any asset intensive organization that has already started their asset management journey,...

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Last fall, Freese and Nichols' Todd Buckingham reinforced the importance of sustainability to an Oklahoma State University senior class.

Todd presented its definition, some implementation strategies and an overview of the Envision Rating System. Todd is one of two Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) trainers in Texas and one of 62 in the world.

Freese and Nichols also offered to those in the class a partial reimbursement...

Read More - Bringing Sustainability to the Next Generation of Engineers at Oklahoma State University

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TagsEnvision, ENV SP, Sustainability, Oklahoma,

In a historic step, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued its Record of Decision (ROD) on Feb. 2, granting the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) a Clean Water Act section 404 permit to allow construction of the dam for the long-awaited Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir near Bonham, Texas. Lower Bois d’Arc will be the first major reservoir to be permitted and built in...

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