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1. US 80 in Alabama

In the general U.S. Route 80 corridor, some employment centers already exist in rural locations. This image is at the entrance of an Industrial Park about 10 miles east of Selma, Alabama. The company sign is the Warren Oil Company. February 2001

photo of the Warren Oil Company office park entrance on Route 80

In the general U.S. Route 80 corridor, some employment centers already exist in rural locations. This image is the advanced signing for an Industrial Park about 10 miles east of Selma, Alabama U.S. Route 80 is a 4-lane divided highway at this point. February 2001

photo of a four lane divided highway

In the general U.S. Route 80 corridor, some employment centers already exist in rural locations. This image is at the entrance of an Industrial Park about 5 miles east of Selma, Alabama. This Industrial Park is an example of adapted use; it was previously a U.S. Department of Defense facility. U.S. Route 80 is a 4-lane divided highway at this point. - February 2001

photo of a four lane divided highway

The eastern side of the commercial part of Selma, Alabama, is marked by strip type development along U.S. Route 80. U.S. Route 80 is a 4-lane divided highway here with transition from rural to urban characteristics, e.g. no curb, but more frequent traffic lights. Near this site, an eastern bypass routes thru trucks away from the downtown area. - February 2001

photo of cars at an intersection

The east side of the Selma, Alabama central business district is, at this point on U.S. Route 80, an urban, undivided 4-lane highway. A roadside sign provides direction to the national Voting Right Museum. This is about the point of origin of the Selma to Montgomery 54 mile march in March of 1965. The section of U.S. Route 80 between Selma and Montgomery has been designated an All American Road as described at February 2001.

photo of cars at a stop light in an urban section of route 80

The center of the Selma, Alabama business district is at about this portion of U.S. Route 80. At this point U.S. Route 80 is a 4-lane undivided urban highway. Diagonal parking is on both sides. Selma has a population of about 24,000. - February 2001.

photo of an interestion of Route 80 in the Selma business district

The eastern side of Uniontown, Alabama, population about 2,500 is marked by strip development. This portion of U.S. Route 80 is a 2- lane highway. No bypass of downtown Uniontown currently exists. - February 2001

photo of a two lane road with trucks

The western side of Uniontown, Alabama is a transition from urban land use to rural land use. The sign shown in the image is about 50 yards north of U.S. Route 80. The sign advertises: Commercial, Farmland, Catfish ponds and Residential. - February 2001

photo lf land strip with billboard near road

The east side of Demopolis, Alabama, population about 7,000 indicates that the city was founded in 1817. The city slogan "City of the People" is what Demopolis means in Greek. - February 2001.

photo of land beside road with Demopolis "City of the People" sign

"I campaigned for office on the issues of improvements in education and health and many other things, but once I was elected, most of what I heard from my constituents was 'when is that pothole going to be fixed, when is that road going to be widened'"-- Jesse Upshaw, Commissioner, Macon County, January 30, 2002 at consultant/stakeholder meeting.

"This study may help show my fellow county residents that we are living in a hidden treasure and just need some help [meaning better access and information] for our own citizens to find it"-- Myron C. Penn, Chariman, Bullock County Commission, January 30, 2002 at consultant/stakeholder meeting.

From left to right: Myron C. Penn, Chairman, Bullock County Commission, stakeholder; Artie Menefee, Planning and Economic Development Program Assistant, Lee-Russell Council of Governments, stakeholder; Jesse Upshaw, Commissioner, Macon County, stakeholder; Dr. Alicia J. Jackson, Interim Dean, College of Business and Information Sciences, Tuskegee University, study analyst; Ron Green, Bureau Chief of Hiring & Promotions and Executive Assistant Transportation Director, Alabama DOT, stakeholder; Patrick Trintz, Planner, South Central Alabama Development Commission, stakeholder; and Patrick Dunson, Asst. Engineer, Russell County Engineering Department, stakeholder. January 30, 2002.

Group Picture of participants of consultant/stakeholder meeting

2. US 43 in Alabama

Demopolis Plaza is just north of the junction of U.S. Route 43 and U.S Route 80, U.S. Route 43 is a 2- lane highway through Demopolis, Alabama while U.S. Route 80 is a 4-lane undivided urban highway through Demopolis. The boats parked near by are probably for use at Lake Demopolis or the Black Warrior River. February 2001.

photo of Demopolis Plaza parking lot on Route 43

On U.S. Route 43, about 10 miles south of Eutaw, Alabama, a farmer decorates his land with farm art using wood and hay. This farm is on the west side of U.S. Route 43. - February 2001.

photo of a t ree by a two lane country road

Eutaw, Alabama, is on U.S. Route 43, within two miles of I-20/59. Eutaw has a population of about 2,000. U.S. Route 43 is a 2-lane highway through Eutaw. This downtown section has diagonal parking on both sides of the street. - February 2001.

photo of a two lane road with diagonal parking on each side

"If we do not improve this highway [portion of US 43 north of Grove Hill, Alabama] the future will be like the past ...and a lot of people will be driving around looking and wondering where their next job will be. If we improve the highway, we can save our employers and have more of them."-- Austin Caldwell, mayor, Demopolis, Alabama, January 31, 2002 at project intiation meeting in Grove Hill.

