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Old March 14th, 2013, 11:59 PM   #8801
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Old March 15th, 2013, 02:56 AM   #8802
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The other end of the Grand Parkway at US 290 looks to be about that stage of completion as well. I just went to the outlet mall which is adjacent to it.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 03:57 AM   #8803
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Old March 16th, 2013, 06:22 PM   #8804
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I-95 from Florida all the way up to Virginia is pretty monotonous however there are several interesting cities along the route such as Charleston and Savannah (Charleston is a bit out of the way however).

Anyways unless if you are planning to stop in Atlanta as well then I don't see the logic in taking I-75 to I-85 at it is way out of the way (plus I-75 south of Atlanta is pretty flat/boring as well). If you are planning to drive from Florida to NYC you are better off taking I-95 to I-77 to I-81 to I-78 as it more direct plus you get to experience more "hilly" terrain.
Missing link. Either you meant 85 to 77 or you left out a route somewhere.

I would add that I-85 north of Durham all the way to its end in Petersburg is quite boring as well. Unfortunately for me, it's the only way to get to my wife's family's town from GA.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:09 AM   #8805
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Missing link. Either you meant 85 to 77 or you left out a route somewhere.

I would add that I-85 north of Durham all the way to its end in Petersburg is quite boring as well. Unfortunately for me, it's the only way to get to my wife's family's town from GA.
Yeah, I left out I-26.

Thanks for catching that.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #8806
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I-70 New Mississippi Bridge, St. Louis

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Old March 20th, 2013, 01:13 AM   #8807
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I was looking at the I-70 in Utah on Google Maps, that is interesting because it runs truly in the middle of nowhere for hundreds of km.
At a certain point there is this: quite weird for an interstate (motorway\expressway), isn't it? Are there many places like that in the USA?
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Old March 20th, 2013, 01:48 AM   #8808
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I have never seen something like this on an interstate
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Old March 20th, 2013, 02:47 AM   #8809
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It is likely because its in the middle of nowhere and that dirt road is likely almost never used either.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 04:16 AM   #8810
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I was looking at the I-70 in Utah on Google Maps, that is interesting because it runs truly in the middle of nowhere for hundreds of km.
At a certain point there is this: quite weird for an interstate (motorway\expressway), isn't it? Are there many places like that in the USA?
I-10 in Texas has a few at grade intersections as well in sparsely populated West Texas. They are only allowed because traffic levels on those intersecting roads are extremely low (mostly they just serve one property) and that there are no other roadways in the area.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 03:51 PM   #8811
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:44 AM   #8812
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I was looking at the I-70 in Utah on Google Maps, that is interesting because it runs truly in the middle of nowhere for hundreds of km.
At a certain point there is this: quite weird for an interstate (motorway\expressway), isn't it? Are there many places like that in the USA?
Not unusual at all. Many interstates run through very remote and sparsely populated territory. It is difficult for many, especially Europeans, to imagine that despite the USA being the third most populous country on the planet (about 315M), there are vast sections of it that are essentially uninhabited - and some of those areas are crossed by major transport corridors.

And in those areas, it is not unusual for the authorities to relax some of the interstate highway design standards where the utility of that access, where there would otherwise be no way in or out, does not warrant the cost of a full standard interchange.

Also, on many parts of the interstate system, mostly in the more rural parts of the western USA, pedestrians and bicycles are legal - just keep as far to the right as possible. The very long sight lines and relatively light traffic in those areas mean that safety isn't all that much of an issue.

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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:21 PM   #8813
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United States Infrastructure Scores D+ in New ASCE Report

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a report on the state of the nation’s infrastructure – and every year the United States receives an abysmal rating. But for the first time in 15 years, the United States actually saw an improvement in the latest report. Before you get too excited, the rating was raised from really bad to a little less really bad. For 2013, the country received a D+ on its report card, which is up from the D that it received in 2009. If the United States were a High School student, it would be on the crumbling road to summer school.

The ASCE uses the familiar letter grading system (from A down to F) to issue a report card for the nation’s infrastructure. In 1988, the year that the report was first issued, the nation received an overall score of C-minus.

In reviewing infrastructure, the ASCE looks at dams, waste, transportation, and public facilities and while the US may have improved overall, it still has a long way to go, particularly in areas like levees and inland waterway structures, which received a D-minus rating. The country’s best rating was in solid waste, which received a B-minus. Dams, roads, drinking water and aviation all received a D.

According to the report, the US needs to invest $3.6 trillion by 2020 in order to maintain a good state of repair. Many departments, like dams, receive one-third of the funding necessary to keep things running in good shape. Levees receive one-tenth of what they need. Without serious investment, a D-plus may just be the highest grade the United States can aspire to.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 12:20 PM   #8814
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I was looking at the I-70 in Utah on Google Maps, that is interesting because it runs truly in the middle of nowhere for hundreds of km.
The entire interstate system in the western US south of I-80 is geared toward long-haul traffic to and from Los Angeles.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:06 PM   #8815
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The entire interstate system in the western US south of I-80 is geared toward long-haul traffic to and from Los Angeles.
Not actually. Phoenix is the 13th most populated metropolitan statistical area in US. I-25 carries a lot of traffic to/from Mexico.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #8816
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On March 25, the Devil's Slide Tunnel opened on Highway 1 near Pacifica, CA, south of San Francisco.

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Tony Dominski of Pacifica represents the namesake of Devil's Slide at the invitation-only event to mark the opening of the 4,200-foot tunnel on Highway 1 along the San Mateo County coast. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle


After a walk through the tunnel and a series of speeches, a historic parade of cars passes through the tunnel, which is set to be open to the public Tuesday. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle


Dressed as the Devil himself, Tony Dominski of Pacifica makes and appearance for the grand opening of the Devils Slide tunnel on Monday March 25, 2013 in Montara, Calif. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle


Josh Swanson and Jack Padilla walk through the North bound bore before the grand opening of the Devils Slide tunnel on Monday March 25, 2013 in Montara, Calif. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle
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Old March 30th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #8817
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I-20 westbound into Birmingham AL

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Old April 2nd, 2013, 09:07 PM   #8818
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Interstate 5 - Santa Ana Freeway, Los Angeles metro area

The schedule for the I-5 upgrade (widening to 10 lanes) between CA-91 (Riverside Fwy) and I-605 (San Gabriel River Valley Fwy).

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Old April 4th, 2013, 04:59 PM   #8819
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That project is desperately needed. I'm not one to advocate for large-scale highway expansion, but that is one of the worst stretches of freeway in the whole LA region.
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I-22, Alabama

The first signs with I-22 went up in Marion County, Alabama.


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