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Old October 7th, 2012, 05:41 AM   #8381
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Old October 7th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #8382
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it is, its the new highway on Mars.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #8383
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I-85 / I-485 interchange, Charlotte, NC

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I-85/485 Interchange progress is coming along. This project will link two vital interstates in Mecklenburg County, and will improve mobility in the Metrolina region. by NCDOTcommunications, on Flickr

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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #8384
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Which one? (485 crosses, or will cross, 85 twice.)
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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #8385
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The northeastern one
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Old October 14th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #8386
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I-70 Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

Today it's exactly 20 years ago Interstate 70 was completed through the Glenwood Canyon in Colorado. It's one of the most impressive Interstate Highways.

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Old October 14th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #8387
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Old October 14th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #8388
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I was in the Washington area yesterday and saw signage (on 66) for the 495 express lanes. I'm not sure I approve of tolling them: if the road needs to be widened, widen it for everyone, don't introduce a class system.

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Old October 14th, 2012, 07:32 PM   #8389
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That is only possible if they substantially increase the gas tax, if not double it. That's political suicide right now. Funding is simply not enough to pay for such large projects.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #8390
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They need to double the gas tax and index it to inflation.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #8391
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Old October 18th, 2012, 04:28 AM   #8392
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Few shots of Maine turnpike. One of a few roads in America which shows metric as well as imperial units, I guess it is due to many Canadians using it.










I have to say that I found Maine roads to be mostly in an excellent condition. I also like practical attitude of the Maine drivers. Most of them totally ignore the ridiculously low speed limits.
For example between Bangor and Augusta speed limit is only 65mph (105km/h). Fortunately more than half of the drivers was doing well over 80mph. I was consistently driving 80-85 and wasn't the fastest on the road.

On many local roads there is only 55mph limit. This is a joke. You can safely drive 75 on most of them. If they worry about animal collisions why don't they introduce higher day limits and lower night limits?


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Why limit here is only 65???



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Old October 18th, 2012, 04:51 AM   #8393
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Another quirk about Maine - Vermont as well: Pedestrians have an absolute (or near-absolute, I suppose) right of way. If you so much as step off the curb, even in the middle of the block, traffic stops to let you cross. At least that's my experience.

And talking of roads used by Canadians, on the northernmost 40 miles or so of I-87, all official signage is bilingual. Don't remember whether they use metric, though.
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I was consistently driving 80-85 and wasn't the fastest on the road.
I would be more careful about that; driving more than 75 mph (in 65 mph zone) will get you pulled over pretty soon. I bet most people you saw speeding were locals who know exactly where all the speed traps are.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 05:29 AM   #8395
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I would be more careful about that; driving more than 75 mph (in 65 mph zone) will get you pulled over pretty soon. I bet most people you saw speeding were locals who know exactly where all the speed traps are.
I know, that's why I was following locals. I try not to speed alone, usually follow one or two fast cars, mostly locals
Anyway, I saw very little enforcement on my last trip. Occasional state trooper here and there, mostly close to urban centers.
Once in Massachusetts there was trooper in the median in 65 zone so traffic slowed to about 75.
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The old alignment of I-40 in Oklahoma City has been demolished pretty fast.

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Old October 20th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #8397
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That's pretty efficient. I wish they'd do that in Ireland and British Northern Ireland. All you get is a sign on both sides of the border, saying that speed limits are respectively in KM and miles.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 04:01 PM   #8398
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That's pretty efficient. I wish they'd do that in Ireland and British Northern Ireland. All you get is a sign on both sides of the border, saying that speed limits are respectively in KM and miles.
You pretty much described the US/Canada border region as well. In my experience only a few Interstates have signage in kilometers in addition to miles, in most cases there is just a sign reminding you to use the imperial system (or metric when crossing into Canada)
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I know, that's why I was following locals. I try not to speed alone, usually follow one or two fast cars, mostly locals
Anyway, I saw very little enforcement on my last trip. Occasional state trooper here and there, mostly close to urban centers.
Once in Massachusetts there was trooper in the median in 65 zone so traffic slowed to about 75.
wow, fabulous. For my part I love to drink a lot and then drive : is it ok without being pulled over in that state????
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