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Old June 14th, 2013, 11:23 PM   #9001
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Hey Another Zakim : )

Love it !!!!!!!

Here is our Zakim @ Night

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Old June 15th, 2013, 02:17 AM   #9002
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Love it !!!!!!!
I got one of them too - the Delaware State Route 1 bridge, Veterans Memorial, over the C & D Canal near St Georges, DE.

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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:43 PM   #9003
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But that's not (yet) an interstate!



Anyways, WisDOT just uploaded a fascinating video clip to Youtube showing a time-lapse of the placement of the new spans for the Rawson Ave bridge over I-(41)/94 in south suburban Milwaukee, WI.



Enjoy!



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Old July 2nd, 2013, 06:25 PM   #9004
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 11:10 PM   #9005
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I-280 zigzags through San Francisco:

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Old July 2nd, 2013, 11:20 PM   #9006
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Great zoom photo. In reality there is a wide rail corridor between the house on the foreground and the highway split behind it. The exit in the background is over a mile away from these buildings.
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Old July 4th, 2013, 04:01 AM   #9007
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The 10k-60k bracket is a bit too large. They could split it into something like 10-25 or 30k and another one 30k -60k.

Some of the yellow roads can carry just 11k and be very quiet for freeways and some can carry 59k and be traffic choked and congested.
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Old July 5th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #9008
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http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/bl....html?page=all

A nice read about Dallas area toll roads.

Do we have to have tolls on all our major highway projects? (the answer is: YES)
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Old July 5th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #9009
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Makes sense, at least many of the tolled expressways have service roads which you can use with speed limits of 45mph but you can really go 55mph+ on them. One complaint I have is to get a TX toll tag costs $40, which if you are from out-of-town in a rental car its not really an option. The rental car company charges $5/day to use their toll service which is a bit ridiculous too. It would be nice if they had something like the Florida sunpass where you buy a sticker with a transponder for $5 (which is credited to your account) and you use it until you leave town and then close the account if you want to.
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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #9010
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I think it is pure nonsense that people like all of the tollways. All I ever see are complaints. All I ever hear are complaints. They build these tollways and then businesses relocate to them, and you pretty much have no choice in some of these areas or you face a 2 hour commute each way by taking alternative routes. This happened with me, and I was irate. I am certain my former place of work had to take some kind of incentive from the NTTA to relocate, because the location was horrible.

The NTTA is obviously in the pockets of the legislature, as they tend to do whatever they can to not bring up any funding mechanism. This was supposed to be done AGAIN last month, but they blame the abortion filibuster for it not coming up. BS. Pure BS. There is absolutely no reason for any of this nonsense to be happening. Just crooked politicians enjoying their conservative majority. There's no reason the gas tax couldn't be raised 1 cent like they claim would end funding woes. Just absolute bs.
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Old July 6th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #9011
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Count your blessings and be happy you don't live in France or Italy where you pay $ 8.50 per gallon for fuel AND pay tolls. Or pay $ 1000 per year in road taxes and a 65% tax on new vehicles, like we do in the Netherlands.

Really, some Americans need to get some perspective about how "expensive" it is to drive in the U.S. There is not a single high-income country in the world with gas prices and motoring taxes as low as the U.S. It's either a toll road or no road.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 09:55 AM   #9012
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Count your blessings and be happy you don't live in France or Italy where you pay $ 8.50 per gallon for fuel AND pay tolls. Or pay $ 1000 per year in road taxes and a 65% tax on new vehicles, like we do in the Netherlands.

Really, some Americans need to get some perspective about how "expensive" it is to drive in the U.S. There is not a single high-income country in the world with gas prices and motoring taxes as low as the U.S. It's either a toll road or no road.

