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Old February 1st, 2015, 12:13 PM   #10221
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Toll lanes proposed for I-35, Texas (15 miles from the Loop 410 South interchange to FM 1103 in Schertz) :

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Old February 1st, 2015, 09:16 PM   #10222
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I-4, Orlando, FL

The 'I-4 Ultimate' project was kicked off today. It will be the largest highway construction project in the state of Florida for the next 5 years. 21 miles of I-4 will be completely rebuild and new tolled express lanes will be added. They will reconstruct 15 interchanges and build over 100 new bridges.

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Old February 2nd, 2015, 04:55 AM   #10223
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I-4 is one of the worst interstates in the country to drive on. It has a combination of some of the worst drivers along with high traffic volume and tourists. Definitely the worst lane discipline out of any highways I've driven anywhere. Don't let that video fool you, this project will be a mess and probably go over budget and behind schedule. FDOT failed miserably at rebuilding I-275 in Tampa which hilariously only really added 1 lane of capacity in each direction and modernized it. I wouldn't be surprised if I-4 went the same way with how complicated it is. I will be avoiding Orlando for a while.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 11:20 AM   #10224
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I-4 is one of the worst interstates in the country to drive on. It has a combination of some of the worst drivers along with high traffic volume and tourists. Definitely the worst lane discipline out of any highways I've driven anywhere.
I'm sorry.

Was a tourist, drove on the I4 twice. I felt the traffic was heavy but easy.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 07:35 PM   #10225
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I-15, Nevada

A very nice video of all of Interstate 15 through Nevada (over 120 miles).

Most videos at this timelapse speed are too fast to see much, but it works really good with the wide open landscapes of Nevada.

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Old February 2nd, 2015, 08:34 PM   #10226
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The worst drivers I've seen in my trips to the U.S were in the I15 in Nevada.

Traffic was heavy all the way to the I10 from Las Vegas to LA and saw way too many drivers passing us in the right shoulders. Took me like 8 hours to get to LAX.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 08:56 PM   #10227
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The worst drivers I've seen in my trips to the U.S were in the I15 in Nevada.

Traffic was heavy all the way to the I10 from Las Vegas to LA and saw way too many drivers passing us in the right shoulders. Took me like 8 hours to get to LAX.
I've driven that road a few times. The traffic levels of course depend on the timing. In my opinion, an upgrade from 2x2 to 2x3 would help a lot.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 09:01 PM   #10228
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I believe most of I-15 in California (north of Barstow) has truck lanes on the shoulder. Are passenger cars allowed to use them? I tend to use them in Europe if truck traffic is light.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 09:16 PM   #10229
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I believe most of I-15 in California (north of Barstow) has truck lanes on the shoulder. Are passenger cars allowed to use them? I tend to use them in Europe if truck traffic is light.
Some of it does, but generally only on long uphill grades. Upgrading to a six lane cross-section would be a nicer option, as I-15 carries no shortage of traffic.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 09:21 PM   #10230
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I believe most of I-15 in California (north of Barstow) has truck lanes on the shoulder. Are passenger cars allowed to use them? I tend to use them in Europe if truck traffic is light.
That's correct, some sections of the I-15 have a truck lane and a right shoulder.

At some point, another driver crossed his pick up truck in the shoulder to prevent more people from passing us.

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I've driven that road a few times. The traffic levels of course depend on the timing. In my opinion, an upgrade from 2x2 to 2x3 would help a lot.
It was on a sunday. Traffic was very heavy all the way to the I-10 but then turned very light once I reached the city.
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Old February 2nd, 2015, 09:45 PM   #10231
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I-65, Louisville, KY

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Old February 3rd, 2015, 03:24 AM   #10232
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I'm sorry.

Was a tourist, drove on the I4 twice. I felt the traffic was heavy but easy.
The high traffic volumes are more so outside of the tourist areas in the city lol. I emphasize more so about the bad drivers on it.


