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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:32 AM   #5781
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Two videos from user Eluko79:

The first is of the construction along I-35W in Richfield and South Minneapolis through the infamous "Crosstown Commons" area.

The original construction has been a disastrous bottleneck since it was completed in the mid 1960s. The stretch handled 200,000 cars per day on 6 lanes.

The worst of it was for travelers along MN-62, the "Crosstown" freeway. In both directions, the 2 traveling lanes split.. one to merge onto 35W traveling away from the commons area, and one to merge into the commons area and continue on MN 62 or change onto 35W.

Westbound travelers had a left exit to remain on MN 62 and then merged onto 35W on the left. They then had to weave across traffic to make a right-exit in a rather short distance in order to remain on 62-west.

Eastbound travelers didn't have it much easier. While the merge onto 35W and the exit both came on the right, they had a "hard merge" onto 35W. This often backed up traffic on eastbound 62 for long distances before the commons area. It also represented a huge bottleneck for 35W on both sides of the commons.

Also, travelers along both directions of 35W had to make a left exit to merge onto 62. Traffic often backed up badly along southbound 35W as traffic had to merge into 3 lanes which then also merged with all westbound 62 traffic.

The complete reconstruction of 35W from south of the commons and most of the way to downtown Minneapolis and 62 along the whole commons area will greatly reduce congestion. The two freeways will now remain separate through the entire commons with 35W in the middle and 62 on the outsides. Simple 2 lane slip ramps will allow travelers to change freeways. Also, all exits have been reconstructed to be from the right. Traffic wishing to exit the freeway or move onto 62 from southbound 35W will exit 35W much earlier, allowing traffic to flow more smoothly.

With all that said, the time this video was taken finds the entire construction zone an absolute nightmare! You'll see that for yourself



This one is a freeway tour of most of the main freeways around downtown Minneapolis including travel over the "new" 35W Mississippi River bridge.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #5782
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Left lane hogging has been problem in the US for a long time. I been driving for years, and still don't understand why people do it.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #5783
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I've gone down that construction zone on I-35W since coming here. I don't even want to imagine how terrible the area is during rush hour.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #5784
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Some pictures form the other day....

Entering the NJ Turnpike

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NJ Turnpike Northbound in the City of Elizabeth

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Exit 13A - Port Elizabeth , Newark Airport , Jersey Gardens , Midtown Elizabeth

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The Newark Megachange - Port Newark / Elizabeth , Downtown Newark , Downtown Jersey City , Liberty State Park , Bayonne & Western Jersey

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Western Spur Ramp

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Passaic River / Kearny JCT Bridge

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The Eastern Spur Hackensack River Bridge

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The Meadowlands State Park

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Exit 15W - Rutherford , Meadowlands Sport Complex , Secaucus , Passaic , Clifton , NJ Gold Coast

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Meadowlands Sports Complex Toll gate approach

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Western Spur Hackensack River Bridge

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Exiting onto I-80 sliproad

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I-80 in Teaneck

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Crossing the Hackensack River

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Old June 25th, 2010, 03:25 AM   #5785
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Some promised photos from my trip.
First few shots from I-94 somewhere between Fargo and Bismarck in North Dakota:














Sign of North Dakota highway:


Then, west of Bismarck towards Theodore Roosevelt National Park I took some smaller state road, mostly ND Hwy 200 which is great road to drive. Mostly empty and not as boring as freeway.








Here is view on some even smaller county road


To be continued....
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Old June 25th, 2010, 03:44 AM   #5786
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Nice pics Geogregor! I-94 looks so smooth! Did you take some of the pics from an overpass? btw, I luv rumble strips
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Old June 25th, 2010, 03:50 AM   #5787
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Ok, lets continue on Hwy 200.
View west:


and east:


There were moments when I haven't seen cars for quite some time. At that point I decided to test speed of my rented car. Manged to reach 120mph

Here is some local road, probably farm access.


If I remember it might be US Hwy 85 towards park itself. or maybe still Hwy 200. Hard to say




Road inside the park itself (northern unit).




Road inside southern unit of the park:


This is somewhere between North and South Dakota just off US Hwy 85


US85 itself:








This place was for sale. Total middle of nowhere.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:05 AM   #5788
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Nice pics Geogregor! I-94 looks so smooth! Did you take some of the pics from an overpass? btw, I luv rumble strips
Yes, I took most of the pictures from an overpass on one of the local exits.
I-94 in North Dakota is in really good condition, joy to drive. But some parts in Minnesota are absolutely dreadful.

I'll continue posting pictures tomorrow.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:18 AM   #5789
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:52 AM   #5790
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Nice pictures , but a Majority of those aren't Interstates but US highways. Did you do any Storm Chasing?
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:53 AM   #5791
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you are right nexis, maybe they should go on the "non-interstate highways" thread
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Old June 25th, 2010, 12:04 PM   #5792
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Truly astonishing pictures, I love this sort of thing. What I wouldn't give to drive through the US some day...

If you have more of those pictures, please share them!
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Old June 25th, 2010, 01:03 PM   #5793
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you are right nexis, maybe they should go on the "non-interstate highways" thread
True, I completely forgot we have two threads about US highways. If admin want to move it I don't mind. I'll post more in relevant thread.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #5794
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Truly astonishing pictures, I love this sort of thing. What I wouldn't give to drive through the US some day...

If you have more of those pictures, please share them!
I'm crossing Pennsylvania this weekend. Pittsburgh tonight and Erie tomorrow, then back home (Philadelphia) Sunday. Just because it's there. Expect to dip into Ohio, at least to visit the welcome center on I-90 and get an official map.

The Philadelphia-to-Pittsburgh stretch will include a $20 (or more) toll, an amount which is exceptional here. But if you want to work until 3:30 then drive 300 miles, it's the only route.

But I don't have a clue how to take pictures while driving. Sorry. Maybe I'll be able to post a license-plate tally on the appropriate thread.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #5795
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Stunning shots, geogregor! In our neck of the woods (figuratively and literally) your standard rural US highway would be going through endless woods, not nearly as scenic as the Dakotas!
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Old June 26th, 2010, 03:40 AM   #5796
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Here are two pics of the H1 in "town". Note that HI DOT uses those durable white tack looking things instead of painting passing lines on the pavement.

INTERSTATE H1




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Old June 26th, 2010, 09:29 AM   #5797
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those durable white tack looking things
They are called Botts' dots.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 10:00 AM   #5798
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Cool photos. I believe those are called Botts' Dots. Looks like Chris beat me to it.
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Old June 26th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #5799
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What are those used for anyway??

I don't see the advantage of some non-reflective dots over reflective marking
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Old June 26th, 2010, 04:36 PM   #5800
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Back in the 60's, reflective road markings were an unknown phenomenon. The first road signs were also button copy to make them reflective, reflective signs didn't came into use until the early 70's or so.
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