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Old June 3rd, 2014, 11:00 PM   #9701
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I-64, Virginia

The first DDI in Virginia is located at the I-64 / US 15 interchange in Louisa County.


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Old June 4th, 2014, 03:25 AM   #9702
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Rural I-55 heading south from St Louis to Memphis








Dead straight, pure America






Road works, down to one lane, I think the speed limit was down only slightly to 60mph




We are choosing I-40
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Old June 4th, 2014, 03:27 AM   #9703
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Old June 4th, 2014, 05:37 AM   #9704
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Top story in this area tonight: the bridge on I-495 (in Delaware) over the Christina River is closed. Structural issues.
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Old June 4th, 2014, 06:27 AM   #9705
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The first DDI in Virginia is located at the I-64 / US 15 interchange in Louisa County.


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Nice design. I drove through one of these on the Bangerter Highway in Utah. It felt very natural. It's very efficient too, only two cycles per set of signals needed, unlike a normal diamond interchange or a SPUI.
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Old June 4th, 2014, 06:32 AM   #9706
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We are choosing I-40
So you were going to Memphis instead of Memphis?

(But nice sign anyway!)
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Old June 4th, 2014, 07:35 AM   #9707
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That's in Arkansas. I've been in Little Rock since Sunday, and I've noticed that Arkansas apparently doesn't do big arrow or arrow per lane signs, even when they'd be appropriate, as at that 40-55 split.

I suppose I should take some photos, but nothing really stands out for me.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #9708
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On April 17, WisDOT unveiled it's recommended alternative for the I-39/90 - Beltline interchange in Madison, as part of the massive 39/90 widening project:


http://projects.511wi.gov/documents/...8-efa4719d2c53

Overhead layout:

http://projects.511wi.gov/documents/...3-8f23480f843f

Note how the US 51/ Stoughton Rd ramps (blue) are separate from the WB Beltline mainline.

Overall, I really like this design, WisDOT is definitely doing this one right.
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Old June 8th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #9709
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I-285 Atlanta

This time-lapse video showcases a full ride on the I-285 Atlanta ring highway.

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Old June 9th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #9710
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This time-lapse video showcases a full ride on the I-285 Atlanta ring highway.

look boring and no street light on the freeways, just like most of the south
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Old June 9th, 2014, 05:08 AM   #9711
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look boring and no street light on the freeways, just like most of the south
Actually, of the bigger cities in the Atlantic South, I think Atlanta's are unique in not having streetlights on the freeways. Based on the cities whose freeways I've driven, anyway.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 05:58 PM   #9712
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I-95 Maryland

Maryland House northeast of Baltimore.


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Old June 14th, 2014, 06:20 PM   #9713
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Does that mean it's open?

The Maryland House was a big service area (of the sort you usually find only on toll roads in the U.S., but that stretch of 95 technically is a toll road.)

My favorite feature was the travel information center. Most states have "welcome centers" at their borders which are meant to promote tourism in the state and therefore don't have information for other states, but this facility had stuff (I picked up a North Carolina official road map once...) from up and down the East Coast.

The Maryland House and its twin north of the Susquehanna, the Chesapeake House, were both closed the last time I was down that way. Hence my question. I think they were being completely rebuilt. (The Maryland House was in the same building, in faux-Colonial style, for decades...) I hope the information center's back.

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In other news, from a bit to the northeast of there, local reports this morning are that that 495 bridge in Delaware which manifested structural problems a couple of weeks ago will be closed all summer. There was talk when this started of a temporary replacement....

EDIT: That building in the photos actually looks like the Chesapeake House main building.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #9714
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I-80, I-680, CA-12, Fairfield, CA

I came across this project:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/solano8068012/

http://www.sta.ca.gov/Content/10078/...e_Project.html

It will move the northern terminus of I-680 to the west, with a new combined interchange of I-80, I-680 and California State Route 12 at Fairfield. The first package started this month.

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Old June 15th, 2014, 03:53 PM   #9715
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Some photos of Little Rock from when I was there last week. Little Rock has respectable but not very photogenic freeway system, and some of the photos I took didn't turn out well, but I've uploaded a few anyway, so I might as well share them here.

