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Old July 27th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #2621
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Great pics
Yesterday I made a few pics (5 or sth) of the I-85 southbound in GA.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 07:17 AM   #2622
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Beautiful and smooth. Thanks for sharing.
I-90 is pretty nice. I-405 is also pretty nice (for the most part). They're both mainly asphalt, but due to studded tire use, the pavement is actually very rough. Ruts begin to develop after a while. The concrete ones are the really bad ones though. I-5 through Seattle has not been touched since its construction in the 1960s. I'll see if I can get some pictures of those later.

Even the best highways here still lag behind most European countries though.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 07:38 AM   #2623
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Damn, California is always on the bottom
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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:32 AM   #2624
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Also, many exit signs still don't have the exit numbers (California was one of the last states to implement exit numbering).
As always, Caltrans doesn't have enough money, so they only add the exit numbers if they have to maintain or replace a sign. It could take well over a decade before all signs have exit numbers. From what I've seen from pictures, some signs seems to be over 4 - 5 decades old.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:32 AM   #2625
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A month ago, I drove from Pullman, WA to Sacramento, CA (~1300 km). Since my wife is not keen on highway photography, no pictures from me However, I could observe some interesting differences between three states that we passed - namely, California, Oregon and Washington.

The best drivers are Oregonians, hands down. The worst cops are in Washington. The most lenient cops were of California Highway Patrol. The worst drivers are Californians, hands down. What bothered me in California was the absence of green mile-markers. In California, they put white markers that have very small font and show the county name and the number of miles since the beginning in this particular county. Looks like they are installed for DOT/CHP and are not very helpful for ordinary drivers. Also, many exit signs still don't have the exit numbers (California was one of the last states to implement exit numbering).
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Old July 28th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #2626
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The worst cops are in Washington.
Care to define "worst"?
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Old July 28th, 2008, 03:39 AM   #2627
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A month ago, I drove from Pullman, WA to Sacramento, CA (~1300 km). Since my wife is not keen on highway photography, no pictures from me However, I could observe some interesting differences between three states that we passed - namely, California, Oregon and Washington.

The best drivers are Oregonians, hands down. The worst cops are in Washington. The most lenient cops were of California Highway Patrol. The worst drivers are Californians, hands down. What bothered me in California was the absence of green mile-markers. In California, they put white markers that have very small font and show the county name and the number of miles since the beginning in this particular county. Looks like they are installed for DOT/CHP and are not very helpful for ordinary drivers. Also, many exit signs still don't have the exit numbers (California was one of the last states to implement exit numbering).
Been to the Baltimore/DC metro area? Drivers are very stupid here. And aren't Oregon drivers stupid in the Portland area?
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Old July 28th, 2008, 08:18 PM   #2628
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Alex, have you ever been to the East Coast? I think you would HATE the drivers here.

Drivers in the Northwest, from what I have heard, tend to be the best in the nation.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #2629
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Best in what? I personally think US drivers are stupid compared to European drivers(with some exceptions of course).
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Old July 28th, 2008, 10:44 PM   #2630
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I've seen lots of driving video's from Illnesinthesand on youtube, and what would bother me the most as a European drivers is that everybody just sticks in a lane he likes, both cars and trucks. I hate that, you have to switch lanes all the time to overtake someone.
Besides that, traffic seems to be kind of disciplined, everybody takes their time. In Europe, there are non-stop guys on the left lane driving as fast as possible. You feel hunted if you overtake someone at the speed limit (=75 - 80 mph).
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Old July 28th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #2631
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People here do overtake at speeds higher that the speed limit. I personally don't take care if people is overtaking everybody at 80+mph speeds as long as they know what they dong.
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I've seen lots of driving video's from Illnesinthesand on youtube, and what would bother me the most as a European drivers is that everybody just sticks in a lane he likes, both cars and trucks. I hate that, you have to switch lanes all the time to overtake someone.
Besides that, traffic seems to be kind of disciplined, everybody takes their time. In Europe, there are non-stop guys on the left lane driving as fast as possible. You feel hunted if you overtake someone at the speed limit (=75 - 80 mph).
Unfortunately, it's an American legacy. Even in drivers ed, you will see driving instructors overtake on the right. It will take lots and lots of time and effort to correct this habit (if they even bother correcting it at all).
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My experience of US drivers is that they are more dangerous in especially overtaking. Because on Interstates there are a lot of 'exit only' lanes and you drive on one before you know. People are thus more eager to take the middle lane, causing faster drivers to overtake on the right.
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Instead of those "exit only" signs, they should make a different road marking for exit lanes. We do it this way in the Netherlands:


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Old July 29th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #2635
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here's the Delaware Memorial Bridge which carries I-295...

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Old July 29th, 2008, 09:28 PM   #2636
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A couple from around my metro, I-4, I-275, I-375





















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Old July 29th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #2637
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There doesn't seem to be damage to the Los Angeles freeways after the 5.8 earthquake that hit around noon local time.

There seem to be some problems on the 91 freeway according to sigalert:

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Per 86-95 North 241 to East 91, Separation on the Bridge, Its a Pretty Good Size, There is a Separation Gap, Advise Caltrans to Look at

Perm 86-91 K, the Transition West 91 to South 241, at the Bridges Crosses Over the North Transition Separated Out, Obvious Signs of Separation, Need Caltrans to Check

Will Lanes Need to Be Closed? Thanx Transportation Management Center

Not on the Lanes Being Shut Down, the Bridges Need to Be Checked Out

Per 86-S3, Have the 405 /55 Units Check the Bridge Overpasses and Transition Roads at 55 and 405
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On Scene in the Area, Both Flyover, Car Pool Lanes, to the 405 /5 Area and the Truck Bypass, All the Expansions Joints Are Larger Than Normal, Request Caltrans

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Old July 29th, 2008, 10:14 PM   #2638
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Best in what? I personally think US drivers are stupid compared to European drivers(with some exceptions of course).
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http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/05/26/...tes/index.html

Oregon and Washington were found to have the best results from a state drivers test (don't ask me which one), and not surprising, Rhode Island and Massachusetts ranked among the lowest. Not surprising to me...drivers here are the worst. No signaling when changing lanes and hogging the left lane is the majority here.

My state, Connecticut, was 44 out of 51 (DC was counted).

As for comparing us to European drivers, maybe so.
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From what i read, left hoggers are common in Seattle and Portland areas. Americans drivers are so selfish.
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Instead of those "exit only" signs, they should make a different road marking for exit lanes. We do it this way in the Netherlands:
This is the best way to handle it. I hardly see people overtaking on the right in NL.
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