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Old December 3rd, 2008, 07:43 PM   #3361
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Billions for new highways around DT Boston (which were needed, the old Central Artery was a piece of shit and literally falling apart) but god forbid the MBTA modernize the subway lines or expand commuter rail in the area!!
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 07:57 PM   #3362
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Redundant highway.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 08:24 PM   #3363
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Some I-95 pics around Stamford, Connecticut (just outside New York City).



















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Old December 3rd, 2008, 08:57 PM   #3364
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LA's San Fernando Valley:
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I-5:
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101/110 Interchange
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I-405
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I-5 from Griffith Park
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 10:14 PM   #3365
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Spot the Prius

By the way, this is probably how the A2 Amsterdam-Utrecht will look like in 10 years
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 11:00 PM   #3366
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Redundant highway.
Not really. 295 is very much the local expressway while the turnpike, on the other hand, carries a lot of through traffic. Indeed in this area there are only three local exits on the pike in a 20 mile stretch.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 03:57 AM   #3367
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I have to say, from those pictures the turnpike looks a lot better than the interstate. Are there any ground photos of the turnpike?
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Old December 4th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #3368
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Redundant highway.
Also - not an interstate at that point. In fact, south of the PATurnpike connenction (soon to be I-95), the New Jersey Turnpike has no route number at all (even though all logic says that the NJTP's entire length should be I-95).



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Old December 4th, 2008, 08:20 AM   #3369
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It makes perfect sense to me, in that six of the lanes are express lanes, and the other six are collector-distributor lanes. Simply because they're signed as different routes doesn't mean they aren't supposed to function as one highway complex.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 09:49 AM   #3370
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The NJ TPK and the I-295 are not always that close to eachother. Sometimes there's a few miles in between. Besides that, the New Jersey Turnpike is still the only freeway-grade road between Trenton and southern NY metropolitan area. Though the US 1 is pretty much a freeway at most sections between.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #3371
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Let's ride the I-10 in Los Angeles, California.

Begin of the I-10 at Pacific Coast Highway.


2x2 here


This is Santa Monica


Nearing the four-oh-five


Interchange with the I-405.


National Boulevard exit


Culver City, nearly surround by Los Angeles, IIRC


Another famous exit


To the La Brea tar pits?


Interesting, accident investigation sites


Crenshaw Boulevard exit


2x5 lanes including a mileage sign. There are no long distance signs in urban areas apparantly.


Arlington & Western Avenues


Some parallel structure


Vermont avenue


Interchange with the I-110/SR-110. Notice the left exit to SR-110 north.


The IC


Downtown exits


Exit 14


Alameda Street


Big Interchange coming up.


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Old December 5th, 2008, 01:30 AM   #3372
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Let's ride the I-10 in Los Angeles, California.
To the La Brea tar pits?
yep, though La Brea is quite long, but I don't think it's that far away - it's at the corner of La Brea and Wilshire
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2x5 lanes including a mileage sign. There are no long distance signs in urban areas apparantly.
there are (though not very many at all). This is a sign, like lots in LA, that show the next three exits and distance to them.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:33 AM   #3373
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Also - not an interstate at that point. In fact, south of the PATurnpike connenction (soon to be I-95), the New Jersey Turnpike has no route number at all (even though all logic says that the NJTP's entire length should be I-95).


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I agree but , its confusing to an outside and everyday user of that roadway down there, the PA TPK connector has been under construction since i was 5 yrs old , it never seems finished, traffic not a problem but the lanes are really narrow.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #3374
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2x5 lanes including a mileage sign. There are no long distance signs in urban areas apparently.
There are basically two kinds of mileage signs that are used on freeways in the US: confirmatory signs, which are used in rural areas and have distances to faraway destinations, and interchange sequence signs, which are used in urban areas (and any other areas with closely spaced exits) and have distances to the next 2-3 exits with fractional mileages as required.

Confirmatory signs are generally not used in urban areas, in order to limit driver information loading. However, there are exceptions here and there.

All of the mileage signs shown in this photo tour are interchange sequence signs.

BTW, the interchange sequence sign is a California invention.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #3375
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New section of Interstate to open TODAY (Friday, 2008-12-05)

The stuttering 9 km or so long northwest section of the I-485 Outerbelt beltline around Charlotte, NC finally opens to traffic this afternoon (Friday, 2008-12-05).

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/loc...ry/394710.html

"I-485's northwest leg to open this afternoon
By Steve Harrison
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Posted: Friday, Dec. 05, 2008

After a number of aborted openings in the last month, the state said it plans to open the outerbelt in northwest Mecklenburg this afternoon.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said the long-awaited leg of Interstate 485 should be open by the afternoon rush hour."
(see link for rest of article and map)



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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #3376
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I believe the completing of the I-485 at the northern quadrant is gonna take a while.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:43 PM   #3377
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I believe the completing of the I-485 at the northern quadrant is gonna take a while.
Yes, but that is the least important part of the beltway. There isn't much of a need to provide a connection between I-77 and I-85 on the NE side of Charlotte. There isn't much development in that area.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #3378
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Damn, the quality of the freeways in L.A. are HORRIBLE. I-10 looks like it is about to fall apart. Imagine how much money it would take to rebuild the pavement and and modernize the interchanges in the L.A. area. And they say mass transit is expensive.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #3379
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Damn, the quality of the freeways in L.A. are HORRIBLE. I-10 looks like it is about to fall apart. Imagine how much money it would take to rebuild the pavement and and modernize the interchanges in the L.A. area. And they say mass transit is expensive.
that definitely shows short-term American thinking. Mass transit is much cheaper in the long run. highways have a higher capital cost and also cost more to maintain.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #3380
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What do you think mass transit costs in subsidies?

I don't know the American spending, but the Dutch roads are extremely well maintained yet they spend twice the amount of money on mass transit which carries ten times fewer people, hence the amount of money spend per mile travelled is 20 times as high in mass transit than roads...
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