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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:47 PM   #4241
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Is that the new stack in San Antonio?
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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:55 PM   #4242
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I'm not sure about the location, but I guess it's the I-10/I-610 interchange on the west side of Houston.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:40 AM   #4243
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No, that is the Dallas High Five (I-635/US 75) under construction--the HOV direct connector is the giveaway. It can't be I-10/I-610 because I-10 curves to the SE just to the west of the stack and then curves back east past it.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:43 AM   #4244
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Makes sense, because I remember the Dallas Hi5 has those colored pillars
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:56 AM   #4245
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Stackin' high.
one think why is not such intersection possible to be builded in Europe? cose W Europe around Germany, Netherland ... has much higher population living on that area...

one will guess is due environmental factors or?
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 12:58 AM   #4246
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Because our freeways are usually not an urban grid, so there's less need for full-scale stack interchanges. usually one or two fly-overs will do.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 01:09 AM   #4247
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How come there is so much slang and abbreviation on those signs?
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 02:24 AM   #4248
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one think why is not such intersection possible to be builded in Europe? cose W Europe around Germany, Netherland ... has much higher population living on that area...

one will guess is due environmental factors or?
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Because our freeways are usually not an urban grid, so there's less need for full-scale stack interchanges. usually one or two fly-overs will do.
This is why you don't see much of these in the Northeast US, plus our highways tend to be older, the weather is worse, and the land is much more expensive. Only one "real" stack interchange in my state, and it's only half-used.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 04:57 AM   #4249
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How come there is so much slang and abbreviation on those signs?
The abbreviations save space because there are a lot of boulevards, drives, roads and streets. F.M. means "farm to market." What is the slang you're talking about?
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 06:29 AM   #4250
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Stackin' high.
That is an old pic of the H5, it was further along when I moved back to Florida in 2005 from Dallas. That thing is truly massive! I wish we could have something decent like that here.


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Old May 22nd, 2009, 06:45 AM   #4251
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Texas is crazy. I wouldn't mind driving on those crazy flyovers if I ever am down there.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 06:57 AM   #4252
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The abbreviations save space because there are a lot of boulevards, drives, roads and streets. F.M. means "farm to market." What is the slang you're talking about?
Why do they have "farm to market" roads in urban parts of Texas? I never got that.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 08:39 AM   #4253
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Why do they have "farm to market" roads in urban parts of Texas? I never got that.
Because in the old days they used to be the rural areas of the state. Now you have highways like FM 1960 in Houston or FM 1325 here in Austin that makes you wonder, "where the **** are the farms?"

As you can tell by my user name, I'm fascinated by Texas farm roads. They have high speed limits, they're all paved and they take you to the most beautiful and unseen parts of Texas.

Here is a write-up about the Farm Roads of Texas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm-to-market_road


To make this relevant to the Interstate thread. I always found it interesting that the signs on a freeway differ drastically from the signs when you leave the freeway. You get an "F.M." on the big board, and then a Texas shape on the actual sign as you can almost see in this picture:

F.M. 1695 & F.M. 3148 on the freeway, JCT 1695 and 3148 Texas shaped signs on the frontage road.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 08:52 AM   #4254
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I love that Texas has kept the F.M. signifiers. Despite many routes that have nothing to do with "farm to market", it keeps a little bit of history in place, and that is totally cool. Plus, it is unique among U.S. States. I dig that Texas has its own sets of rules, and they stick with 'em.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 09:29 AM   #4255
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I've never heard of those FM roads. Sounds interesting! Does anyone have more pics of those roads?
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 09:47 AM   #4256
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I've never heard of those FM roads. Sounds interesting! Does anyone have more pics of those roads?
Well, that's just it...these old FM roads have turned into major routes that have nothing to do with their original intentions. So they look like any other highway. The only "romance" is that originally they were built to haul goods into the city. Today, they look like any other road.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:17 AM   #4257
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Isn't the northern beltway of San Antonio also an FM-road?

There are also RM roads; Ranch-to-Market. Every damn road in Texas is numbered.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:42 AM   #4258
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Isn't the northern beltway of San Antonio also an FM-road?

There are also RM roads; Ranch-to-Market. Every damn road in Texas is numbered.
It used to be a Farm Road but they changed it to a Loop highway. FM 1604 is now Loop 1604. I don't like driving on Loop 1604 to be honest.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 11:07 AM   #4259
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Thanks for the info, sounds very interesting.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 01:48 PM   #4260
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The abbreviations save space
In this for example,I see no reason to cut 4 letters out:

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What is the slang you're talking about?
For example,"thru".
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