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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:04 AM   #3041
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Old October 8th, 2008, 07:40 AM   #3042
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35W sculptures aren't just for looks


Cemstone became the first company in the nation to use a new form of concrete that removes carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide from the atmosphere.

The photocatalytic concrete debuted as a pair of 30-foot sculptures installed in the median of the new Interstate 35W Bridge.

The two sculptures are constructed from a unique concrete that uses ultraviolet sunlight to promote and accelerate oxidation at the surface of the structures. In addition to keeping the sculptures a bright white color, the concrete allows for the conversion of smog-causing gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide to higher oxidized states. This is the same process used by a catalytic converter in automobiles.

The monuments were designed using the international cartographic symbol for water.

Founded in 1927, Cemstone operates more than 50 ready-mix concrete plants in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northern Iowa.



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Old October 8th, 2008, 10:04 AM   #3043
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Nooo way Mr. Alex, Seattle is DECADES away from catching up. The only light rail planned is from the airport to downtown. A vote is going to go on November about a 36-mile light rail extension to Bellevue and other areas.
What about that subway system that now utilises buses (maybe, trains were launched already?). I am a newcomer to Washington state, and I have visited Seattle only ~10 times up to now.

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If we have Dino Rossi as a governor in November, then chances are I should start saving up for an immigration to the UK.
Haha, right on, dude! I live in the far east corner of Washington, and my town is quite liberal because it hosts WSU. However, outside of city limits it is all "Dino Rossi" fans. Just by looking at his supporters, you immediately want to vote against him without even knowing who he actually is I cannot wait to graduate and leave this Jesusland for the coast.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 08:09 PM   #3044
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I-105/I-110 in Los Angeles


Some highway in Kansas (I-35 or I-70 I guess)


Eisenhower Tunnel, I-70, Colorado


Charlotte, NC


Oklahoma fun


More Oklahoma
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:03 AM   #3045
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That part of Oklahoma is as flat as the Netherlands
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #3046
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The intersection at LA looks awesome! LA is the capital of car-dependence.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:17 AM   #3047
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Some pics of the I-85 southbound in Atlanta:
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Stadium of the Atlanta Braves, Turner Field:
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:22 AM   #3048
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I-105/I-110 in Los Angeles


Some highway in Kansas (I-35 or I-70 I guess)


Eisenhower Tunnel, I-70, Colorado


Charlotte, NC


Oklahoma fun


More Oklahoma

Is that picture with windwill really the Netherlands? I don't there are any longnose trucks.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #3049
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That's Oklahoma, I just said it's completely flat, just like the Netherlands
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:29 AM   #3050
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The Oklahoma one looks amazing. I'd do anything to have Washington freeways look like that. Except the guardrails are missing...

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What about that subway system that now utilises buses (maybe, trains were launched already?). I am a newcomer to Washington state, and I have visited Seattle only ~10 times up to now.
There is no subway system in Seattle. What you are talking about is the Seattle Bus Tunnel. It was designed for buses and converted recently for light rail use as well. So you will have light rail and buses running through that tunnel. Then during rush hours on weekdays, 3rd avenue is completely closed off and reserved for public transportation only.

The light rail hasn't yet begun service. The first line that will open is the Seattle to Sea-Tac airport in 2009.

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Haha, right on, dude! I live in the far east corner of Washington, and my town is quite liberal because it hosts WSU. However, outside of city limits it is all "Dino Rossi" fans. Just by looking at his supporters, you immediately want to vote against him without even knowing who he actually is I cannot wait to graduate and leave this Jesusland for the coast.
The majority of the Washington population is a joke. Christine Gregoire brought some of the biggest improvements to our infrastructure, and I hope she will win. Dino Rossi is just going to cancel all the projects and doom our future. Only narrow-minded, self-concerned people will vote for him.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 07:06 AM   #3051
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The truck in the passing lane ruined the picture though.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 08:08 AM   #3052
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That's Oklahoma, I just said it's completely flat, just like the Netherlands
There is a LOT of that 'flat' in the central USA. Much of Illinois, Indiana and parts of Iowa and Ohio are literally pool-table flat, in addition to the western and central plains states.

A case in point, one of the flattest cities in the World (as in lack of variance in land elevations) is Chicago.

At times it is almost freaky to drive through those wide-open, flat rural areas - it can make you forget that the USA is a nation of 305 million people.

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Old October 9th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #3053
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awsome pics ;]
maybe you have photos from roads near ocean or beach ?
it will be great
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Old October 9th, 2008, 09:40 PM   #3054
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These 'concrete rivers' could be a really nice highways
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Old October 9th, 2008, 11:14 PM   #3055
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is there any detailed map of LA highways...
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Old October 10th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #3056
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Yeah, the most well known social housing projects are mostly in New York City.

Contrary to popular belief, Los Angels and it's suburbs are among the most densely populated areas in the United States. Most suburban areas are much more dense than any Midwestern or Eastern US suburbs.

Minneapolis suburb:
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Los Angeles suburb from the same altitude:
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This is true.

A couple of years ago, I went to visit a relative in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, a distant Eastern, desert suburb of LA.

What surprised me about that place is how small rich people's homes were, and how small the lots were that they were built on. They were almost right next to each other. In Ohio, even the middle class homes are built on fairly sizable lots.

What really surprised me though is that each time we went out to the mall, or to any big box store, grocery store, etc. we would often have to drive around to look for parking. In Ohio, this is almost unimaginable, because each business builds such a huge number of parking spaces. The parking spaces here more than anything else contribute to the sprawl.

There were other things too that I noticed, like very little free space/green space around. Almost every little bit of land was built up, even in the suburbs.
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Old October 11th, 2008, 01:44 AM   #3057
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Picture Time!

Before I-90:



Note dropping gas prices:



Going onto Westbound:













Going on I-405 on-ramp



I-405 road work. The concrete is really old and rough so it has been diamond-grounded as a temporary fix before repaving next year.





Bellevue and its extreme growth. Note the construction going on in the back. There are sixteen major projects going on right now, including thousands of new homes. New office skyscrapers are also going up and Microsoft has leased a big portion of it. That section of I-405 is becoming a pretty big chokepoint.





Through center of Bellevue



Past Bellevue. The double white line for the carpool lane is supposed to prevent people cutting from the carpool lane across multiple lanes of traffic to get on SR520.





Pedestrian crossing over I-405













Direct access HOV ramp on I-405 with nicely textured concrete.















Right before going onto I-5



Speed:



I-5









Brand new pavement on I-5 through Everett











Here's one of the first Single-Point-Urban-Interchanges in the state (possibly one of the first in the United States).



Past central Everett







Guardrails



More rural section of I-5





After coming back, here's the end of the SR 520 floating bridge.



Quieter pavement on SR 520





Hope you liked it :] Btw I know my dad tends to drive in the passing lane, but he speeds quite a bit so it's okay.

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Old October 11th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #3058
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I did. Bellevue is really impressive. But I'm really amazed that there are only 2x3 non-HOV lanes.
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Old October 11th, 2008, 11:31 AM   #3059
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Nice pics

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Old October 11th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #3060
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LA's Freeways are ******* amazing! Very very beautiful!
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