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Old May 14th, 2013, 07:27 PM   #8921
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Are there common or where is it more often seen entrances or exits on the left at Urban Freeways in USA?. I have only driven in Texas from Laredo to San Antonio and from SA to Waco and SA to Houston and I don't remember any exits or entrances on the left lane.

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Old May 14th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #8922
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They aren't very common but they do occur every once in a while, almost always in cities. I am not a fan of them.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 10:25 PM   #8923
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Some "malfunction junctions" (freeway-to-freeway interchanges) have major traffic flows exiting on the left. The I-20 / I-65 interchange in Birmingham comes to mind.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #8924
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Some "malfunction junctions" (freeway-to-freeway interchanges) have major traffic flows exiting on the left. The I-20 / I-65 interchange in Birmingham comes to mind.
http://goo.gl/maps/T8HC3

There are plans to add a couple of more ramps to this interchange. Its a part of a major reconstruction of I-20/59 downtown which will eliminate the 17th, 22nd and 31st St exits. The new viaduct will likely be 10 lanes and taller than the current structure that was completed in 1973. 11th Ave will be widen from two lanes to five, and will provide access to downtown during construction of the bridges and after completion. The project will like begin in 2014 and will likely take a year to complete.


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Old May 15th, 2013, 04:53 AM   #8925
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Are there common or where is it more often seen entrances or exits on the left at Urban Freeways in USA?. I have only driven in Texas from Laredo to San Antonio and from SA to Waco and SA to Houston and I don't remember any exits or entrances on the left lane.

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A lot of older freeways have left exits. But like was already said, most of them are from one freeway to another... not to surface streets.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #8926
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The ones near Chicago downtown are a mess. You see timid drivers trying to merge in the fast lane and just can't find a space and almost slow down and even STOP when there's rush traffic travelling at 40-50 mph. Those incompetent drivers always mess shit up.
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Are there common or where is it more often seen entrances or exits on the left at Urban Freeways in USA?. I have only driven in Texas from Laredo to San Antonio and from SA to Waco and SA to Houston and I don't remember any exits or entrances on the left lane.

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New York Metro Area has a number of them onto and from surface streets, for example on the FDR Drive, Pulaski Skyway and Henry Hudson Parkway (all old freeways).
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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:25 PM   #8928
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Thanks for your answers. My question was because I have seen some images of that junctions with left exits or entrances from freeway to freeway, some of them in this thread, but having driven in some Texas highways, I haven't seen a single one. I suppose that Texas is not the norm in terms of freeways construction. But, I do believe their highways are some of the best quality and safety of the world.

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Old May 17th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #8929
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One question. Is there already a decision about where I-69 is going to end in the south? I have heard that it might be at Brownsville, Pharr or Laredo. But I could not find any answer.

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I've got a question as well. Is this the way to Amarillo?
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One question. Is there already a decision about where I-69 is going to end in the south? I have heard that it might be at Brownsville, Pharr or Laredo. But I could not find any answer.

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According to wikipedia, the planned route is suppose to end in Laredo.
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I've got a question as well. Is this the way to Amarillo?
No.

Amarillo is over 600 miles from the proposed route. Amarillo is along the I-40 corridor that runs through the North Texas panhandle. I-69 is planned to run through East Texas.
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One question. Is there already a decision about where I-69 is going to end in the south? I have heard that it might be at Brownsville, Pharr or Laredo.
Yes, all three.

Yes it is silly. Brownsville will be I-69E (that's certain now).
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Old May 17th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #8935
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Yes, all three.

Yes it is silly. Brownsville will be I-69E (that's certain now).
Thanks. That is excellent.

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They aren't very common but they do occur every once in a while, almost always in cities. I am not a fan of them.
Neither am I when it comes to left lane exits.

Case in point: Southbound Interstate 275 at the exit for eastbound Interstate 375 in downtown St. Petersburg (Exit 23A). Not only you have to be in the left lane to exit, the curve is almost sharp that there is a mandatory 50 mph (80 km/h) speed limit once you get onto the ramp. The signs were erected shortly after the accident back in early 2009; prior to then the signs were black on yellow exit speed advisory signs that carried no enforcement authority compared to a regulatory black on white speed limit sign.

What should have been done when the segment of Interstate 275 including the two downtown St. Petersburg distributors were built in 1977 is that a single right lane exit servicing all three exits - Interstate 375, 5 Av N and Interstate 175 - similar to a collector and distributor ramp as seen in the drawing I made right after the 2009 accident. That way, traffic to downtown St. Petersburg including Tropicana Field is separated from through southbound Interstate 275 traffic to St. Pete Beach as well as the Sunshine Skyway and Bradenton.
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Are there common or where is it more often seen entrances or exits on the left at Urban Freeways in USA?. I have only driven in Texas from Laredo to San Antonio and from SA to Waco and SA to Houston and I don't remember any exits or entrances on the left lane.

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The "Eisenhower" Interchange in Harrisburg PA (I-83/I-283/US322) comes to mind...when on I-83 north, at the interchange all thru traffic becomes US 322 while I-83 is a single lane exit to the left which combines with a single lane from I-283 to continue northward as I-83. That area can be a real cluster f***. Actually that's pretty much true of all of I-83 in both east and west shore regions of the capitol area. There is a master plan to deal with the transit problems http://www.i-83beltway.com/mp/index.html (The I-83 Master Plan website) but it'll take a lot of time and money to improve the situation even somewhat.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 01:17 AM   #8938
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Yes, all three.

Yes it is silly. Brownsville will be I-69E (that's certain now).
I thought the government decided to do away with new suffixed Interstate highways.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 02:28 AM   #8939
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Truck traffic on the Interstate System

I'd love a more recent graph

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Old May 23rd, 2013, 03:43 PM   #8940
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Truck traffic on the Interstate System

I'd love a more recent graph

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