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Old January 12th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #3681
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Yeah, you're right. It does vary by state. But I don't know, whenever I imagine driving on an american highway, the sounds in my head are..smooth..quiet pavement..the bump (of a joint) the whistling sound for a few seconds, and then the other joint bump..and then smooth quiet pavement.
They sound like Tie Fighters.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #3682
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Were you 10ROT?
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Old January 13th, 2009, 02:23 AM   #3683
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Seattle Viaduct to be replaced...by tunnel

The "infamous" Alaska Way viaduct, in dire need of replacement will seemingly be replaced by a deep tunnel under the West Edge neighborhood of downtown Seattle. if this really happens, it will open up the Seattle waterfront for the first time ever, really. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...iaduct12m.html
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Old January 13th, 2009, 06:13 AM   #3684
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What are the chances of this going ahead?

I looked at Seattle on Google Earth the other day - the area taken up by the viaduct seems ripe for rejuvenation. The property prices on the land above should be enough to cover the costs of construction I guess.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 06:16 AM   #3685
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Agreed, Pittsburgh sometimes gets a bad rap, but it really is a pretty city, reminds me a little of Portland, Oregon (without Mt. Hood!)
There was a quote floating around a few years ago by some famous European art critic... he said "If Pittsburgh was in Europe, people would flock to see it". It certainly has a position within the world of fine art. It has a great setting as well.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 06:25 AM   #3686
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Floods close down Interstate 5 and other roads in Washington, USA

Well, this was a couple days ago but many of the roads are still washed out.

Flooding closes Interstate 5 (again!, this happened last year as well)
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Avalanche on Interstate 90
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US 97 shoulder washed out
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Old January 13th, 2009, 06:28 AM   #3687
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someone post some map so we can see that
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Old January 13th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #3688
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Fear of Highway Driving Drives Many to Back Roads

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CHRISTINA KELLY remembers the first time she tried to drive on a New Jersey highway after finally getting her driver’s license at the age of 45.

It was the last time.

“There was a lot of traffic, and I couldn’t figure out when it was my turn to go into the other lane,” she said. “I guess I wasn’t doing it quickly enough for my husband because he started yelling: ‘Merge! Merge!’ I just pulled the car over, got out, and handed him the keys.
I heard New Jersey's drivers are the most chaotic (fancy word for "worst" )

The problem with such people is they often don't dare to drive at higher speeds, and merge way under the speed limit. That's actually causing more problems that it solves.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #3689
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Getting your license at that age may not be such a good idea- she'd be better off taking mass transit or getting her husband to take her around.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 02:57 PM   #3690
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That's interesting. A guy from NY I worked for also said NJ drivers are the worst.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 06:31 PM   #3691
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There's a map at the end of the linked article, from today's (Tuesday) Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/...viaduct13.html
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Old January 14th, 2009, 12:06 AM   #3692
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How harsh are state troopers etc when it comes to checking speeds on freeways in the following states? We'll be driving through them during our road trip in the US in June. We have a lot of driving, so it'd be nice to make it go a bit faster by speeding a bit (not much but a bit).

Illinois
Colorado
New Mexico
(Northern) Texas
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Tennessee (just Memphis)
Missouri

We'll also be driving in
California
Idaho
Wyoming
Utah
Arizona,
where I have driven before, so I know in general, but feel free to comment there too since it's been 3-4 years since I've driven in many of these!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:05 AM   #3693
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How harsh are state troopers etc when it comes to checking speeds on freeways in the following states? We'll be driving through them during our road trip in the US in June. We have a lot of driving, so it'd be nice to make it go a bit faster by speeding a bit (not much but a bit).

Illinois
Colorado
New Mexico
(Northern) Texas
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Tennessee (just Memphis)
Missouri

We'll also be driving in
California
Idaho
Wyoming
Utah
Arizona,
where I have driven before, so I know in general, but feel free to comment there too since it's been 3-4 years since I've driven in many of these!
It's difficult to answer your question because almost all States have some level of enforcement, and it can vary from region to region within a State.

So, generalizing here, in the west Wyoming is probably the least enforced due to the lack of population. Idaho has pockets of heavy enforcement, I-15 to be sure, as does Arizona. Utah and California can go either way.

Somebody else can answer for the eastern States.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:10 AM   #3694
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Why don't you just follow the law and stay within 5-10 mph of the speed limit. Then there is no problem.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 01:37 AM   #3695
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Why don't you just follow the law and stay within 5-10 mph of the speed limit. Then there is no problem.
The limit is 75 mph in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada, as well as some other states.
80 is about the max before calling attention to yourself.

You didn't mention Oregon, but warning!!! It is the only State in the west still with a 65 limit.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:03 AM   #3696
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Why don't you just follow the law and stay within 5-10 mph of the speed limit. Then there is no problem.
He wants to do the right thing and excercise civil disobedience against artifically low speed limits.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:08 AM   #3697
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I am not familiar with cops in any of the states, but friends in Arizona who have lived across the country note that Arizona cops seem to be the most harsh of all the states they have visited - I would be careful both in populated and unpopulated areas; rural county sheriffs can eager to roll out the ticket pad.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 06:49 AM   #3698
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I never understood why speed limits in the northeast and parts of the midwest is low.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #3699
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good idea..following boston's big dig (coincidence?the eastern end of I-90 is a tunnel and the western end is also going to be a tunnel?)..sure will open up more development.Also,CMIIW, i heard that the Alaskan Way Viaduct is not suitable for earthquakes?(I heard it in one of those Nat Geo Documentaries)
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Old January 14th, 2009, 09:57 AM   #3700
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How harsh are state troopers etc when it comes to checking speeds on freeways in the following states? We'll be driving through them during our road trip in the US in June. We have a lot of driving, so it'd be nice to make it go a bit faster by speeding a bit (not much but a bit).

Illinois - Speed limit 65, stay around 70 to be safe. Push it to 75 if it looks clear

Colorado -Stay under 85 mph and you should be fine where the speed limit is 75

New Mexico - Same as Colo.

(Northern) Texas - Stay under 80 and you should be fine. 75 at night (speed limit drops to 65)

Oklahoma - Okla. Highway Patrol has a policy of not going after anyone doing under 85 mph. Speed limit 70 on I-40, so keep it around 80 to be safe

Arkansas - Speed limit 70, did 80 without any problems

Tennessee (just Memphis) - Same as Arkansas, but keep within 10 mph of the limit in urban areas

Missouri - Limited driving there (KC area), so no advice

We'll also be driving in
California
Idaho
Wyoming
Utah
Arizona,
where I have driven before, so I know in general, but feel free to comment there too since it's been 3-4 years since I've driven in many of these!
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