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Old May 13th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #10561
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It is usually used in that, secondary, way for police cars to make sure they are calibrated accurately so they can book people for speeding without questions about their in-car equipment.

Also, those signs in Rhode Island predate satnavs and smart phones.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 06:13 AM   #10562
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Apparently there's still some mesasured miles throughout New England, such as one on Watertown Street (Route 16) in Newton, and Broadway in Somerville, in Massachusetts. It seems that they've just kept it up from the old days when you could check to see if your car is calibrated, or, as others online have suggested for measured miles on surface streets, to make sure you're not getting ripped off by a cab driver.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 02:37 AM   #10563
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Oyster Bay Branch meets Long Island Express (I-495)


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Old May 19th, 2015, 10:34 AM   #10564
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nevermind, read that wrong
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Old May 20th, 2015, 09:55 PM   #10565
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I-405, California

The Final EIS / Record of Decision has been published for the I-405 widening project in Orange County, California.

The freeway will be widened to 14 lanes (5 GP and 2 toll each way) between CA-22 in Garden Grove and CA-73 in Costa Mesa.

The widest stretch of freeway will be between both legs of CA-22 near Seal Beach, with 18 lanes (7 GP + 2 toll each way). The forecasted AADT is 503,000 vehicles per day.

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Old May 21st, 2015, 03:36 PM   #10566
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I-10, San Antonio, TX

A render of the planned toll express lanes or managed lanes along I-10 in northwestern San Antonio. They will be six miles long and run from FM 3351 to Loop 1604. The Loop 1604 direct connectors are a separate project and not shown in this video. The project will cost $ 180 million. Construction is planned from 2017 to 2019/2020.

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Old May 21st, 2015, 08:09 PM   #10567
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A few photos of the Northwest Corridor Project along I-75 north of Atlanta. The project will add a two lane reversible roadway along the west side of I-75 from I-285 to I-575, then single reversible lanes in the medians of I-75 and I-575 for a few more miles northward. The progess shown in these photos is misleading-- along most of the corridor, no work has yet bee started.

I-75 southbound within the Canton Road Connector interchange:



I-75 northbound approaching Barrett Parkway. This is the flyover that deposits the new reversible lane into the median:



Within the I-285 interchange. This one is a couple of months old:
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Old May 22nd, 2015, 09:43 PM   #10568
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I-77, North Carolina

NCDOT Announces Financial Close on I-77 Express Lanes Project

The N.C. Department of Transportation, together with I-77 Mobility Partners, announced today that they have achieved financial close on the I-77 Express Lanes Project. Construction is slated to begin this summer on the innovative public-private partnership that will reduce congestion and provide reliable travel time to one of the state’s most congested corridors.

Financial close means that both I-77 Mobility Partners and NCDOT have completed financing requirements necessary for the project to move forward. That process includes months of review by the Local Government Commission (that includes the State Treasurer, State Auditor, Secretary of State and Secretary of Revenue) and the Federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Credit Council. NCDOT received approval from both and secured funding at historically low interest rates.

The public-private partnership (P3) between NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners facilitates the completion of the I-77 Express Lanes project by 2018, instead of relying on traditional funding to make piecemeal improvements to the I-77 Corridor during the next two decades. The express lanes project will give drivers the choice to pay a toll that guarantees reliable travel time or remain in the general purpose lanes for free.
Full press release: https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/...s.aspx?r=11161

The I-77 Express Lanes have received quite a bit of media attention over the last few months (mostly negative). Some groups vehemently oppose tolls on the new lanes.

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Old May 23rd, 2015, 01:09 AM   #10569
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Wow, a 10 lane setup and still room for a grassy median!

Those flexible posts are crazy though.
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 06:22 PM   #10570
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Meanwhile the Interstate 80 widening project in Sacramento County, California is moving along:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/Projects/20726/prjindex.htm

Once completed in 2016, the result will be added bus/carpool lanes and an new auxiliary lane to speed up traffic flow from the Sacramento/Yolo County border all the way east to Watt Avenue.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 04:35 PM   #10571
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Severe storms dumped a foot of rain over Houston in just 12 hours. Many freeways and roads are submerged. People are urged not to go to work.

I-69 / US 59:


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Old May 27th, 2015, 12:07 AM   #10572
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Georgia 400/Interstate 285 overhaul OK with feds

"The Federal Highway Administration has given the green light to the planned $1.1 billion makeover of the Interstate 285/Georgia 400 interchange."

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/b...with-feds.html
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Old May 27th, 2015, 01:14 AM   #10573
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I-5 in Seattle

Copied over from my Urban Showcase thread. I'll be posting more from my May 8th trip (which included walking across Lake Washington on the shoulder of I-90, map below, for no real reason) in the next few days:



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I-5 at Holgate Street


I-5 northbound from Holgate Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-5 southbound from Holgate Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-5 northbound from Holgate Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-5 at Boeing Access Road

Taken from a light rail train.


