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Old January 23rd, 2010, 06:23 AM   #5181
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Congestion must be taken into account with this study. There's no way Alabama's drivers are faster than Georgia's in freeflowing traffic. Atlantans are insane speeders and Georgia is an extremely nice state to speed in. You're given 10mph leeway by law on all highways unless it's a construction or school zone, or you're pulled over by the state patrol.
Not sure I understood your post. Are you saying it is "legal" to go 10 over the speed limit in Georgia? I find that a little hard to believe. It may be a "policy", but I doubt it is the law.

BTW, the last time I was in Georgia I found most drivers doing the limit, especially "in town", perhaps not so much on the freeways.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #5182
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Congestion must be taken into account with this study. There's no way Alabama's drivers are faster than Georgia's in freeflowing traffic. Atlantans are insane speeders and Georgia is an extremely nice state to speed in. You're given 10mph leeway by law on all highways unless it's a construction or school zone, or you're pulled over by the state patrol.
You have got to be kidding driving on Alabama interstates is like NASCAR lite sometimes.

I'll be the first to admit, I do drive over the speed limit usually 80mph+, mainly because of the lack of state troopers on the interstates, especially at night, and the speed limits are set too low.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 06:35 PM   #5183
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You have got to be kidding driving on Alabama interstates is like NASCAR lite sometimes.

I'll be the first to admit, I do drive over the speed limit usually 80mph+, mainly because of the lack of state troopers on the interstates, especially at night, and the speed limits are set too low.
I've been travelling from Atlanta to NC often over the last eight months or so, and it's the same there. NC state troopers used to strike fear into the hearts of speeders, but not anymore. Now it's rare to even see one, and Charlotte is like Atlanta Jr. when it comes to speeding, at least on I-85. Oddly, though, it's not as much as a free-for-all on I-485, maybe due to lack of cover.

Oh, Stuck in Bama: Thanks for that link about the US 280 upgrade in Birmingham. I've been a fan of what ALDOT did to Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. The reversed pattern of offramps and onramps was a good idea, IMO, since it greatly reduces the weaving needed at interchanges.

I've never seen a map that correctly shows Memorial Parkway as the freeway it is. Anyone who plans a trip along it anticipating a slog along a congested commercial thoroughfare is in for a very pleasant surprise.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #5184
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Not sure I understood your post. Are you saying it is "legal" to go 10 over the speed limit in Georgia? I find that a little hard to believe. It may be a "policy", but I doubt it is the law.

BTW, the last time I was in Georgia I found most drivers doing the limit, especially "in town", perhaps not so much on the freeways.
Georgia used to have a major problem with local law enforcement writing questionable tickets on people just for being out of town, especially those from metro Atlanta. In response to this, the state passed a law that helped discourage this practice: From the Official Code of Georgia.

§ 40-14-8. When case may be made and conviction had

(a) No county, city, or campus officer shall be allowed to make a case based on the use of any speed detection device, unless the speed of the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by more than ten miles per hour and no conviction shall be had thereon unless such speed is more than ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

(b) The limitations contained in subsection (a) of this Code section shall not apply in properly marked school zones one hour before, during, and one hour after the normal hours of school operation, in properly marked historic districts, and in properly marked residential zones. For purposes of this chapter, thoroughfares with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or more shall not be considered residential districts. For purposes of this Code section, the term "historic district" means a historic district as defined in paragraph (5) of Code Section 44-10-22 and which is listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places or as defined by ordinance adopted pursuant to a local constitutional amendment.


It's not legal to go over the speed limit in Georgia (never said it was), but you can't be prosecuted for it in most marginal cases.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 07:40 PM   #5185
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I've been travelling from Atlanta to NC often over the last eight months or so, and it's the same there. NC state troopers used to strike fear into the hearts of speeders, but not anymore. Now it's rare to even see one, and Charlotte is like Atlanta Jr. when it comes to speeding, at least on I-85. Oddly, though, it's not as much as a free-for-all on I-485, maybe due to lack of cover.

Oh, Stuck in Bama: Thanks for that link about the US 280 upgrade in Birmingham. I've been a fan of what ALDOT did to Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. The reversed pattern of offramps and onramps was a good idea, IMO, since it greatly reduces the weaving needed at interchanges.

