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Old December 17th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #5041
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Well, it's not that valuable. I mean, there is no chance I-64 will be extended westward from St. Louis towards western Missouri. But I liked it better when it started in East St. Louis, IL.

Two-digit interstates are there to show significant routes for interstate travel. I-64 in Missouri doesn't comply with this, it indeed fulfills a local purpose. Through traffic on I-70 will use I-70 or I-270 anyway. It's kinda like I-97 in Maryland, I-12 in Louisiana, I-88 in New York or I-86 in Idaho. Most of them are a bit too long to be 3-digit, but don't have the prominence you'd expect from a two-digit Interstate Highway.
Yes, that's why I wonder why 64 and 44 aren't one interstate. Though, I see that there is not as much of a shortage of even-numbered (east-west) interstates as odd-numbered (north-south interstates) east of Great Plains, it's still a waste of a number.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:42 AM   #5042
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I think all states will replace their signs. It's called standardization. Some Interstates still have signs with non-reflective letters and small round reflectors on the lettes and numerals. But that's mostly in rural areas.
California still has the reflector dots on letters on TONS of signs everywhere. Slowly but surely they will be changed out I'm sure. And thanks Chris for the exit info.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #5043
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New section of Interstate to open Thursday, 2009-12-17

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories...t_559733.shtml

The section of I-520 (also called the Palmetto Parkway) between US 1/78/278 and I-20 (interchange 5) in the North Augusta, SC area opens on Thursday, 2009-12-17. This section will also carry the US 25 route markers and completes the I-520 loop in the Augusta, GA/North Augusta, SC area.

I do find it curious that this highway's number has an 'odd' first digit, rather than a more proper 'even' first digit for such a beltline, though.



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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #5044
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Its funny that there is no I-995 anywhere.
No, but there's a I-990. Highest numbered Interstate highway, right here in the Buffalo area. Close enough.

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Old December 17th, 2009, 07:54 AM   #5045
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http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories...t_559733.shtml

The section of I-520 (also called the Palmetto Parkway) between US 1/78/278 and I-20 (interchange 5) in the North Augusta, SC area opens on Thursday, 2009-12-17. This section will also carry the US 25 route markers and completes the I-520 loop in the Augusta, GA/North Augusta, SC area.

I do find it curious that this highway's number has an 'odd' first digit, rather than a more proper 'even' first digit for such a beltline, though.

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That's because it's been a spur (until now, obviously).
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Old December 17th, 2009, 08:29 AM   #5046
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No, but there's a I-990. Highest numbered Interstate highway, right here in the Buffalo area. Close enough.
Yeah, but that's unrelated. I-990 is a spur of I-90, and I-995 should be a spur of I-95. The last two digits count here.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #5047
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Yeah, but those Metric signs in Arizona are going away as they are being replaced with newer signage.
Nooooo.... don't take our beloved metric signs
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Old December 17th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #5048
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Yeah the roll out of metric conversion I think would have to start with roads and construction. All sciences and most engineering are metric, I learned Civil Engineering about 85% metric 15% customary units at college. Metric is popular, it just needs to be more prevalent in daily life. Now Celsius will definitely take some getting used to.

So I have yet to see any clearview here in Southern California. It looks ugly but I can see how it can be more legible. Even signs on newer roads around here don't have the clearview. Just curious on the time frame.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 11:14 PM   #5049
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Actually, the whole world except US, Burma and Liberia uses the metric system.
The metric system has been in use since 1799 in France.

Years of metrication in the world:

Europe
France: 1799
Netherlands: 1820
Belgium: 1820
Luxembourg: 1820
Switzerland: 1835
Spain: somewhere in the 1850s
Italy: 1861
Germany: 1870
UK: 1873 (imperial units still in use on roads)
Denmark: 1907
Ireland: 1970

South America
Chile: 1848

Oceania
Australia: 1876
New Zealand: 1969

Asia
India: 1955

North America
Canada: 1970
Jamaica: somewhere in the 1970s
US: Some time in 3rd millennium
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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:04 AM   #5050
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US will never convert , it would cost millions to upgrade signs and info. And i think the Mileage system is better then Kms.

Heres some of I-80 i took 45 mins ago

Entering I-80 East form NJ 20 North

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Fresh New Pavement and Guard Rails

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Crossing the Garden State Parkway & New Jersey Transit Bergen Line

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Exiting @ Exit 62A

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Taking the Garden State Parkway Ramp

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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #5051
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US will never convert
Prolly will when it collapses

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And i think the Mileage system is better then Kms.
How? Give me reasons.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:14 AM   #5052
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Do we really need these metric vs imperial discussions every few pages?
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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:27 AM   #5053
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No , but i think the forums are collapsing on this site , its becoming a Country vs. Country or Infrastructure vs. Infrastructure issue and it needs to stop. US Americans do it the way we want too ,and we don't need your suggestions to change , on every level American is slowly changing Just Leave us alone already.

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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:35 AM   #5054
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im not trying to suggest anything im just trying to get ur reasoning since u made a statement -
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Old December 18th, 2009, 01:09 AM   #5055
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Because we Americans are used to something we use everyday , were not going to change it anytime soon. Now please look at my photos and forget about this topic!
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Actually, the whole world except US, Burma and Liberia uses the metric system.
Who keeps repeating that crock of you-know-what country list??? Both of those other countries are 100% metric.

Other than the USA, the only country left (bigger than a tiny speck island) that I am aware of that does not have 100% metric highway signage is the UK. And the USA is the only one left that does not 'popularly' use Celsius temps, price retail fuel in liters and use metric in most of its other retail trade (although some 'Olde Englische' does still linger in colloquial use in Canada, only because of its proximity to the USA).

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Old December 18th, 2009, 09:14 AM   #5057
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Because we Americans are used to something we use everyday , were not going to change it anytime soon. Now please look at my photos and forget about this topic!
Hey Corey, do the rest of Americans a favour and do not speak on their behalf. As an American, I do not accept your "we", "us", and so on generalisations. I use metric system and many other Americans do too. Just because metric users are not a majority (yet), it does not give you a right to generalise like this. Also, where I come from, there is a useful expression, "Never say 'never' "

Chris, I did not start the above argument this time I am kind of proud of it!
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Old December 18th, 2009, 07:31 PM   #5058
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# 1888 – Robert Moses, American public works official (d. 1981)
Today it's 121 years ago Robert Moses was born. He designed and built the first limited-access highway network in North America, in New York City and Long Island. He was in power from 1924 until the late 1960's, but wasn't a politician, but a public works engineer. He built numerous parkways, bridges and expressways from the late 1920's to the 1960's. Basically, every limited-access road in the New York City area (within NY State) now existing was built under his supervision. He died in 1981, aged 93. He was without a doubt, the most powerful and influential urban planner the world has ever seen. No other urban planner had such an impact in such a long period (from 1924 to 1968).
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On the US pictures I always see that the west coast highways and roads are often paved with light grey asphalt, and the east coast ones are often paved with dark grey, almost black asphalt. Are there any reasons, or is it random? And what is the better, a California or a New York road or highway?
(I have never been is the USA.)
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Temperatures and the West Coast uses Concrete mostly over Asphalt since it lasts longer and Earthquake can rip Asphalt easily.

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