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Old April 7th, 2010, 05:48 AM   #5581
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A look at outdated infrastructure in Seattle. Parts of that highway has been fixed, but the overall condition remains pretty much the same. The first few seconds on the video say it all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrfa2...eature=related
That's a cool video, but unusual in that there was so little traffic. Most times this stretch would be jammed and slow. Also note how I-5 northbound basically narrows to two lanes at one point near downtown. A major reason for the slowdowns.

Yeah, and those cracks at the beginning of the vid are nasty!
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Old April 7th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #5582
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Looks just like a section of Friars Rd. (some sections expressway, not Interstate) here in San Diego. It's disdainful. Where is the money from the gas tax going?
In some cases, transit.

And agreed on metric!
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Old April 7th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #5583
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Portland, OR

HW 26 West


beyond the tunnel is Tualatin Valley, purely flat until the Cascade Range by the coast.


Freemont Bridge, (I-405)
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Old April 7th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #5584
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I must say Portland is a very nice city , i want to drive on there freeways & take trimet one day.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 02:32 AM   #5585
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That's a cool video, but unusual in that there was so little traffic. Most times this stretch would be jammed and slow. Also note how I-5 northbound basically narrows to two lanes at one point near downtown. A major reason for the slowdowns.

Yeah, and those cracks at the beginning of the vid are nasty!
I'm not sure if that happens on Northbound, but I do know that it happens on the Southbound stretch, near the convention center.

To give non-Seattlelites some context, someone in the city decided that it would be a good idea to build a convention center on top of I-5, basically making it impossible to expand the highway.

Someone else decided that it would be a good idea to design three (3) exit only lanes right below the convention center. In essence, you have 5GP+HOV turning into 2GP+HOV within about two kilometers (metric FTW!)
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Old April 8th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #5586
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I know that the design speeds of some of the urban Interstates are super-low, and for the amount of traffic they handle a lack of a speed cap (Autobahn-like) would be a disaster. But for some of the rural interstates, especially out in the desert, even a speed limit of 120 (75 mph) seems unreasonable. In my opinion, the speed limits could be safely removed along some stretches of the Interstate system. Take the stretch of the 8 from El Centro to Yuma, for example. The highest speed limit along it, on the Californian side at least, is 110 (70 mph)!

Look at this picture: straight, flat, wide, and well-paved. A real American Autobahn, all that they need to do is knock down the speed limit signs.


That stretch of the 8 I mentioned:

Yeah, looks like no speed limit needed there. 80 or 85 would be better but ****, like you said, eliminating the speed limit there would be fine.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 05:58 PM   #5587
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I know that the design speeds of some of the urban Interstates are super-low, and for the amount of traffic they handle a lack of a speed cap (Autobahn-like) would be a disaster. But for some of the rural interstates, especially out in the desert, even a speed limit of 120 (75 mph) seems unreasonable. In my opinion, the speed limits could be safely removed along some stretches of the Interstate system. Take the stretch of the 8 from El Centro to Yuma, for example. The highest speed limit along it, on the Californian side at least, is 110 (70 mph)!

Look at this picture: straight, flat, wide, and well-paved. A real American Autobahn, all that they need to do is knock down the speed limit signs.


That stretch of the 8 I mentioned:
That looks SO MUCH like the highways I saw in Spain. Well-paved for one thing, and also it gives easy access to the surrounding desert and not much else; there were a crapload of Spanish offramps that just went off into a dirt road to nowhere, and quite a few where an offramp went directly into a parking lot at a gas station or truck stop, and from the other end of the parking lot it just became another on-ramp.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #5588
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I'd say you can't compare USA to Thailand, almost every car in Thailand is pickup (and majority is Toyota), never seen so many pickups anywhere and it must be impossible also in USA to see more of them

I was thinking about it, in warm climate it's very handy car, you can carry big load and also in rear part you can transport many people
No American in their right mind would carry more than one or two people in the back of a pickup truck. It's amazingly dangerous, and most of us know it.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #5589
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Thats what you think, I've seen a whole bed full of rednecks or hispanic workers. Wagons are pretty cool and useful but unfortunately there are few decent wagons being sold in the US.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 06:36 PM   #5590
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and quite a few where an offramp went directly into a parking lot at a gas station or truck stop, and from the other end of the parking lot it just became another on-ramp.
Please don't tell me you were surprised by that... service stations directly on the freeway is a common thing in most European countries.

I have to agree to those Spanish exits going to nowhere, they look like Frontage Roads like you have in Texas. Only serving the local hillbilly farmer.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #5591
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They have the same thing in the US.
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Old April 8th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #5592
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Actually, in a lot of areas, riding in the beds of trucks are illegal, either by a specific law or by an extension of a seatbelt law.


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PS- I hate Station wagons, I refuse to drive them
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Old April 8th, 2010, 09:27 PM   #5593
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No American in their right mind would carry more than one or two people in the back of a pickup truck. It's amazingly dangerous, and most of us know it.
it's reasonably dangerous for short distances, of course not transportation for highways

it's prohibited almost everywhere in world, but I was writing about Thailand/Asia where are laws not so strict about these things

about seatbelt law - you must use where you have it, in pickup in back when it's not there you don't need to use it
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Old April 8th, 2010, 10:01 PM   #5594
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I-20/59 Just east of downtown Birmingham. This section was completed in the early 1970's

12th Ave overpass



Heading back Southwest. 31st St Exit


Red Mountain Expressway/Convention Complex exit





I-65


Center St. Overpass

US 78/AL 5/Arkadephia Rd Overpass

Sinkholes are common along the shoulders on this section of interstate. Temporary lanes had to be constructed and used because of skinholes between 1972-1977 while at grade bridges were built.

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Ensley-Five Points West Ave overpass.

Valley Rd overpass. This marked the end of the freeway until 1971.



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Old April 9th, 2010, 12:01 AM   #5595
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Does any justification exist to the painfully low speed limits or is the gov't just trying to rake in as much money from fines as they can?
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Old April 9th, 2010, 12:11 AM   #5596
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They have the same thing in the US.
Never in Virginia. Offramps only go to roads that actually go somewhere, never to a parking lot or a dirt road to nowhere. If someone wants to build a gas station near the highway they'll have to put it on a road near a highway access point. (Often with a 150-foot-high signpost.)
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I-20/59 Just east of downtown Birmingham. This section was completed in the early 1970's
Your highway reminds me of the QEW for some reason....
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Old April 9th, 2010, 02:46 AM   #5598
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Does any justification exist to the painfully low speed limits or is the gov't just trying to rake in as much money from fines as they can?
The Federal speed limit was 55 mph since the 1970s because it was meant to save gas (implemented by Jimmy Carter during the gasoline rationing). It was kept around because slower speeds are safer (which is true, but 45 mph is even safer, 25 mph is safer than that, 10 mph is safer than that, etc). States have been increasing speed limits where research has shown that there is not much of a decrease in safety when speeds are increased. Plus, people drive over 55 mph anyway, and research shows that people will usually do about 75 mph even if you don't give them a speed limit, so increasing the speed limit picks up the pace in the slower people and creates a more continuous flow of traffic.
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Old April 9th, 2010, 03:02 AM   #5599
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Does any justification exist to the painfully low speed limits or is the gov't just trying to rake in as much money from fines as they can?
A little of both, low speed limits=speed traps since as mentioned everybody goes faster anyways.
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Old April 9th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #5600
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Not to mention, many modern cars are designed to run most efficiently at 70-80 miles an hour. German especially.
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