"We may have to go down into the valley [area with high unemployment near Stillman College in the general US 43 corridor which could have better access to a nearby employer] and put flesh on the dry bones [improve the highway]"-- Dr. Eddie Thomas, Project Coordinator on Stillman College Analysis team, January 29, 2002 at consultant/stakeholder meeting.

3. Corridors in Imperial County, CA

Photo: FHWA Economic Development Corridors Initiative. August 21, 2002. Brawley Bypass Development Projections Expert Panel, Brawley Elks Lodge. Sitting outside and to the left of the table is Mark Baza, Chief Transportation Planner, Caltrans District 11. In front of him is Nicole Gilles, Executive Director, Brawley Chamber of Commerce. Clockwise around the table from there are: Steve Watte, Controller, John Benson Farms; Tim Kelley, Director, Brawley Economic Development Commission; Louis Fuentes, President/CEO, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation; Ted Broedlow, Project Manger, Le Plastrier Development Company; Mercedes Z. Wheeler, Partner, Horton, Knox, Carter & Foote, Attorneys; Tom DuBose, Project Manager, Development, Design & Engineering, LLC.; Gordon Gaste, City Planner, City of Brawley; Khalid Bekka, Vice President, HLB Decision Economics; Jack B. Hart Jr., Business Owner, Tyler Hart Insurance; Mike Cook, Broker, Mike Cook Real Estate; Edward Hale Jr., Farmer, AzCal Seed Inc.; and Ann Frances Garcia, Assistant to the City Manger, City of Brawley. August 21, 2002 at Brawley Elks Lodge in Imperial County California.

South of I-8 in El Centro, CA. The residential development came before the interchange with Imperial Ave. was improved, but commercial and industrial development, and the jobs that accompany it, requires the interchange improvements. (March 27, 2003)

photo of a road by a field with houses in the distance.

This sugar factory south of Brawley and north of El Centro, CA has recently received funding for a sugar cane to gasohol expansion that could add several hundred jobs To the area. As indicated on the building, the elevation here is about 40 feet below Sea level. The Imperial Irrigation District considers this indirectly related to the Brawley Bypass which is parallel to SR 86. March 27, 2003

Photo of an interesection with a stop sign and a factory in the background.

This beef processing plant recently opened and is directly related to the highway improvements near Brawley. The direct and indirect employment generated by the plant may eventually be more than 1000 jobs. March 27, 2003

photo of a chain link fence and a factory.

Brawley Bypass (SR 78) partially open to traffic and under construction. March 27, 2003

Photo of a tractor trailor in a bypass.

Regional Medical Center in El Centro, CA. Recent expansion of the medical center has resulted in many new jobs. The center expects to be able to relocate once the I-8 Imperial Ave. interchange is improved. March 27, 2003

Photo of a medical building taken from across the street.

4. Corridor in Orange Cove, CA (Fresno County)

Local advisory committee meeting at the Economic Development Corporation, Fresno County. The Manning Avenue Corridor in Fresno County. Picture taken in 2002.

photo: four men around a conference table

A sketch of a planned commercial retail development project in The City of Orange Cove. Sketch created in 2002.

sketch of shops with a patio and cafe tables

The City of Orange Cove lies at the eastern portion of the Manning Avenue Corridor. Picture taken in 2002.

photo: A welcome sign in a roadway median strip.

