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Old January 4th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #3601
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A bit of news: Utah is now testing 80 mph on a short stretch of I-15 freeway (35 miles long). A law passed in early 2008 allows I-15 speed limits in really rural parts to be raised to 80.
Was there any state where such limits had been tested and what had been the results?
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Old January 4th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #3602
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Was there any state where such limits had been tested and what had been the results?
I think in Texas it's actually cities (or maybe counties) that decide the speed limits and there I know there are a bunch of 80 segments. Don't think there are any other places with 80, though.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 10:19 PM   #3603
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Interstate 80: Des Moines - Omaha

A fast drive across I-80 from Des Moines, Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska.



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A law passed in early 2008 allows I-15 speed limits in really rural parts to be raised to 80.
I think rasing speed limit on those very rural stretches should require setting-up crashbarriers for safety reasons.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #3604
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I think in Texas it's actually cities (or maybe counties) that decide the speed limits and there I know there are a bunch of 80 segments. Don't think there are any other places with 80, though.

Your correct kinda. Here in west Texas, the speed limit along I-10 from Kerr County to El Paso County is 80 mph (130 km/h), the highest in the nation, but at night you have to reduce your speed to 65mph. TxDot decides the speed limits in Texas. (I think)
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Old January 4th, 2009, 10:39 PM   #3605
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Your correct kinda. Here in west Texas, the speed limit along I-10 from Kerr County to El Paso County is 80 mph (130 km/h), the highest in the nation, but at night you have to reduce your speed to 65mph. TxDot decides the speed limits in Texas. (I think)
That's about the only thing I hate about driving in Texas, annoying night speed limits. I'd rather the limit just be a flat 70 or 75 throughout the 24 hours of the day.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #3606
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Are there any other places in the US (and other parts of TX) planning on implementing 80 mph?
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Old January 4th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #3607
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I don't think so. Only I-15 in Utah. Im glad the proposal to reduce speed limits to 55mph in the U.S failed.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 11:42 PM   #3608
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Interstate 80: Des Moines - Omaha

A fast drive across I-80 from Des Moines, Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska.



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Old January 4th, 2009, 11:47 PM   #3609
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How do those "state speed limit" signs work? I've seen a couple of "State speed limit 55" signs in NY but still there is 65 limit on freeways, right? Or 55 only applies to urban freeways? Then why it's called "state"?

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Houston, Tejas:

I-45 Going south towards DT.


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Old January 5th, 2009, 01:37 AM   #3611
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You should really visit a city in Texas before you say an opinion like that.
Sorry, I meant the surrounding area.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 04:50 AM   #3612
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Interstate 80: Des Moines - Omaha

A fast drive across I-80 from Des Moines, Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska.
Gotta like that traveling music. Trading fours with the Jack of Speed!
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Old January 5th, 2009, 05:35 AM   #3613
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How do those "state speed limit" signs work? I've seen a couple of "State speed limit 55" signs in NY but still there is 65 limit on freeways, right? Or 55 only applies to urban freeways? Then why it's called "state"?

http://www.upstatenyroads.com/assets/SIGNS21.jpg
i think they judge by density of the area that a freeway is passing..for example the state speed limit 55 applies on the NY Thruway south of exit 15A, which is approximately 35 miles north of NYC. The state 55 also applies in the New England Thruway up until the connecticut border(exit 21-I-287)(even though it's still 55 there, but it's not state 55)
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Old January 5th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #3614
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If I take a look at the New York City traffic information, it doesn't look that bad, there are only 2 traffic jams longer than 3 miles at 8.30 am. Even the bridges and tunnels have only minor delays inbound.

Is the NYC congestion exagerated?
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Old January 5th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #3615
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A bit of news: Utah is now testing 80 mph on a short stretch of I-15 freeway (35 miles long). A law passed in early 2008 allows I-15 speed limits in really rural parts to be raised to 80.
Yes, I just drove this stretch over New Years. They may have changed it because it was 80 only for 18 miles. The test area is both directions of I-15 in central Utah. The stretch is uncrowded, mostly straight with just some gradual curves. Elevation is mostly level with some gradual rises. Most of the drivers were right at 80, just a couple "pushing" it higher. However, many drivers in Utah drive 80 or above even in the 75 zone.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 08:28 PM   #3616
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Georgia 400 Northbound, Atlanta

A drive on the Georgia 400 Northbound. You can say about Atlanta what you want, but I think they did a pretty good job building some more major job centers outside downtown. Remember this entire video has been taken outside downtown Atlanta. You'll see quite some office towers.



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Old January 5th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #3617
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How do those "state speed limit" signs work? I've seen a couple of "State speed limit 55" signs in NY but still there is 65 limit on freeways, right? Or 55 only applies to urban freeways? Then why it's called "state"?
Those signs mean that the maximum speed limit in that state is 55 mph ONLY for that type of road.
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Those signs mean that the maximum speed limit in that state is 55 mph ONLY for that type of road.
It could also mean that it is 55mph "unless otherwise posted". A lot of states use that kind of language to cover themselves in places where signs are few and far between.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 09:37 PM   #3619
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They should categorize freeways in my opinion. At least per state. Like 75 mph unless otherwise posted. Now you have to watch all the signs very closely to know the speed limit.

I also don't understand why eastern states have such low speed limits in rural areas... 60 - 65 mph is way too slow, should be 75 mph at least.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 09:57 PM   #3620
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The problem with that in New Jersey is that wherever the highway isn't too mountainous for speeds exceeding 65, it's somewhat urban (houses within a mile).

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