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Old October 17th, 2011, 08:56 PM   #7461
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Wow I need to do that drive someday.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:38 PM   #7462
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Nice! And it cost a mere half a billion just 20 years ago, that's unbelievaly. I think today you can hardly construct a mile of interstate for a billion $$ (adjusted).

And does anyone know if there's a special program that adds all the signs (exits, speed limits, etc.) or is it done manually?
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Old October 17th, 2011, 11:01 PM   #7463
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Nice! And it cost a mere half a billion just 20 years ago, that's unbelievaly. I think today you can hardly construct a mile of interstate for a billion $$ (adjusted).

And does anyone know if there's a special program that adds all the signs (exits, speed limits, etc.) or is it done manually?
Yeah it is a pretty cool stretch of road to drive on (but then again so is the rest of I-70 thru Central/Western Colorado).

Anyways it's not my video so I can't particularly say anything about which video editing software was used.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:05 PM   #7464
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And does anyone know if there's a special program that adds all the signs (exits, speed limits, etc.) or is it done manually?
As someone who is starting to dabble with driving videos, I can safely say there are no programs that automatically generate route shields and signs. The route shields and some signs (regulatory and warning) can be obtained from wikipedia and must be overlaid using some sort of video editing software (like Adobe Premiere Elements). Guide signs need to be created by hand using image editing software.

In my case, I use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements to create my videos. Because I have a vast collection of road sign elements (blank guide signs, shields, arrows, etc) I created based on sign specs I found on the internet, I am able to create just about any type of (US) road sign for use in a driving video. To see how all of this comes together here's one of my first videos of Interstate 880 in San Jose, CA...



To see a number of my road sign drawings, check out the Road-Related Illustrations thread on the AARoads Forum
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Old October 19th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #7465
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As someone who is starting to dabble with driving videos, I can safely say there are no programs that automatically generate route shields and signs. The route shields and some signs (regulatory and warning) can be obtained from wikipedia and must be overlaid using some sort of video editing software (like Adobe Premiere Elements). Guide signs need to be created by hand using image editing software.

In my case, I use Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements to create my videos. Because I have a vast collection of road sign elements (blank guide signs, shields, arrows, etc) I created based on sign specs I found on the internet, I am able to create just about any type of (US) road sign for use in a driving video. To see how all of this comes together here's one of my first videos of Interstate 880 in San Jose, CA...



To see a number of my road sign drawings, check out the Road-Related Illustrations thread on the AARoads Forum
Thanks! That must be a lot of work.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 12:28 AM   #7466
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Today it's exactly 55 years ago the Kansas Turnpike was completed over a distance of 236 miles. It predates the Interstate Highway system and provides quick access to Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita, as well as interstate travel, although most through traffic will use the I-35 between Wichita and Kansas City rather than I-335 / I-70 via Topeka. As far as I know the Kansas Turnpike was the westernmost long distance freeway-grade road that predates the Interstate Highway system.

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Old October 21st, 2011, 01:58 AM   #7467
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Today it's exactly 55 years ago the Kansas Turnpike was completed over a distance of 236 miles. It predates the Interstate Highway system and provides quick access to Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita, as well as interstate travel, although most through traffic will use the I-35 between Wichita and Kansas City rather than I-335 / I-70 via Topeka. As far as I know the Kansas Turnpike was the westernmost long distance freeway-grade road that predates the Interstate Highway system.
It looks like the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma extends just a few miles west and opened three years earlier. But it's only 88 miles long.

Several freeways in Los Angeles were complete before 1956 but I don't think any of them went long distances.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 06:34 AM   #7468
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Wasn't much of California's segment of I-80 built (as a freeway for US 40) by about 1950?
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 06:57 AM   #7469
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Thank you so much guys. I shall try to find some pictures of construction online.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 08:13 AM   #7470
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Here's the Hollywood Freeway c.1952. Not an interstate that crossed state lines but a dual roadbed, limited access freeway nonetheless.

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Old October 23rd, 2011, 09:06 PM   #7471
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Cool shot.

It does belong in the non-Interstate thread, though, seeing as it doesn't carry an Interstate designation.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 09:11 PM   #7472
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It's in the context, though, of a post about the Kansas Turnpike and our collective musing about whether there were any earlier long-distance freeways farther west.
(At any rate, the Hollywood's not the oldest freeway in Los Angeles, not by a decade. But does anyone know if I'm off base about the present I-80 in California being built in the 40s as part of US 40?)
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 09:55 PM   #7473
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It's in the context, though, of a post about the Kansas Turnpike and our collective musing about whether there were any earlier long-distance freeways farther west.
(At any rate, the Hollywood's not the oldest freeway in Los Angeles, not by a decade. But does anyone know if I'm off base about the present I-80 in California being built in the 40s as part of US 40?)
Ah, true story about the context.

Per Wikipedia, the Eastshore Freeway (I-80/580) in Berkeley was originally designated US 40 when it was the Eastshore Highway.
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 09:58 PM   #7474
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Interstate 80 does have some sections which were opened in the 1930's and 1940's in California, but some were not completed until the early 1970's. The I-80 through the Sierra Nevada opened mainly in the late 1950's.

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http://www.aaroads.com/california/i-080_ca.html
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Old October 24th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #7475
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The Gulf Freeway (aka I-45) in Houston was also built in the 1940's and was one of the first freeways in the US. This was converted to an Interstate later.





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Old October 24th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #7476
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The George Washington Bridge turns 80 years today!

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Old October 24th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #7478
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Great shot.
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Old October 24th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #7479
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According to Freewayjim (http://www.youtube.com/user/Freewayjim) the Gulf Freeway was opened in 1948. And one part of the Shirley Hwy was opened in Oct 1943 (Shirley Hwy is now I-395).

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Old October 24th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #7480
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Nope, the Gulf Freeway opened on September 30th, 1948:

http://www.houstonfreeways.com/
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