Traffic at the intersection of Manning Avenue and Reed Avenue in the City of Reedley about at the center of The Manning Avenue Corridor. Picture taken in 2002.

photo: traffic intersection

Workers on a raisin production farm in the City of Selma at the west end of the Manning Avenue Corridor. Picture taken in 2002.

photo: workers processing raisins on a conveyor belt

7. Corridors in Roosevelt County, Montana - US Route 2 (Fort Peck Indian Reservation)

Inside historic Fort Union just east of the study area at the North Dakota- Montana Border. November 2002.

photo: a rabbit in a yard

Former Prison now a museum in Poplar, Montana. The Grandfather of Raymond Ogle (pictured above left nearest the window) was a guard at this prison. Mr. Ogle is Director of Economic Development for the Fort Peck Tribes and FHWA's primary contact for this project. (Right) is David Levy, consultant with ICF, the lead contractor for the study area. November 2002.

photo of a library

Historic ferry that once served passengers crossing the Missouri River near Poplar, Montana with museum and gift shop in the background. November 2002.

photo: a ferry in a yard by a museum

Area north of US Route 2 between Brockton and Poplar, Montana where circle irrigation systems will be placed allowing higher value products to be grown. Investments in access roads would allow for the local economy to capture the full range of potential benefits from the irrigation project. November 2002.

photo: rural road by a field

Missouri River south of Poplar, Montana River near site once served by ferry. Lewis and Clark passed along this part of the Missouri almost 200 years ago. Local tribal officials are hoping that the local economy will benefit from the hundreds of thousands of tourist that are expected to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the expedition. November 2002.

photo: Montana River

BNSF train between Poplar and Culbertson, Montana and near a sugar beet processing facility. November 2002.

photo: railroad tracks and a train

Sherman square in Wolf Point, Montana. November 2002.

photo: Car and trucked parked next to Sherman Square

9. Interstate 99 Corridor in Pennsylvania

Members of the advisory committee for the PA Corridor Study.
March 14, 2003

From left to right, they are: Matt Smoker, FHWA PA Division; Bob Momich, PennDOT Central Office; Wes Burket, Altoona MPO; Mark Murawski, Williamsport MPO; Gary Connelly, PennDOT District 3-0; Fred Querry, SAPDC; Bert Kisner, PennDOT District 2-0; Ron Samuel, PennDOT District 9-0; and Tom Zilla, Centre Region MPO.

photo of advistory committee

Service road parallel to I-99 under construction about 5 miles southwest of College Station, PA.
March 13, 2003

photo: construction barriers on service road

New business opening in Tyrone, PA which has benefited from transportation enhancement funds as well as I-99.
March 13, 2003

photo of a street with retail shops

In September 2003, a regional newspaper published an article subtitled 'TYRONE - Street project, I-99 raise hopes' which dealt with the economic development potential of I-99.

City Center in Tyrone, PA.
March 13, 2003

photo of an office building with a clock tower in front

West edge of Tyrone, PA accessible from I-99.
March 13, 2003

photo of a city street with welcome sign - Tyrone

Pedestrians structure connecting site of Railroaders Memorial Museum and town hall, Altoona, PA.
March 13, 2003

photo of Railroaders Memorial Museum with town hall in the background

Stadium for Altoona Curve baseball team, Altoona, PA. I-99 provides access to this site.
March 13, 2003

photo of a plaza outside a stadium

Retail Center recently rebuilt and expanded near I-99 south of Altoona, PA. Much of the center had been damaged in a fire several years earlier.
March 13, 2003

photo of a parking lot outside of a shopping center

10.  Corridors in Shannon and Jackson Counties, South Dakota (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation)

 "Economics 101 says we need better roads to serve our internal economy.  We don't have that yet and it hurts us [the total of unemployment, under employment and labor force non participation has been estimated as high as 85% in the area].  When we do get the proper road infrastructure, we can better realize our economic potential.  This especially includes tourism, which, little as it is now, already contributes materially to our internal economy.  It's only common sense."  John Steele, President, Ogalla Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, June 11, 2002, at a Study Advisory Committee meeting.

In front of the Two Pines Tribal Administration Building, Pine Ridge South Dakota. From left to right:

Back Row: David Levy; ICF Consulting; Alan Friesen, FHWA South Dakota Division Administrator; Fred Brown, Oglala Sioux Tribe; Gerry Foell, BIA; Jeff Whalen, Oglala Sioux Tribe Transportation Planner; Gaylan Bolster, BIA; Gerry Foell, BIA.

Front Row: Sakina Khan, ICF Consulting; Dennis King, Federal Tribal District Monitor; Pamela Hatch, BIA Administrator; Crystal Eagle Elk, Oglala Sioux Tribe Transportation; Donna Salomon, Oglala Sioux Tribe Secretary; John Yellow Bird Steele, President, Oglala Sioux Tribe.
June 11, 2002

photo: Two Pines Tribal Administration Building

The Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota, founded in 1971, has an enrollment of about 1,000. Managers of tourism assets could potentially be trained at this institution
June 2001

photo: Parking lot and building of the Oglala Lakota College.

