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Old December 13th, 2013, 07:48 PM   #9321
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This one actually makes sense, as a connection between I-95 and the state capital, Raleigh, which also happens to be one of the fastest growing metro areas in the U.S.
It is bizarre how Raleigh was left off the initial network, with interstates nearby (I-85 and I-95).

It's finally getting a direct interstate connection to Virginia...
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Old December 13th, 2013, 08:01 PM   #9322
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It is bizarre how Raleigh was left off the initial network, with interstates nearby (I-85 and I-95).

It's finally getting a direct interstate connection to Virginia...
Raleigh was much smaller in those days. Didn't pass the 100,000 mark until the 1970 census. My guess, just from knowing the map, is they meant 95 as an express Northeast-to-Florida route and that's why it tracked so close to US 301 - passing east of Raleigh - and routing 85 through Raleigh would have cut off Durham and Greensboro. Which, taken together, are (or were at the time) considerably larger. Greensboro alone was bigger than Raleigh, actually.
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Old December 13th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #9323
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Raleigh also was not connected to Wilmington until relatively late by Interstate standards. Most of I-40 was completed between 1986 and 1990 between the two cities, a good decade later after most of the IH network was completed.
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Old December 13th, 2013, 08:16 PM   #9324
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Last time I was in Raleigh - 1987 - I got there using 95 and...I guess US 64. (Coming from Petersburg, Va.) I don't remember whether 64 was a freeway at the time. I don't remember much traffic but it was a hot Sunday afternoon.

EDIT: For that matter, I remember a family trip to Florida in 1978 on which we had to use 301 because bits of 95 in that area weren't open yet.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #9325
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Yes, I-14 for the US 190 freeway between Killeen and Temple in Texas is just a bad idea. Not every freeway needs to be an Interstate Highway.
If there is need for a new interstate highway in Texas it is to connect Houston with Austin. Killeen and Temple do not need an east/west freeway.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 05:39 PM   #9326
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Killeen and Temple do not need an east/west freeway.
They already do. I gather it is quite busy, and is 6-lane.

What ChrisZwolle is talking about is the proposal to make it I-14. I-335 or something is better.
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Old December 14th, 2013, 06:19 PM   #9327
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Yes, I-14 for the US 190 freeway between Killeen and Temple in Texas is just a bad idea. Not every freeway needs to be an Interstate Highway.
Is this really in the plans? This idea would make absolutely no sense.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 02:09 AM   #9328
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From Hoover Dam towards LA, I-515, I-215 and I-15










Piatkowy ruch do Las Vegas Boulevard


A to juz I-15 z Vegas do LA










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Old December 16th, 2013, 02:22 AM   #9329
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Border of Nevada and California










This stretch of I-15 (from Nevada border to Barstow) is a bloody nightmare. Lane discipline is so poor that it is practically nonexistent. Over the years I drove it 3 or 4 times at different days and hours and it is always bad, even if not always totally hopeless.



Next day I-15 closer to LA




LA region next time.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 11:30 AM   #9330
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Driving towards Santa Monica


















Coming close to downtown LA




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Old December 19th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #9331
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Three more from close to downtown LA




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Old December 20th, 2013, 06:09 AM   #9332
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I had a hard time figuring out where this is:


Here it is, though. It's weird that I-10 exits itself like that, but I guess that signing it the correct way would've been even more confusing.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #9333
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Ah yes that notorious interchange - driven it a few times here Basically I-5 and I-10 become one for a short drive. It's the only way for I-10 to continue west & east is to use I-5's north & south direction for a short segment thus throwing off those who aren't familiar with the area. "Only time when west means going south or vise versa"
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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #9334
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There are places like that all over the country. I-94 - officially east-and-west - is basically north-south for 100 miles or so between Milwaukee and Chicago (and then through Chicago to the suburbs).

For that matter, take a look at Geogregor's avatar.

And this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concurr...ay_concurrency
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^ I'm aware and beautiful signage sir
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Old December 20th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #9336
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Old December 20th, 2013, 04:58 PM   #9337
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There's one of those in the East (San Francisco) Bay, where the expressway is both opposite directions at the same time.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 08:07 PM   #9338
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Funding has been approved for two major projects in MSP... The second largest project is the widening of I-94 to six lanes northwest of MSP.
According to MN DOT this stretch of highway has an AADT of 56,000 and has been leveled off at about that for a number of years. In attempting to decipher German and NL highway capacity calc's and U.S. calc's, this shouldn't really need another lane. U.S. calc's seem to say add a lane @ 60,000 and NL would at 72,000. Germany seems to have two different specs, one that would add a lane @ 72,000 and another that would add a lane @ 85,000 (not sure when one or the other would apply but seems to be the appetite for spending money to achieve specific free-flow rates).

What I'm wondering is if this lane is really necessary? Would keeping people from blocking the left lane have any significant improvement on traffic flow, or very minimal?

That's what this article seems to be saying, though it doesn't give any statistics to back up what it says: http://www.streets.mn/2013/08/13/6604/
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Old December 20th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #9339
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I don't know where they got the data from, but I have a totally different view of widenings over here.
Germany sometimes adds a lane when there's 55.000 vehicles per day. In NL we have stretches without future plans with over 100.000 vehicles per day on 4 lanes.
The 85.000 mentioned ofr Germany seems to be more appropriate for The Netherlands.

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Their law enforcement knows the importance of keeping the lanes open for traffic flow and are much quicker to ticket someone for blocking a lane (left or middle) than speeding.
Looking at The Netherlands I am laughing my ass off right now. It's the complete opposite.
We have approx 13 million tickets a year given in NL. Approx 10 million of those are for speeders. Left/Middle lane hogging is barely on the charts. It's easier to cash in on speeders (just set up a speed trap and wait) than actually doing something and getting left lane hoggers off the road.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 08:31 PM   #9340
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The amount of lane hoggers in the Netherlands are relatively low compared to Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK. The Dutch, however, are scared of shoulder running, like they are in any other country.
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