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Old January 25th, 2016, 06:07 PM   #11221
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A new DDI in Marion, Illinois.
Very nice DDI, hopefully I can drive through one of these soon.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 07:46 PM   #11222
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Montgomery Outer Loop

The first segment of the Montgomery Outer Loop (MOL) in Alabama will open to traffic tomorrow. It's a 2 mile segment between I-85 and Route 110 (Vaughn Road).

It will be numbered as I-85 when the outer loop is completed, and then the existing I-85 through Montgomery will be renumbered to I-685. However, when the outer loop is completed to I-65 remains to be seen, they don't have any funding plan.

As is evidenced on the Wikipedia page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_685
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Old January 25th, 2016, 08:23 PM   #11223
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????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!! Strangely they haven't published the plans to build a motorway on Mars
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Old January 25th, 2016, 09:04 PM   #11224
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I removed that sh** out of that article. Now says the first section expected to open will be finished in Feb 2016.(not btw 2016-2200)
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Old January 25th, 2016, 09:13 PM   #11225
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Clearview

The use of Clearview on highway signage will be discontinued:
This notice terminates the Interim Approval for Use of Clearview Font for Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs (IA-5), issued September 2, 2004, as authorized by Section 1A.10 of the MUTCD, and discontinues the provisional use of an alternative lettering style in traffic control device applications. The result of this termination rescinds the use of letter styles other than the FHWA Standard Alphabets on traffic control devices, except as provided otherwise in the MUTCD. Existing signs that use the provisional letter style and comply with the Interim Approval are unaffected by this action and may remain as long as they are in serviceable condition. This action does not create a mandate for the removal or installation of any sign.
https://www.federalregister.gov/arti...ol-devices-for
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Old January 25th, 2016, 10:46 PM   #11226
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Old January 26th, 2016, 01:20 AM   #11227
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The use of Clearview on highway signage will be discontinued:
This notice terminates the Interim Approval for Use of Clearview Font for Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs (IA-5), issued September 2, 2004, as authorized by Section 1A.10 of the MUTCD, and discontinues the provisional use of an alternative lettering style in traffic control device applications. The result of this termination rescinds the use of letter styles other than the FHWA Standard Alphabets on traffic control devices, except as provided otherwise in the MUTCD. Existing signs that use the provisional letter style and comply with the Interim Approval are unaffected by this action and may remain as long as they are in serviceable condition. This action does not create a mandate for the removal or installation of any sign.
https://www.federalregister.gov/arti...ol-devices-for
I'm curious how this will affect other areas that have been into Clearview.

In Quebec, Canada for example they made Clearview official and required for sign wording (the numerals on highway shields and exit gores remains FHWA, thank God) and are currently going through a long-term plan to change all signs.

Meanwhile neighboring Ontario put up a couple of signs with them (notably on the Toronto-bound QEW approaching the Burlington Skyway) but gave up immediately after... though Toronto seems to have gone to it exclusively on the Gardiner...
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Old January 26th, 2016, 09:01 AM   #11228
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The use of Clearview on highway signage will be discontinued:
This notice terminates the Interim Approval for Use of Clearview Font for Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs (IA-5), issued September 2, 2004, as authorized by Section 1A.10 of the MUTCD, and discontinues the provisional use of an alternative lettering style in traffic control device applications. The result of this termination rescinds the use of letter styles other than the FHWA Standard Alphabets on traffic control devices, except as provided otherwise in the MUTCD. Existing signs that use the provisional letter style and comply with the Interim Approval are unaffected by this action and may remain as long as they are in serviceable condition. This action does not create a mandate for the removal or installation of any sign.
https://www.federalregister.gov/arti...ol-devices-for
Thank God! I really hate clearview....could never get used to it. Bring back the old green and button copy!
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Old January 26th, 2016, 10:04 AM   #11229
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Ask Atlanta how not building highways is preventing it from sprawling out.
If this sprawl if from subdivisions, the developers know exactly where and have influence over what highways are built. They aren't just going to build without this type of planning and knowledge.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #11230
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TxDOT Unveils Initial $1.3 Billion to Address Congestion

Full press release: http://txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-...s/03-2016.html

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The funding is meant for shovel-ready projects, so most will start soon. Some projects are condensed into one phase instead of multiple phases, while other planned projects will be expedited. It also includes funding for projects that were originally planned as a toll facility (US 281, I-35E/US 67).

It includes $ 100 million for collector lanes along I-35E at downtown Dallas, $ 264 million for the Dallas Gateway project, $ 61 million for collector lanes along SH 121 that fell out of the original DFW Connector project, $ 132 million to reconstruct the I-69/610 stack interchange in southwest Houston and $ 209 million to widen I-10 west of Houston.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 05:59 PM   #11231
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The use of Clearview on highway signage will be discontinued:
This notice terminates the Interim Approval for Use of Clearview Font for Positive Contrast Legends on Guide Signs (IA-5), issued September 2, 2004, as authorized by Section 1A.10 of the MUTCD, and discontinues the provisional use of an alternative lettering style in traffic control device applications. The result of this termination rescinds the use of letter styles other than the FHWA Standard Alphabets on traffic control devices, except as provided otherwise in the MUTCD. Existing signs that use the provisional letter style and comply with the Interim Approval are unaffected by this action and may remain as long as they are in serviceable condition. This action does not create a mandate for the removal or installation of any sign.
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I personally think this is a mistake, and more indicative of general engineering resistance to change rather than any performance-based reason.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #11232
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Some aerial photos of the East End Crossing project, that will complete the eastern beltway of Louisville.







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Old January 30th, 2016, 07:17 PM   #11233
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Truck drivers 'dashcam' on Interstate 17 in the state of Arizona

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Old January 30th, 2016, 07:27 PM   #11234
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You make them yourself?
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Old January 30th, 2016, 07:35 PM   #11235
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No, I live in the UK. I was just searching for scenic-driving videos on youtube/vimeo, and came across that one.
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Old January 31st, 2016, 09:39 PM   #11236
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So in addition to a cable stayed bridge, they are boring a tunnel in suburban Louisville? Interesting, wasn't aware of that. Cool project.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 01:09 AM   #11237
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So in addition to a cable stayed bridge, they are boring a tunnel in suburban Louisville? Interesting, wasn't aware of that. Cool project.
There was some sort of absurd lawsuit that stopped them from just going over that hill so they decided it was easier to spend $100 million extra on a tunnel than to try and fight the NIMBYs in court over knocking some old house down for years. Absurd US legal system at it's best.
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The I-69 / I-610 interchange in Uptown Houston. As stated before, this interchange will be reconstructed in the coming years. It is the oldest four-level stack interchange in Texas, and opened to traffic in 1962.

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Old February 2nd, 2016, 02:22 AM   #11239
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It's impressive that it was built in 1962 but has a modern right-exit setup instead of the directional design that seemed common at the time (e.g. that one in Detroit, or quasi-directional like the Turcot Interchange in Montreal (1967))
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 02:55 AM   #11240
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Texas certainly was never afraid to pay for anything but the best freeway technology. That new setup on the 635 in Dallas is pretty wild as well.
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