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Old February 13th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #3921
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DFW has even more sprawl than Houston. There's wide open spaces in downtown Dallas.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 12:08 PM   #3922
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Well, DFW is larger... 6.1 million vs 5.6 in Houston. 500.000 people, 3 per house = 166.00 more homes. That's quite an area.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #3923
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Another "high quality" bridge, on I-20 just west of Shreveport, LA
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Old February 13th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #3924
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DFW has even more sprawl than Houston. There's wide open spaces in downtown Dallas.
Much of that is either parkland (think Dealey Plaza) or in the Trinity River floodplain. My own impression is that pretty much everything in Dallas that isn't either a city park or liable to flood has been built on, though obviously this isn't true for peripheral suburbs, which still have plenty of opportunities for infill development.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 05:54 PM   #3925
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Louisiana is often the reason Pennsylvania doesn't have the worst roads in America.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 08:23 PM   #3926
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http://wsbradio.com/blogs/jamie_dupr...lus-money.html

A state-by-state breakdown of the Stimulus money for roads&bridges.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 08:04 AM   #3927
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A state-by-state breakdown of the Stimulus money for roads&bridges.
Alright who in the right mind decided to give Tenessee more money than Washington?!
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Old February 18th, 2009, 08:55 AM   #3928
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Alright who in the right mind decided to give Tenessee more money than Washington?!
Remember, I-69 needs to be built in Western Tennessee(US 51 from Union City to Memphis is not Interstate quality yet).

Also, TN 840 needs to be finshed as a half-beltway around Nashville.

Don't forget about I-475 to act as a reliever route for traffic to bypass Knoxville. You ever been to Knoxville? Right now, I-40 through downtown is fully shutdown while the Interstate is being completely rebuilt. Locals like to both groan and chuckle at the amount of perpetual construction on Knoxville interstates. It's been that way for the past 30 years, at least. See? www.tdot.state.tn.us/smartfix/jwp/

Chattanooga's gotta get their fair share of upgrades too. It's been over 10 years since I-24 got a good rehabilitation, and I-75 hasn't completely been reconstructed since 1990. Semi trucks ain't getting any smaller.

What I would like to see is a High Speed Rail that goes from Memphis to Nashville to Knoxville to Bristol, with spurs from Nashville and Knoxville to Chattanooga to connect with the proposed High Speed Rail to Atlanta.

Also, how about a rail line from Knoxville to Asheville, NC to connect with the NC expansion of their rail line?
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Old February 18th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #3929
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Does anyone know what the "Northern" limit of those raised reflective pavement markings (RPMs) is?

I'm referring to these:



I already know that they have the snowplowable ones for the Northern states and provinces, like so:

I don't know about NC or TN, or parts of the state east or south of Lynchburg, but in southwest VA and northern VA we use the ones that are a bit more flush with the pavement to allow for snowplows - they are placed in every other gap between dashed lines, and about one every 15ish feet near exit ramps. I guess the VA border is the southern limit as far as i know...?

I'm not entirely sure why we have snowplowable reflectors here - for all I know, snow is probably a myth - I haven't seen it in significant amounts since 2003 when i was in 5th grade. (Yes we've had "snow" since then but just two or three "storms" a year)
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Old February 19th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #3930
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The reflectors used in Washington are not snow plowable at all. In August, reflectors were laid down, and in December they were all gone due to the snow. I picked up a few of them from the side of the road :P.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 11:27 AM   #3931
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It's quite stupid that in a state with a lot of snow in winter, like Washington, they forget to think about the consequences of plowing snow
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Old February 19th, 2009, 11:36 AM   #3932
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Remember, I-69 needs to be built in Western Tennessee(US 51 from Union City to Memphis is not Interstate quality yet).

Also, TN 840 needs to be finshed as a half-beltway around Nashville.

Don't forget about I-475 to act as a reliever route for traffic to bypass Knoxville. You ever been to Knoxville? Right now, I-40 through downtown is fully shutdown while the Interstate is being completely rebuilt. Locals like to both groan and chuckle at the amount of perpetual construction on Knoxville interstates. It's been that way for the past 30 years, at least. See? www.tdot.state.tn.us/smartfix/jwp/

Chattanooga's gotta get their fair share of upgrades too. It's been over 10 years since I-24 got a good rehabilitation, and I-75 hasn't completely been reconstructed since 1990. Semi trucks ain't getting any smaller.

What I would like to see is a High Speed Rail that goes from Memphis to Nashville to Knoxville to Bristol, with spurs from Nashville and Knoxville to Chattanooga to connect with the proposed High Speed Rail to Atlanta.

Also, how about a rail line from Knoxville to Asheville, NC to connect with the NC expansion of their rail line?
But most of your argument can be made by other states: "Oh, city X needs to build this and city Y needs that." When dealing with transportation aspects of this federal stimulus bill, solid arguments can really only be made for projects of national significance, and I-69 is probably the only one that you mentioned that can be classified as such. That's the real discrepancy in state funding here.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 01:41 AM   #3933
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I-95 through Philadelphia by Freewayjim.


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Old February 21st, 2009, 02:16 AM   #3934
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It's nice to see Indiana get $657 million for highway funds. Our roads SUCK. Spend it quickly, Indiana, there are tons of shovel ready projects that can get started with this money.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 03:23 AM   #3935
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I-95 through Philadelphia by Freewayjim.


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At the 3:30 mark he was here:

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Old February 21st, 2009, 03:35 AM   #3936
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Nice looking freeway!
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Old February 21st, 2009, 06:10 AM   #3937
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Wasn't part of the Delaware Expressway (I-95) between the Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross Bridges shut down because large cracks were found in some columns holding up the freeway?
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:09 PM   #3938
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Yeah I believe so... apparantly they fixed it...
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Old February 21st, 2009, 01:06 PM   #3939
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It was fixed after a couple of days- I had posted some pictures of it at the time, but I think they're likely somewhere in Interstate thread II
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Old February 21st, 2009, 07:06 PM   #3940
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It's not very impressive but the other side of Center City is the Shuykill Expressway which has one of the coolest skyline approaches I've seen. Youre drive through a forest along the river and then boom theres Philly. Its like a parkway more like.
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