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View Poll Results: Which is the busiest Freeway
401-Toronto 170 57.43%
Santa Monica Freeway-LA 96 32.43%
Southwest Freeway-Houston 14 4.73%
I-85-Atlanta 16 5.41%
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Old June 8th, 2006, 03:15 AM   #181
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all major cities have busy highways. THe 401 is like the lifeline of Toronto. The city could not run properly without it. Its always busy even on saturday and even on sunday. I remember going at 11pm on Saturday and i was just wondering what are so many people travelling on this highway for? Everyone goes woh when they see the highway for the first time.
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Old June 10th, 2006, 09:14 PM   #182
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Madrid first round ring (M-30) of its 4 ones (M-30, M-40, M-45 and M-50) carries 330.000 car/day.

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Old June 10th, 2006, 09:20 PM   #183
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That looks pretty good
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Old June 10th, 2006, 09:51 PM   #184
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Toronto has my vote
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Old June 10th, 2006, 10:09 PM   #185
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Adding more and more lanes to highways doesn't always make it increase in capacity, but the collector/distributor system increases the efficiency of a major highway by almost half compared to a road with the lanes from the C/D+normal highway onto one giant highway.
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Old June 10th, 2006, 10:12 PM   #186
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Paris's periphérique is not a motorway (or freeway): it's only a "boulevard" with priority on the right.
The only reason why it's not considered a motorway is because it doesn't match the turn angle specifications for motorways in the EU, but other than that it acts like a motorway because it is completely access-controlled.
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Old June 10th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #187
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I'd have to go with the Santa Monica.
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Old June 10th, 2006, 10:18 PM   #188
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It's the 401 Freeway near (in) Toronto
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http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/tra...ra/camhome.htm
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Old June 10th, 2006, 10:35 PM   #189
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It's the 401 Freeway near (in) Toronto
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http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/tra...ra/camhome.htm
Nice find. Click on the cameras on the left hand side - "Hurontario" to "Burnhamthorpe" during rush hour, in two hours from now or ~5 PM EST during weekdays and there is guaranteed to be a traffic jam. Worst area of congestion. Even 8 lanes in both directions is not enough.
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Old June 11th, 2006, 12:29 AM   #190
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When you think about it... the collector system wastes a lot of land space. Those 3 concrete dividers could yield another 6-8 lanes.
Technically true, however having two seperated 'arteries' for one direction allows traffic to use one when there's an accident on the other. There are electronic signs that advise which is the best to use. Plus, it's nice to be in the express lanes if your passing through the city.
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Old June 13th, 2006, 12:17 AM   #191
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Webcams showing Toronto traffic, some GO Min of Transport (Hwy 401), some City of Toronto (Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway). Apparently, most of it is actually moving!

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/tra...ra/camhome.htm

http://www.toronto.ca/rescu/
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Old June 13th, 2006, 07:18 PM   #192
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MADRID's first round round ring (M-30) of its four ones (M-30, M-40, M-45 and M-50) east side: 330.000cars/day.

M-30 east, looking north, cars are going north on the right and south on the left, the picture was taken over a bridge next to exit Nº8 (close to A-3). M-30 has between R-3 (Eje O'Donnell) and A-3 (Valencia) 3x5 lanes and 1x4 lanes: 19 total lanes.

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Old June 13th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #193
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Dartford Crossing on London's Orbital M25

* Year 2000: used by 40 million cars annually.

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Old June 13th, 2006, 08:32 PM   #194
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MADRID's first round round ring (M-30) of its four ones (M-30, M-40, M-45 and M-50) east side: 330.000cars/day.

M-30 with 3x5 lanes and 1x4 lanes: 19 total lanes
This is like some LA or Toronto!! Never thought there was any freeway/motorway with 19 lanes in Europe! Is this one new?
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Old June 13th, 2006, 08:40 PM   #195
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3-е транспортное кольцо. 3rd transport ring.
http://maps.google.com/?q=moscow&t=h&om=1
What's the official 'status' of this road? Is it motorway (freeway), fast road (expressway) or 'just' an 'ordinary' multi-lane road? I see though that it's wide and access-controlled.
And how long is it, if anyone knows?
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Old June 14th, 2006, 01:41 AM   #196
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Quote:
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MADRID's first round round ring (M-30) of its four ones (M-30, M-40, M-45 and M-50) east side: 330.000cars/day.

