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Old July 6th, 2008, 01:33 AM   #2541
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Thanks! And can you tell my something about the US-395?
To be honest with you, I've never been on that road. Once I get my drivers license later this year, I'll still have about oh another 5 years before my parents will let me travel long distance :] In the mean time, I'll just tell you it runs close to some farms, and if you're driving in August, there are tons of very good white peaches that you can pick (and pay for by the pound of course) :].
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Old July 6th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #2542
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I have driven US-395 in Washington (2 days ago) and in California. Mostly, it is a 2x2 divided highway but with at-grade intersections. The speed limit in Washington is 112 km/h and in California 105 km/h. I would say it is enforced in both states just like other rural motorways.

As for driving 80 mph in 70 zone in Central Washington, I would not try it. In California, it would probably be OK all the time, but in Washington it is up to a particular policeman's discretion. Also, on non-motorways in Central Washington most people do follow the speed limit and police really enforce the limits vigorously. Unlike California, in Washington all police agencies (i.e. state police, sheriff, city and even university police) can be seen enforcing the speed limits in the same place! Having 6.5 years of California driving experience, I received 3 citations in Washington before I started following the limits exactly. Observing other people, I'd say they too had their share of tickets in Washington.

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Old July 6th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #2543
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They opened the bridge in the I-264 freeway in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Old July 6th, 2008, 11:13 PM   #2544
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in Washington it is up to a particular policeman's discretion.
You're right, and especially in urban areas, it's VERY heavily enforced. Washington police tend to hide beneath overpasses where you can't see them until it's too late.

But he was still doing 80 so we followed him haha.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 05:06 AM   #2545
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Pretty funny article regarding speeding tickets.

Excuses, excuses: Kitsap Co. speeders have plenty

Story Updated: Jul 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM PDT

By Kitsap Sun

KITSAP COUNTY - Deputies have heard plenty of excuses from speeding motorists since the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office made traffic enforcement and catching speeders a top priority.

In 2007, Kitsap County deputies wrote 13,510 traffic tickets — for speeding, seatbelt violations and the like — to almost double the number issued in 2004. That is second only to the Washington State Patrol's 16,538 tickets issued in Kitsap County.

Here's the craziest excuses Kitsap County cops have actually received (that's worth repeating — these are real) when they ask the motorist: "Why were you speeding?"

- "I didn't know I was, because my lights are off."

- "I'm taking my friend to the hospital. He has alcohol poisoning." (The driver was drunk, too).

- After crashing: "I put supreme gas in the car, which caused me to lose control." (He, too, was found to be drunk.)

- "Don't I get a couple over when I am taking my grandkids to the airport?"

- "I get 10 extra in the fast lane."

- "My speedometer is broken."

- "Gas pedal got stuck."

- "I'm trying to catch that UFO. Can you try to catch it for me?"

- "I had a bee in the car."

- "I am late for church and don't want to go to hell."

- "I have been drinking and want to get off the road quickly."

- "I'm going to a divorce proceeding and if you met her, sir, you would understand why I am hurrying."

- "I am wearing really heavy shoes today and they make the gas pedal go down more."

- "I just got my license back from it being suspended and I am not used to driving."

- "My doctor gave me the wrong meds."
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:32 AM   #2546
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HAWC1506, it seems to me that Washington law enforcement agencies have way too much free time on their hands, so they can spend time enforcing +5 km/h speed limit violations (yes, 5 km/h over got my friend a ticket in Pullman). In California, they write much less tickets and only for +25 km/h or more. Now, I am visiting my family in Sacramento, so I can relax a little bit.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #2547
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Sounds like Washington is becoming like Virginia when comes to speed enforcement.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:58 AM   #2548
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HAWC1506, it seems to me that Washington law enforcement agencies have way too much free time on their hands, so they can spend time enforcing +5 km/h speed limit violations (yes, 5 km/h over got my friend a ticket in Pullman). In California, they write much less tickets and only for +25 km/h or more. Now, I am visiting my family in Sacramento, so I can relax a little bit.
I wish they would enforce something other than just speed. If they enforced the keep right except to pass law, they would probably make just as much money as from speeding tickets and double their revenue.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:10 AM   #2549
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That I-264 bridge is crazy! wtf
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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:03 AM   #2550
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That I-264 bridge is crazy! wtf
I forget what the comprehensive list of these is, but there are several active drawspans on USA interstates and other freeways. These include:

-I-95/495 (Capitol Beltway) Potomac River crossing
-I-278 in NYC
-(non-interstate) Congress Extension of the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago
-The above I-294 in Norfolk, VA
Along with several others.

One was recently eliminated - the I-280 Maumee River Bridge drawspan in Toledo, OH was replaced within the past couple of years with a higher level fixed cable-stayed span.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #2551
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Here's the State Route 520 floating bridge opened:

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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:21 AM   #2552
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The SR 520 floating bridge is a prime example of how outdated our transportation system is.

SR 520 bridge during February 2006 storm.



SR 520 bridge drawspan open during February 2006 storm. The three holes seen underneath the center roadway once had three large drawspan hooks -- which were torn off during the storm.


SR 520 bridge drawspan alignment hook torn off during February 2006 storm.


Bridge crew routinely make repairs to cracks inside the floating pontoons. Here is a repaired crack. Four rows of orange pipe house post-tensioning cable.




SR 520 bridge closed for storm repairs during February 2006 storm.


The inside of a hollow bridge support column that was damaged by a barge in 1999.


WSDOT crews repair a damaged support column after a barge crash in July 1999.


A torn cable joint found during a routine inspection. The cables connect the floating bridge pontoons with their underwater lakebed anchors.


All images are from the Washington State Department of Transportation.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #2553
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Do they have a lot of these in the United States?
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Old July 7th, 2008, 05:39 PM   #2554
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Interesting stats I found about the condition of Interstate Highways throughout the United States.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #2555
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More stats:

Strange that there's no definition of congestion in the United States. In the Netherlands, traffic congestion occurs when the speed is under 30 mph for at least 1.5 mile straight.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #2556
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Yesterday I was driving from the Boston Intl. Airport westwards, and those roads are in quite a bad condition. Btw, I made some pics, I'll post them when I get home.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #2558
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No, I-93 I believe
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That's north or southbound
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But you eventually turn westwards, you know, Logan airport is a bit on the north side of the city (though I'm not sure about that)
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