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Idea to Realty: How an Idea Becomes a Road 


From planning to pavement, the steps it takes to build a road.

Building a road is not easy. An army of designers, planners, community representatives, construction workers and citizens are needed to get from point A to point B. Depending on the road, it may take from two to 12 years to finish the job.

While no two projects face the same challenges, the steps outlined in the publications below will give you a good glimpse of how an idea becomes a road.

Idea to Reality brochure

(309 kb, 2 pages)
Idea to Reality 10-step chart (146 kb, 1 page)

The documents are provided in Acrobat Reader format. Free Acrobat Reader download PDF Icon

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