I guess you were just wanting to give some lecture to an American or something? Read what I said again. The Texas Legislature and TxDOT have already stated that raising the gasoline tax by $.01/gallon would fund all of the needed projects in Texas. But they refuse to vote on it. There's always some excuse. That's the only reason there are Tollways in Texas, because they refuse to even put the proposal on the board for the people to vote on it. Its not toll or no road. Its political filandering to certain companies. I'm not complaining about the tax, I want them raised. I'm complaining about them not even giving the people a chance to decide.
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Old July 7th, 2013, 10:54 AM   #9013
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The gas tax has not been adjusted for inflation and rising construction cost for over 20 years. A 1 cent raise isn't really going to cut it, it would raise revenue by 5% or approximately $ 300 million per year. You can construct one toll-free road for that kind of money every 10 years.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #9014
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I think it is pure nonsense that people like all of the tollways. All I ever see are complaints. All I ever hear are complaints. They build these tollways and then businesses relocate to them, and you pretty much have no choice in some of these areas or you face a 2 hour commute each way by taking alternative routes. This happened with me, and I was irate. I am certain my former place of work had to take some kind of incentive from the NTTA to relocate, because the location was horrible.

The NTTA is obviously in the pockets of the legislature, as they tend to do whatever they can to not bring up any funding mechanism. This was supposed to be done AGAIN last month, but they blame the abortion filibuster for it not coming up. BS. Pure BS. There is absolutely no reason for any of this nonsense to be happening. Just crooked politicians enjoying their conservative majority. There's no reason the gas tax couldn't be raised 1 cent like they claim would end funding woes. Just absolute bs.
They relocate to them because they are the lifelines of metro areas and quick and efficient travel. Try driving across the northern half of the metroplex without using a toll road, it sucks.. Honestly its both the politicians and majority of voters in the state of Texas, they don't want to raise the gas tax AT ALL. So the infrastructure needs to grow somehow with all the growth you guys are experiencing. I'd take toll roads over sitting on clogged artery roads which is what we do in Florida all day.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 05:41 AM   #9015
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Six miles of I-20 west will be closed for 90 days starting at midnight from I-459 to I-59 near the airport. ALDOT is reconstructing the portion of the interstate.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 09:26 AM   #9016
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They relocate to them because they are the lifelines of metro areas and quick and efficient travel. Try driving across the northern half of the metroplex without using a toll road, it sucks.. Honestly its both the politicians and majority of voters in the state of Texas, they don't want to raise the gas tax AT ALL. So the infrastructure needs to grow somehow with all the growth you guys are experiencing. I'd take toll roads over sitting on clogged artery roads which is what we do in Florida all day.
again, the point is being missed. The politicians are not allowing the issue to go to voters, and continue to kick it back. It needs to be raised some and everyone knows it. This is talked about on local news programs all the time. Again, the politicians are not even allowing it to be discussed or even brought up by anyone during legislative sessions. That is different than people not voting for or wanting it. That's pure politics. Besides, bills on the issue could be passed, but again, the issue has been blocked time and again. This will come to a head at some point.
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Old July 8th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #9017
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Old July 10th, 2013, 03:51 AM   #9018
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again, the point is being missed. The politicians are not allowing the issue to go to voters, and continue to kick it back. It needs to be raised some and everyone knows it. This is talked about on local news programs all the time. Again, the politicians are not even allowing it to be discussed or even brought up by anyone during legislative sessions. That is different than people not voting for or wanting it. That's pure politics. Besides, bills on the issue could be passed, but again, the issue has been blocked time and again. This will come to a head at some point.
True, the politicians are afraid because they don't want to be associated with raising taxes.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 05:21 AM   #9019
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I-95 in CT from New Haven to the NY border less than 150k/day? Hard to believe.

Was driving down that highway yesterday; it's a total mess that sometimes rivals the worst in NYC itself.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 05:29 AM   #9020
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As for the gas tax vs tolls argument, I much prefer the former to the latter. My state, Connecticut, actually has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. Prices are regularly 30-40 cents higher than Massachusetts. But, I hate dealing with toll booths, they are beyond annoying. I'm glad CT has no tolls.

There was actually a 4 cent hike last week.
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