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Old May 26th, 2011, 01:27 AM   #6881
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You still have to pay a (IIRC) $5 toll to cross the Susquehanna River on US 40.

The farthest downstream *FREE* crossing of that river is US 1 (it crosses the top of Conowingo Dam), located about 15-20 minutes inland from I-95.

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Both 95 and 40 cost $5.00 (for now...) north/eastbound and are free the other way. US 1 is free both ways but, yes, it's not the fastest route. And you only pay three tolls between Baltimore and Wilmington - at least downtown to downtown - if you choose, coming out of downtown Baltimore, to go south of the harbor and then through the Fort McHenry Tunnel, rather than just going through Fells Point/Canton or East Baltimore (the neighborhoods east of downtown and north of the harbor) to 95 or 40.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #6882
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Just came back from another US road trip, 3600 miles across the nine states.
Started and finished in Dallas so first let's post some pictures from Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex.
Sorry for the quality of some of them, I travel alone and I'm not so good at driving and shooting pictures at the same time.

High Five, intersection of I-635 and US Hwy 75




I-35E driving south to Dallas














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Old May 27th, 2011, 01:43 AM   #6883
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I-35E going right next to downtown Dallas


Nawierzchni srednia bo cale okolice tego wezla sa w przebudowie, budowany jest nowy most przez Trinity river, zaprojektowany przez Caltrave.


Zolte pasy na bramownicach oznaczja ze jedzie sie pasem wyjzedzajacym z danej drogi. Tutaj widac ze 4 lewe pasy wyjezdzaja z I-35E


Here is I-30 going from Dallas to Fort Worth






Junction of I-30 and I-820






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Old May 27th, 2011, 01:47 AM   #6884
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Getting closer to the Fort Worth downtown


Junction I-30 and I-35W, time to leave the freeway


Exit sort of in the middle, going right underneath the whole junction.






View from the surface streets




Poetry in concrete




Getting back onto I-30
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Old May 27th, 2011, 01:52 AM   #6885
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I-70 going west right next to Kansas City downtown


Junction of I-670 and I-35. Part of inner loop of KC, right south of downtown.


I-70 westbound again


and eastbound




View from rest area in the median of I-70 west of Topeka


I-70


I-70


I-30 going from Dallas to Little Rock


I-30, I like vegetation separating eastbound and westbound traffic
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Old May 27th, 2011, 02:25 AM   #6886
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Incredible. Simply incredible. Thanks for the tour. Hopefully there are more pics to come?
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Old May 27th, 2011, 02:49 AM   #6887
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Incredible. Simply incredible. Thanks for the tour. Hopefully there are more pics to come?
There will be more but not tonight, time to go to sleep
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Old May 27th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #6888
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I-30, I like vegetation separating eastbound and westbound traffic
Nice pictures, I love trees separating the median as well...especially at night.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 11:09 PM   #6889
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It's a strange experience not to see traffic in the other direction. Particularly when it lasts for 180 km, as I experienced in Mexico. Thankfully the yellow line at the left is a good instrument to clarify that you do not need to worry about two-way traffic.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 04:02 AM   #6890
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I-40 in New Mexico going towards Texas. You can see rumble strips


At least decent speed limit, 75 mph means it is ok to do 85mph








Gas prices




Directions


Surface looks bad from the viaduct but it is ok to drive. It is nicely patched with tar.


Wide median, I really mean wide


Traffic on I-40 was not too busy but more so than on some other stretches of interstate I drove in the past (like I-70 or I-90)


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Old May 28th, 2011, 04:16 AM   #6891
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Leaving new Mexico


Entering Texas


View from the frontage road. I find blue signs informing about food, accommodation and gas, extremely useful.




Road shields, real help with navigation.




Oklahoma City


I-35 going from Okalhoma City south to Dallas


Cut through Arbuckle Mountains (which are really hills)




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Old May 28th, 2011, 06:20 AM   #6892
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Ugh... the High-Five Interchange...
I know I'm about to get flayed for this, but while said interchange has phenomenal presence and scale, it's such a gaudy, awful looking thing: a baroque display for something defined by its function. *
Why not just pre-rusted (whatever the term is) or grey-colored girders resting atop simple concrete columns, columns like Providence's I-95 / I-195 interchange or what's shown in some of geogregor's other pictures? Or something even more visually unified like Caltrans concrete fly-overs in California? The aesthetics of freeway structures are better defined by their form and airiness, not tawdry paint jobs and needless ornamentation.