I-5 northbound at Boeing Access Road from Central Link by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-5/Ship Canal Bridge at NE 45th Street


I-5 northbound from 45th Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-5 southbound onramp from 45th Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-5 southbound from 45th Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Ship Canal Bridge and Seattle skyline by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Ship Canal Bridge traffic by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Ship Canal Bridge and Seattle skyline by SounderBruce, on Flickr


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Old May 27th, 2015, 05:47 PM   #10574
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Interstate 215, California

Interstate 215 Bi-County Project Nears Completion

SANBAG, Caltrans, and the Riverside County Transportation Commission are nearing the much-anticipated completion of the Interstate 215 Bi-County HOV Gap Closure project. This approximately $170 million transportation improvement that spans between two counties will connect the recently completed High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV - also known as carpool) lane from the north to the soon-to-be-completed HOV lane on SR 91 in Riverside. Ultimately, commuters will be able to enjoy the benefit of a carpool lane from SR 210 in San Bernardino all the way to I-710 in Los Angeles County.

One of the key features of the project was the construction and installation of three new bridges for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad over I-215. Each iron truss bridge stands nearly 30 feet high, 23 feet wide, and weighs approximately 1.1 million pounds. The same equipment that was used to move the Space Shuttle was used to move each of these magnificent structures in to place over the course of multiple weekends. The strategy to construct the trusses off-site and transport them in to place ultimately saved commuters hours, days, and even weeks of possible delay compared to constructing them in place.
Full press release: http://archive.constantcontact.com/f...977738845.html

I-215 has been widened from six to eight lanes between Riverside and San Bernardino. The new lane is an HOV lane. It was inaugurated today.

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Old May 27th, 2015, 06:06 PM   #10575
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405 seems to be on its way to surpass the 401

503,000 vehicles per day??..wow. The 405 seems to be on its way to taking the title from the 401 in Toronto as the worlds busiest highway.


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The Final EIS / Record of Decision has been published for the I-405 widening project in Orange County, California.

The freeway will be widened to 14 lanes (5 GP and 2 toll each way) between CA-22 in Garden Grove and CA-73 in Costa Mesa.

The widest stretch of freeway will be between both legs of CA-22 near Seal Beach, with 18 lanes (7 GP + 2 toll each way). The forecasted AADT is 503,000 vehicles per day.

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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:52 PM   #10576
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503,000 would likely be below the 401 still at that point. The 401 is pushing 460,000 today, yet alone in a few years.

The only highway that has a chance to surpass it is Houston with that gigantic downtown freeway loop rebuild.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #10577
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The 20 lane Marginal Tietê in São Paulo also has a shot of getting to 500,000 vehicles per day, but I haven't been able to find recent data.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 06:48 AM   #10578
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I-90 in Seattle and Mercer Island

More Seattle freeway pictures. This time the westernmost segments of the longest Interstate in the United States, I-90.

I-90 at Rainier Avenue


Rainier Avenue underpass by SounderBruce, on Flickr


VMS on I-90 in Seattle by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 Trail at Rainier Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Rainier Freeway Station by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 and Seattle skyline from 23rd Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 westbound from 23rd Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-90 Floating Bridges


I-90 Floating Bridges from East Portal Viewpoint by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 Floating Bridges by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 westbound approaching Mount Baker Tunnel by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 floating bridges from Leschi by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 westbound on Lake Washington by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 Bike Trail westbound by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 westbound on Lake Washington by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 westbound on Lake Washington by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-90 Lid - Aubrey Davis Park


I-90 Lid vents in Aubrey Davis Park by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 Lid vents in Aubrey Davis Park by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Mercer Island Lid control center by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-90 at 76th Avenue


I-90 near 76th Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 eastbound from 76th Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-90 at 77th Avenue


I-90 eastbound from 77th Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-90 eastbound from 77th Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-90 at 80th Avenue


I-90 westbound from 80th Avenue by SounderBruce, on Flickr

Next part is I-405 in Bellevue, followed up by the SR 520 floating bridge (exclusive to my Urban Showcase thread).
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Old May 30th, 2015, 05:47 AM   #10579
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I-405 in Bellevue

I-405 was envisioned as a fast bypass around Seattle, but quickly became as congested as I-5 thanks to massive population growth and the relocation of jobs to the suburbs of Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland among others (collectively known as the "Eastside").

I-405 at Main Street


I-405 northbound from Main Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-405 northbound from Main Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-405 southbound from Main Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-405 at NE 4th Street


I-405 northbound from 4th Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


I-405 southbound from 4th Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr

I-405 at NE 8th Street


I-405 southbound from 8th Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Future I-405 Express Toll Lane overhead sign by SounderBruce, on Flickr

That's a wrap on my interstate series. There's two more installments (the SR 520 floating bridge, the longest of its kind in the world, and the suburban skyline of Bellevue) from this batch that will be on my Urban Showcase thread.
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Old June 1st, 2015, 08:19 PM   #10580
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Nice highways in Seattle and their scenery looks great. I will be in Seattle next week and my expectations are high.

Thanks for sharing.
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