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Old August 22nd, 2014, 07:00 PM   #9861
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I-85/385 interchange, Greenville, SC

SCDOT Awards First Act 98 Interstate Improvement Contract


The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has awarded a $231,116,087 contract to Flatiron-Zachry Joint Venture to reconfigure the I-85/I-385 Interchange in Greenville County. The project will improve safety and increase traffic capacity for an estimated 194,000 vehicles per day that utilize the interchange. The I-85/I-385 interchange volumes rank only behind the I-26/I-126 interchange in the Columbia area (202,150 vehicles per day) and the I-26/I-526 interchange in the Charleston area (195,100 vehicles per day). The contract gives the contractor 1035 days to complete the project once a Notice-To-Proceed order is issued by SCDOT.
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Old August 22nd, 2014, 07:08 PM   #9862
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I-22, Birmingham, AL

I-22 interchange with I-65 won't be completed until late 2015

The interchange to connect the new Interstate 22 with Interstate 65 just a few miles north of Birmingham's city center was scheduled to be completed by Oct. 15 of this year.

But according to Brian Davis, third division engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation, the interchange won't be finished until October 2015.
Full report: http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingha...ted-until.html

delayed once again.... I believe it was originally planned to be completed in late 2012 or 2013.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 08:33 PM   #9863
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I-66, Centreville, VA

Road marking mess in Virginia


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Old August 26th, 2014, 03:54 PM   #9864
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I-5, Tacoma, WA

The Interstate 5 / WA-16 / Sprague Avenue interchange in Tacoma, Washington. This was recently constructed.


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Old August 26th, 2014, 04:48 PM   #9865
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I-69W, Laredo, TX

In addition to I-69E and I-69C, there will also be an I-69W to Laredo.

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Old August 26th, 2014, 06:46 PM   #9866
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Coming soon: I-69U (F*** you) .

Seriously, they should make something about that I-69 mess. They should renumber two of I-69E, I-69C (which should have been plain I-69) and I-69W, and leave the third brach as I-69. Personally I would change I-69W to I-69, I-69E to an I-37 extension (number the remaining section I-137), and I-69C to US 281. And I-2... leave I-2.
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Old August 26th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #9867
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There is no traffic volume to warrant a 200 mile long Interstate Highway in that corridor. Much of US 59 carries between 2,500 and 5,000 vehicles per day. I suspect I-69W will have a far lower priority than I-69E and even I-69C. In the current funding climate (lack thereof) it seems unlikely that I-69W ever gets constructed along its full length.

An alternating passing lane seems like a more cost-effective option of providing 75 mph travel. There are already passing lanes at some locations of US 59 between Laredo and Victoria, and some stretches are even four-lane divided.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 03:46 AM   #9868
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There is no traffic volume to warrant a 200 mile long Interstate Highway in that corridor. Much of US 59 carries between 2,500 and 5,000 vehicles per day. I suspect I-69W will have a far lower priority than I-69E and even I-69C. In the current funding climate (lack thereof) it seems unlikely that I-69W ever gets constructed along its full length.

An alternating passing lane seems like a more cost-effective option of providing 75 mph travel. There are already passing lanes at some locations of US 59 between Laredo and Victoria, and some stretches are even four-lane divided.
Considering that the main purpose of I-69 is to divert border traffic away from the Laredo crossing, I-69W never really made sense to begin with. Once I-69 is fully built from Houston to the Rio Grande Valley (ie McAllen/Brownsville/Harlingen) much of the traffic heading to Laredo is going to be diverted regardless.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 09:48 AM   #9869
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I agree with what people are saying.

How did the C and E sections come to be, anyways? You'd think they'd only build one or the other, and then plan a 3-digit route to branch off somewhere around Raymondville. Priority should be the eastern route, since it hits bigger cities IMO.

Also there is that stupid border patrol checkpoint in Sarita, you'd think route planning would keep it as a choke spot without having to build a second one.

The I-2 designation is spiffy though, the roadgeek in me likes that it exists. I also feel like tossing up shields for this is such a political move; maybe in 20 years when federal money for highways barely exists and the project has died or has become a toll road, they'll silently vanish. Speaking of toll roads, Hidalgo County has rather significant plans of their own.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 04:41 PM   #9870
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) – A project that increased traffic capacity, improved safety and reduced congestion along a major artery in southcentral Kentucky has been recognized with a regional transportation award for coming in under budget.

The Interstate 65 widening project in Barren County increased a 5-mile stretch from four lanes to six lanes and reconstructed the Exit 53 interchange. The project was delivered for about $41 million – about $2.6 million under the contract amount – earning an award in the “Under Budget – Medium” category in the Southeast Regional competition of the America’s Transportation Awards program.

The award was presented Tuesday at the annual Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) in New Orleans.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 04:48 PM   #9871
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Kentucky is quite active to get I-65 to six lanes across the state.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 05:36 PM   #9872
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much needed, as well as 6-laned I-65 in all of Indiana as this takes most traffic to/from Chicago/Midwest and the south east. I prefer this route over I-75 north of Chattanooga and I-74 because I-75 is too hilly.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #9873
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I-99 is now signed in New York, from the Pennsylvania border to Painted Post (Corning area). I-99 is still not signed between Williamsport and the New York border, and still has the "Future I-99 corridor" signs up.


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Old August 30th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #9874
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Interstate 610, Houston, TX

The I-610 / US 290 project in Houston. The ultimate configuration will feature 33 lanes between 290 and I-10.

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Old August 31st, 2014, 05:26 PM   #9875
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In northern New Jersey, USA Interstate 287 acts as an 'outer loop' around the metro NYC area. Near Pompton Lakes, there is a large cut through the hill. It certainly does not fit what most people would picture as "New Jersey". Taken through the windshield of my vintage RV with camera on a GorillaPod, anchored by a rice bag and some 2-lb wrist weights. Canon 6D, Canon 24-105mm lens.





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Old August 31st, 2014, 06:28 PM   #9876
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That road is pretty spectacular when you think about it... you have the rock cuts and then you practically have "talbruecken" through valleys. It's hard to see from the wheel though...
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Old August 31st, 2014, 08:21 PM   #9877
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The I-610 / US 290 project in Houston. The ultimate configuration will feature 33 lanes between 290 and I-10.
Texas.

*sigh*

At the other end of the spectrum, Georgia DOT has announced that construction will begin in 2016 on rebuilding the I-285/GA 400 interchange. A previous alternative from 2000 or so included CD's, ramp braids, and continuous frontage roads for a total of forty lanes along 285, but the current scheme is for operational improvements only: three left-turn flyovers at 285/400 (one loop ramp will remain), ramp braids, CD's and extended ramp terminals, but with only incidental increases in capacity. Amazingly, the fifty year old bridges carrying Roswell and Ashford-Dunwoody Roads over 285 will remain, though two-lane roadways will be added between the end bents and the abutments. It'll still cost over $1 billion.

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Old September 1st, 2014, 12:30 PM   #9878
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That new stretch of the 610 between US 290 and I-10; at 33 lanes, will it be the world's widest section of highway?

Also, are the express and managed lanes used that much? Seems most of the infrastructure is to support them free flowing in all directions.
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If the US (and especially Texas) were more transit-friendly then that 33 lane section on I-610 won't be needed. In that scenario I think I-610 wouldn't be wider than M-30 in Madrid...
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Old September 2nd, 2014, 02:47 PM   #9880
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If the US (and especially Texas) were more transit-friendly then that 33 lane section on I-610 won't be needed. In that scenario I think I-610 wouldn't be wider than M-30 in Madrid...
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