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Old April 19th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #7961
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I also hate driving in Florida except on the long bridges lol. Actually I-10 in north Florida is very hilly going west. I also live 100ft above sea level and I'm only a few miles from the water so I live on a giant hill. =P But obviously I meant in another state, I'm going to the mountains tomorrow will be at 5500ft at one point.
That stretch of 10 surprised me. I had no idea Florida had hills and rolling terrain like that. It was nice.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #7962
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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge turns 25 today. It opened to traffic on April 20th, 1987, after the original bridge (1954) collapsed in 1980.

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Old April 20th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #7963
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Are those round things to break the flow of water?
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Old April 20th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #7964
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Probably to deflect ships that are out of their course.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #7965
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those circle objects are called dolphins and as Chriszwolle identified they stop/deflect large out of control vessels from hitting the bridge.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 12:54 AM   #7966
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Which is a good idea, because the original collapse was due to a ship striking a support
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 07:02 AM   #7967
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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge turns 25 today. It opened to traffic on April 20th, 1987, after the original bridge (1954) collapsed in 1980.
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Are those round things to break the flow of water?
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Probably to deflect ships that are out of their course.
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those circle objects are called dolphins and as Chriszwolle identified they stop/deflect large out of control vessels from hitting the bridge.
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Which is a good idea, because the original collapse was due to a ship striking a support
Yes, I remember the day the new Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened to traffic. The dedication ceremonies were held in February 1987 and the new bridge opened two months later in April 1987.

My Sunshine Skyway page at Interstate275Florida.com has all the details, including pictures of the dedication ceremony and the open house where everyone got to walk the new bridge for the first (and only) time. After all, the new Sunshine Skyway is a part of Interstate 275 and US 19.

Two years later, the approach highways leading to the new Sunshine Skyway were reconstructed to interstate highway standards enabling Interstate 275 to be completed in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, save for the twin set of drawbridges (Structure A) which were demolished and replaced with high level bridges similar in height to the Howard Frankland Bridge in 1994.

The original 1954 Sunshine Skyway did have a fender system to deter wayward ships. It was taken down in 1971 when the southbound span - the bridge that was hit by the Summit Venture in 1980 - was opened due to extensive disrepair. The Florida DOT at the time decided to use clusters of wooden piles secured by a steel cable on either side of the main channel support piers of the old Sunshine Skyway.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 12:07 AM   #7968
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Went to Milwaukee yesterday and took a few pictures along the way. Pardon the quality; I was riding in the back seat for part of the trip.


Interstate 39/90/94 north of Madison


Roadwork ahead where I-39/90/94 intersects U.S. 51. The bridge is being repaired, I believe.


Exit to U.S. 151 and the east side of Madison


8+ lanes of I-39/90/94 approaching the Badger Interchange, where I-94 breaks off in a more easterly direction and WI-30 spurs into eastern Madison


The Badger Interchange


I-94 in rural Jefferson County, east of Madison.


I-94 in Waukesha County, suburban Milwaukee


I wanted a few shots of the Marquette interchange, but unfortunately our route didn't take us that way. Maybe next time.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 05:53 PM   #7969
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Those are pretty good shots considering they were taken from the backseat of a car! Mustn't have been using your cell phone.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 09:46 PM   #7970
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Is it me, or do American highways have tighter (and shorter) curves than European highways?

Most European highways I've seen have long, gradual curves with a big radius that makes driving feel safer and more comfortable.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 10:52 PM   #7971
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The main difference appears to be the usage of tunnels in hilly and mountainous areas. European freeways have many more tunnels, straightening them out, while roads like I-40 in North Carolina, I-5 in Oregon or I-77 in West Virginia are very twisty.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 10:52 PM   #7972
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Is it me, or do American highways have tighter (and shorter) curves than European highways?

Most European highways I've seen have long, gradual curves with a big radius that makes driving feel safer and more comfortable.
Depends on the state and when that particular stretch of interstate was built. Post-1970 interstates have the standards that European motorways do as far as curvature and other aspects of engineering go. I-75 between Chattanooga and Atlanta is a good example.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 12:16 AM   #7973
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Those are pretty good shots considering they were taken from the backseat of a car! Mustn't have been using your cell phone.
I have a Nikon D40. I cropped the images so you can't see the dashboard or the rearview mirror reflecting my brother's very ugly hat.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 05:38 PM   #7974
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Is it me, or do American highways have tighter (and shorter) curves than European highways?

Most European highways I've seen have long, gradual curves with a big radius that makes driving feel safer and more comfortable.
It can be hard to judge that by looking at photos. A good telephoto lens will significantly alter the severity of the curve relative to a flatter lens.

Some curves are sharper than others tho
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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:37 AM   #7975
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The main difference appears to be the usage of tunnels in hilly and mountainous areas. European freeways have many more tunnels, straightening them out, while roads like I-40 in North Carolina, I-5 in Oregon or I-77 in West Virginia are very twisty.
That differs per country. Most motorways in mainland Europe do have more tunnels, but we do have a lot of twisty motorways, with steep crawler lanes for freight. In Germany, the A3 between Köln and Frankfurt is a good example, but also the A5 at Kassel and the A8 between Munich and Salzburg. France has its share, especially in the Auvergne, and in the UK, they don`t know any different. (M25 north, M1 Yorkshire, M20 in Kent are good examples)
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Old May 18th, 2012, 04:56 AM   #7976
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Why should those euro's have all that construction fun... fear not:
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I decided to take a vacation day on Friday to check out progress on I-69. I am not an expert, but I am having a hard time seeing how the SR 68 to US 231 section will open in 2012 as scheduled. I decided to venture down some gravel roads and covered the entire length (as much as possible).

Starting at SR 37 in Bloomington, the first sign of construction was at SR 445 where a lot of trees have been cut and earth moving has begun. The second sign was where I-69 crosses SR 45 where a lot of earth has been moved. I did not go down any backroads in this newest section. The next point I saw was at US 231, and from there on I spent more time. Below are some pictures - these are all from areas that are well underway. I will try to post some where the road is not as far along in another post.


US 231 at I-69 - the deck is not in place on this overpass


Asphalt paving in Daviess County north of Washington


PCCP paving near Washington (just north of US 50)


US 50 new eastbound lanes at I-69


SR 64 at I-69
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Old May 18th, 2012, 05:02 AM   #7977
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The scale of this project is amazing. I thought 70 -80 miles was long, but when you see all the men and machinery operating along the whole length of this thing, the scale sinks in. I think this would be considered a long project even by 1960s and early 1970s standards as even then it was common to see 20-30 mile sections being built at a time.

This is where I am seeing a problem as so much paving will have to be done over so many miles toward the tail end of this year. Not much of the road is yet paved today. A lot of the road isn't even close to final grade and some of it is still in earth-moving stages. Most bridges are well along, but some are barely started. If this opens up in 2012, it will be pretty amazing, but on the other hand a lot has changed since my last look at it in late October, 2011.

Part 2 of I-69 photos follows.


I-69 at SR 56/SR 61 near Petersburg. This overpass has a ways to go.


Overpass over railway tracks near Elnora


Looking north in northern Daviess County (south of SR 58)


Digging out bad soil in Gibson County


Overpass over railway tracks just north of US 50 in Washington


Looking where the road makes a turn toward the east near Elnora, IN
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Old May 18th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #7978
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I-30 and US 59 stack at Texarkana TX

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Old May 18th, 2012, 10:04 AM   #7979
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Old May 18th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #7980
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