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Old December 23rd, 2011, 05:10 PM   #7681
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Interesting feature in Texas, the I-44 splits around two blocks in Wichita Falls for a while.

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 07:10 PM   #7682
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Interesting feature in Texas, the I-44 splits around two blocks in Wichita Falls for a while.
I guess that is pretty odd for American, specially Texan standards. What would be the reason for not expropriating that block?
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 07:23 PM   #7683
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I guess that is pretty odd for American, specially Texan standards. What would be the reason for not expropriating that block?
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Also, the freeway segments on either end were built first, several decades before the part that is elevated over the streets to connect them together. I-44 originally ended at the end of the upper-left freeway, I'm not sure if it was extended to include the elevated-over-the-streets part when that opened. It is also marked as US 277, 281 and 287.

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 08:29 PM   #7684
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Luckily they are pretty much ignored by most people, I always have to laugh when driving through Atlanta with a 55mph speed limit everybody is doing 80+mph.
It's the same in LA.
On my first visist there I quickly learned that driving less than 80mph you actually cause dangerous situations as everyone is going faster, regardless of the posted limits.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 08:45 PM   #7685
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Also, the freeway segments on either end were built first, several decades before the part that is elevated over the streets to connect them together. I-44 originally ended at the end of the upper-left freeway, I'm not sure if it was extended to include the elevated-over-the-streets part when that opened. It is also marked as US 277, 281 and 287.

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Which is what I would have guessed. And that the streets would have been one-way, so that you've got the southbound roadway of the freeway leading into a southbound street, and a northbound street leading into the northbound roadway of the freeway. You'll see that sort of pattern all over the place (Charleston, S.C.; Lubbock, Tex....)
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 09:02 PM   #7686
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Amarillo has such a thing too. I-27 forks into/from 4 streets on the south side of downtown and US 287 does it on the north side. So through traffic will travel through downtown, but there isn't much north of Amarillo, so I guess it's not a big problem.

Amarillo also has a 40 mile, two-lane loop.

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 10:26 PM   #7687
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 10:38 PM   #7688
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Amarillo has such a thing too. I-27 forks into/from 4 streets on the south side of downtown and US 287 does it on the north side. So through traffic will travel through downtown, but there isn't much north of Amarillo, so I guess it's not a big problem.

Amarillo also has a 40 mile, two-lane loop.
I think I was thinking Amarillo when I said Lubbock. I knew one of them had the channeling-I-27-into-four-streets thing.
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Old December 24th, 2011, 11:51 PM   #7689
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I always believe that we should have variable speed limits in urban freeways. There is no reason to do 55 mph on a nearly empty 2x3 freeway at 2am.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 02:35 AM   #7690
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I always believe that we should have variable speed limits in urban freeways. There is no reason to do 55 mph on a nearly empty 2x3 freeway at 2am.
I would say variable speed limits on all roads, but municipalities have to make their money somehow (speeding tickets).
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Old December 25th, 2011, 02:44 AM   #7691
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I think the beltway around Indianapolis has it. The speed limits were electronic signs so I am guessing it's because the limit changes.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 03:07 AM   #7692
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It is not too much. in europe almost every motorway has a speed limit of 130 km/h
In Poland there is 140 km/h (87 mph) on motorways.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #7693
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I love that the Austin area and Texas in general are getting higher speed limits. I've never seen speed limits at 70+ so far into an urban area before. The tollway 45 just north of Austin now has a speed limit of 75, a speed limit I've only expected to see out in the middle of nowhere.
Come to Michigan, I-75 and I-96 are 70 well within Detroit city limits. I-94 is posted outside of limits. All of I-696 is posted at 70.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #7694
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Old December 25th, 2011, 05:37 PM   #7696
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In Poland there is 140 km/h (87 mph) on motorways.
Yes but keep in mind there is no official disctinction between a motorway/highway and an expressway like in Poland. Speed limits are often the same on these, 55 to 65.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #7697
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You guys really make me laugh ; when you advocate variable speed limits you should translate : you actually mean "variable speed limits provided the lowest one is at least 85 mph".

Low speed limits (55 mph for instance) make perfectly sense in urban freeways with lots of lanes and entrances/exists and heavy traffic. The main issue there is capacity, at least during peak hours, and you certainly don't reach the highest capacity and flowing with morrons doing 85+ mph in dense traffic, waving, tailgating, changing lanes .../...
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Old December 25th, 2011, 08:17 PM   #7698
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You guys really make me laugh ; when you advocate variable speed limits you should translate : you actually mean "variable speed limits provided the lowest one is at least 85 mph".

Low speed limits (55 mph for instance) make perfectly sense in urban freeways with lots of lanes and entrances/exists and heavy traffic. The main issue there is capacity, at least during peak hours, and you certainly don't reach the highest capacity and flowing with morrons doing 85+ mph in dense traffic, waving, tailgating, changing lanes .../...
But with so much traffic the traffic slows down anyway, so the speed limit becomes pretty academic.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 09:25 PM   #7699
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EB I-494 and US-169 Interchange by Otter 2020, on Flickr
Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Finally updating one of the worst intersection in the Minneapolis metro area during rush hour. Eliminating stop light on US-169 and creating flyovers to ease up traffic merging onto I-494.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 09:59 PM   #7700
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I-35W in Minneapolis was reconstructed to eliminate traffic congestion at the MN-62 (Crosstown Highway) intersection and expanded to add HOV lanes to and from downtown Minneapolis to southern suburb of Burnsville, south of the Minnesota River.
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HOV Lane enterance on NB I-35W at HWY 62, Richfield, MN by Otter 2020, on Flickr
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I-35W and HWY 62 (Crosstown) Interchange by Otter 2020, on Flickr
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NB I-35W to Downtown Minneapolis, MN by Otter 2020, on Flickr
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