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Old May 25th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #8961
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Old May 25th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #8962
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I wouldn't have expected climbing lanes and a proper W beam median guardrail at such a remote location:
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Old May 26th, 2013, 12:57 AM   #8963
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I wouldn't have expected climbing lanes and a proper W beam median guardrail at such a remote location:
I know what you mean. Of course, the perspective here is more than a little exaggerated. But even the low grades had climbing lanes. It had been 37 years since I was on I-80 out west - a 1975 move to Sacramento for college. The biggest disappointment was how well they've cleaned up and civilized Little America. It looks like a a big Howard Johnson's now.

The worst stretch we hit on the entire 5600 mile journey was the 30 mile stretch just west of Norfolk on I-64. Rattled our fillings out.

If anyone is interested, and is actually so bored and bereft of pleasure that they need to read someone ELSE's travelog, here's it is:

http://www.jmhare.com/Vacation2012/Vacation_Intro.htm
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Old May 26th, 2013, 07:10 AM   #8964
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It's going to be very interesting to see how they replace that damaged I-5 bridge. Will it be done on an expedited basis like the Interstate 35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge built in 2008 in Minneapolis, MN?
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Old May 26th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #8965
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It's going to be very interesting to see how they replace that damaged I-5 bridge. Will it be done on an expedited basis like the Interstate 35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge built in 2008 in Minneapolis, MN?
its just the one span of the 5, won't be a complete replacement, only a repair(well, replacement of that span) which won't be to lengthy with time.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #8966
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its just the one span of the 5, won't be a complete replacement, only a repair(well, replacement of that span) which won't be to lengthy with time.
Given the fact this bridge was already declared functionally obsolete some years ago, I wouldn't be surprised that the current bridge is completely dismantled and replaced by a new bridge, all done on a highly expedited basis like the Saint Anthony Falls Bridge I mentioned earlier.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #8967
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That would be the best option I think, but funding of course will be an issue. Replacing a bridge like this with a six-lane + shoulders span will cost likely in the range of $ 100 million. Usually DOTs do not have that kind of money lying around on the shelf.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 09:45 PM   #8968
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Given the fact this bridge was already declared functionally obsolete some years ago, I wouldn't be surprised that the current bridge is completely dismantled and replaced by a new bridge, all done on a highly expedited basis like the Saint Anthony Falls Bridge I mentioned earlier.
The Seattle Times is reporting, a temporary span should be in place by mid-June and the permanent fix be in place by September at a cost of $15 million. The federal government will pay for the temporary span and 90% of the permanent span. WSDOT will pick up the tab for the remaining 10% of the permanent span.

From what I can tell from the article, the only the collapsed section is being replaced, not the entire bridge although the bridge will be put on a priority list to be upgraded when funding is available.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 12:10 AM   #8969
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What I don't understand is why it took 58 years (1955 to 2013) for this to happen.

Perhaps the repair will include more effective measures to prevent another truck strike.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #8970
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well, the other 3 spans have the same construction; truss spans...Since its just a repair, im pretty sure the 3 other spans will not be touched until total replacement.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 05:15 AM   #8971
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I don't mean on the bridge itself-- I mean detectors for overheight trucks that trigger warning signs with flashing lights before trucks get to it. Even a simple clearance warning sign would be better than nothing, and nothing is what I find on Google.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 05:15 AM   #8972
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Interestingly I-81 carries more truck traffic than I-95. Virginia is working to upgrade parts of it to six lanes. Eventually most of I-81 south of Harrisburg should have six lanes.
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That's because it allows truck traffic to bypass congestion in Washington DC/Northern Virginia.
Further north, I-81 connects to I-84 east to bypass the NYC area. Here in CT, it's a MAJOR truck route.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #8973
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:01 PM   #8974
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Cross Country in an RV, 2012, East bound leg

We were in SLC for three days, then headed south on I-15. Our next major destination was Moab, Utah, and the Arches/Canyonlands/Dead Horse Point triumvirate of scenic wonders. We had an overnight stop in Mona, somewhat south of Salt Lake for an event tied to the convention, and then we headed south again. We took a bypass in a s/s/e direction that brought us to I-70 in the desolate San Rafael Swell area. As mentioned in a previous post, there is a stretch between Salina and Green River where there are no real exits, no services, and pretty much nothing at all for over one hundred miles. After our excursions around Moab, we got back to I-70, and headed towards Denver. We traveled the amazing 17-mile Glenwood Canyon route, and then started really climbing - Vail is at around 8,000 feet, and the Eisenhower Tunnel complex, at 11,000+ feet, is the highest spot on the US Interstate System. After that, it was almost all down hill, through Denver, and then dropping down along the eastern slope of the Rockies, and through Kansas. Deadly dull, flat, and unwavering. In Missouri we started rolling up and down again, and in St Louis connected with I-64 which would take us the rest of the way east to Norfolk, VA, then it was a quick dash up the Delmarva Peninsula home.

I-15 South of Provo


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Glenwood Canyon - 17 miles of elevated four-lane freeway


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Climbing, east of Vail


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Eastern Colorado/Kansas on I-70. There was a hill about 600 miles away.


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The I-64/I-81 concurrency, western Virginia
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Old May 28th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #8975
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What are the dimensiosn of your RV?
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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:21 AM   #8976
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It is a 1988 vintage, 34' Fleetwood Bounder.

Filling up in Lexington, Nebraska, with Brother-in-Law watching the hose.

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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:34 AM   #8977
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Awesome!!
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Old May 29th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #8978
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Amazing scenery.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:56 PM   #8980
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I remember this tunnel from this truck simulator game 18 WoS
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