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Old August 3rd, 2012, 06:50 PM   #8261
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It will be a reversible HOT facility. HOV vehicles can still travel for free.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 08:59 PM   #8262
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Oh, they are keeping it reversible? I guess to stay compatible with I-395...

... but I wondered, since the lanes they're building on I-495 are not reversible (two each direction, IIRC).
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 10:27 PM   #8263
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That's because beltways tend to be busy in both directions at the same time. Commuting has become much more diverse in the past 20 - 30 years, in some cases outbound traffic is heavier than inbound traffic. In case of Dallas, 80% of the traffic on I-35E does not have an origin or destination in Downtown.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #8264
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This also delays the much-needed I-285/GA-400 interchange upgrade, along with several other road projects, but the bulk of the road projects included in T-SPLOST were relatively minor. Not much bang for your buck, so to speak.
While it's certainly true that the 285/400 interchange is screamingly obsolete and constitutes a bottleneck, it's also true that the real problem there is through capacity on 285 and 400. IMO, what's the point of spending $400m+ to ease the movement of traffic from one gridlocked freeway to another? Wait two years for a design, endure four years of disruptive construction, then still be sitting in traffic on my way from 400 to 85? No, thanks.

Exchanging my sustainability advocate hat for my normal-Atlantan-who drives-too-much one, I couldn't help but notice how little this program would've done for me as a motorist.

Also IMO, the most unfortunate casualty of the T-SPLOST defeat is the I-285/I-20 west interchange upgrade. That project was sensibly scaled for the capacity of the freeways it connects (having been downscaled from the previvious 23 lanes-on-I-20 scheme), and would've eased a chronic bottleneck on the loop ramp from WB I-20 to NB 285. OTOH, I don't see why funding for it couldn't be scraped together from existing revenue sources.

I would've voted yes as a measure of support for doing something, anything, about Atlanta's ridiculous transport situation, but only because I was sure it'd be defeated. As it happens, I was working out of town on election day, and I couldn't muster enough enthusiasm to apply for an absentee ballot.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 06:48 AM   #8265
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I don't know if i posted this...oh well

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Old August 5th, 2012, 11:32 AM   #8266
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This ought to be one of the most surreal/exotic natural scenarios you find around any highway anywhere in the World. I drove there once but not in favorable conditions (twilight). Surely want to travel there again

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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:44 PM   #8267
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Here's a couple pictures of updates on the future I-99. This is the section south of Painted Post, NY, heading southbound, From the exit near Presho.





Here's some pictures of the scenery along the old US Route 15 that will be bypassed.

















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Old August 24th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #8268
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Beautiful scenery. US15 is also the only real direct way from Buffalo/Toronto area to the DC/Baltimore area.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #8269
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US 219 might be shorter....

I'm not sure how I'd get from Buffalo to Washington - never had to do it. I could see swinging west and using I-79.

EDIT: check out what Google Maps recommends.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #8270
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New section of interstate open

A 13.5 km section of I-580 between Reno and Carson City, NV opened to traffic southbound on Thursday, 2012-08-23 and the northbound side is expected to open on Monday, 2012-08-27.

http://www.ktvn.com/story/19369749/i...pen-to-traffic

https://maps.google.com/?ll=39.34173...20757&t=m&z=12

(The part opening is between Mount Rose Highway (NV 431) and Davis Creek Park (NV 429) in the Washoe Valley and includes a very impressive concrete arch bridge.)



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Old August 26th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #8271
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Contraflow plans for evacuation of New Orleans

These are the official contraflow evacuation plans for New Orleans, should a total evacuation be in place

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Old August 27th, 2012, 01:57 AM   #8272
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Kinda crazy considering its around the same time 7 years ago Hurricane Katrina hit.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 02:40 AM   #8273
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Hope none of the causeways and low bridges get swamped/wiped out like they did during Katrina
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:21 AM   #8274
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Haven't heard anything about an evacuation of New Orleans yet. And keep in mind it would take time; I remember hearing about the evacuation for Katrina on Saturday afternoon (I know that because I remember carrying Saturday shopping past a hotel where I could see the TV over the bar from the street, and CNN was reporting it...), while the storm hit on Monday.

Someone did say on the Weather Channel earlier that the levees have been improved since Katrina (I should hope so!) and they should be able to handle this; the concern would be more with low-lying outlying areas, particularly right along the coast.

If I lived in New Orleans, though, I'd be wondering if I should count on that....

But it's early.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:26 AM   #8275
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Hope none of the causeways and low bridges get swamped/wiped out like they did during Katrina
The new I-10 Twin Spans bridge in New Orleans has been rebuilt to be higher then the original bridge. Also the Army Corps of Engineers have been very busy rebuilding the levees and adding a new storm surge barrier so if the next storm hits the area, the damage should not be as bad as Katrina (provided that they are adequately maintained).
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:29 AM   #8276
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Do you (or anyone) know where the Harvey Canal is? Reportedly the Army Corps of Engineers is planning to close it Tuesday.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #8277
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Anyways here are the Hurricane Evacuation Contraflow plans for Texas if anyone is interested.

Houston:
I-10
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I-45
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Corpus Christi:
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:37 AM   #8278
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Do you (or anyone) know where the Harvey Canal is? Reportedly the Army Corps of Engineers is planning to close it Tuesday.
The Harvey Canal is located in the namesake town of Harvey, on the West Bank across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

http://neworleans.citysearch.com/pro..._canal_lp.html
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Old September 1st, 2012, 08:23 PM   #8279
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I-635 @ DNT Dallas

The future layout of the I-635 / Dallas North Tollway interchange in Dallas, Texas.



I doubt if this interchange will be sufficient though... so many lanes and just a cloverleaf.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 08:45 PM   #8280
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My first video

Washington, USA: I-90 reversible express lanes (eastbound). Seattle to Bellevue. Note, I was extremely surprised to witness such good lane discipline. It's rare to see that.

Enjoy!


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