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Old September 23rd, 2014, 06:02 PM   #9941
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There are basically two types of tolled lanes;

* former HOV lanes being converted into HOT lanes
* new construction + HOV lane becoming an express lane (2 express lanes each way).

Houston converted nearly all of their HOV lanes into HOT lanes recently. They have many reversible HOT lanes.

I don't mind converting HOV lanes to toll lanes. HOV lanes are underutilized and most HOV 2+ lanes are used by families, not reducing the amount of vehicles on the road. This way you'll get better usage of existing capacity. Converting an HOV lane into an HOT lane or even express lane could improve throughput by a few hundred vehicles per hour, maybe even up to a thousand, without having to expand capacity.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 12:39 AM   #9942
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Old September 24th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #9943
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Old September 24th, 2014, 08:55 AM   #9944
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Chicago badly needs a highway to bypass this portion, but sadly I don't think any American city will ever see more highways (except those in the South).
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Old September 24th, 2014, 10:53 AM   #9945
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I-69, Indiana

Construction of I-69 up to Bloomington, Indiana.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 05:11 PM   #9946
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I-35E / I-635 LBJ Express, Dallas, TX

A new construction update video of the massive LBJ Express project. It starts with a timelapse drive across the new elevated toll lanes of I-35E.

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Old September 26th, 2014, 01:38 AM   #9947
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Old September 27th, 2014, 12:28 AM   #9948
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The only thing I get is New Yorkers complaining about Jersey drivers... Michael, you're originally from NJ, right? This must mean you're a shit driver
New Yorkers are people who wander along New Jersey's highways doing 10 miles below the speed limit in the passing lane. Presumably because either (1) they don't know how to drive at the speed limit because they never have the opportunity in the city or (2) they're lost.
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Old September 27th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #9949
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Same with Germans in Austria and Holland. Tourist-Germans are absolute shit-drivers. Slow and braking for no reason, but when you're driving on their autobahns, they don't even leave one inche of gap behind you...

f*ckin hypocrites...
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Old September 27th, 2014, 04:34 AM   #9950
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New Yorkers are people who wander along New Jersey's highways doing 10 miles below the speed limit in the passing lane. Presumably because either (1) they don't know how to drive at the speed limit because they never have the opportunity in the city or (2) they're lost.
Those "65 MPH zone fines double" signs are pretty scary (and insane!)

then again compare with Michigan and Illinois, "run over a road worker, 126 years jail $395000 fine" or whatever the hell they are at now
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Old September 28th, 2014, 12:22 AM   #9951
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I think that the main items are bridge shoulder widths, median barriers and the length
of entrance ramps. Not too expensive to fix. Of course, the big item will be unTOTSOing the Western Kentucky-Pennyrile
Parkway interchange.
I found these at the AARoads forum:

Original, rather excessive scheme:



The current scheme, now under construction.: The now-subordinate parkways will enter I-69 from the right,
but the divergences between I-69 and the parkways will be in the intuitive direction, which I think is a good idea:



A flyover ramp carrying southbound I-69 onto the Purchase Parkway will be built, too. Apparently an early scheme would've
closed the northern leg of the interchange, which ends at US 60 a short distance away, but the public wasn't at all happy with that:
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Old September 28th, 2014, 04:18 AM   #9952
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I was reading about some new push to make US-93 into I-11 between Phoenix and Las Vegas.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 05:21 AM   #9953
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I don't remember if I've already posted it in this thread, but here it goes: the highway the bus took to go to Boston (departing from the Penn Station), in the last half of the video.


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Old September 30th, 2014, 12:45 AM   #9955
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Nice! Picture of the Month.

And "the mountain's out" as I'm told the locals say when it's clear enough to see it (Mount Rainier).
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 02:02 AM   #9956
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Traffic on I-10 in West Houston has grown to become the busiest stretch of freeway in Houston in 2012. The AADT east of the Beltway 8 interchange has exploded to 360,000 vehicles per day. Traffic grew by 100,000 vehicles in just 5 years. If current trends continue, it will become the busiest freeway in the U.S. in a year or two, overtaking I-405 near Long Beach, CA.

At that rate it could possibly pass Toronto's 401 for busiest in the world, a scary thought!
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 03:17 AM   #9957
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do those numbers include the frontage roads as well? Because the highway itself is only 4+2 tolled.. I struggle to see how that supports 360,000.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 03:19 PM   #9958
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I think the frontage roads are included in that 360,000 vehicles per day.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 07:11 AM   #9959
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Chicago badly needs a highway to bypass this portion, but sadly I don't think any American city will ever see more highways (except those in the South).
There already is an interstate highway that bypasses this portion. It's called the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 05:06 PM   #9960
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I-355 is another alternate bypass of Chicago.

Counting from downtown outward, you have 3 north-south freeways along the first 20 miles of urban development (I-90/94, I-294 and I-355). However, there is another 20 miles of urban development west of there with no north-south freeways at all.
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