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Old June 6th, 2011, 07:28 AM   #6941
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if by our neighbors you mean Canada, I don't think their roads are better

Montreal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-coDrnB6SYc
Quebec has crappy roads but highways in Ontario are top-notch (at least in the Toronto area except the Gardiner). They do good maintainability and their highways don't look aged like they do across the border even though the weather is arguably worse. This is off-topic though...

The crappiest highways in the US that I've experienced has either to be in Pennsylvania, the NYC area, and NY Route 17 (which is being updated to be future I-86).
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Old June 6th, 2011, 07:37 AM   #6942
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With countries such as the US and Canada that have huge land areas and large highway networks compared with their populations, just maintaining the existing highways is a challenge.
But highway maintenance is on the state level, not federal. I think out west, this is a valid excuse but around here, states are pretty small.

Since most European countries have more centralized highway systems and funding, perhaps the opposite is true. They have more to worry about.

Even with our gas tax (one of the highest in the nation), CT's highways are not that great. There's been good updates here and there, but it's obvious that there isn't enough money around for overall maintenance or future expansions so the state has no choice but to go back to tolls eventually in the future.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #6943
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Quebec has crappy roads but highways in Ontario are top-notch (at least in the Toronto area except the Gardiner). They do good maintainability and their highways don't look aged like they do across the border even though the weather is arguably worse. This is off-topic though...

The crappiest highways in the US that I've experienced has either to be in Pennsylvania, the NYC area, and NY Route 17 (which is being updated to be future I-86).
Ontario is the only place in Canada with highways that are on par with USA highways. Its not even a question of funding either. Its all about location. The fact that Southern Ontario is so close to so many major US metro areas forced Southern Ontario to copy the US form of highway building, lest they look like a 3rd world country when Americans come and visit. Other areas of the country though, like Vancouver, don't have any nearby US metros to look to for guidance on highway building. Or they simply choose to purposely build inferior highways out here. Its like discovering a long lost civilization that hasn't had any contact with the outside world. Seeing what they have created while left to their own devices is sometimes disturbing and primitive. Comparing highways in WA state to BC is like night and day.

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Old June 6th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #6944
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You have to remember our gas taxes are low but a lot of tax money is spent in subsidizing the oil industry to keep the prices low, that is why the prices are lower in the US.
Subsidizing the oil industry doesn't keep our prices low. We need to stop giving them tax cuts. I highly doubt Exxon-Mobil, Conoco, Shell US, Chevron, etc., will raise gas prices if they don't get their tax cuts. With all the record profits they have been having, I SERIOUSLY doubt that.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #6945
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Ontario is the only place in Canada with highways that are on par with USA highways. Its not even a question of funding either. Its all about location. The fact that Southern Ontario is so close to so many major US metro areas forced Southern Ontario to copy the US form of highway building, lest they look like a 3rd world country when Americans come and visit. Other areas of the country though, like Vancouver, don't have any nearby US metros to look to for guidance on highway building. Or they simply choose to purposely build inferior highways out here. Its like discovering a long lost civilization that hasn't had any contact with the outside world. Seeing what they have created while left to their own devices is sometimes disturbing and primitive. Comparing highways in WA state to BC is like night and day.
Did you write this post while under influence???
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Old June 6th, 2011, 06:38 PM   #6946
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Subsidizing the oil industry doesn't keep our prices low. We need to stop giving them tax cuts. I highly doubt Exxon-Mobil, Conoco, Shell US, Chevron, etc., will raise gas prices if they don't get their tax cuts. With all the record profits they have been having, I SERIOUSLY doubt that.
We need to stop subsidizing the Oil companies , the Airlines and then we need to get rid of some Rail regulations and watch the Private Passenger business boom again. Its not fair when the Govt subsidizes the Oil , and Air Industry's and then doesn't do the same for Rail or Sea. Its hurting our economy and prices don't seem to be any lower.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 11:59 PM   #6947
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I-25/C 470 interchange Denver

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Old June 8th, 2011, 11:50 AM   #6948
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I-80 in Sacramento during the housing boom years.
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Old June 9th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #6949
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In April 2009 I was in the US. Now I searched my archive for some road pictures. Enjoy!

Maybe the best motorway pic I've ever caught. I-95 near Fort Lauderdale airport:



Florida's Turnpike seen from I-595:



I-95:





American dream. It's all about this. Cruising on I-95 in Florida:



I-95 near Kennedy Space Center exit:

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Old June 9th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #6950
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Now some pictures of Interstates in Illinois, around Chicago:

O'Hare airport:



I-90:



One of the coolest interchanges. I-90 / I-94 / I-290 seen from the 99th floor of Sears Tower:



I-90 and I-94:



I-294 and I-190:



Nice sign!



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Old June 10th, 2011, 12:15 AM   #6951
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Wow that sign that says "Hit worker 14 years jail" !!!
Makes you think while speeding, I guess...
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Old June 10th, 2011, 09:36 AM   #6952
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Wow that sign that says "Hit worker 14 years jail" !!!
Makes you think while speeding, I guess...
There were a lot of signs like this in the Chicago area. I remember that there were some roadworks and every mile I could see this sign...
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Old June 10th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #6953
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I am in New England for a few days at the moment; on Wednesday I drove from home (Philadelphia) to Attleboro, Massachusetts. So I was in six states (mostly small ones) in the space of six hours, and I can't remember which one it was, but somewhere I saw a "have two accidents in work zones - lose your license" sign, or words to that effect. "Fines doubled in work zones" are fairly standard; you'll probably see them in most states.
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I am in New England for a few days at the moment; on Wednesday I drove from home (Philadelphia) to Attleboro, Massachusetts. So I was in six states (mostly small ones) in the space of six hours, and I can't remember which one it was, but somewhere I saw a "have two accidents in work zones - lose your license" sign, or words to that effect. "Fines doubled in work zones" are fairly standard; you'll probably see them in most states.
I've seen this type of signs in Illinois.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #6955
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I've seen this type of signs in Illinois.
Same in Colorado. They were posted all the way on I-25 widening works.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 09:14 PM   #6956
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I always like seeing images of USA roads and other things taken by average people from overseas.



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I-95 near Kennedy Space Center exit:

Am I not the only one who notices the strange, perhaps unsettling (to the employees, especially) wording on this sign....



Also, I believe that most, if not all, USA states now charge double fines for traffic violations in construction zones and many spare no expenses in posting that fact.

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Old June 10th, 2011, 10:22 PM   #6957
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Am I not the only one who notices the strange, perhaps unsettling (to the employees, especially) wording on this sign....
What's wrong with it?
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Old June 10th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #6958
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After taking this exit, you won't return to earth
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Old June 10th, 2011, 10:34 PM   #6959
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After taking this exit, you won't return to earth
It seems that I've managed to return, although I was only about 1-2 miles away from the space shuttle launching facility and I've seen space shuttle Atlantis preparing for STS-125 mission.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 05:04 AM   #6960
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It seems that I've managed to return, although I was only about 1-2 miles away from the space shuttle launching facility and I've seen space shuttle Atlantis preparing for STS-125 mission.
You returned, not the crew of the Columbia in 2003.
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