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The learning curve behind the modern roundabout

Roundabouts eliminate the left-hand turn – and the T-bones that go along with them. Roundabouts also force drivers to slow down, leaving them – and pedestrians! – with more time to react and make a decision. Pictured: Eagle Run Roundabout,

Since the early 2000s, roundabouts have had Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo motorists driving in circles. With their growing popularity (there are now seven in West Fargo alone), you might be wondering how these circular intersections took form, and why. The answer is simple: Safety. Roundabouts eliminate the left-hand turn – and the car crashes that go with … Read More

Always There

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It’s National Public Works Week. Maybe you’ve seen the poster in your workplace. With the theme, “Public Works: Always There,” these posters (and this week) showcase the pervasiveness of public works staff in communities across the nation. Clearly, each community depends – heavily – on its Public Works Department. And, without a doubt, the men … Read More

5 Ways Cities Keep Residents Informed on a Project

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Best practices in communicating with the public over the life of a project: what, how, when, where, why Strong communication to residents affected by a city project is key to minimizing the disruption to their day. A system should be in place to disseminate information to keep traffic flows moving during any project. Here are … Read More

Top 5 Benefits of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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If you haven’t taken the leap into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) yet, maybe you’re wondering why you need it or what you would do with it. Whether the maps are for locating and managing your city’s information – be it underground utilities or actual roadways – or to visualize property boundaries, a GIS-based map is … Read More

Flint’s drinking water problem could happen elsewhere

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How to avoid drinking water problems in your city In recent months, tests on the water system in Flint, Michigan, revealed high levels of lead and damage to potable water infrastructure due to a failure to implement corrosion control treatment. It’s a series of events that, arguably, was completely avoidable with the right decisions from … Read More

FEMA levee certification reduces need for flood insurance

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It’s fall. The ground is frosty in the morning. Those once-beautiful, turning leaves are now on the ground begging to be raked. Asphalt suppliers are shutting down for the season. You might think it’s time for the water resources and floodplain professionals to start booking winter vacations and taking it easy. After all, it’s kind … Read More

Are you ready for your next transportation project?

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Safe, reliable transportation is vital for every community. But how does a county decide when a roadway is due for maintenance or reconstruction? What goes into determining the need? And where does the funding come from? At Moore Engineering, a transportation project begins with an evaluation of the transportation system. It sounds simple, but there’s … Read More