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DuraTherm Intersections in College Park, MD

Five DuraTherm intersections were recently installed in College Park, MD. These intersections are along Baltimore Ave., adjacent to The University of Maryland. These crosswalks were installed with a White border and Cinnamon main color; creating a highly visible, traffic calming solution. Perfect for an environment with high student and pedestrian traffic.

DuraTherm is a specially-designed thermoplastic material that is inlaid into imprinted asphalt and heated in place using an infrared heater. Engineered to lie slightly below the asphalt surface, DuraTherm is protected from wear, ensuring effective service life while maintaining its look for years.

Click here for more photos of the DuraTherm project at College Park, MD. 

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StreetPrintXD Crosswalks on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in Washington DC recently added 29 high-performance StreetPrintXD crosswalks. These decorative thermoplastic crosswalks were installed from Howard Road SE to Good Hope Road SE.

StreetPrintXD will provide a practical, durable, and attractive solution for an area that is high in vehicle and pedestrian traffic. StreetPrintXD is a popular option in areas like this because they give the same great look of real brick pavers; but are more cost-effective and more road-safe, providing a smooth and trip-hazard free path across busy roads.  unlike regular thermoplastics, which are typically 90 mils thick with glass beads; StreetPrintXD is 180 mils thick and aggregate reinforced. Making it stronger, as well as non-skid. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE is now road-safe and trip-hazard free.

Alternative Paving Concepts installed these crosswalks  in a brick pattern and color, complimenting the brick buildings along MLK.

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Decorative Stamped Asphalt, Contributing to Washington DC’s “Great Streets” Initiative

“Neighborhoods in the District of Columbia want vibrant and distinct neighborhood centers filled with proud merchants, well-maintained shops in attractive buildings, excited patrons, and supportive residents. These neighborhoods and others are linked by a series of major corridors that have significant potential to be “great streets” – places where people want to be.” –  The District of Columbia – dmped.dc.gov

The District on Columbia has embarked on the Great Streets Initiative. The Great Streets Initiative is a multi-year, multiple-agency effort aimed at transforming nine under-invested corridors into thriving, inviting, safe, and beautiful neighborhood and community centers. The District seeks to revitalize critical transportation and retail corridors throughout the city. According to Debra D. Yogodzinski, Partner Nixon Peabody LLP Co-Chair, and DCBIA Retail Business Development Committee; “the primary goal of the initiative is to make the designated streets-all major thoroughfares and commercial corridors in the District into attractive neighborhood destinations by…infrastructure improvements and economic and community development projects that will act as a catalyst for private investment in housing and retail developments.” These improvements will comprise of public realm investments, strategic land use plans, public safety strategies, and economic development assistance.

Alternative Paving Concepts (APC) is proud to be contributing to the Great Streets Initiative. APC will be installing nine Street Print XD crosswalks, as well as DuraTherm intersections for the Georgia Avenue Great Renovation portion. These high performance crosswalks and intersections will provide an attractive and long lasting touch to Georgia Avenue, as well as a safe and traffic calming way for pedestrians to cross.  These stamped asphalt crosswalks will incororpate thermoplastic materials that are made to be extremely durable and cost effective. Street Print XD and DuraTherm will give Georgia Avenue the authentic and historic look of brick, while also adding highly visible intersections for pedestrian safety against traffic.

According to Greater Greater Washington, The District of Columbia’s stated goals and objectives for the ” Great Streets projects” are to:

  1. “Improve the quality of life in neighborhoods along the corridors, including public safety, physical appearance, and personal opportunity”
  2. “Support local demand for goods and services through economic development”
  3. “Expand mobility choices and improve safety and efficiency of all modes of travel”
  4. “Attract private investment through the demonstration of a public commitment to Great Streets communities.”

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has partnered with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Planning (OP) to manage this program. More than $200 million is being invested in new development projects, including storefront improvements, transportation, streetscape beautification, and transit improvements along these corridor and centers.

Benning Road NE and SE Great Streets Initiative

Areas included in the “Great Streets” Initiative are:

  • 7th Street and Georgia Avenue Great Streets Initiative
  • Benning Road NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
  • H Street NE Great Street Initiative
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and South Capital Street Great Streets Initiative
  • Minnesota Avenue NE and SE Great Streets Initiative
  • Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE Great Streets Initiative
  • North Capitol Great Streets Initiative
  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE Great Streets Initiative
  • Rhode Island Avenue Great Street Initiative

Examples of Alternative Paving Concepts High Performance Street Scapes:

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