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Old December 8th, 2008, 04:36 AM   #3421
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Not really. New York (along with a few other Northeast states) is one of the states that have still not transitioned from a sequential-exit number system, to a mile based one like the rest of the country.

The states that still use sequential exit numbering are New York and all of New England except for Maine.

BTW, that pic is an extra special case. The New York Thruway, which that pic is from, has it's exit numbers increase from east to west.

Ridiculous, but true!
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Old December 8th, 2008, 04:34 PM   #3422
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Old December 8th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #3423
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Cincinnati I-71/I-75/US 50 interchange
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Old December 9th, 2008, 12:37 AM   #3424
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Nice shot. The bridge carrying I-71/I-75 over the Ohio River is old and in need of replacement but there is money for the project. Maybe the economic stimulus package will pay for a much needed new bridge?

I am also trying to envision a high speed rail line in that picture, maybe using an expanded right-of-way alongside the freight line?
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Old December 9th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #3425
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Well, that certainly looks familiar.

When I go that way, I almost always take Green 85 northbound but new (1993, IIRC) I-85 southbound.

Green 85 is no longer and is a lot more interesting. I guess I should post those photos I took this autumn..

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A drive on I-85 in the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC area

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Old December 9th, 2008, 10:30 AM   #3426
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I've driven there last summer. I couldn't take pics because I was in the back of the car. And when I saw it from the air I my battery was empty
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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #3427
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Rolling through Kansas City on I-70 west.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 01:20 AM   #3428
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I've driven there last summer. I couldn't take pics because I was in the back of the car. And when I saw it from the air I my battery was empty
Back seat driver?
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Old December 11th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #3429
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10ROT must like this; a freeway tour of Hartford, CT



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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #3430
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Back seat driver?
Well, I couldn't find another word for that. I wasn't driving, but I've been there. Happy now?
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #3431
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Not really. New York (along with a few other Northeast states) is one of the states that have still not transitioned from a sequential-exit number system, to a mile based one like the rest of the country.

The states that still use sequential exit numbering are New York and all of New England except for Maine.

BTW, that pic is an extra special case. The New York Thruway, which that pic is from, has it's exit numbers increase from east to west.

Ridiculous, but true!
California started numbering their freeway exits based on mileage in 2002. As I understand it, it still is a work in progress. Of course, there are a LOT of exits in CA.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:55 PM   #3432
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Actually, there are over 1000 exits in the urban Los Angeles area alone.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 03:44 PM   #3433
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Monitoring some traffic congestion in the Chicago area. 7.45 local time.
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I-90/I-94 Dan Ryan Exwy - Inbound
Between US-12/US-20/95th St (#62) and I-290 Eisenhower Exwy - 26 min.
26 minutes for just under 20 kilometers (12 miles) isn't that bad for a rushhour inbound commute.


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I-90/I-94 Kennedy Exwy - Inbound
Slow IL-43/Harlem Av (#81A) to Belmont Av/Kedzie Av (#45C) Delay of 17 minutes
17 minutes delay for 6 miles or 10 kilometers is also not extremely long.

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I-90/I-94 Kennedy Express Lns - Inbound
Between Montrose Av and Ohio St/Ontario St Feeder - 16 min.
11 kilometers. Not bad at all.

Is the Chicago congestion more a myth than reality?
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Old December 12th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #3434
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St. Louis doesn't seem too bad either. I-55/I-64/I-70 (Poplar Street Bridge) is jammed, and a part of the I-270 along the west side of the urban area is jammed for about 4 miles, but the rest is free flow, except some spots where it's slow traffic for a mile.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #3435
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Here is a pretty good rundown on the worst traffic in the U.S.:

http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/24/cit...hisspeed=25000
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:32 PM   #3436
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Monitoring some traffic congestion in the Chicago area. 7.45 local time.


26 minutes for just under 20 kilometers (12 miles) isn't that bad for a rushhour inbound commute.




17 minutes delay for 6 miles or 10 kilometers is also not extremely long.



11 kilometers. Not bad at all.

Is the Chicago congestion more a myth than reality?
I think that it is all relative among us Midwesterners - everywhere else in the USA's Midwest, it is still the 'rush minute' instead of 'rush hour'. Also, I have never had problems with severe traffic congestion when trying to get around on Chicago's city surface streets. Chicagoland has much bigger roads and highways than most of the rest of the Midwest, too.

BTW, traffic is much worse in the Chicagoland suburbs than it is in the city, mainly due to there being far fewer available surface street routes for the land area and population than there are in the city.

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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:45 PM   #3437
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I think that it is all relative among us Midwesterners - everywhere else in the USA's Midwest, it is still the 'rush minute' instead of 'rush hour'. Also, I have never had problems with severe traffic congestion when trying to get around on Chicago's city surface streets. Chicagoland has much bigger roads and highways than most of the rest of the Midwest, too.

BTW, traffic is much worse in the Chicagoland suburbs than it is in the city, mainly due to there being far fewer available surface street routes for the land area and population than there are in the city.

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Very true. I believe suburban McHenry County (northwest suburbs) is the most populated county in the country with zero freeway miles. Randall Road acts as one of the main transportation corridors and it can be a nightmare.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:57 PM   #3438
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Then, being located in the Midwest,

how severe is traffic in major Texas cities? (Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Amarillo..)

Is is known Texans prefer cars over mass transit (although Houston or Dallas are making great efforts in creating mass solutions).
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Old December 12th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #3439
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Actually, I believe Houstons congestion dropped by a few percent in the last two years, while the urban area increased hugely. Dallas has a considerable amount of congestion, but I believe the other major cities (San Antonio, Austin, El Paso etc.) have only minor congestion.
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I think Dallas-Fort Worth congestion is mostly due to the fact the urban area didn't grow evenly in all directions, but they've kept adding suburbs along the northern perimeter, which gives quite some pressure on the north-south freeways to Dallas.

Kansas City, on the other hand, has a bit oversized freeway network, but also has very few congestion. Traffic volumes are also quite low in the Kansas City area. On I-35, there are barely over 150,000 vehicles a day, which is quite low for such a vast urban area.

Oklahoma City is similar, with very few congestion and I've read it takes only 30 minutes to reach downtown from the furthest ends of the urbanized area during rushhour. Those are distances over 15 miles.
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