All of the freeways I drove on there had six lanes, which means that Little Rock wins the prize for having the freeway system that would be easiest to recreate accurately in SimCity 4.

This one is on I-30 headed southward from downtown, approaching the interchange with I-630. The signage is extremely economical. The bridges over I-30 have been replaced relatively recently, presumably as a part of the I-630 interchange project:



A bit further south, approaching the interchange of I-30, I-530 and I-440. This interchange is interesting because it was mostly grafted onto the existing three-way directional interchange and thus has several left-hand entrances and exits. This sign is nominally a mess, with two down arrows over one lane and no indication of a lane drop on the left, but I could figure out what it was trying to tell me easily enough (my motel was east of here, off of I-440 at the airport). Current practice would be to put an arrow-per-lane sign here, but I'm not sure it'd be that much more comprehensible:


A bit further south. I guessed right! Note the Clearview on the pullthrough sign but not on the others:



Curving off toward I-440 eastbound. Much of this area is wetlands, so most of the added portions of this interchange are on bridges, as are the westernmost several miles of I-440 and its first two service interchanges. This shot is pretty dramatic, or so I think.

Apparently the bridge piers were initially painted a weird orangey-brown color, like something Tennessee would do. Decades later, the paint has faded or washed away very unevenly, so the piers look blotchy, as though the color is actually from rusty water seeping off of the weathering steel. It looks really bad.



Headed back north on I-30, here's the offramp to AR 10/Cantrell Road, which IMO is the most interesting highway in Little Rock. This section is part of the approaches to the bridge over the Arkansas River. This area is pretty old, as you can see from the guardrail design. The guardrail on the ramp ahead was the same as the one to the right until an errant vehicle smashed off the metal part. It's pretty rare to have a full-height concrete parapet in front of a full-height metal guardrail. I wonder if the parapet was original or was added later. It somewhat resembles the type of barrier that the UK has introduced recently.

Arkansas is very conservative in designing its offramp terminals; this is an older highway, but the newer ones are similar in that the offramp appears to be built as a single twelve foot wide lane rather than having a taper of a certain size followed by the ramp itself (here's a Google Streetview link that shows it better, since I didn't get a photo). That and the parallel-type entrance ramps took a little getting used to for me.



Entering Cantrell Road, passing under the viaduct we were on in the previous photo. Note the steel piers:



Hmmm... now what? I'm leaving the Interstate system, so I suppose I should post the next batch in the non -Interstate thread. OK, then. But while I'm here, I'll veer off to rogue APL signs in Atlanta. Aren't they horrible? This one is an arrow per lane sign that doesn't actually have an arrow per lane:


The old skool signs they replaced were much better.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 04:37 AM   #9716
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Does that mean it's open?
The one SOUTH of the river is open. The one NORTH of the river is still being rebuilt. Like you, I remember stopping at one or another of these places dozens of times over the years. I particularly remember many stops there after all-day runs up I-95 from Florida at 2 or 3 in the morning, getting out of the car after navigating through DC and Balto and thinking, "whew, I'm almost home"... Sometimes the temperature difference made me wish I'd switched out of shorts and a tee shirt at some point. They were open 24 hours a day, which was nice. Sunoco still has the gas concession. The new one is pretty nice, but it lacks the old stone charm of the previous building. Lots of tourist info though.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 10:18 AM   #9718
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I-25, Denver, CO

The I-25 / US 6 interchange in Denver.

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Hmmm... now what? I'm leaving the Interstate system, so I suppose I should post the next batch in the non -Interstate thread. OK, then. But while I'm here, I'll veer off to rogue APL signs in Atlanta. Aren't they horrible? This one is an arrow per lane sign that doesn't actually have an arrow per lane:


The old skool signs they replaced were much better.
My opinion my be in the minority here, but I don't hate those signs. Sure they are gigantic, but they are far more clear than the signs that they replaced, which I don't think is a bad thing, given the importance of the interchange ahead.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #9720
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I-55 heading from Memphis to Jackson
I found it quite picturesque and pleasant to drive.
Definitely not as boring and flat as I expected.


















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