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Old August 5th, 2007, 12:07 PM   #941
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Old August 5th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #942
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Tomorrow, I will post some pics of my neighbourhood's parkway
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Old August 5th, 2007, 05:06 PM   #943
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AUchamps, I believe is talking about a number of newer toll roads (and a few old ones like the Garden State Parkway) that carry no Interstate designation. Obviously many others are I-routes, Like the PA turnpike, NJ Tpk (parts are 95, in the future more of it will be); Maine, NH, Mass, WV, IL, Ohio, Indiana and Oklahoma also have toll roads that are Interstates.
There are non-Interstate toll roads in Delaware (route 1), NJ, Virginia, California, Texas and many in Florida as well. There may be others I'm not thinking of.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 05:25 PM   #944
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USA: Parkways

Based on some posts in the Interstate thread.

Parkways are not always limited access motorways, but many, especially in the Northeastern section of the US are. Some may argue they are not true motorways, because they often lack proper shoulders. Some do not allow any big trucks/lorries and will often have very short exit/entrance ramps and acceleration lanes. They are often nice to travel on because they provide park-like scenery- lots of trees and things like that.

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Taconic State Parkway in New York:

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Palisades Interstate Parkway runs in both NY and NJ:

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The Merritt Parkway is in Connecticut:

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Old August 5th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #945
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I'd liek to drive there, looks so beautiful!
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Old August 5th, 2007, 05:51 PM   #946
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Kentucky used to have some toll roads in the past. I have a 1987 road atlas where they are displayed.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 06:03 PM   #947
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Kentucky used to have some toll roads in the past. I have a 1987 road atlas where they are displayed.
In Kentucky, they were(and still are) called Parkways(even though by and large they are built to near Interstate Standards). Kentucky says that once the bond is paid off on the road, the tolls have to be removed. That's why today, there's only 2 toll roads left in the state and why when I-69 is routed through Kentucky, it will simply be a matter of upgrading some functionally obsolete sections of Parkway so that they will have all the "bells and whistles" of what's required by a new Interstate. I'm talking about Lane widths, pavement quality, wider shoulders, etc.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 07:12 PM   #948
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The Garden State Parkway is open to big-rig trucks/lorries south of NJ 18 (interchange 105 near Long Branch, NJ). IIRC, the whole thing is physically usable by them but from NJ 18 northward to the New York state line right by the New York State Thruway (I-87) they're not allowed mainly to placate the neighbors.

The Taconic State Parkway runs from NYC (where it is the Bronx River Parkway) northward to the New York State Thruway - Berkshire Extension (I-90) in the Albany area along a ridge east of the Hudson River. I've driven its entire length and yes, it is a GORGEOUS drive, although the part south of I-84 can be a bit of a thrill ride at times.

The Merritt Parkway is one of the oldest freeway-type roads in the USA and I have heard some stories of pre-WWII German highway engineers visiting it while they were working on some of their earliest autobahns.

Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is very similar to these northeastern USA parkways, too. It is mostly a 6 and 8 lane freeway along Chicago's Lake Michigan lakefront and is only open to cars and motorcycles. The section in the downtown area has intersections.

Out west, the Pasadena Freeway (CA 110) north of the 'Four Level' interchange in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA is also such a no-trucks/lorries 'parkway'.

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Old August 5th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #949
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And old cliché question here in the USA is 'Why is it that you can drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?'



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Old August 5th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #950
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I red on Wikipedia, one of the oldest Parkways date back from 1907. Ofcourse not up to motorway standards, but as highcapacity roads.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:50 PM   #951
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It seems to me that the word parkway has a completely different meaning on the East Coast...
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Old August 5th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #952
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Based on some posts in the Interstate thread.

Parkways are not always limited access motorways, but many, especially in the Northeastern section of the US are. Some may argue they are not true motorways, because they often lack proper shoulders. Some do not allow any big trucks/lorries and will often have very short exit/entrance ramps and acceleration lanes. They are often nice to travel on because they provide park-like scenery- lots of trees and things like that.

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the only thing that is even close to the interstate system in the States in Canada is the 400 series highways.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #954
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Here in Connecticut, we have the Merritt Parkway.

It's pretty nice because it's literally in the middle of forest. No trucks are allowed on it. There are plenty of turns too so it will keep you awake...but it's a pretty enjoyable highway to take when driving to New York, instead of taking I-95 which is always crowded and filled with too much trucks...



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Old August 7th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #955
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You can see the top of the George Washington Bridge here---between New Jersey and New York City

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Express lanes on the left.......................................Local lanes on the right
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Service station on the left with an ill-advised attempt at hiding a cell phone tower...
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Old August 7th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #956
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In California, parkway is another word for street.
Parkways are ubiquitous in the Northeast as well. In fact, they originated out here in New York thanks to Robert Moses.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 12:16 AM   #957
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Baltimore-Washington Parkway...

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Old August 8th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #958
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The parkways that I know of in Delaware are Kentmere Parkway and Bancroft Parkway in the city of Wilmington. Both are just city streets with huge grassy medians. This is what I personally think of when I think of parkways.

One of my pictures of Bancroft Parkway

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Old August 8th, 2007, 07:00 AM   #959
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The Garden State Parkway, IMO, is a parkway in name only. It's not enjoyable to drive down like the Palisades or Merritt Parkways. In Central Jersey, it's a beast! I like the service areas in the medians though.

I remember taking the Taconic State Parkway once, that's one crazy ride! Reminds me why I love driving.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 07:30 AM   #960
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Only in the USA will the government spend billions on roads specially for their nice view.
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