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Edited: 4/24/2012 8:39 AM
Project Level Visualization

Project level visualization is a powerful too that will strengthen public participation process and to aid the public in understanding proposed projects.  The SAFETEA-LU calls for States and MPOs to use visualization techniques. The complex character of proposed transportation projects through visual imagery can be portrayed from different points of view.  Visuals can make information instantly or intuitively understandable, therefore, it is an effective way to illustrate the look and feel of projects.
Visualization can provide the public and decision makers a clear idea of the proposed projects and possible impacts to the human and natural environment. Examples of visualization techniques include sketches, drawings, artist renderings, physical models and maps, simulated photos, videos, computer modeled images, interactive GIS systems, photo manipulation and computer simulation.
Below are eleven examples from the States that used project level visualization to effectively communicate with the public.  These examples are selected because of their unique visualizations techniques and complexity of the project. The States are listed in alphabetical order starting with Maryland, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington.  Additional examples will follow.

Inter County Connector MD Detailed Neighborhood Maps
Interactive maps of the project area by neighborhood
Incorporation of Aerial photos and maps for specific neighborhoods

Maryland - Virginia
Woodrow Wilson Bridge:  Project Overview
3-D animation of the bridge from both sides of the Potomac River, also illustrating above and below decking of the superstructure

St.Croix River Crossing Project: Preferred alternative Animations
Animation of the crossing composite, fly over, drive through and 360 degree rotation from the east bound

Missouri - Illinois
New Mississippi River bridge animations MO-IL
Photo simulation and 3-D animation of the bridge superstructure

Project Neon, Las Vegas
Interactive project map over aerial photo images depicting the study area and ramps

New York
Route 7 over I-87 (Exit 6) Bridge Replacement, Colonie, NY:  Project Visualizations
Traffic simulations of existing and proposed scenarios including photos and animation

Lake Champlain Bridge Project
General photos depicting the project from many angles

Route 9P over the Saratoga Lake Outlet Bridge
Photo rendering of proposed bridge section, plans and profiles and highway sections

Trans Texas Corridor I-35 Recommended Preferred Corridor Alternatives
Detail maps of the preferred corridor alternative

SR 99 - Alaskan Way Viaduct - Animations of Alternatives
Animation of bridge and tunnel alternatives and view shed from the water

SR 520 - Bridge Replacement and HOV Project: Rendering Simulation during catastrophic windstorm and earthquake
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