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Old June 16th, 2010, 01:55 AM   #5761
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Yellow road markings separate driving directions.
I usually bash US for using text signs instead of pictograms like in Europe, but the use of clearly different colors for markings separating same direction and opposite direction is something Europe should copy ASAP.

Sure, no one is taking (usually) a wrong direction in an access-controlled highway, but sometimes, in urban traffic, having a yellow line helps a lot.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #5762
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Old June 16th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #5763
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I forgot to post these form a few weeks ago....

I-278 aka the Staten Island Expressway aka The Expressway forrm hell

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Old June 17th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #5764
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Speed limits in Virginia will be raised to 70 mph, effective July 1st, 2010.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #5765
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Speed limits in Virginia will be raised to 70 mph, effective July 1st, 2010.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 05:56 PM   #5766
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Not all of them, but over 700 miles of Interstate highways are under study to see if they're ready for it.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 05:59 PM   #5767
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A news article from the small town of Culpeper:


Opinion is divided on the benefits and safety of increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on hundreds of miles of Virginia interstate roads, a change that could take effect on portions of some roads by July 1.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is studying increasing the speed limit on more than 700 miles of Virginia interstates, including a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 64 in Augusta County and Waynesboro from the Interstate 81 junction to Afton Mountain.

The last time the commonwealth increased the interstate speed limit was in 2006 on sections of Interstate 85 near the North Carolina border.

Proponents, including state legislators who voted for the bills authorizing the change, say many drivers already travel at least 70 mph. The lawmakers said they trust VDOT’s judgment on where the increases should happen. The higher limit could improve traffic flow, lawmakers said.

Opponents said lawmakers are ignoring the impact on safety.

“There is a direct correlation between higher speed limits and more deaths on the highway,‘’ said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, a research organization funded by the auto insurance industry. “There is a tradeoff. If we want to get people to destinations faster, it means accepting more deaths on the highway.“

Rader points to a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Public Health that said in the decade after Congress repealed a national maximum speed limit in 1995, more than 12,500 additional highway deaths were tied to increased speed limits.

The researchers concluded that instead of an increase, a reduction in speed limits on rural and urban roads would save lives, reduce gas use and cut pollution.

In Virginia, highway fatalities have been on the decline since 2007, when they rose to 1,026. The number of fatalities statewide dropped to 821 in 2008 and 756 in 2009.

Rader said if speed limits are increased, many motorists will drive 5 mph to 10 mph above the posted limit.

State Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, voted against a bill in the upper chamber authorizing the speed limit changes because he sees enforcement as not strict enough for the current 65 mph speed limit on interstates.

“If we go to 70, drivers will increase speeds to 76, 77 miles per hour and some will approach 80,‘’ he said.

Other legislators are putting their faith in VDOT and the Virginia State Police to pick the appropriate interstate areas.

Del. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, a retired Virginia state trooper, sponsored the House legislation.

Carrico said 33 states have increased the speed limit on portions of their roads to 70 mph, and the change here would allow for a consistent rate of speed and improved traffic flow.

“You don’t have people coming up on others going slower and causing more accidents,‘’ he said.

He said “speed alone’‘ is not the reason for crashes, but the difference in speeds.

“It is someone going 90 behind someone going 65,‘’ he said.

Carrico said VDOT will make the determination whether the proposed interstate areas can handle an increased speed limit.

VDOT also will look at increasing the speed limits on 35 miles of HOV lanes and 150 miles of limited access roads.

Dale Bennett, president and CEO of the Virginia Trucking Association, said that organization approves of the way the speed limit changes are being researched.

“If VDOT’s safety and engineering study supports it and law enforcement supports it, we are fine with the way it is being done,‘’ said Bennett, who added that the trucking association also supports enforcement of speed limits.

VDOT Staunton District Spokeswoman Sandy Myers said the agency will look at traffic, crash volume, congestion and a host of other factors.

Those include the road characteristics, signs, traffic flow, closeness of interchanges, development and what potential improvements could be made to the area including signs, guardrails and enforcement.

VDOT has been studying since April the first phase of interstate roads that could see increased speed limits, including the I-64 stretch through Augusta County and Waynesboro.

According to VDOT’s traffic count log on its website, the targeted area of I-64 had an average daily count of 34,000 to 36,000 vehicles per day in 2008. Traffic counts on the same interstate outside Richmond are more than three times higher, according to VDOT data.

Other members of the area’s legislative delegation besides Hanger supported the legislation. They think the study will provide the right decisions.

“We are putting the onus on the people who deal with traffic, VDOT and the state police,‘’ said Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave.

Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who also supported the House bill, said interstate roads were designed for travel of 70 mph, and many drivers already drive that speed.

Myers said VDOT’s commissioner has the OK to authorize the increased speed limit once the study has been complete.

Carrico said depending on how quickly VDOT is able to collect data, some of the interstates could see the increased speed limit as soon as July 1.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #5768
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Europeans are always a bit surprised about the low American speed limits on freeways. In Europe, 75 or 80 mph outside the immediate urban area is very common, and lower than 60 mph in urban areas is uncommon. For example, much of greater suburban Paris is posted at 70 mph. That would've most likely been 55 or 60 in the U.S.

