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Old July 15th, 2011, 04:35 AM   #7121
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I think the completely-separated reversible HOV lanes used in Northern Virginia are the best way to go.
Houston has those as well with separate exits for the HOV lanes included. Problem is most of them are only one lane across with no shoulder so if there is an aciddent there is no way to get around it and traffic just backs up.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 04:35 AM   #7122
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I think the completely-separated reversible HOV lanes used in Northern Virginia are the best way to go.
Having driven up and down 95 extensively, I tend to agree.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:09 AM   #7123
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What's the deal with the lack of highway lighting on Virginia?? Even in the big metros like Richmond and NoVa, there are no lights on the highways and exits? Makes it horrible to navigate at night if you're not a local.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:11 AM   #7124
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:53 AM   #7125
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What's the deal with the lack of highway lighting on Virginia?? Even in the big metros like Richmond and NoVa, there are no lights on the highways and exits? Makes it horrible to navigate at night if you're not a local.
Lighting is inconsistent, I'll agree with that. You'll find lights in some spots but not in others... usually at certain interchanges, but not lining the roads.

However, in Hampton Roads you'll find lights on I-64 and 664 in Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, and (IIRC) Virginia Beach... but less so in Chesapeake and Suffolk. Not sure about Portsmouth.

I'll say this though... from my experience, highway lighting in Virginia is much better than in Georgia and even Maryland.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:41 AM   #7126
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Well, I'm going to have to disagree about Georgia. In the cities, the portions of highways and exits are the exception to the rule, whereas in Richmond and NoVa the opposite is true.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:44 AM   #7127
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #7128
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Well, I'm going to have to disagree about Georgia. In the cities, the portions of highways and exits are the exception to the rule, whereas in Richmond and NoVa the opposite is true.
75/85 has streetlights in Atlanta, yeah. But I don't recall seeing a single streetlight on I-20 either in metro Atlanta or Augusta. Or 285 away from the airport. Athens, where I live? Nothing. Can't call it about Columbus, Macon, or Savannah.

Guess it all depends where you are in Virginia. I've never found it to be excessively dark there unless I was in the boonies. Question though: when was the last time you were in VA?
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #7129
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I was there last weekend.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #7130
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So what's up with the reconstruction of I-405?
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Old July 16th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #7131
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I was there last weekend.
Gotcha.

Maybe when they finish all the construction, especially in Northern VA, it will be better lit. Maybe.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #7132
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Most highway videos are shot during low traffic hours, and often the right lane is completely free with no merging traffic whatsoever and still people don't get into the right lane, it's just for decoration.
This is what I mean:
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Old July 16th, 2011, 04:32 PM   #7133
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So what's up with the reconstruction of I-405?
I'm feeling too lazy to check right now, but weren't they replacing an overpass or something? I think it was just a one-weekend project.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #7134
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Apparently the Mulholland Dr bridge reconstruction is just a beginning of a 10-mile stretch widening project.

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The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will add a 10-mile HOV lane and improve supporting infrastructure such as ramps, bridges and sound walls on the San Diego Fwy. (I-405); while widening lanes from the Santa Monica Fwy. (I-10) to the Ventura Fwy. (US-101).

This project will reduce existing and forecasted traffic congestion on the I-405 and enhance traffic operations by adding freeway capacity in an area that experiences heavy congestion. In addition to these modifications, the project will improve both existing and future mobility and enhance safety throughout the corridor.

Project benefits include a decrease in commuter time, reduction in air pollution, and promotion of ridesharing.

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project will:

Add a 10-mile HOV lane on the northbound I-405 between the I-10 and US-101 Freeways
Remove and replace the Skirball Center Dr, Sunset Bl and Mulholland Dr bridges
Realign 27 on and off-ramps
Widen 13 existing underpasses and structures
Construct approximately 18 miles of retaining wall and sound wall

Link: http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/
Some sources:
http://www.metro.net/projects/I-405/
http://www.facebook.com/405project?sk=info

Some news:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...ive-start.html
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/ar...project-begins
http://www.today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/...405-99562.aspx

Some photo:
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
http://framework.latimes.com/2011/07...s-405-closure/


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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #7135
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Oops - Didn't read the whole thread.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:01 PM   #7136
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Cool info, lafreak. But your second source link is from Washington.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM   #7137
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Chris, I really don't see your point. Never have I ever felt bothered by people using all lanes, neither in suburban nor in rural, interstate driving (800+ miles in one day).
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Old July 17th, 2011, 04:39 AM   #7138
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This is what I mean:
Now that you've pointed this out I've been noticing this alot. Today on North Interstate 35 south of Jarrell, TX (I just passed these two cars at about 75mph):

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As you pass people on the right and stare into their car as you pass they're just absolutely clueless.

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Old July 17th, 2011, 04:43 AM   #7139
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Chris, I really don't see your point. Never have I ever felt bothered by people using all lanes, neither in suburban nor in rural, interstate driving (800+ miles in one day).
Suppose there are three lanes of traffic and there's someone in the middle one moving more slowly than everyone else. Suppose you're in the middle lane, you come up behind this person, and you decide to pass him to his left. Suppose the person behind you decides to pass him to his right. Now suppose both you (who just passed to the left) and the person who just passed to the right simultaneously decide to switch back into the middle lane now that you're past the slowpoke. Do you see the problem?

In most of the world, including many U.S. states, it is illegal to pass on the right, and also to drive on the left unless you're passing.
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Chris, I really don't see your point. Never have I ever felt bothered by people using all lanes, neither in suburban nor in rural, interstate driving (800+ miles in one day).
In a 3, 4, 5-lane carriageway, the excessive use of lanes to the left effectively reduces carrying capacity at high speeds, given you can't pass on the right (theoretically).
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