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Old March 30th, 2016, 12:43 PM   #11461
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I'm not sure if they don't use porous asphalt, at least on some stretches in Florida. When I was driving in rain around Tampa I was surprise how little splash there was. Despite it was raining quite heavily. One could see difference when passing the concrete bridges.

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Old March 30th, 2016, 07:12 PM   #11462
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In general I found roads in Florida well kept. One of the best in the US.
I think Nevada has better roads especially if you compare Miami to Las Vegas (highways and surface streets). Also South Arizona has some really nice freeways.
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Old March 30th, 2016, 07:50 PM   #11463
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The Electronic Road Pricing in Singapore was launched in September 1998, a year after the 407 opened to traffic.

However, California 91 (Riverside Freeway) has all-electronic express lanes that opened in 1995.
Probably off-topic, but these projects were almost 10 years behind Europe. Afaik the first all-electronic express toll lanes toll were installed on the E6 in Ranheim east of Trondheim, Norway in 1988 (see picture below). Shortly thereafter, in 1991, the first toll ring was established around the city, with only electronic payment options (those without transponder had to use ticket machines). Similar systems were later rapidly adapted in all Norwegian toll rings. In 1995, Portugal rolled out a nationwide ETC system called via Verde, which I believe was based on more or less the same technology as in Norway.

Except one or two places, all Norwegian toll roads currently have non-stop lanes only, with transponders that can be used nationwide. For cars without transponders, the license plates are automatically analyzed and invoices are sent out (also to many other European countries). This system was first introduced in Tønsberg in 2004, afaik.

More information can be found here, but probably a bit biased as q-free is a commercial system vendor: https://www.q-free.com/about-us/q-frees-history/


First highway toll plaza with express lanes, E6 Trondheim/Ranheim, 1988



Typical Norwegian toll plaza from the 90s. In the Trondheim (and other) cases, the "Manual" option was omitted, depending only on video surveilance. As a German friend of mine experienced, that did not mean a free ride for cars using foreign number plates....





Contemporary Norwegian ETC system, express lanes only.
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Old March 30th, 2016, 09:34 PM   #11464
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The Goldsboro, North Carolina bypass has received a 'future interstate' designation today. It is currently numbered as NC-44, and was planned to be a part of US 70, but apparently now an Interstate Highway.

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Old March 30th, 2016, 10:10 PM   #11465
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North Carolina's out of control.

What Interstate does it purport to be, anyway?
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Old March 30th, 2016, 11:13 PM   #11466
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I guess nobody knows, because they only designated it as part of the Interstate network without any numbering.

(They US 70 corridor was added in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, but without naming the numbering of this future Interstate. See SEC. 1416: "(82) United States Route 70 from its intersection with Interstate Route 40 in Garner, Wake County, North Carolina, to the Port at Morehead City, Carteret County, North Carolina.")
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Old March 30th, 2016, 11:31 PM   #11467
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Huh!

http://letsgetmoving.org/rta-blog/ra...5-44-50-89-56/

(In which I learn for the first time that there's an I-495 in North Carolina already open. Like I said, out of control.)
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Old March 31st, 2016, 04:34 AM   #11468
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North Carolina's out of control.

What Interstate does it purport to be, anyway?
I'm guessing it's I-795 continuing on. That end into town probably just becomes a spur.
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Old March 31st, 2016, 05:39 PM   #11469
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I doubt if it will become I-795. The NC-44 / US 70 bypass runs perpendicular to I-795.

You could imagine this Interstate Highway to connect Raleigh and New Bern / Atlantic coast.
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Old March 31st, 2016, 05:41 PM   #11470
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Right. It really ought to have a two-digit even number between 40 and 64, and there are plenty of those available.
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Old March 31st, 2016, 06:41 PM   #11471
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I-69 Martinsville - Indianapolis

The alternatives for I-69 between Martinsville and Indianapolis have been published by the Indiana Department of Transportation;

http://www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69...ppF%281%29.pdf

S.R. 37 Most Reasonable Route for I-69 from Martinsville to Indy

The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced that the route following State Road 37 between Martinsville and Indianapolis best meets the I-69 performance measures while minimizing cost and impacts to the human and natural environment. INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson joined Indiana Economic Development Corporation president Jim Schellinger, Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers and Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar to make the announcement.