So these harsh discussions about raising the speed limit on a freeway by a marginal 5 mph is always a bit surprising to us.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 07:31 PM   #5769
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Well if Americans would learn to use the passing lane correctly a lot of problems would be solved right there. A difference of speeds is never a good thing.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #5770
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Well if Americans would learn to use the passing lane correctly a lot of problems would be solved right there. A difference of speeds is never a good thing.
Exactly. There are also too many drivers on our interstates that like to go 50 or 55 mph. It's ridiculous. Minimum speeds on rural interstates should be 65, and strictly enforced. If you can't drive that fast, stick to surface roads.

Americans who can actually properly drive their vehicles and know proper passing etiquette regularly go 75 to 80 on most interstates and just keep a keen eye for cops. We don't have many speed photo enforcement cameras on our highways yet, so if you're skilled, you can usually get away with it.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #5771
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Thank you so much for posting that video. I drove there this april and
it truly was an amazing drive.. It was an experience of a lifetime for a simple swede like me. Appreciate it
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Old June 19th, 2010, 01:57 AM   #5772
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Exactly. There are also too many drivers on our interstates that like to go 50 or 55 mph. It's ridiculous. Minimum speeds on rural interstates should be 65, and strictly enforced. If you can't drive that fast, stick to surface roads.

Americans who can actually properly drive their vehicles and know proper passing etiquette regularly go 75 to 80 on most interstates and just keep a keen eye for cops. We don't have many speed photo enforcement cameras on our highways yet, so if you're skilled, you can usually get away with it.
This is very true. Passing etiquette is more of a suggestion than a rule. It's a shame. Another thing that bothers me is it seems that fewer and fewer people signal their lane changes!
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A difference of speeds is never a good thing.
Interesting to notice that in Europe, with it's significant higher speed limits, the speed differences between trucks and cars is much bigger. Trucks are limited to 50 or 55 mph virtually all countries, while passenger cars are driving 75 - 80 mph. That's a 20 - 30 mph speed difference.
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Interesting to notice that in Europe, with it's significant higher speed limits, the speed differences between trucks and cars is much bigger. Trucks are limited to 50 or 55 mph virtually all countries, while passenger cars are driving 75 - 80 mph. That's a 20 - 30 mph speed difference.
Some US states have differential speed limits for trucks and passenger cars. FHWA commissioned a study several years ago to see if they produced any safety benefit and was not able to find a statistically significant effect on safety, either good or bad.

In the EU, it is my understanding that differential speed limits are mandated by the EU Commission through directive: in other words, no EU country has the option of having the same motorway speed limit for trucks, cars, and buses.
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Noise issues are very important these days in Europe. I've read a 15% truck share of trucks that are doing 55 mph produce the same noise level as the other 85% of car traffic that is doing 75 mph.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 02:03 PM   #5776
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Interesting to notice that in Europe, with it's significant higher speed limits, the speed differences between trucks and cars is much bigger. Trucks are limited to 50 or 55 mph virtually all countries, while passenger cars are driving 75 - 80 mph. That's a 20 - 30 mph speed difference.
Your Fuel efficiency is better then ours , so maybe thats why its higher.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 01:01 AM   #5777
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The largest interchange in the World.

The High 5 Interchange Dallas, Texas, USA

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^I don't think it's as big as the East LA interchange but I could be wrong.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 05:16 AM   #5779
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Americans who can actually properly drive their vehicles and know proper passing etiquette regularly go 75 to 80 on most interstates and just keep a keen eye for cops. We don't have many speed photo enforcement cameras on our highways yet, so if you're skilled, you can usually get away with it.
I just did 3800 miles in Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Lane discipline is largely nonexistent. But it is an issue only in dense urban areas or busy interstates like I-80 through Iowa. On empty rural freeways there is no problem you just overtake on the right. On most of my trip I rarely seen troopers patrolling. The only exception is Twin Cities area where I've seen more cops than on rest of the trip. Anyone knows reason for that? I realized most people go few miles over limit but it is usually still slow by European standards. What I like is that virtually everyone respect local speed limits in small towns (when you drive not on freeways). In Poland people mostly completely ignore them.
I have to say that some freeways are very poor quality. For example I-94 west of Minneapolis looks almost as bad as famous A4 in Poland before renovation few years ago. We used to call it the longest steps in Europe
I don't even mention some local roads in Illinois or Wisconsin.
I'll post some pictures. Now it's time to force myself to sleep to kill the jet-lag.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #5780
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I like the aesthetics of the high five interchange! Makes it look like more than a bunch of concrete.

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Europeans are always a bit surprised about the low American speed limits on freeways. In Europe, 75 or 80 mph outside the immediate urban area is very common, and lower than 60 mph in urban areas is uncommon. For example, much of greater suburban Paris is posted at 70 mph. That would've most likely been 55 or 60 in the U.S.

So these harsh discussions about raising the speed limit on a freeway by a marginal 5 mph is always a bit surprising to us.
It's even worse in Canada. Max speed is 100km/h (about 60mph) on freeways. In western Canada you will rarely see 110km/h (about 65mph) yet the standards of these highways are actually worse than the 100km/h freeways.

When I went to Europe, I was very surprised to see 120 limits in urban areas, and 130 in rural areas. I envy those places with no speed limit, like Germany.

What's the highest posted speed limit in the US? Is it 80mph in western Texas or is there a place with a higher limit?
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