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Old March 19th, 2014, 10:54 PM   #9521
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^ I don't know if that logic always holds true. The new HOV lane on the 60/215 south of Riverside is open access and appears to operate on a 24/7 basis.
It used to. Over the past couple of years, there's been a push in certain areas of southern California to convert limited access HOV lanes into open access HOV lanes with the idea of giving drivers more flexibility on entering and exiting.

Northern California has always had open access HOV lanes because of what Natomasken said. The HOV lanes here operate only during commute hours (generally 6-9am and 3-7pm) and are general purpose lanes all other times. With that said, things are changing in northern California. There are numerous plans to convert HOV lanes into HOT or Express Lanes. When that conversion happens (it's already been done on southbound I-680 from Route 84 to Route 237), the lane will be converted to limited access.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:49 AM   #9522
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I'm curious on the status of Interstate 22.


Most of it is coming together in the northern MS/Memphis area . I would say another 10 years for full completion sadly.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 10:50 AM   #9523
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The I-22/65 interchange in Birmingham, Alabama is also delayed. Apparently the contractor made surveying errors and misaligned some of the beams for a bridge.
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 10:56 PM   #9524
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I-35E, Dallas, TX

The I-35E / Spur 366 interchange in Downtown Dallas

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LightTrailsFromReunionTower by Rico Blair, on Flickr

And the adjacent Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge From Reunion Tower by Rico Blair, on Flickr
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Old March 26th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #9525
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I-95 Express Lanes, Northern Virginia

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Old March 26th, 2014, 11:35 AM   #9526
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I-595, Southern Florida

The toll reversible express lanes open to traffic today in South Florida. A three-lane reversible toll facility has been built in the median of Interstate 595 from I-75 at Weston to I-95 at Fort Lauderdale.











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Old March 26th, 2014, 12:07 PM   #9527
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Wow, I had never heard of the I-595 project. With the geography of that part of Florida, I'm surprised that the directional split is severe enough to make a reversible roadway viable.
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Old March 27th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #9528
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Double post!

I uploaded some photos (mostly) of new Euro-style arrow per lane signage in Atlanta-- might as well post them here.

Here are two nice ones, though the yellow LEFT placard on the exit tab is rather redundant for this type of sign:






Oooooh, pretty! This is on the ramp from 75 SB to 85 NB, with the 75 HOV lane on the left. Just visible ahead (maybe) is a 25mph curve that drivers regularly overshoot. I suppose the epic paint job is meant to slow drivers down, but to me it says, "Mr Sulu, engage warp drive!"



In contrast to the two previous APL signs I showed you, there's this, on 85 SB approaching the new 400 ramps now under construction. Does it blow, or what? For reasons I can't fathom, Georgia is replacing its signage (with its weird compressed FHWA font), not with Clearview, but with old skool signage with really big letters. Except here, they used little bitty letters instead and crammed them together to make enough room to... put the I-85 field off center to the right! WTF?

Apparently they haven't decided what to do with the arrow under GA 13. If it were up to me, I'd sign it as a lane drop and let the short recovery lane beyond be a pleasant surprise, but a case could be made for signing it as optional, which... that's probably why the layout is the way it is. Maybe they changed their minds after the sign contractor had arranged a crane to erect the sign. Either way, though, they should've decided before the sign was erected, don't you think?

Behind you can see the old signage, and the sign bridge that spans the entire twelve lane roadway. It carries two signs for the NB side-- will they keep it? Time will tell, I guess. Oh: when the wind blew right, I could see that the 400 field has control cities of Buckhead/Cumming. A bit wordy for this location-- NORTH 400 would've sufficed, IMO.




A bit further south, new old skool signage. In the contractor's yard I saw another APL sign for 85--perhaps it'll go here:



Finally, a crappy shot of the 85-400 interchange. At least it shows the start of what I called the recovery lane above. It had been a fourth lane for 85 SB, but about a year ago it was striped away to provide one extra lane for the two entering lanes of 400 to dump into. You can also (barely) see the traditional two-sign overhead at the ramp split (GA 13 SB to the left, GA 400 NB to the right).
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Old March 28th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #9529
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Did they write "this is a lane" there on the lane
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Old March 28th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #9530
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LANE ENDS probably.
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Old March 28th, 2014, 01:09 AM   #9531
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LANE ENDS probably.
Indeed. The two lanes of GA 400 southbound merge into I-85 just south of where that photo was taken, and from the opening of 400 in 1993 until about a year ago there was no added lane for them. That lane was striped away to make the 400 merge flow better.

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Old March 31st, 2014, 02:21 AM   #9532
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The toll reversible express lanes open to traffic today in South Florida. A three-lane reversible toll facility has been built in the median of Interstate 595 from I-75 at Weston to I-95 at Fort Lauderdale.
What is a reversible express lane?
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Old March 31st, 2014, 02:23 AM   #9533
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A reversible lane with limited on- and off ramps. In this case tolled.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 02:47 AM   #9534
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What is a reversible express lane?
Reversible is where you have an EG 8 ( or 10 or 12) lane road into a big town and you maybe have 6 lanes in and 2 lanes out in the morning and 6 lanes out and 2 lanes in in the evening. You use traffic lights to indicate the current direction of travel so you have a regular bank of 8 lights and they are either green or red.

Having 4 lanes each way all the time means jams at peak times in one direction and empty road the other way ...in that example.

They have been used since the 1970s in the UK and probably as long in the US.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 03:02 AM   #9535
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Thank you guys.
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Reversible lanes have become less popular. They are more expensive to operate and traffic flows became more diverse over the last 3 decades. While there used to be a pronounced morning rush inbound and evening rush outbound, traffic flows have become more diffuse, with more traffic outside the traditional rush hours, more traffic against the traditional peak direction, etc.

Reversible lanes may still be a good options on radial routes with a strong peak direction. But for example in Dallas about 85% of traffic on I-35E towards downtown has no destination or origin in it, they just bypass it. So what is a traditional inbound flow on one side of the center becomes an untraditional outbound flow during the same rush hour. Beltways are another example, where traffic is often heavy in both directions. That is why you rarely see reversible lanes on beltways.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 05:44 PM   #9537
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The same in São Paulo. Aside the huge East to Downtown/West influx, traffic goes in every direction.

About the reversible operation, they usually do it on the wekends, at the Imigrantes/Anchieta highway complex, linking São Paulo to the beaches.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 07:59 AM   #9538
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The last stretch of the future I-99 between Williamsport and Corning is now open. The northbound lanes near the Town of Lindley in New York are now being used.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 11:13 AM   #9539
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That segment opened on Oktober 8, 2013.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 10:48 PM   #9540
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