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Old June 18th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #4361
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Yup, and the 2012 completion date for Corridor X (I-22) is not set in stone either. Mississippi has had their portion completed since 1994. ALDOT has to be the worst transportation department in the nation.
I think it has to do with the Gordian knot of a bureaucracy we have down in Montgomery. Once ALDOT starts a project, they get it done fairly quickly and the results are always top-notch.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #4362
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California 2007 - 2008 AADT comparison

Check this list:
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I made this list using the 2007 and 2008 AADT XLS files from the Caltrans Traffic data branch.

It's visible the recession seems to have it's effect on traffic volumes, overall, they seem to drop around 2 - 3% on most of the busiests spots. However, the I-405 volumes on through Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach seem to decrease incredibly. This is hardly natural.

There are a few options to explain this:

1) Recession hit that area harder than other places - unlikely
2) 2007 AADT estimates were higher than the actual traffic - could be
3) 2008 AADT estimates were lower than the actual traffic - could be
4) significant roadworks in 2008 along I-405 - likely, not verified yet.
5) rerouting of traffic - unlikely, there are no alternatives opened afaik
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Old June 18th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #4363
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americans you have very nice bankin system,but i have to say that you dont have clean highways,but anyways
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Old June 19th, 2009, 04:01 AM   #4364
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I think it has to do with the Gordian knot of a bureaucracy we have down in Montgomery. Once ALDOT starts a project, they get it done fairly quickly and the results are always top-notch.
True, I just bitch about projects that have been delayed time and time again, and its usually in the urban areas. Corridor X is a great example of what ALDOT can do when given the chance, but roadbuilding in this state is political through and through.

Is it true also that billboards are not allowed on Corridor X (I-22)?.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 06:09 AM   #4365
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When I first came to the USA (over 30 years ago) I thought it strange, and destructive, that interstate highways were routed through city centers and not around the cities, as in Europe. This must have been expensive in terms of land acquisition, and divisive, in that a barrier is created within the city, where none existed before. All this has been said many times before, I know, and what's done is done. I guess this is what FM 2258 means when he says that TX puts its interstates in the front yard.

As to the exits being close together, this is true even in rural areas in most of Texas. This defeats the primary purpose of an interstate highway, which is to facilitate long-distance traffic. Using interstates to drive five miles causes congestion, and is unnecessary when local roads are available (as they generally are in all but west Texas), but I suppose having many local exits is a sweetener to small communities along an interstate who might have objected to the road if they didn't have easy access. One more instance of local interests trumping the general good in Texas, alas.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 06:27 AM   #4366
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And furthermore...
The surface of I-35 between Austin and Dallas is in terrible shape. No doubt this is due to the very heavy pounding it receives from the intense truck traffic between the midwest and the border, on a highway which is still mostly 2x2. Yes, I know that a third lane is painfully inching its way north towards Belton, but even then there will be a long way to go. Of course neither the federal government nor the State of Texas has increased its gasoline tax since about 1993, so highway funds are about exhausted. Even worse, thanks to a recent f*ck-up by our esteemed state legislature, TxDoT (the state department of transportation) may cease to exist next year! Perhaps there will be some federal economic stimulus money available to repair and widen this highway, provided always that our governor deigns to accept it (by no means a sure bet).
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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #4367
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what do you mean by qualities?

which parameters would you consider here? pavement? curves? slopes? design? visual impact?
All of the above. In my opinion, most U.S. highways, especially those in Texas and California, fall behind in all those categories. Neither good pavement, nor wide curve radii, nor small enough grades that give you superb visibility, nor any effort at blending in with the surrounding environment.

One thing is better though, and that's capacity.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #4368
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Yup, and the 2012 completion date for Corridor X (I-22) is not set in stone either. Mississippi has had their portion completed since 1994. ALDOT has to be the worst transportation department in the nation.
I thought this was under construction though? The tie-in with I-65?

In which case it's a sure thing. I'd be more worried about Tennessee's end, which isn't slated to be hooked up to I-269 (Memphis Outer Beltway) for years and years.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #4369
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True, I just bitch about projects that have been delayed time and time again, and its usually in the urban areas. Corridor X is a great example of what ALDOT can do when given the chance, but roadbuilding in this state is political through and through.

Is it true also that billboards are not allowed on Corridor X (I-22)?.
Yes, I recall hearing about that or something similar to it.

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I thought this was under construction though? The tie-in with I-65?

In which case it's a sure thing. I'd be more worried about Tennessee's end, which isn't slated to be hooked up to I-269 (Memphis Outer Beltway) for years and years.
The completion of Corridor X to 65 is set, but the completion date is not. Delays are bound to occur.
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Old June 20th, 2009, 04:22 PM   #4370
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Salt Lake City also has some pretty wide freeways, especially the I-15, which is not weird considering almost all of the Utah population lives along this freeway.
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Old June 20th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #4371
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Big accident on I-85 in northeast Atlanta.
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Big accidents mean big backups.
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Old June 20th, 2009, 11:13 PM   #4372
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I'm glad I wasn't on the I-85.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 11:56 AM   #4373
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Nice picture of I-35 in Laredo, Texas.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 06:01 PM   #4374
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The cute 2.5 mile inner loop of Rochester, NY. Gotta be one of the shortest beltways in the world.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:27 AM   #4375
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Hilarious one. Charlotte also has a very compact downtown loop yet it's in no way comparable to this one.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:59 AM   #4376
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Kansas City also has a small downtown freeway loop
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 07:02 AM   #4377
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Nice picture of I-35 in Laredo, Texas.
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I don't think us Americans have figured out that it's better to have an onramp after the offramp...
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 12:31 PM   #4378
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I don't think us Americans have figured out that it's better to have an onramp after the offramp...
TxDOT does use braided ramps extensively, but they require structures and so tend to be confined to locations which would otherwise have serious weaving problems.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 01:41 PM   #4379
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Nice picture of I-35 in Laredo, Texas.
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Nice picture indeed. That area is a quite despleasing to the eye though.
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Old June 22nd, 2009, 06:21 PM   #4380
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God damn that's ugly.
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