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Old September 14th, 2013, 03:57 AM   #9121
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However, after completion of New Jersey Turnpike widening project there will be about 60-65 miles of double turnpike, from NJT Extension (I-276) up to the Interstate 80 Connection to the George Washington Bridge. I think that the configuration 3+3+3+3 can be counted as a HOV lane.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #9122
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A story about toll roads by the Orlando Sentinel.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...,2661769.story
Across the country, there really today is a renaissance in tolling caused by three trends. One is a growing acceptance of tolling. Second, is the fact that the gas tax is not sustainable and there needs to be other sources of funding to build projects. And I think the other trend causing this renaissance is the advancements in toll technology, particularly the payment of tolls and with electronic toll collection.

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Yes, I agree I have yet to meet a person who loves paying a toll. But I have met many people who enjoy the benefits that tolling brings as far as transportation goes.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 10:09 PM   #9123
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I-25, Colorado

Another story about possible toll lanes on I-25 north of Denver. They want to widen I-25 from Longmont to Fort Collins from 4 to 6 lanes. I doubt if tolling is the right way to go here though, it's a relatively cheap project (wide median) and I doubt if toll lanes will work as just the third lane. Tolls should be used to fund expensive new routes or major urban widenings. A simple widening like this should be funded from the general budget.
If you go here, you get into an mindsetting that every improvement becomes tolled and tolls create unwanted traffic patterns. E-470 is not exactly a success story among toll roads.

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20...den-interstate
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Old September 20th, 2013, 05:41 PM   #9124
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I-65, Tennessee

The widening of Interstate 65 in central Tennessee will begin soon. The 4 mile segment of I-65 between SR-248 and SR-840 will be widened from 4 to 8 lanes. Construction could begin late this year and will be completed by mid-2016. The project cost is $ 46 million, fairly low because the median is wide enough to support the extra lanes.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/23...t-set-to-begin

The project is located in Williamson County, a rapid growing area south of Nashville. Population in this county exploded from 34,000 in 1970 to 193,000 today.
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Old September 20th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #9125
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I-95, Maryland

Rush-hour commuters could pay nearly $5 a day in tolls to travel back and forth on a seven-mile stretch of express toll lanes set to open next year along Interstate 95 east and north of Baltimore, according to proposed pricing approved Thursday by the board of the Maryland Transportation Authority.
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/201...es-toll-plazas

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Old September 20th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #9126
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They've taken a few years to build those. I've seen the construction....
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Old September 21st, 2013, 07:46 AM   #9127
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The widening of Interstate 65 in central Tennessee will begin soon. The 4 mile segment of I-65 between SR-248 and SR-840 will be widened from 4 to 8 lanes. Construction could begin late this year and will be completed by mid-2016. The project cost is $ 46 million, fairly low because the median is wide enough to support the extra lanes.

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/23...t-set-to-begin

The project is located in Williamson County, a rapid growing area south of Nashville. Population in this county exploded from 34,000 in 1970 to 193,000 today.
Was wondering if there was a second phase to widen the roadway to SR 840. They recently extended the 8-lane stretch a couple miles south of its previous location, but it goes down to 4 lanes before the next exit.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:50 PM   #9128
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I-369, Texarkana, TX

They've been busy designating new Interstate Highways in Texas recently. This is I-369 in Texarkana.

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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #9129
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What is funny is that I-369 won't use that roadway when complete, instead taking an outer bypass, linking with I-49 to the north of Texarkana. OSM had the routings but not now.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:58 PM   #9130
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Big problems in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A pier of the I-43 bridge (Leo Frigo Bridge) has moved and the deck has dipped by 3 feet. It will likely be a long-term closure to repair this.

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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:08 PM   #9131
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What's the reason? Bad construction/planning, or extraordinary environmental events?
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #9132
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I can't imagine what environmental event (other than an earthquake) in late September up there could be worse than their winters.

EDIT: Or massive spring flooding as the snow melts. Could the pier have been weakened in the past and just had it manifest itself now?
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #9133
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90% of bridge failures in Italy are due to floods... I was guessing something like that happened, maybe not now but some weeks ago, that may have loosened the pier...
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #9134
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You sure that the problem in Italy isn't the right lanes being worn down before the rest of the roadway?
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:17 PM   #9135
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Be serious, please.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #9136
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Yessir.

Local paper (in Green Bay) has all of one sentence (and a video) on this... and an article last week on deficient bridges statewide.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:34 PM   #9137
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That support column settled - its foundation suffered a failure of some sort (did it go all the way down to bedrock?).

Yes, it will likely be down until at least late spring. To fast-track repairs (replace the support column and the bridge's sagged spans) would likely entail a mid-winter deck pour - not something that bridge engineers want to do, and especially in a place like the USA's upper Great Lakes region. Yes, the Packers are known for a late season home field weather advantage for a reason (the coldest game in NFL history was played in Green Bay - Cowboys @ Packers on 1967-12-31 - -26C at game time).

Kind of a sad thing here, too, is that WisDOT just completed a two-year project to resurface that bridge's deck.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #9138
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Im thinking this failure on I-43 was a result of the recently completed redecking of the bridge. Such as that the physical actions loosened/broke/relocated something at the bottom of the pier?
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Old September 26th, 2013, 03:32 AM   #9139
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Are the media there reporting any (serious) theories?
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Old September 26th, 2013, 07:47 AM   #9140
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The Press-Gazette now has a full article (with videos, timeline, and interviews with state officials) online: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...nclick_check=1
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