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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #10161
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a lift bridge on an insterstate? isn't that considered substandard, especially given that it looks quite new?
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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:33 PM   #10162
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I drove on that bridge It`s very wide and I too remember being surprised of the lift function. The traffic volume (as typical in DC metro area) is really large (think Toronto Hogg`s Hollow)

There is also a lift bridge on I-64 in Chesapeake, VA, but it is old and narrow and steep. I think they open it a couple times a year. Curiously there isn`t much signage or control stuff, just a small traffic light before the flappy part, but the limit is only 55 mph (traffic does 70 minimum) Unless maybe they send the police to stop the traffic like the railway crossing on Hwy 20 in St-Hyacinthe Quebec.

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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #10163
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If you're talking about the Woodrow Wilson, that bridge is fairly new but replaced a drawbridge (of all things). Maybe that fact made it permissible on an Interstate.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 03:25 AM   #10164
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Why are there so many I-69s? Was this written into Federal law or are the people in Texas truly confused about cardinal directions?
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Old January 9th, 2015, 03:27 AM   #10165
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A lot of people, including myself, really like the number "69"
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Old January 9th, 2015, 03:52 AM   #10166
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Why are there so many I-69s? Was this written into Federal law or are the people in Texas truly confused about cardinal directions?
They're supposed to eventually hook up.





So to speak.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 04:45 AM   #10167
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Ok, that makes sense.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 07:32 AM   #10168
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To be fair....

I wonder if the eventual existence of three different similarly numbered branches(69-W, 69-C, and 69-E) will be unprecedented in the interstate system?

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Old January 9th, 2015, 08:06 AM   #10169
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Far as I know.

And some years back, they eliminated letters, with the only exceptions being 35E and W (which occurs twice - in Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis-Saint Paul).
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Old January 9th, 2015, 03:30 PM   #10170
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Constructing an interstate from Laredo to Victoria is a waste of money. Most of that route carries only 2,500 - 5,000 vehicles per day outside towns.

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps/stat...anningMap.html

That money is better spent on six-laning I-10 between San Antonio and Houston.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #10171
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Or how about (just glancing at the map) an Austin-to-Abilene corridor. Could even extend it to Lubbock and call it I-27.
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We would have to go Italian and call it I-69qtr
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Old January 10th, 2015, 02:58 AM   #10173
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They'd have to extend it from Austin down to Corpus Christi (or over to Houston - another corridor where an Interstate might be useful) to connect to the mother road.
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I can't think of many obvious routes screaming for a whole new interstate in Texas that don't already have one planned. Except for maybe Austin-Houston by upgrading highway 71.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #10175
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I can't think of many obvious routes screaming for a whole new interstate in Texas that don't already have one planned. Except for maybe Austin-Houston by upgrading highway 71.
71 only really needs overpasses at the intersections that have traffic lights. Doesn't necessarily need a full upgrade. It would be nice though.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 11:41 PM   #10176
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An Interstate (or at least a freeway) between the state's capital and its largest city would make sense, just on principle. How many states don't have that, I wonder (except maybe some states with very small capitals).
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In case of Texas, Austin is quite a big state capital. It has a metropolitan population of 1.9 million. They may be the largest nearby cities not directly linked by an Interstate or any kind of freeway. (Phoenix - Las Vegas comes to mind as well...)

Denver - Dallas is somewhat of a missing freeway link between large cities as well, but a route like that would run through very sparsely populated areas, with not enough traffic to support a freeway. Amarillo - Fort Worth may be feasible though, most of it is around 10,000 AADT between towns, the I-69E route carries less traffic than that.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 11:55 PM   #10178
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An Interstate (or at least a freeway) between the state's capital and its largest city would make sense, just on principle. How many states don't have that, I wonder (except maybe some states with very small capitals).
Do you mean a direct Interstate connection?

Because Alaska, Nevada and Florida come to mind that don't...
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Well, reasonably direct, not necessarily the same number. So going up 75 from Miami then turning west at 10 is good enough, going through San Antonio to get from Houston to Austin isn't.

But for actual population within city limits, Jacksonville used to be the largest city in Florida (believe it or not), so I-10 would actually work if that's still the case.

The first one that came to mind for me was Missouri.
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Missouri and South Dakota obviously count, not being connected to the freeway network. Delaware has DE1.
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