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Old October 24th, 2014, 12:20 AM   #10041
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Great video. In my opinion rural Interstates should have a speed limit of 80-85mph or No Speed Limit(Trucks 80/85 like on IH 10/20/SH 130 in Texas) at all for cars/light trucks. I'm a fast driver hence my statement about higher speeds. Glad to see Idaho and Wyoming is getting in on the 80 mph speed limits.

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local...ases/13103293/

http://www.whp.dot.state.wy.us/news/...interstate-mil
Wow great news! I missed those announcements.

I always find US rural speed limits way to low for the quality of the roads. I regularly drive 80-85 on rural stretches signposted with 75mph limit.

How about Dakotas or Nebraska or Kansas? Any movements in the same direction?
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Old October 24th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #10042
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Wow great news! I missed those announcements.

I always find US rural speed limits way to low for the quality of the roads. I regularly drive 80-85 on rural stretches signposted with 75mph limit.

How about Dakotas or Nebraska or Kansas? Any movements in the same direction?
No movement on raising the speed limit in those states from what I have seen. Part of the problem is that instead of taxes, many local/state governments like to obtain revenue from speeding tickets.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 01:14 AM   #10043
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A) This consumes a LOT more fuel.

B) Reaction times drop. Quickly. Accident rates go up as you go above 55.
Both are false, since people are driving the same speed anyway.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 02:05 AM   #10044
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Both are false, since people are driving the same speed anyway.
Not around where I live. When they lowered the speed limit, they LOWERED it.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 05:47 AM   #10045
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Interstate 5 snaking its way through Seattle

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Old October 24th, 2014, 06:14 AM   #10046
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easily one of the coolest stretches of interstate. It reminds me a lot of the A-720 in montreal.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 09:19 AM   #10047
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easily one of the coolest stretches of interstate. It reminds me a lot of the A-720 in montreal.
Also sorta like Chicago.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 11:44 AM   #10048
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Not around where I live. When they lowered the speed limit, they LOWERED it.
Where do you live?
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Old October 24th, 2014, 06:33 PM   #10049
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A) This consumes a LOT more fuel.

B) Reaction times drop. Quickly. Accident rates go up as you go above 55.
that's very conservative thinking. Everyone is responsible for their fuel usage or their speed.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 08:00 PM   #10050
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Interstate 485, Charlotte, NC

Completion of I-485 Outer Loop In Mecklenburg County Scheduled For Spring 2015

As work continues on the final 5.7 – mile segment of the Charlotte Outer Loop in northeast Mecklenburg County, the N.C. Department of Transportation and contractor Blythe Construction will soon be faced with lower temperatures and seasonal limitations that will slow the project’s completion. Although the Department and the contractor were planning to complete work by the end of December, engineers now are anticipating the completion will be spring 2015.

The current controlling operation is paving the new section of I-485. Once completed, pavement markings will be installed, concurrent with lighting and sign installation. With winter approaching, lower temperatures will likely slow progress. Once temperatures go lower than 50 degrees, asphalt cannot set properly, which is why roadway paving isn’t done between November and March.
Full press release: https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/...s.aspx?r=10435
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Old October 26th, 2014, 10:04 AM   #10051
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That pic of I-5 is nice indeed, but frankly almost everytime that I've been on it or seen it from afar, it's filled with traffic no matter the time.

I am actually surprised how clear it is in that picture, I am guessing it was taken on a Sunday.
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Old October 26th, 2014, 11:09 AM   #10052
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It must be taken on a Sunday, otherwise the image had to be edited in photoshop
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Old October 26th, 2014, 11:24 AM   #10053
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Accident rates go up as you go above 55.
Accident rates go up as speeds go above zero. There is nothing magic about 55mph. It is not a boundary between safe and unsafe. There is no dramatic change is any curve reasonably representing statistically significant accident data. It's just an arbitrary number that Dick Nixon chose for (now historical) political reasons.
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Accident rates go up as speeds go above zero. There is nothing magic about 55mph. It is not a boundary between safe and unsafe. There is no dramatic change is any curve reasonably representing statistically significant accident data. It's just an arbitrary number that Dick Nixon chose for (now historical) political reasons.
I believe accident rates stay similar but fatality rates get higher.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #10055
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I-10, Houston

I found this video through Google image search. It was posted 4 days ago, but had no views when I viewed it. It seems like a drone video of the I-10 / Beltway 8 stack interchange.

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Another birds eye view of the I-85/I-485 turbine interchange in Charlotte, the first of its kind in North Carolina. Traffic in the center of the picture is moving along I-85, while construction continues on the turbine access ramps and bridges.Photo credit - City of Charlotte Department of Transportation

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is anyone aware of any new freeways being built in New England? Interstate or otherwise?
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Old October 29th, 2014, 11:13 AM   #10058
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Another birds eye view of the I-85/I-485 turbine interchange in Charlotte, the first of its kind in North Carolina. Traffic in the center of the picture is moving along I-85, while construction continues on the turbine access ramps and bridges.Photo credit - City of Charlotte Department of Transportation

I-85/I-485 Turbine Interchange by anewfiemom, on Flickr
You can tell they're close to being done with it; I haven't been there in like a year or so and it looks so much cleaner than it did then. I can't wait to ride on it when it's finished!
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Old October 29th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #10059
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is anyone aware of any new freeways being built in New England? Interstate or otherwise?
Not to my knowledge. Some plans for I-98 have been floated in Maine to reduce distance from Montréal to the Maritimes, but this seems very, very far from being constructed.

There are a number of highway improvement projects though. They plan to widen the remainder of I-84 in Connecticut to six lanes, they are building a new I-95 bridge in New Haven, replacing some of the bridges of I-95 in Providence and plan to improve I-91 in Springfield. I-93 is also being expanded in southern New Hampshire.
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I-90, Illinois

The Illinois Tollway announced today that it is beginning to open three new lanes in each direction between Rockford and Elgin as part of the $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project which is building a new state-of-the-art interstate from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-39.

The Tollway is nearing completion of the first phase of project, rebuilding and widening 37 miles of roadway to three lanes in each direction within budget and on schedule in just two years.

To begin removing construction barrels and turning the new lanes over to drivers, the Tollway hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, October 28. By end of day today, construction crews will have opened new lanes for drivers between the Kishwaukee River Bridge and the Marengo Toll Plaza. Drivers will have access to three lanes in each direction throughout most of the western segment by Wednesday evening, October 29.
Full press release: http://www.illinoistollway.com/docum...7-e22fada97ee0
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