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The worst drivers I've seen in my trips to the U.S were in the I15 in Nevada.

Traffic was heavy all the way to the I10 from Las Vegas to LA and saw way too many drivers passing us in the right shoulders. Took me like 8 hours to get to LAX.
The times I used that route I never had too much of a problem. Actually the first time I ever drove on it I averaged 90-100mph just driving with the flow of traffic. The worst was probably nearly 6 hours after hitting some traffic on I-15 and then again in the "Inland Empire" driving from Las Vegas to Orange County.

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I believe most of I-15 in California (north of Barstow) has truck lanes on the shoulder. Are passenger cars allowed to use them? I tend to use them in Europe if truck traffic is light.
I used to them to overtake on the right when people were blocking the left lane. Seems like a common thing to do over there.

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Old February 3rd, 2015, 09:00 PM   #10233
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I used to them to overtake on the right when people were blocking the left lane. Seems like a common thing to do over there.
Then you would be in the right lane and not a truck lane
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 09:29 PM   #10234
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Then you would be in the right lane and not a truck lane
No it was a truck lane. When the truck lane begins so does your opportunity to overtake all the idiots blocking the left lane and the traffic in the regular right lane.
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Old February 3rd, 2015, 09:52 PM   #10235
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No it was a truck lane. When the truck lane begins so does your opportunity to overtake all the idiots blocking the left lane and the traffic in the regular right lane.
oh they way you said it made it sound like you where just passing the morons in the left lane and no one was in the right lane anyway
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Old February 4th, 2015, 03:20 AM   #10237
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Is overtaking on the right permitted in every State?

Moreover, one thing that really sucks in the USA is the very low speed limits in comparison to the size of the country and the hugeness of empty and plain land. I mean when you're driving on very straight lines and do not cross any towns for hours with very few traffic, it's really boring and benumb to drive so slowly as 60-75 mph (depending on the state) . Also, you have huge straight freeways near cities with speed limits down to 40-50 mph . If it would depend on me, I would abolish speed limits immediately on most of the interstates/freeways, just like in Germany .
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Old February 4th, 2015, 04:22 AM   #10238
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Is overtaking on the right permitted in every State?
It's actually illegal in most states (not that that stops people).

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Moreover, one thing that really sucks in the USA is the very low speed limits in comparison to the size of the country and the hugeness of empty and plain land. I mean when you're driving on very straight lines and do not cross any towns for hours with very few traffic, it's really boring and benumb to drive so slowly as 60-75 mph (depending on the state).
A few of the more remote states do have higher speed limits, but there are fuel economy issues, and the fines from speeding tickets provide needed revenue. Not to mention wildlife (those roads aren't fenced), and other natural hazards.

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If it's near a city, it's probably too heavily trafficked to raise the speed limit. It's also probably old and in need of improvement to have the speed raised. And it's probably not very straight at all, knowing what I do about American cities the only straight highway near one that comes to mind is the NJ Turnpike and that has HUGE traffic.

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If it would depend on me, I would abolish speed limits immediately on most of the interstates/freeways, just like in Germany.

For both the reasons above, and the fact that the insurance companies would never accept the liabilities, that's never going to happen.
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but it is strange as speed limits are relatively recent innovation in various areas

Anyway even though the sign may say 65 mph doesn't mean we do not drive 95 mph!
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Old February 4th, 2015, 02:14 PM   #10240
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Anyway even though the sign may say 65 mph doesn't mean we do not drive 95 mph!
Some people do but from my experience most people stays in 70-85 mph range (depending from the state) usually as a rule of thumb people drive 5-10mph above the speed limit.

People like Kanadzie who boast everywhere about driving fast, fast, fast (like he also does in the Polish thread) are a small minority.

I myself drive quite fast (I would say I'm usually in top 10% of the fastest cars on any given road) but never really do 95mph unless I'm testing my car for a few minutes on some absolutely remote road in North Dakota or Kansas.
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