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Old July 9th, 2006, 09:44 AM   #421
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Buenos Aires:

President Illia Freeway (connects the downtown with the northern suburbs)


Av. 9 de Julio (9th of July Avenue, world's widest avenue)


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Old July 20th, 2006, 02:13 PM   #422
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from MELBOURNE, Australia



M1/M79





M1/M80


M80/M31


M80/route43


M79/M80

M1/Eastlink Tollway

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Old July 20th, 2006, 04:53 PM   #423
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the GTA has one of the largest interchanges in the world

the 403x401x410 is huge, so is the 427x401x27 , QEWx427xGardiner
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 03:13 PM   #424
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MELBOURNE, Australia

M1


Route 43


Route 43


M1


M1


M1/M79





M1/M80


M80/M31


M80/route43


M79/M80



M1/Eastlink Tollway



Eastlink/Ringwood Bypass


route 43/M79


M8/M80
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Old July 22nd, 2006, 09:44 PM   #425
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Really wide roads and huge interchanges are nothing more than a sign of bad city planning.
No, they're a sign of politically-incorrect highway engineering. Adding one or two lanes to a gridlocked road doesn't do much to help. Rebuilding a 6-lane gridlocked road into a brand new 12-16 lane road with braided ramps and high-speed 6-level stacks that segregate traffic entering and exiting within 4 miles of it and shift it to levels 5 and 6 so it doesn't interfere with the people driving 10-20 miles, then doing the same with every other freeway in the area, and simultaneously improving the local collector roads with synchronized traffic lights and a few SPUIs at major intersections absolutely, positively, will. People who get all bent out of shape about sprawl will go into convulsions at that point and whine about how many buses $10 billion could buy...

... but the fact is, the normal people who live there will be delighted because they don't want buses. They might grudgingly use a subway if it's less than a thousand feet away and has an air conditioned corridor leading to it, but building a grade-separated transit network capable of running trains at 90 second headways that's less than a block from everyone's home, office, and stores capable of providing a travel experience remotely comparable to the convenience and comfort of a Lexus SUV would be cost-prohibitive... even if the materials were free, and you had outright slave labor to build it. And even a PRT system would suffer from the tragedy of the commons -- people abuse and trash what they don't own. So half the cost of running the system would be just cleaning out everyone's trash and fixing the damage inflicted on it by the riders.

The fact is, given a choice, most people want either a single-family home with private yard and big garage, or a penthouse with private terrace and reserved garage parking in a big city. Few people can afford a penthouse in a big city (partly because someone has to occupy the condos and apartments below them), so they settle for the next best thing: a single-family home in the 'burbs. Big cities are nice, vibrant places to live, but few people can even fantasize about affording anything remotely comparable in a dense urban area that they could afford 30 miles away. At the end of the day, it's cheaper to pour a hundred miles of concrete horizontally to facilitate a hundred thousand homes built on cheap rural land than it is to try obtaining a comparable amount of space (including private outdoor recreational space) by going up.

I lived in Texas for a few months a couple of years ago -- northwest Plano, to be exact. On paper, it represents the worst of everything the anti-sprawl people grouse and whine about. In reality, it was an incredibly nice, convenient place to live. There was absolutely nothing within a mile walk of my apartment (by Headquarters Drive @ Preston Road), but everything was a painless 5-10 minute drive away. For Plano's solidly upper-middle-class residents, life is definitely good. In Miami, just getting to McDonalds 3/4 of a mile away is an excruciatingly painful 5-10 minute drive through gridlock.

Big cities need massive freeway networks. They also need solid, fast, reliable mass transit that serves major destinations of interest to visitors and people who live there. You can't neglect either. Subways can't go everywhere... they cost too much to build and run. Roads can't go everywhere, either... beyond a certain density, just handling the parking needs and access roads becomes impossible. What's needed is a balance... a fast, efficient transit network serving dense clusters along transit lines, with low-density residential development served by roads in between... with big, huge freeways connecting the dense clusters and sparse residential areas keeping everyone happy.
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Old July 25th, 2006, 03:05 AM   #426
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well the reason why Toronto has such a large highway is because so many people live there and its the economic lifeline of that entire area. The amount of Truck Traffic is insane. Thats another reason why highways should be nice and wide is that so commerical traffic can enter and leave the city easily. Its the foundation of our economey here. Plus in Canada it gets cold up here in the winter so people need cars to get around.

I however don't agree that highways should be built all across the city. A highway does not belong going right through the center of a city. It belongs on its outskirts or in the less dense areas.

