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Old February 29th, 2016, 05:42 AM   #11401
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I would consider a normal driver even at 100 or 125 mph should not have an accident or even a close call passing a median rest area... the slow moving truck is still large and should have ample sightline to see and slow down... certainly the Germans have no issues getting "surprised" by 56 mph trucks side-by-side on the left and right lanes as they roll up at 150 mph...
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Old February 29th, 2016, 08:30 AM   #11402
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I would consider a normal driver even at 100 or 125 mph should not have an accident or even a close call passing a median rest area... the slow moving truck is still large and should have ample sightline to see and slow down... certainly the Germans have no issues getting "surprised" by 56 mph trucks side-by-side on the left and right lanes as they roll up at 150 mph...
Exactly German drivers. In the US they give a license to anyone with a pulse. As a result you get plenty of incompetent drivers who can't handle such situations.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 08:32 AM   #11403
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I would consider a normal driver even at 100 or 125 mph should not have an accident or even a close call passing a median rest area... the slow moving truck is still large and should have ample sightline to see and slow down... certainly the Germans have no issues getting "surprised" by 56 mph trucks side-by-side on the left and right lanes as they roll up at 150 mph...
Exactly. How could this guy not see the truck until there wasn't enough time to react? I don't see any problems if he was going the speed limit (70 mph?). So, his speed must've at least played a factor, on top of general inattentiveness. Why the blame on the rest stop for his actions?
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Old February 29th, 2016, 07:39 PM   #11404
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IMHO, an impaired driver plus an adequate road equals no accident. An impaired driver plus an unsafe road equals accident . Roads should be built for the dumb, because there will always be dumb/sleepy/impaired drivers no matter how tough driving tests are. A merge on the left lane with heavy truck traffic is clearly not safe, even if a competent driver will obviously get through it with no major trouble.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 08:06 PM   #11405
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Roads need to have a 'forgiving' design, i.e. that an error doesn't automatically result in a crash. That's one of the reasons why roads have shoulders, breakaway light poles, crash barriers, etc.
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Old February 29th, 2016, 09:15 PM   #11406
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The person in the article who says they've never seen a rest stop in the median has obviously never driven on I-95. Our rest stop in Delaware is in the median, and the Chesapeake House and Maryland House in Maryland are in the median as well. I think I remember a rest stop in the median in New England somewhere, as well.

Seems like the problem is the driver. A 22-year old that we already know wasn't wearing a seat belt, which is against the law and indicates personal disregard. I'm guessing that he was going 80 mph, 90 mph, or higher, and didn't even have the space to slam on the brakes. It also seems he didn't pay attention to traffic up ahead to slow down to a reasonable speed under the limit, like 50 or so, as he passed the rest stop.
And the truck had his hazards on.
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IMHO, an impaired driver plus an adequate road equals no accident. An impaired driver plus an unsafe road equals accident . Roads should be built for the dumb, because there will always be dumb/sleepy/impaired drivers no matter how tough driving tests are. A merge on the left lane with heavy truck traffic is clearly not safe, even if a competent driver will obviously get through it with no major trouble.
And what happens if a driver is driving very fast and also weaving, as is common amongst 22 year olds here? If he slams into a truck entering an expressway in a right-hand lane, should we remove entrance ramps on either side? Should we ban trucks?



I'm interested in finding out more about the driver and scenario. How fast was he going to drive under the back of the trailer? Why wasn't he looking ahead on the road? Was there anyone in the other lane keeping him from passing on the right?
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Perhaps he moved to the left lane to pass another vehicle and completely overlooked the merging truck?
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Old February 29th, 2016, 10:49 PM   #11409
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Quoting the article: "But state data show the accident rate around the rest area is in line with the state average near rest stops. And on a recent visit to the rest stop, drivers took heed of the signs about a mile from the rest area in each direction warning of its unusual location."
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Old February 29th, 2016, 11:25 PM   #11410
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And what happens if a driver is driving very fast and also weaving, as is common amongst 22 year olds here? If he slams into a truck entering an expressway in a right-hand lane, should we remove entrance ramps on either side? Should we ban trucks?



I'm interested in finding out more about the driver and scenario. How fast was he going to drive under the back of the trailer? Why wasn't he looking ahead on the road? Was there anyone in the other lane keeping him from passing on the right?
Banning trucks may be a bit too much, but many countries ban acceleration lanes on the left hand side to avoid this very type of accident.
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Old March 1st, 2016, 01:51 AM   #11411
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Exactly German drivers. In the US they give a license to anyone with a pulse. As a result you get plenty of incompetent drivers who can't handle such situations.
Yeah but there are plenty of drunk American tourists driving 155 mph in Germany too
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Old March 2nd, 2016, 11:06 PM   #11412
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IMHO, an impaired driver plus an adequate road equals no accident. An impaired driver plus an unsafe road equals accident . Roads should be built for the dumb, because there will always be dumb/sleepy/impaired drivers no matter how tough driving tests are. A merge on the left lane with heavy truck traffic is clearly not safe, even if a competent driver will obviously get through it with no major trouble.
The point is the design itself should've been fine. I've traveled the stretch of 95 between Philly and DC many a time and I can't really fathom how they're trying to blame the design here.

Geez. Northeasterners quickly learn that the best lane for general travel is the middle lane.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 05:11 PM   #11413
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I-30 / SH 360 interchange, Texas

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for the construction of the new I-30 / SH 360 interchange in Arlington, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth. The present day I-30 trumpet interchange that ends at the frontage roads of SH 360 will be replaced by a giant 4-level stack interchange. It is a $ 223 million contract.



Project website: http://keep30360moving.org/

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 05:45 PM   #11414
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Interesting, so instead of a 5-level stack they close a 4-level stack with a boulevard-type road via the current double-trumpet-interchange to serve the frontage roads of both highways. Nice use of existing infra (though they'll most likely repave/re-align the entire thing).
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Old March 6th, 2016, 08:56 PM   #11415
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Interstate 11

A corridor study has started for I-11 in southern Arizona, from Nogales to Wickenburg.

http://www.i11study.com/arizona/

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Old March 8th, 2016, 10:28 PM   #11416
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I-30 / I-35E, Dallas, Texas

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Old March 8th, 2016, 11:31 PM   #11417
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God, that thing's huge.

They really should have looked at putting at least a large portion underground-they could save a LOT of land close to downtown.
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Old March 9th, 2016, 01:12 AM   #11418
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Old March 9th, 2016, 09:49 AM   #11419
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God, that thing's huge.

They really should have looked at putting at least a large portion underground-they could save a LOT of land close to downtown.
they did, and looked at moving some portions south. Had to scratch and claw for the funding they got before some of these bridges fell apart.
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Old March 9th, 2016, 10:49 PM   #11420
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The north arch has already started rising. A few more months and it will be done
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