“Building I-69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis using State Road 37 is the logical choice,” Commissioner Hendrickson said. “This route offers the strongest opportunities for economic growth, most significant safety improvements, and greatest reduction in congestion of all route alternatives evaluated. After years of study and input from thousands of Hoosiers, INDOT has determined that the State Road 37 option produces the best return on investment for Indiana taxpayers.”
Full press release: http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/Eve...cate=syndicate

All three alternatives will follow the existing State Road 37 from Martinsville to Indianapolis, linking up with I-465 just west of the current interchange.

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Old April 1st, 2016, 02:04 AM   #11472
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Sunshine Skyway Bridge driving northbound towards Tampa:

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Old April 1st, 2016, 03:28 AM   #11473
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The alternatives for I-69 between Martinsville and Indianapolis have been published by the Indiana Department of Transportation;

http://www.in.gov/indot/projects/i69...ppF%281%29.pdf

S.R. 37 Most Reasonable Route for I-69 from Martinsville to Indy

The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced that the route following State Road 37 between Martinsville and Indianapolis best meets the I-69 performance measures while minimizing cost and impacts to the human and natural environment. INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson joined Indiana Economic Development Corporation president Jim Schellinger, Martinsville Mayor Shannon Kohl, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers and Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar to make the announcement.

“Building I-69 from Martinsville to Indianapolis using State Road 37 is the logical choice,” Commissioner Hendrickson said. “This route offers the strongest opportunities for economic growth, most significant safety improvements, and greatest reduction in congestion of all route alternatives evaluated. After years of study and input from thousands of Hoosiers, INDOT has determined that the State Road 37 option produces the best return on investment for Indiana taxpayers.”
Full press release: http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/Eve...cate=syndicate

All three alternatives will follow the existing State Road 37 from Martinsville to Indianapolis, linking up with I-465 just west of the current interchange.

A logical choice would have been to route it west of Mooresville to connect with I-70. A convenient connection to the industrial park along I-70.
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 11:42 AM   #11474
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I-65 in Montgomery, AL.

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Old April 4th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #11475
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I-75 around Fort Myers



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The lane discipline in Florida is one of the worst I have observed in the entire USA. Especially on I-75 (somehow I-95 felt better, I don't know why). I honestly struggled on I-75. I wasn't sure if I should follow my European instincts and try to maintain the lane discipline or follow the locals. At the end I didn't manage to do either and ended up with this weird video.

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Old April 6th, 2016, 06:55 PM   #11477
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I wish Alabama was as fast as Texas is at completing road projects.
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Old April 6th, 2016, 10:23 PM   #11478
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The lane discipline in Florida is one of the worst I have observed in the entire USA. Especially on I-75 (somehow I-95 felt better, I don't know why). I honestly struggled on I-75. I wasn't sure if I should follow my European instincts and try to maintain the lane discipline or follow the locals. At the end I didn't manage to do either and ended up with this weird video.
Florida drivers have a terrible reputation from what I read and heard.
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Old April 6th, 2016, 10:39 PM   #11479
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I drove from Toronto to San Antonio last Fall. My two biggest pet peeves were drivers who drove around the speed limit in the left lane and absolutely refused to move over (even when there were three lanes available). And truckers who took up all three lanes, especially in Texas. Common driver courtesy is very much lacking in some states.
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Old April 6th, 2016, 10:54 PM   #11480
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If you watch those Freewayjim videos you frequently see people driving in the left lane for no apparent reason, with the right lanes clear of traffic as far as you can see.
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