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Old December 1st, 2015, 10:54 PM   #10981
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Dan Ryan is/was an amazing freeway. We barely had any 6-laned Autobahnen in Germany back in the day.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 05:55 PM   #10982
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I-65, Abraham Lincoln Bridge, Louisville, KY

The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge opens to traffic next Monday, December 7, at 5 a.m. for northbound traffic.

Left: John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (1963)
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 09:53 PM   #10983
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I-5, Tacoma, WA

I-5 gets a new bridge across the Puyallup River in Tacoma. I'm not sure if it is a widening or replacement.


Progress on new NB I-5 Puyallup River Bridge by Washington State Dept of Transportation, on Flickr


New Puyallup River Bridge on NB I-5 Tacoma by Washington State Dept of Transportation, on Flickr
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Old December 4th, 2015, 01:46 AM   #10984
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The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge opens to traffic next Monday, December 7, at 5 a.m. for northbound traffic.

Left: John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (1963)
Right: Abraham Lincoln Bridge (2015)
It's curious (though understandable) how the old bridge was named after a very very recent president and the new bridge is named after a very very long-departed president
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Old December 4th, 2015, 04:49 AM   #10985
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I-5 in Tacoma is just a giant mess. Construction will apparently go on for several years, they seem to be building the entire freeway up from scratch.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 08:52 AM   #10986
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I-5 in Tacoma is just a giant mess. Construction will apparently go on for several years, they seem to be building the entire freeway up from scratch.
Construction is taking place in stages to minimize the impact on traffic, but yes it is a mess because they waited until I-5 was a parking lot before getting started with a serious capacity increase.

I-5 could get some relief by upgrading US97 between Klamath Falls and Yakima.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 09:06 AM   #10987
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Entering I-5 heading from Everett to Seattle:

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Strange layout of the lanes with left ending at traffic lights and right heading to the freeway:

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Actually it is the middle lane heading to the I-5 as the right one is leading to some local road. Strange layout, I can see people caught by surprise.

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I-5 towards Seattle:

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Exiting to Seattle:

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Old December 4th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #10988
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I-5 gets a new bridge across the Puyallup River in Tacoma. I'm not sure if it is a widening or replacement.
It's a replacement. This rendering imposed on a photo shows both the existing bridges without traffic and the future bridges with traffic. The northbound bridge which is now under construction should be completed in 2017. Then construction will begin on the southbound bridge, which should take another three years. Each bridge will have four general purpose lanes plus one HOV lane. Shoulders will be wider and seismic standards higher than the existing bridges, which will be demolished.

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Old December 4th, 2015, 06:48 PM   #10989
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It's curious (though understandable) how the old bridge was named after a very very recent president and the new bridge is named after a very very long-departed president
I noticed that...but Lincoln was born in one of the states involved (Kentucky...and only about 50 miles from Louisville) and grew up in both.
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Old December 5th, 2015, 01:58 AM   #10990
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Curiously we had a similar situation in Quebec City
A new bridge (for A-73 over the St Lawrence River) was under construction when a prominent provincial government minister was kidnapped and later murdered by Marxist/separatist terrorists. When the bridge opened to traffic is was named for him (Pierre-Laporte Bridge).
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Old December 5th, 2015, 08:58 PM   #10991
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A 'Walk the Bridge' event on the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge (I-65) in Louisville.

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Old December 6th, 2015, 12:07 AM   #10992
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A 'Walk the Bridge' event on the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge (I-65) in Louisville.

So the plan is to pair the Abe Lincoln Bridge with the JFK Bridge? Are they planning on replacing the older span?

(The signage suggests the new bridge will be one-way.)
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Old December 6th, 2015, 12:26 AM   #10993
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The final configuration will be 6 lanes in each direction, so yes, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will only carry northbound traffic. However apparently they do have a temporary two-way traffic on the bridge for renovation / reconfiguration of the John F. Kennedy Bridge. The bridges will also be tolled, starting in late 2016.

The need for twelve lanes on this crossing has been questioned, as traffic volumes are not really high (93,000 vehicles per day) and because they are constructing another bridge east of Louisville that will link the I-265 gap, thus directing some traffic away from I-65.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 01:08 AM   #10994
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Old December 6th, 2015, 01:23 AM   #10995
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Does the new bridge even have a bike trail/walking path?
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Old December 6th, 2015, 02:44 AM   #10996
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There is the Big Four pedestrian bridge very close to the new span for pedestrian/bicycle use with connections to Jeffersonville and Louisville on both ends.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 03:32 AM   #10997
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Those piers just vaguely resemble the supports of the new Tappan Zee Br.

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Old December 6th, 2015, 06:00 PM   #10998
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Interesting how the snow hasn't melted in the shadow of the interstate bridge..
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Old December 7th, 2015, 03:58 AM   #11000
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Interesting how the snow hasn't melted in the shadow of the interstate bridge..
Thats very common, the shadow allows for cold from the snow to insulate itself and allows it to melt slower. Here in Washinton you'd see snow on one side of the mountain in the shadows and none on the other lol.

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Those first pics are basically a few miles away from me.

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