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Old January 5th, 2014, 02:23 AM   #9381
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The Rhode Island DOT went a little Art Deco with the design of the recently completed Pawtucket River Bridge.


http://www.dot.ri.gov/construction/bridge550/


http://www.pawtucketfoundation.org/N...ge-Sept-7.aspx




http://ncarchitects.com/portfolio/it...-pawtucket-ri/
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Old January 5th, 2014, 03:20 AM   #9382
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Normally I think even slightly misaligned precast panels look crappy, but the dramatic lighting makes these look good. Clever!

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Old January 5th, 2014, 07:32 PM   #9383
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Hey, watch this!

The I-43 Fox River bridge in Green Bay, WI-- the one that settled so badly-- is to reopen today. Wow!

It was closed on September 25, which happens to be my birthday. I'm amazed they got it repaired so quickly.

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Old January 5th, 2014, 07:33 PM   #9384
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Just in time for what the media are warning will be Ice Bowl II.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 04:08 PM   #9385
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TxDOT, San Antonio Transportation Leaders Unveil Plan for More Than $800 Million to Fund Major Road Projects

Noting San Antonio drivers waste more than 40 million hours annually sitting in traffic on some regional roadways, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, VIA Metropolitan Transit, city of San Antonio and Bexar County leaders today unveiled a plan to allocate more than $800 million to fund expansions of I-10, US 281 and Loop 1604.

“As the seventh largest city in the United States, San Antonio continues to grow at a pace that is expected to see its population number more than 3 million people by 2040,” said Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton. “The collaborative infrastructure projects we’re announcing today will help relieve congestion and keep San Antonio drivers and the region’s economy moving in a way that improves business, enhances the quality of life and decreases the number of hours lost sitting in traffic. We’re pleased to partner with these regional leaders as they continue to create a quality of life in this region that makes it such a desirable place to call home and do business.”

The projects include a variety of non-tolled and tolled (managed) lanes, connectors and improvements to existing lanes. Specifically, the projects will entail:

* I-10 – addition of two managed lanes in each direction north of Loop 1604 and tolled connector ramps at the interchange at Loop 1604
* US 281 – expansion from Loop 1604 north to Stone Oak Boulevard to a four-lane, non-tolled expressway (two main lanes in each direction with frontage roads) with two tolled managed lanes (one in each direction) and non-tolled connector ramps at the Loop 1604 interchange; and expansion from Stone Oak Boulevard to Bexar/Comal county line to a four-lane tolled expressway with frontage roads
* Loop 1604 – expansion to a four-lane, non-tolled expressway (two lanes each direction with frontage roads) from SH 151 to US 90

“This is an important day for all San Antonio and Bexar County resident as these major projects will improve mobility for decades to come,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “We are happy to partner with TxDOT and others to bring these critical projects to fruition.”

“This agreement represents a major breakthrough in alleviating traffic congestion throughout the region,” said Mayor Julian Castro, city of San Antonio. “With our population expected to grow by more than 1 million people over the next 25 years, we have to work together creatively to manage the growth.”

Construction on all projects is expected to start by early 2015.
Press release: http://txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-.../077-2013.html

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Old January 8th, 2014, 01:34 PM   #9386
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I've posted in another section of SSC some pictures that I shot in 2009 when I traveled to USA, so I've decided to post them also here.

The Circle Interchange, Chicago, seen from 99th floor of Sears (Willis) Tower:



Sears (Willis) Tower seen from I-90 and I-94 highway:



Roadworks area. The signs are state very clear what happens if you hit a worker:



Another interstate highway in Illinois:

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Old January 8th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #9387
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Maybe one of the 'coolest' highway pictures I took so far: I-95 highway close to Fort Lauderdale (FL) airport:



Some more pics of I-95 in Florida:







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Old January 9th, 2014, 04:30 PM   #9388
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Road-related political scandal of the day: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf...rt_maj-story-1

Serious question: The Philadelphia Inquirer (no free link) describes the GW as "the busiest bridge in the world." Is that true?
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Serious question: The Philadelphia Inquirer (no free link) describes the GW as "the busiest bridge in the world." Is that true?
It's about 280,000 vehicles per day. It used to be a tad busier, close to 300,000 vehicles per day. The San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge carries similar volumes (but on fewer lanes).

The Driscoll Bridge + Edison Bridge in New Jersey (these two are right next to each other) carry a combined 323,000 vehicles per day.

