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Old January 28th, 2012, 05:22 AM   #7761
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When it comes to big highway projects, Texas tends to deliver.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 07:04 AM   #7762
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I want them to deliver on this

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Old January 28th, 2012, 03:07 PM   #7763
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Is there any time-line for the project?
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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:06 AM   #7764
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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #7765
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I remember seeing some ridiculously low speed limits in the NYC area. In theory they might make sense but in reality once a road is in a freeway configuration it's easy to do 70.
Yeah I mean in congestion you probably won't even be doing the speed limit, but if traffic is moving forget the speed limit.

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I wouldn't do 70 in NYC. There is usually just too much stuff to pay attention to.

On the other hand, I regularly go near 80 here on Hartford highways, haven't been caught yet.
Connecticut is tough with speeding since of the Northeast states I've been to they had the most cops pulling people over. I went faster in New York because of that lol.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 05:12 AM   #7766
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I-94 through Detroit is such an outdated POS. The ramps are tiny, very hard to see the huge trucks coming down the right lane as you try to merge. The shoulders are tiny; if someone pulls over, one lane of traffic is out of commission. The left side exit ramps lead to a huge amount of weaving downtown.

The only redeeming aspect is far fewer people live SW of Detroit than in any other direction, so it's relatively uncontested in the mornings. It's in much need of a complete overhaul.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 07:29 AM   #7767
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Connecticut is tough with speeding since of the Northeast states I've been to they had the most cops pulling people over. I went faster in New York because of that lol.
Mass is worse I think. Try driving on the Mass Pike at night where the cops are hiding in the bushes!
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Old January 29th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #7768
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The Dallas - Fort Worth Turnpike in 1963. It's I-30 nowadays.

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Old January 30th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #7769
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Does Houston have the busiest freeway in the United States?

Usually the I-405 in Long Beach, California is quoted as having the highest traffic volume in the nation at 390,000 vehicles per day.

But I always got the feeling that the brief I-10/I-45 concurrency north of downtown Houston has a higher traffic volume. First of all, it is much wider at 19 lanes compared to the 14 lanes at the 405. A 19 lane setup at a typical 2200 vehicles/hour multiplied by 12 hours for an urban freeway gives an AADT of 500,000.

While I think half a million vehicles is a bit too high, anywhere between 400,000 and 450,000 vehicles per day may be possible.

Here are the traffic counts of the adjoining freeway sections. If you add them up and divide them by two you get 426,500 vehicles per day. Doesn't sound implausible. There are no traffic counts available for this specific section unfortunately. The value of 426,500 vehicles is just a few thousand vehicles short of the highway 401 volume in Toronto, which is still considered as the busiest freeway in the world. But Houston may just beat that, solidifying its title as the freeway capital of the world.



It is debatable if this particular freeway section counts as a multiplex or just an interchange. However, traffic is driving side by side here.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #7770
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I think it is just a giant interchange.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #7771
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You can easily compare this to interchange Ridderkerk (Netherlands): same sort of thing: would you count that as one interchange?

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Old January 30th, 2012, 09:03 PM   #7772
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Mass is worse I think. Try driving on the Mass Pike at night where the cops are hiding in the bushes!
Thats pretty common in most places though, I haven't driven the Mass Pike at night so I don't really know lol.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #7773
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You can easily compare this to interchange Ridderkerk (Netherlands): same sort of thing: would you count that as one interchange?

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Yes, both are single interchanges. Complex ones, but you can easily see they are part of a same interchange system by its desing etc.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 11:08 PM   #7774
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Old January 31st, 2012, 09:28 AM   #7775
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Does anyone know why they keep putting the raised/reflective markings (road dots) on freeways and city roads? Or why do they last 1 month before they start breaking. They break very easily and after a couple months, the road barely has any markings. But I noticed something. I saw a pictures from a New Zealand freeway, and the same markings are intact. Is it just a new road, or their markings are of better quality?

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And this is a US road with the same markings. Other roads are even worse but I don't have a picture


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Old January 31st, 2012, 10:21 AM   #7776
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It's a matter of maintenance I suppose. The Auckland example is a motorway which first opened in the 1950's. Road markings don't last forever.
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Old February 1st, 2012, 10:08 PM   #7777
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They repaint the paint markings every year, they put new reflective markings every couple of years, but the thing is the reflective markings don't hold up and last only a couple months. But instead of getting rid of them, they keep using them which is the weird thing.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 04:28 AM   #7778
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They repaint the paint markings every year, they put new reflective markings every couple of years, but the thing is the reflective markings don't hold up and last only a couple months. But instead of getting rid of them, they keep using them which is the weird thing.
Especially in Seattle. If you look closely on I-5, there are 9 or 10 reflective markings (most broken) sitting really close to each other. That is in addition to the raised non-reflective pavement markings. I'll try to find a picture.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:50 AM   #7779
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No markings at all

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Old February 3rd, 2012, 01:21 AM   #7780
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I've never seen those here (Hartford, CT). They definitely don't look long term.
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