I've never seen a map that correctly shows Memorial Parkway as the freeway it is. Anyone who plans a trip along it anticipating a slog along a congested commercial thoroughfare is in for a very pleasant surprise.
It's a solution that only works when access rights need to be maintained. I would not recommend it if there are viable alternatives, and the system takes some time for drivers to get used to. You wouldn't believe how many out-of-state drivers (except Texans because their feeder-system on interstates is just a larger version of what we have) and even people from other parts of Alabama I see freak out at last-minute lane changes and other complexities.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #5186
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I've been travelling from Atlanta to NC often over the last eight months or so, and it's the same there. NC state troopers used to strike fear into the hearts of speeders, but not anymore. Now it's rare to even see one, and Charlotte is like Atlanta Jr. when it comes to speeding, at least on I-85. Oddly, though, it's not as much as a free-for-all on I-485, maybe due to lack of cover.

Oh, Stuck in Bama: Thanks for that link about the US 280 upgrade in Birmingham. I've been a fan of what ALDOT did to Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. The reversed pattern of offramps and onramps was a good idea, IMO, since it greatly reduces the weaving needed at interchanges.

I've never seen a map that correctly shows Memorial Parkway as the freeway it is. Anyone who plans a trip along it anticipating a slog along a congested commercial thoroughfare is in for a very pleasant surprise.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #5187
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It's not legal to go over the speed limit in Georgia (never said it was), but you can't be prosecuted for it in most marginal cases.
That is a common practice around the world, a little margin is always included, though 10 mph seems to be a lot, for instance, at freeway speed, the margin is only 2 mph in the Netherlands (3%).
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Old January 24th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #5188
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In CT (and NY AFAIK), if you go just below 10mph, you're fine. I used to drive just below 75 all the time and I've never been stopped, the max in the state is 65. Just keep an eye out for cops, they sometimes hide behind bushes and billboards.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 11:15 PM   #5189
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That is a common practice around the world, a little margin is always included, though 10 mph seems to be a lot, for instance, at freeway speed, the margin is only 2 mph in the Netherlands (3%).
A margin is common practice, but few jurisdictions codify such margins into law.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 07:18 PM   #5190
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Blizzard in North Dakota.

Interstate 29 @ Pembina border crossing:
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Old January 27th, 2010, 09:35 AM   #5191
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Is it still open in these conditions?!

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Old January 27th, 2010, 06:58 PM   #5192
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HIGHLY unlikely. In fact, many interstates in the USA's central and northern Great Plains states have permanent gates at their entrances so that they can be quickly closed in bad weather. Snowstorms like that are extremely life-threatening.

In fact, I-94 between Milwaukee and the Illinois state line has 'blizzard gates' on all of its on-ramps (it is close enough to Lake Michigan that lake effect snow can make using that road that dangerous).

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Old January 28th, 2010, 01:13 AM   #5193
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HIGHLY unlikely. In fact, many interstates in the USA's central and northern Great Plains states have permanent gates at their entrances so that they can be quickly closed in bad weather. Snowstorms like that are extremely life-threatening.

In fact, I-94 between Milwaukee and the Illinois state line has 'blizzard gates' on all of its on-ramps (it is close enough to Lake Michigan that lake effect snow can make using that road that dangerous).

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I was wondering what those were. My brother lives right off Hwy 50 in Kenosha.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 06:56 AM   #5194
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Never mind interstates, do people drive in these conditions period?!
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Old January 30th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #5195
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Buffalo, NY.RT 5, this section is know as the skyway, is going vertical and the 190 is horizontal.


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Old January 30th, 2010, 11:34 PM   #5196
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Buffalo, NY.RT 5, this section is know as the skyway, is going vertical and the 190 is horizontal.
Vertical?? Slightly uncomfortable drive i must say
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Old January 31st, 2010, 03:57 AM   #5197
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I-16 in Georgia has gates on the ramps to allow contraflow during a hurricane.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 02:27 PM   #5198
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The Skyway sucks and needs to come down.
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Old January 31st, 2010, 02:40 PM   #5199
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Here are some shots of the Big I in Albuquerque:







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I often don't get the point of having such large interchanges. It seems like a lot of long-term waste for short-term benefits.
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