Of course, it depends on what you count as a bridge. The Highway 401 in North York, Toronto, has a valley viaduct that carries around 400,000 vehicles per day.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:58 AM   #9390
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I found out about this massive $ 600 million overhaul of I-435 and adjoining sections in Lenexa and Overland Park, two southern suburbs of Kansas City on the Kansas side.

I-435 will be widened substantially and the K-10 / I-35 / I-435 interchange will be reconstructed.

The plans are as follows;

* widen I-435 mainline to 2x5 lanes west of I-35
* construct a K-10 to I-35 bypass. Traffic from K-10 to I-35 never gets on I-435 mainline
* construct a basketweave west of the I-435 / US 69 interchange
* widen I-435 mainline to 2x6 lanes east of I-35
* widen K-10 to 2x3 lanes west of I-435

I-435 cross section: 18 lanes between K-10 and I-35.


I-435 cross section: 12 lanes east of I-35


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The constructor was selected for this project on 10/1/14.

project website: http://jocogateway.com
KDOT Selects Design-Build Team for JOCO Gateway Project

Congestion relief for the Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchange is one step closer today as the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has selected Gateway Interchange Constructors (GIC) to complete the Phase 2 Design- Build portion of the Gateway Project. In 2010, as part the T-WORKS Transportation Program, KDOT identified the Johnson County Gateway: I-435/I-35/K-10 Interchange Phase 2 Project as the state’s first major Design-Build Project in order to accelerate the delivery of these important improvements.

GIC is a joint venture led by Kansas City, Mo. based Clarkson Construction Company. They are partnered with Kiewit Infrastructure Co. who has national design- build experience on large scale interchange projects. Additional key members of the team include local design firms HDR Engineering, Inc. and George Butler Associates, Inc.

“KDOT received three quality proposals making the evaluation and selection process exciting and challenging,” said KDOT Project Director Burt Morey.

GIC received the highest score of the three proposing teams. “GIC exceeded our expectations with the improvements they are able to build and the time it will take them to do it,” said Morey. “Their approach will allow us to improve many of the existing issues drivers see today.”

The budget for Phase 2 of the Johnson County Gateway is $288 million, which includes a $3 million schedule incentive GIC accepted to accelerate the construction by seven months to complete work by December 31, 2016. The budget includes T- WORKS construction funding, additional funding from the cities of Lenexa and Olathe, and funding for design and engineering work.

KDOT will spend the next few weeks compiling the contract for GIC. “We anticipate construction starting in late spring 2014. In the coming weeks and months we will be making presentations to business and civic groups around the area and will hold a public open house this spring to rollout the construction schedule and potential traffic impacts.
Press release: http://jocogateway.com/kdot-selects-...teway-project/
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:19 PM   #9391
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Interstate H1 in Hawaii

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Contra Flow Hawaii Traffic Cover by Civil Beat, on Flickr

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Old January 13th, 2014, 11:36 PM   #9392
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this is insane!
what is the aadt on this section? Huge and congested freeways don't come to your mind first when you think of Hawaii and honolulu ;-)
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Interestingly, Honolulu is one of the most congested cities in the United States, likely in the top 5. It basically has one freeway and a relatively high population density, which increases congestion (more vehicle miles per square mile).
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Old January 14th, 2014, 08:22 PM   #9394
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And the topography is such that I'm guessing there aren't lots of east-west routes.
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Never thought Honolulu was so congested, impressive
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I-30 / I-35W interchange in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Old January 16th, 2014, 03:11 AM   #9397
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ALDOT plans on closing the I-20/59 downtown bridges in 2016 for 16-18 months. Bridges will be rebuilt wider and higher at a cost of $362 million dollars.

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/2446512...ampaign=buffer
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I-75/I-85 Downtown Connector, Atlanta

336,000 vehicles per day.

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I-70 Colorado

An interesting video of 160 miles of I-70 timelapse driving west of Denver

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Old January 21st, 2014, 04:56 AM   #9400
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ALDOT plans on closing the I-20/59 downtown bridges in 2016 for 16-18 months. Bridges will be rebuilt wider and higher at a cost of $362 million dollars.

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/2446512...ampaign=buffer
I thought about replacing the I-20/I-59 bridges with a tunnel for some time, but by the looks of the report, it apparently was going to take too much time and money. Moving the I-20/I-59 corridor to the Finley Boulevard corridor was also considered. Now it turns out that the solution is the total replacement of the bridges with a larger version of them within two years.
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