Also it's all about geography. If there is a lot of empty land to build on, there will be sprawl and lots of new houses. If there is no empty land then people build up. Well they have run out of land in the city of Toronto itself. There is lots of land in the suburbs still so there are a lot of houses being built. However a lot of people want to live in the city and there is no room for new homes there so they must get denser.

You can't make a city dense, it only can get dense if the factors exist for it to get dense.
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Old July 26th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #427
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Old July 27th, 2006, 08:30 AM   #428
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Canada - Ontario/Quebec

First, some pics of Canadian freeways (actually, one freeway ). I took these
pictures when driving from Montreal, which is in the French-speaking Canadian
province of Quebec to Toronto, Ontario (where I live).
Interestingly, as Highway 401 of Ontario turns into Autoroute 20 of Quebec
(essentially it is one continuous road), it becomes progressively worse I
guess Ontario invests more in its roads. Also, the acceleration/deceleration
lanes in Quebec are shorter. However, Montreal has insane tunnels which
run under most of downtown area.
So, sorry for the bad quality, it was somewhat stormy when I took these

Entering the gigantic tunnel in Montreal:


In the tunnel - blurred, but cool effect I think :


Weird Quebec traffic lights:



Autoroute 20 (Quebec) exit:


Only Quebec posts a minimum speed limit, Ontario doesn't :


Welcome to Ontario :


Highway 401 (Ontario):


Passing some tracks on the 401:


401 closer to Toronto, getting wider:


401 near Toronto, one of the widest freeways in the world:


Ironically, we were jammed 10 mins after this message :


Approaching an eastern neighbourhood of Toronto:
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Old July 29th, 2006, 05:06 AM   #429
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What a lovely and interesting compilation of pictures! One day I would like to drive from Detroit - Toronto - Montreal
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Old July 30th, 2006, 01:24 AM   #430
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Here's a brand new one from my hometown Herning, Denmark. Not very big compared to most the others showed here, but considdering there was no motorways here 5 years ago it's quite okay. It will be opened october 7th.

Aerial of mine taken 3 weeks ago:



From the other angle:


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Old July 30th, 2006, 06:18 AM   #431
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From Tokyo or its surroundings

Edobashi Junction
covers the river in stead of scarce land


Hakozaki Junction


Hamazakibashi Junction


Nishi Shinjuku Junction


Ariake Junction


Tatsumi Junction
uses the spacious reclaimed land


Tanimachi Junction


Takehashi Junction


Ichinohashi Junction


Oizumi Junction


Kuko Chuo Interchange


Kawasaki Ukishima JUnction, Kawasaki


Daikoku Junction, Yokohama

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Old July 30th, 2006, 11:09 AM   #432
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A movie from the Belgian highway's. Starting at the E42/A27 in the South to the E313/A13 in the North passing the city of Liege



Link to download this 100mb movie file
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Old July 30th, 2006, 05:18 PM   #433
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The Japanese are really the masters of jamming stuff very closely together.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 09:41 AM   #434
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The Japanese are really the masters of jamming stuff very closely together.
Imagine the entire United States squeezed into Texas. We'd learn pretty fast too. :P
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Old August 1st, 2006, 02:52 AM   #435
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A few pics from Spain

Madrid to A Coruña


Madris to Valencia


Close to Torremolinos, Malaga


Madrid




Unknowed place


Close to Bilbao


North of Madrid


Madrid






















Close to Barcelona






Madrid


Bilbao






R5




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La Laguna, Islas Canarias


Madrid












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Sevilla


Barcelona








Unknowed placed




Barcelona




Malaga


A8 by AdemA





Burgos A1


Somewhere in las Islas Canarias


A5 Toledo


Madrid










Barcelona


Madrid


Madrid by Frado


Madrid


Sta Cruz de Tenerife by Garpie



Logroño by Cicerón
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Old August 1st, 2006, 03:52 AM   #436
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Here are roadway/highway pics from pinellas county, florida

Pics from me

I-275 and I-175 Interchange




GulftoBay Blvd probably the most congested east-west road in the county



A Rosary and Belcher Rd intersection



US19 and Drew St Ramps


Gandy Bridge



Pics from online

Howard Franklin Bridge going to Tampa



I-275 to Pinellas Bayway Interchange



I-275/I-375 Interchange




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More pics..

pics from online

Skyway Bridge at Sunset


Skyway going north to Pinellas County



Skyway Bridge

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Old August 3rd, 2006, 11:07 PM   #438
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Cool the ones in Paris and tokyo
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