About 10 miles west southwest of Hermosa, SD, the asphalt concrete surface of State Route 40 ends and a stabilized gravel surface begins. This is the shortest route between Mt Rushmore and potential tourism assets in the Pine Ridge Reservation.
June 11, 2002

photo of a stabelized gravel surface road

Junction of two stabilized gravel surface roads (BIA 2 and BIA 41) in the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD. The sign in the background indicates that a food store is ten miles away.
June 11, 2002

photo of gravel surfaced roads and a road sign; left to Buffalo Gap, Right to Red Shirt

Two vehicles have pulled off on the shoulder to climb a 200' hill and view the escarpment to the east on BIA 41 in the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD. If the Reservation had a mature tourism industry, a small parking lot on this site could permit viewing and could potentially support some revenue enterprises (e.g., snack shop and souvenier stand). BIA 41 connects the south portion of the Badlands National Park to State Route 18 which provides easy access to Prairie Wind Casino (to the west) and Wounded Knee (to the east).
June 11, 2002

photo of a rural road

A bison herd near the town of Pine Ridge, SD. This herd has baby bison. A potential tourism asset for the Reservation would combine a petting zoo and a nature walk, with accompanying photo/souvenir enterprise.
June 11, 2002

photo of a field and herd of bison

11. U.S. 83 Corridor in Webb, Dimmit, and Zavala Counties, Texas

The US 83 Texas study corridor represents approximately 120 miles of highway with "Super Two" Characteristics, that is, full depth shoulder about 8 feet wide adjacent to each 12 foot wide travel lane. Some drivers consider the shoulder part of the travel lane. Most of US 83 is rural in character, February 2002.

photo of a truck on a two lane highway

In 2000, the Laredo port of entry accounted for roughly 41.2% of the total value in overland trade with Mexico. The image shows hundreds of tractor trailers leaving the Port of Entry, many of which will use US 83 May 2001.

.photo of h undres of tractor trailors.

An important issue in the study was the type of traffic mix that includes tractor trailers, Recreational vehicles (RV's), delivery trucks, oil drilling rigs and equipment, oil tankers and local traffic and its relationship to traffic safety and road damage. In the picture, RV's and cars are parked at a rest stop on US 83. -February 2002.

photo of RV's along a highway

US 83. A new pullover lane in study corridor is shown at the top of the picture, February, 2002. Slower moving traffic is to use the right hand lane in such sections. The length of such pullover lanes is about one quarter of a mile.

photo of a two lane highway

The Triple R Ranch, a meeting place for tourists, near US 83 sits on the Nueces River. -February 2002.

photo of a patio by a river

"700 fortune 1000 companies pass through Laredo" -John Adams, Executive Director, Laredo Development Foundation. February 2002

"We have to provide opportunities for our young people that will encourage them to stay. Now they are leaving, which is detrimental to our communities and opportunities for growth." -Ignacio Urrabazo, Jr., President, IBC Commerce Bank, August, 2002 interview.

"We conducted an informal survey of our RV tenants and they indicated that adding more pullover lanes would be an asset to US 83." -Barbara Rice, Owner Triple R Ranch, CrystalCity. Comment at stakeholder meeting in January 2003

"We have to be very aggressive in our industry recruitment efforts to take advantage of our proximity to Laredo, new Empowerment Zone incentives, and expanding trade with Mexico and Latin America." -Eleazar Salinas, Jr., City Manager, CrystalCity, Texas. August, 2002 interview.

"This is an excellent study, but the question still remains the same... how do we fund these improvements in a time of very limited resources and competing interests?" -Luis Ramirez, Laredo District Engineer, TXDOT January 2003 meeting.

12. West Virginia Highway Corridors

Several members of the consultant performing the West Virginia Corridor Study and members of the advisory committee. In the background is the West Virginia State Capital.
March 24, 2003.

From left to right, those pictured are:

Shelly Dan, Corridor G Redevelopment Authority; Kevin Burgess,Federal Highway Administration; Mike Whitt,Mingo County Redevelopment Authority; Tom Smith, Federal Highway Administration; Rondel Thompson, Global Insight; Doug Rice, Wilbur Smith; Dave Cramer, West Virginia Department of Transportation

photo of seven people with the West Virginia capital in the background.

Recent retail center on Corridor G (US Route 119) about 3 miles southwest of Charleston, WV.
March 24, 2003

photo of a two lane road with a retail center in the background.

View of Retail Center about 4 miles southwest of Charleston near Corridor G (US Route 119) in West Virginia.
March 24, 2003

photo of a divided highway from a parking area with a retail center in the background

View of recent retail development along Corridor G (US Route 119) about 4 miles southwest of Charleston (looking north) in West Virginia.
March 24, 2003

distant photo of a retail center from a parking lot with advertising signs.

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