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Old February 16th, 2016, 10:40 PM   #11341
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Old February 16th, 2016, 11:09 PM   #11342
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New wind warning signs along I-580 in Nevada.

Thirty-four new signs like this one are now in place and ready to warn and prohibit drivers of vehicles over nine feet tall if winds are dangerously high through Washoe Valley.
(Nevada Department of Transportation)

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Old February 17th, 2016, 02:58 AM   #11343
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Governor Jay Inslee (WA) held a press conference today outlining some changes to be made to the I-405 express toll lanes, as well as some other improvements to I-5 and incident response:

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February 16, 2016 - Governor Inslee’s Communications Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a slate of changes to improve safety and reduce congestion along the most congested areas of I-5 and I-405 including short- and long-term fixes to the I-405 express toll lanes, the need to replace aging expansion joints on Interstate 5, and to promote additional funding for WSDOT’s incident response teams.

http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-medi...-more-incident
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:53 AM   #11344
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Can't get enough of Los Angeles:

I-105 and I-110:


https://www.reddit.com/r/Infrastruct...nterchange_in/
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:22 PM   #11345
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Interstate 169, Texas

A 'shield unveiling ceremony' has been held yesterday in Brownsville, Texas to designate the SH 550 toll road as Interstate 169.



There's so much going on in Texas... It feels like the state has as many major road projects (widenings, new freeways) as the rest of the country combined...
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:28 PM   #11346
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If only California adopted some of the building impetus of Texas. Imagine Bay Area with several widening/tunneling projects, for instance. Or Los Angeles completing critical projects like the I-710 gap.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:31 PM   #11347
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A 'shield unveiling ceremony' has been held yesterday in Brownsville, Texas to designate the SH 550 toll road as Interstate 169.

There's so much going on in Texas... It feels like the state has as many major road projects (widenings, new freeways) as the rest of the country combined...
I like the way they celebrate each 'shield unveiling ceremony'
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:34 PM   #11348
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Having an Interstate is a big thing in the U.S. Sometimes they spend a lot of money upgrading a reasonably good functioning highway to Interstate standards. For example on the I-69 upgrade in Kentucky which mostly follows existing freeway-standard roads.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:40 PM   #11349
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If only California adopted some of the building impetus of Texas. Imagine Bay Area with several widening/tunneling projects, for instance. Or Los Angeles completing critical projects like the I-710 gap.
There's a bigger chance of a highway in central London than a tunnel in San Francisco.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:47 PM   #11350
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and you are more likely to die from a lightning strike twice than see either
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Old February 17th, 2016, 10:50 PM   #11351
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Here's your San Francisco tunnel, completed just recently

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Old February 17th, 2016, 11:33 PM   #11352
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Old February 18th, 2016, 12:38 AM   #11353
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Here's your San Francisco tunnel, completed just recently
And not only that, but the Presidio Parkway Project actually built 2 sets of tunnels, the other ones are off the picture to the right!
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Old February 18th, 2016, 01:38 AM   #11354
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Bay Area extends far beyond San Francisco. Projects to consider in the region:

- a 2.7 mile tunnel to connect the end of Presidio Parkway (access to Golden Gate bridge and US-101) with the terminus of the Central Freeway.

- a freeway triangle connection Brentwood-Livermore and from some point on that link to Tracy (opening up the are for development)

- extending I-580 to Freemont

- an Antioch-Vacaville link

- upgrading CA-29 up to Castilloga

- upgrading the Giloy - I-5 link
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Old February 18th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #11355
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And not only that, but the Presidio Parkway Project actually built 2 sets of tunnels, the other ones are off the picture to the right!
They're not really tunnels though. They were built above ground and then the grade raised to bury them.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 02:07 AM   #11356
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If only California adopted some of the building impetus of Texas. Imagine Bay Area with several widening/tunneling projects, for instance. Or Los Angeles completing critical projects like the I-710 gap.
To be fair California did have this kind of impetus in the 1960's especially, and was seeing growth in the rapid way of Texas today

Mind you that shield unveiling, LOL, it is not even anywhere someone can see it from the road And... I guess everything really is bigger in Texas.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 02:16 AM   #11357
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They're not really tunnels though. They were built above ground and then the grade raised to bury them.
I don't want to get too off topic since this isn't an Interstate, but yes, they did raise the surrounding grade. IMO, they are definitely still tunnels though.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 03:07 AM   #11358
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Bay Area extends far beyond San Francisco. Projects to consider in the region:
Most of these projects are pipe dreams that simply can't/won't happen given the political and geographical realities.

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- a 2.7 mile tunnel to connect the end of Presidio Parkway (access to Golden Gate bridge and US-101) with the terminus of the Central Freeway.
There was a proposal to build a cut-and-cover toll freeway under Van Ness to make that connection, but it pretty much died on arrival. San Francisco is a "transit-first" city and is basically against anything that will cater to cars. People who live or have businesses along the route were also in an uproar over the potential disruptions. The only way I can see this working is if they do a bored tunnel, but we know how well that's working for Seattle! There was also a proposal to put CA-1 underground as a toll freeway, but it faced the same difficulties as US-101.

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- a freeway triangle connection Brentwood-Livermore and from some point on that link to Tracy (opening up the are for development)
The area between Brentwood and Livermore is mountainous. It is geographically impossible to build a freeway there. A connection between Brentwood and I-205 is possible, but very, very low priority.

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- extending I-580 to Freemont
Fremont is developed right up to the mountains. So there is no additional room without converting CA-238 to a freeway, which would require the removal of many many homes and businesses.

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- an Antioch-Vacaville link
This area is marshland, and very difficult and expensive to build on. It might be possible, but it wouldn't open up any land for development and again is very low priority.

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- upgrading CA-29 up to Castilloga
Building a freeway to Calistoga in the heart of one of the finest wine regions in the world is not going to happen. I could see MAYBE upgrading to an expressway, but a freeway isn't necessary and would ruin the wine industry and totally ruin the 'feel' of the area that tourists flock to. CA-12 in Napa/Solano was recently upgraded to an expressway.

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- upgrading the Giloy - I-5 link
Again, it's all mountains so difficult and expensive.

Fact is, building 'new' freeways is just about impossible here. The Bay Area is too built up and mountainous. Here are some projects I would suggest instead that are more important to the region and are more realistic, some are even on the radar of the MTC:

- Converting CA-37 between Marin Co. and Vallejo to a freeway (although this will be difficult since the area is marshland. There is talk of creating an elevated structure for this and tolling it to offset the expense).

- Upgrading CA-84 between US-101 and the Dumbarton Bridge to a freeway.

- Building another trans-bay connection between the Bay Bridge and the San Mateo Bridge. There was some talk of a "second Bay Bridge", but that has focused to a second rail (possibly BART) tube.

- Widening existing freeways. We have a lot of freeways, many just need to be widened to increase capacity. US-101 (both North and South of SF), I-580 in Marin, I-80, I-880, CA-85, CA-4... the list goes on.

Sorry for going off topic!
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Old February 18th, 2016, 03:27 AM   #11359
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Old February 18th, 2016, 04:12 AM   #11360
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Having an Interstate is a big thing in the U.S. Sometimes they spend a lot of money upgrading a reasonably good functioning highway to Interstate standards. For example on the I-69 upgrade in Kentucky which mostly follows existing freeway-standard roads.
It's a way for a community to get "on the map" no pun intended.

The areas where I-69 is proposed to go through have sparse interstate highway access. Adopting it makes it easier for people from other parts of the country drive through them.
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