M-30 with 3x5 lanes and 1x4 lanes: 19 total lanes
Surely the busiest section in Europe.
For 19 lines 330 000 cars/day is not so much

Parisian Boulevard Peripherique has 300 000 cars/day (near Pte De Bagnolet ) for 8 lines.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #197
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Quote:
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This is like some LA or Toronto!! Never thought there was any freeway/motorway with 19 lanes in Europe! Is this one new?
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Surely the busiest section in Europe.
For 19 lines 330 000 cars/day is not so much

Parisian Boulevard Peripherique has 300 000 cars/day (near Pte De Bagnolet ) for 8 lines.
Actually, not the entire ring road M-30 has all these lanes.

The most common section in the East sector (the busiest) is 3+3+3+3 (12 lanes). In some points there are some lanes more because of the proximity of interchanges (at the back of this photo we have the interchange with A-3 highway).

At the North and at the West there are only 3+3 lanes.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 01:24 PM   #198
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What's the official 'status' of this road? Is it motorway (freeway), fast road (expressway) or 'just' an 'ordinary' multi-lane road? I see though that it's wide and access-controlled.
And how long is it, if anyone knows?
officially it's just a street, but de-facto powerful freeway with several exclusions.
diameter of circle is very small - just 10km, therefore there are several turns with high degree. speed is officially limited by 60 kmph, but most of drivers moving on 80-100 kmph.
TTK have 200 thous cars per day in average.
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Old June 14th, 2006, 08:15 PM   #199
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Carretero, that is not really exactly (because the old ones are completely distroyed now), the only one part of M-30 with six lanes is and will be between A-5 and A-6, in the west/north side. Before the works (not finished yet) all the west and north/west side (from A-4 to M-607) had 6 lanes (now all in works) but not any more once finished the refurbishments!!!!!! As about the east side, in the picture u can clairly view 19 lanes, just 2 for the A-3 tunnel, and you have to counter 18 lanes between the R-3 (eje O'Donnell to A-3) about 2km, how ever mostly of the east side is 14 lanes, untill the end of the year, it just have 10 lanes from A-3 to south due to south by pass works and when this will be finished it will have 8 lanes over the old track plus 8 in this south by pass (from A-3 to near of A-42). You just have too 9/10 lanes in the upper east/north and north side but as the same as it will happen with south part, when north by pass will be finished 6 more lanes will be added from close to A-1 to M-607.

M-30 east, looking north, cars into south close to exit number 5 (A-2), 14 lanes:


M-30 east, looking south, cars into north close to exit number 5 (A-2), 14 lanes:


M-30 east, looking north, cars into north in the right and into south in the left, close to exit number 8 (close to A-3 exit), 19 lanes:

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Old June 14th, 2006, 08:18 PM   #200
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I have drawn the M-30 ring over a satellite picture of Madrid downtown:



Sketch map of old M-30 and M-40:


M-30 is 30km long, the highest density of cars/day is in the east side and it was built in the late sixties.
Now a days M-30 is changing completely, is being rebuilt to improve those areas of Madrid near the freeway, especially the west side, close to the Manzanares river, the total costs of the works are 1.080.203.173 euros. Most of the highway will be a tunnel and its capacity will be extended. The east, north and south sides, will be completely in tunnel. When finished, by spring of 2007, 100.000 more cars/day will be able to use it.


Some info about the proyect and works (any doubt just ask):

- M-30 / R-3:


-By pass south:
[IMG]
http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/2666/bypasssur2jo.jpg[/IMG]


-By pass south (east exit):


-West side proyect:


-West (south) side proyect detail (M-30/A-42):


-West side proyect detail:


-West side proyect detail:


-West (north) side proyect detail (M-30/A-5):


-West (north) side aerial picture (M-30/A-5):

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