* For the record, I will state that my favorite bridge is the rather ornate Manhattan Bridge. Overly adorned? Yes, but also a product of its time.

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Old May 28th, 2011, 06:55 AM   #6893
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Road shields, real help with navigation.



Oklahoma City



Cut through Arbuckle Mountains (which are really hills)


Good lord these pictures are beautiful....love the FM picture, also was wondering what the new Oklahoma state highway signs look like from the freeway....nice. Wide medians are part of what make Interstate highways great. Not all of them are wide but still love them...no headlights in your face.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 12:45 PM   #6894
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Ugh... the High-Five Interchange...
I know I'm about to get flayed for this, but while said interchange has phenomenal presence and scale, it's such a gaudy, awful looking thing: a baroque display for something defined by its function. *
Why not just pre-rusted (whatever the term is) or grey-colored girders resting atop simple concrete columns, columns like Providence's I-95 / I-195 interchange or what's shown in some of geogregor's other pictures? Or something even more visually unified like Caltrans concrete fly-overs in California? The aesthetics of freeway structures are better defined by their form and airiness, not tawdry paint jobs and needless ornamentation.

* For the record, I will state that my favorite bridge is the rather ornate Manhattan Bridge. Overly adorned? Yes, but also a product of its time.
Come to Vancouver BC for just pre-rusted (whatever the term is) or grey-colored girders resting atop simple concrete columns thats all we have. The bare minimum. That same design of highways causes them to show their age quite quickly, where as the high 5 interchange seems to have aged much nicer. Its got incredible attention to detail and some of us can appreciate that. I personally love it. Its so much more visually appealing than what you described above.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 03:51 PM   #6895
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In Texas they like building shit that's really tacky and ugly.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 04:45 PM   #6896
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In Texas they like building shit that's really tacky and ugly.
Arguably so, but at least they're making an effort. I wouldn't want every major interchange to be like the High Five, but there's something to be said for variety.

Here in Georgia, there's been a trend away from aesthetics in the design of major interchanges. The sweeping box girders of Spaghetti Junction are a relic-- now crappy-looking AASHTO girders are the rule.

Street-level detailing has improved, though.

Now, to sort through geogregor's epic set of pics :

Sequential signage: I like it in principle, but I don't think that posting a sign over the left lanes that tells motorists that there's an exit on the right 1/4 mile away is a very good plan. IMO, sequential signage should mention the next two or three exits that haven't yet appeared on the regular signage.


Speaking of sequential signage, I've never seen a sequential sign on a ramp, like this. IMO, it's a very good idea.


As a Georgian, I'm insanely jealous of Texas' excellent signage and their rapid move toward Clearview. The improvement in readability is very striking.


This huge cut strikes me as very extravagant, unless... perhaps the rock removed here was needed for subbase elsewhere along the route:


AFAIK, Texas is the only state that puts crappy W-beam guardrails on its Interstate bridges, like Bulgaria :
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Old May 28th, 2011, 04:50 PM   #6897
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I was just wondering: Which is the highway with the densest traffic in the US?

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Old May 28th, 2011, 05:17 PM   #6898
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I-405 near Seal Beach, California (near Long Beach & Los Angeles) 390 000 vehicles per day.

This is not the busiest in the world.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #6899
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This huge cut strikes me as very extravagant, unless... perhaps the rock removed here was needed for subbase elsewhere along the route:
That highway would almost certainly been tunneled instead of cut through that hill had that been in Europe.

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Arguably so, but at least they're making an effort.
Oh, Dallas is trying, but to do what? One need not do much to improve the aesthetics a - make the columns hexagonal, make the hammerhead column-top more visually organic to its pillar, make all of the girders trapezoidal steel-boxes, etc - because function will always define structures like these. Why make a garish, superficial display when modifying elements of the engineering can deliver a visually pleasing impact?
The fly-overs between I-95 / I-195 in Providence or between I-10 / Sam Houston Tollway in Houston look great even though they have less. Or, as I mentioned before, if you prefer the all-concrete approach, look at some of what's been built in California. (not mine)

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In Texas they like building shit that's really tacky and ugly.
Haha! I didn't want to the be the one to say it!

Anyway, that's the last I'll make mention of this. Carry on, lads!

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