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Old May 1st, 2008, 07:06 PM   #2201
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The video shows three interchanges, first the SR-110 / US 101 north of downtown, and they move over to the East LA Interchange southeast of downtown, and finally the I-10/I-110 interchange at the southwest corner of downtown near Staples Center
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 02:40 AM   #2202
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I get on I-90 at that junction to go to Seattle. Prior to that I start at the very beginning of WA-26 from Colfax. Driving 215 km on a 2x1 road is the pain in the ass, I tell you Even though the speed limit is ~100 km/h most of the time, it is hard to stick to it.
Seriously, that is a beautiful picture.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 02:41 AM   #2203
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Also, Chicago has frontage roads in some parts of the city as well to an extent. Same with Miami on the Palmetto (826).
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 05:59 PM   #2204
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There are also frontage roads in Missouri as well. We call them outer roads though. I don't know if its true or not but Wikipedia says that Missouri and Texas are the only states that widely constructs frontage roads along the highways. However, I would imagine that there not as busy as the frontage roads in Texas.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #2205
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Seriously, that is a beautiful picture.
A lake in a desert? Well, there is some charm in these landscapes, but like I mentioned, there are much better scenery 70-100 km to the West on I-90.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 09:45 PM   #2206
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A lake in a desert? Well, there is some charm in these landscapes, but like I mentioned, there are much better scenery 70-100 km to the West on I-90.
That would be Columbia river. In person, the scenery is actually really beautiful.
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Old May 5th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #2207
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Actually it is Lake Wanapum created on the Columbia River by the Wanapum dam.
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Old May 7th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #2208
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Actually it is Lake Wanapum created on the Columbia River by the Wanapum dam.
Yes that, mah bad haha. Hey how do you guys put videos on posts?
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #2209
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I emailed the Texas DOT to obtain traffic counts, since they don't publish that on their website directly, I had to email them.

Hope to get an answer soon!
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Old May 13th, 2008, 09:14 AM   #2210
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I emailed the Texas DOT to obtain traffic counts, since they don't publish that on their website directly, I had to email them.

Hope to get an answer soon!
Do you mean traffic count on a certain highway or a statewide traffic count?
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Old May 13th, 2008, 09:19 AM   #2211
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Statewide, i got an answer, quite fast, they have some kind of interactive traffic map

Highest AADT i've seen so far was 302,000 at the I-45 in northern Houston.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #2212
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Statewide, i got an answer, quite fast, they have some kind of interactive traffic map

Highest AADT i've seen so far was 302,000 at the I-45 in northern Houston.
Check the US 59 Southwest Freeway in Houston. I've heard that it has the highest AADT for any non-multiplexed highway in the United States
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Old May 13th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #2213
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330.000 vehicles a day.

I believe that's the highest in Texas, and also one of the highest in the United States.

I think Houstons network is somewhat underdeveloped, so all traffic concentrates on the few massive inbound freeways.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 02:10 AM   #2214
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330.000 vehicles a day.

I believe that's the highest in Texas, and also one of the highest in the United States.

I think Houstons network is somewhat underdeveloped, so all traffic concentrates on the few massive inbound freeways.
While I respect your obvious education on the matters of infrastructure, I do have to argue that looking at a map of houston, it certainly has no shortage of highways and the marginal utility of the creation of more highways would, just form a land use efficiency perspective, be quite detrimental to the area.

On a side note, I do have to ask what is the motivation behind a fellow dutchy being so enthralled by American infrastructure, as you know I am not really in love with the life style the highways and automobile created, nor do I hope my mother's country envies that lifestyle.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #2215
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Houston has an excessively large metropolitan area of 5.6 million inhabitants spread out over large distances. Each freeway serves hundreds of thousands of people. Besides the beltways, there are no suburb-to-suburb connections, like they have in Dallas for instance. Every freeway is littered with massive industrial and office developments.

These developments are not in favor for mass transit, since it just wouldn't be efficient unless you build a Tokyo-style rail system, which is, for Houston, out of their league. Houston has a radial system, which causes traffic to concentrate along these freeways. That's why Houston has excessively high numbers of traffic compared to other metropolitan area's of similar size. It's even more busy than Chicago or Philadelphia.

There are approximatly 1.9 million households in Houston. An average household can produce between 5 - 7 vehicle movements per day. That multiplies to 9.5 to 13.3 million vehicle movements per day in metro Houston. Ofcourse, not all of them use the freeway, but it is still possible to have massive amount of traffic on the freeways.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #2216
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A little traffic comparison. Times: 7.45 and 8.20

Dallas - Fort Worth
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Houston
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San Antonio
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Austin
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Old May 14th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #2217
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Houston has an excessively large metropolitan area of 5.6 million inhabitants spread out over large distances. Each freeway serves hundreds of thousands of people. Besides the beltways, there are no suburb-to-suburb connections, like they have in Dallas for instance. Every freeway is littered with massive industrial and office developments.

These developments are not in favor for mass transit, since it just wouldn't be efficient unless you build a Tokyo-style rail system, which is, for Houston, out of their league. Houston has a radial system, which causes traffic to concentrate along these freeways. That's why Houston has excessively high numbers of traffic compared to other metropolitan area's of similar size. It's even more busy than Chicago or Philadelphia.

There are approximatly 1.9 million households in Houston. An average household can produce between 5 - 7 vehicle movements per day. That multiplies to 9.5 to 13.3 million vehicle movements per day in metro Houston. Ofcourse, not all of them use the freeway, but it is still possible to have massive amount of traffic on the freeways.
Commuter rail with park and rides are the only way for these suburbs to have any option besides driving.

As for those traffic levels, they look like heaven compared to what I've seen for LA freeways during afternoon rush hour.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 06:04 AM   #2218
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Houston has probably the MOST developed freeway network of any metro over 2 million people when taking population/lane-mile ratios into account. The only drawback is that for such a sprawled out metro area, it's radial in nature rather than oriented on a grid. But multiple beltways and a well-developed arterial system can help mitigate those shortcomings, something Houston has which Atlanta, a comparably-sized metro, does not.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 10:41 PM   #2219
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A TONEP (Trace of never executed plan ) in Hartford:

Interstate 84 & State Route 9.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #2220
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Test, post don't seem to appear.

Edit: That's better

In the above pic, only the east-west and the lanes to the south are actually in use. The north-south lanes and connectors are abandoned
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