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Old February 10th, 2014, 09:07 PM   #9441
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And only 27 miles outside the Beltway!
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Old February 11th, 2014, 05:52 AM   #9442
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When it comes to Highways in US "The Pan American Highway" Is the Longest one which encompasses the entire US interstate highway system, is the world's longest highway covering a length of approximately 48,000km

Second place goes to Australia with 14,500km Long , See the difference..!!

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Old February 11th, 2014, 04:59 PM   #9443
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It is time for Las VEgas and Phoenix to be connected by a nice Freeway.
this are the 2 largest cities not connected by interstate system.

it is still a long way before this happen. maybe by 2020 or 2025

we really need more investment in this country, no wonder we are falling fast on the rankings when it comes to infrastructure.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #9444
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The other question, I'll need to think about a bit. (If you count three-digit routes, it may happen not far from there, where 55, 255 and 270 meet south of Saint Louis. Does 255 south become 270 north, and vice-versa, or is that bit of 255 marked as east/west?)
95 north becoming 295 south, and vice-versa, near Trenton, N.J.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 09:13 PM   #9445
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95 north becoming 295 south, and vice-versa, near Trenton, N.J.
I-280 south becomes I-680 north and vice-versa at the I-280/I-680/US 101 interchange in San Jose, CA.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #9446
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I-95, Providence, RI

Providence Viaduct Bridge Replacement Project

Construction is underway for the Providence Viaduct, a 1,290-foot bridge that carries I-95 through the heart of Providence. Built in 1964, the bridge has surpassed its design life and is showing signs of aggressive deterioration in the bridge deck and its supporting girders and piers.
Project website: http://www.dot.ri.gov/Viaduct/index.asp

It will open in two phases in 2016 and 2018. Project cost is estimated at around $ 145 million.

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Old February 12th, 2014, 09:40 AM   #9447
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I'm glad they're keeping it simple with the design. Nothing too extravagant or too expensive.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 05:38 PM   #9448
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Of course, they did physically move a couple of miles of 195 some years back....
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Old February 12th, 2014, 07:12 PM   #9449
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I-229, St. Joseph, MO

The double-deck Interstate 229 in St. Joseph, Missouri. The photo also features the Pony Express Bridge (US 36) across the Missouri River. The state of Kansas is in the background.

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Old February 13th, 2014, 09:11 PM   #9450
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I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

The Stan opened last Sunday. Here's a recent photo taken from the tower on the St. Louis side. While they talked about space for six lanes on the bridge, this can obviously only achieved by eliminating the shoulders entirely.

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Wastelands of East St. Louis
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This is what the towers look like from the inside, hollow to allow for maintenance access.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 05:15 PM   #9451
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I-90 Mississippi River Bridge

They are currently replacing the Dresbach Bridge across the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin. The $ 175-225 million project will replace the 1967 bridge entirely by a concrete box girder bridge.

I'm a bit surprised they went through with this project so quickly because bridge inspections showed the old bridge is in fair condition. It has a design flaw similar to the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee, though inspections showed this was not an imminent problem at the Dresbach Bridge.

Construction began in 2012 and will be completed in 2016. The new bridge is being constructed north of the existing bridge.

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Old February 17th, 2014, 08:38 PM   #9452
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A couple of interesting features on the Interstate system.

I-95 in Philadelphia. Stub ramps for an extension of NJ-90 into the city.


I-275 in St. Petersburg, FL. The US 19 freeway was supposed to connect to I-275 here.


I-787 in Albany, NY. Through traffic to I-87 gets 1 lane, local traffic to traffic lights gets 3 lanes.


US 1 in Philadelphia. A 260 ft wide bridge.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 09:38 PM   #9453
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NJ 90 has no business entering Philadelphia!

And it's not Pa. 90, by the way: the signage on 95 marks the Betsy Ross as NJ 90. The "90"'s in a circle, complete with the black squared-off border that, say, Delaware doesn't use (or hardly ever uses) but New Jersey does.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 09:13 PM   #9454
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I-69 Indiana

Global Management, Indiana Contractors to Build and Operate I-69 Section 5

The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) Board this morning made the preliminary selection of I-69 Development Partners, a team led by Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. to design, build, finance, operate and maintain I-69 Section 5 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Isolux has partnered with the local resources of contractors E&B Paving of Anderson, Force Construction Company of Columbus and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis to preserve and upgrade the existing State Road 37 to interstate standards.

The preferred proposal would design and build the project for $325 million. Construction will begin later this year and the 21 new miles of interstate is scheduled to open by the end of 2016, several years ahead of schedule. The contract will limit the length and duration of lane closures to help maintain traffic flow for existing S.R. 37 traffic.
Full press release: http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/Eve...cate=syndicate

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I've never heard of this Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. before...
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Old February 24th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #9455
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I-69, Laredo, Texas

Loop 20 in Laredo, TX is now designated as future I-69. Also, a new interchange opened at McPherson Road (just east of I-35).

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Old February 24th, 2014, 08:55 PM   #9456
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This kind of development is great and could be achieved here in Europe, especially in areas where land is difficult to obtain (lots of parcels, strong opposition...) and terrain is expensive....If only we had more political support for road transports. Also, it would be a good solution for CH, where traffic grows constantly, but freeway capacities remain the same, as it meets the criteria above.

I'm curious what the green movement says about it in the US.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #9457
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Is that the one in Saint Joseph? I'm surprised they felt the need for a double-deck freeway: that's not a particularly large city.

As for the green movement. Well, without getting into a long treatise about how our political system is different from Europe's (voting district by district rather than proportionally has its advantages and disadvantages, "minor" parties tend not to get all that far, there's a Green Party that never wins seats in Congress but a broader environmental movement that works within the Democratic Party, bla bla....) I'd say there's not a unified "green movement" with national leadership that would take a position on something like this. People react to particular issues. Nationally, there are a lot of environmentally-concerned individuals and organizations concerned about the Keystone Pipeline and a couple of recent incidents of chemical leaks polluting local water supplies; I'd look at local opinion in Saint Joseph (which I'm not at all familiar with) to see whether there was any opposition to this particular project.

PS: Wiki says that viaduct was "controversial" - destruction of historic buildings - but that would have been a problem even if it wasn't a double-deck, I suppose.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #9458
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This kind of development is great and could be achieved here in Europe, especially in areas where land is difficult to obtain (lots of parcels, strong opposition...) and terrain is expensive....If only we had more political support for road transports. Also, it would be a good solution for CH, where traffic grows constantly, but freeway capacities remain the same, as it meets the criteria above.

I'm curious what the green movement says about it in the US.
Why is there a double-decker road when there's ample space available?
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I'm curious what the green movement says about it in the US.
They HATE any elevated road design, in pretty much any case.
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Old February 25th, 2014, 01:21 AM   #9460
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The Stan opened last Sunday. Here's a recent photo taken from the tower on the St. Louis side. While they talked about space for six lanes on the bridge, this can obviously only achieved by eliminating the shoulders entirely.

image hosted on flickr

smvmbfinal2014-01-24-13 by missriverbridge_photos, on Flickr

Wastelands of East St. Louis
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This is what the towers look like from the inside, hollow to allow for maintenance access.
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smvmbfinal2014-01-24-10 by missriverbridge_photos, on Flickr
Very clean simple design...love it!
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