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Old August 15th, 2016, 01:05 AM   #11741
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Some photos of I-279 approaching Downtown Pittsburgh taken by me back in May:


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Old August 15th, 2016, 06:55 AM   #11742
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I love driving the various bridges into Pittsburg - winding and confusing, but extremely infrastructure intensive.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 04:14 PM   #11743
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Pittsburgh is one of my favourite US cities.

Virtually all of the freeways that lead into Downtown offer some pretty spectacular views entering the city. This one and the Fort Pitt tunnel are probably my favourite, but coming in along 376 from the east is pretty good as well.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 05:23 PM   #11744
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I love driving the various bridges into Pittsburg - winding and confusing, but extremely infrastructure intensive.
Same feel in some parts of New York.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 10:41 AM   #11745
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Loop 202, Phoenix, Arizona

ADOT, Federal Highway Administration prevail in South Mountain Freeway lawsuit

Construction of freeway will begin in early September

Construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway is scheduled to begin in early September after the U.S. District Court in Phoenix dismissed legal challenges and ruled that the Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration completed all steps required to move forward.

In a ruling released Friday, Aug. 19, the judge found that plaintiffs failed to demonstrate, as claimed, that ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration didn’t meet requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal laws.

Construction of the South Mountain Freeway will begin in early September at the I-10/Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) traffic interchange. Crews also will begin relocating native plants along the right of way for transplanting later.

The 22-mile freeway, expected to open by late 2019, will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix. Approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985 and again in 2004 as part of a comprehensive regional transportation plan, the South Mountain Freeway will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system in the Valley.

The fixed $916 million contract for design and construction makes this the largest highway project in state history. The development team will be responsible for 30 years of maintenance following the completion of the project, supporting construction with innovation and built-in cost efficiencies for the long term.
Full press release: http://www.azdot.gov/media/News/news...reeway-lawsuit

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 08:40 PM   #11746
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Interstate 66

They opened up new capacity on I-66 in Northern Virginia, from Haymarket to Gainesville. This stretch has been expanded from four to eight lanes.

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 09:05 PM   #11747
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Old August 24th, 2016, 08:26 AM   #11748
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Some of the things I miss about being back home...
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Old August 24th, 2016, 08:10 PM   #11749
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They opened up new capacity on I-66 in Northern Virginia, from Haymarket to Gainesville. This stretch has been expanded from four to eight lanes.

are there plans to extend the WMATA along this?
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Old August 24th, 2016, 09:50 PM   #11750
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The plans are there. They tend to slide up and down the list of priorities. Right now they need a new downtown line before the capacity will be available.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 05:13 AM   #11751
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are there plans to extend the WMATA along this?
All I see on either side is trees. What possible justification would there be for metro?
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Old August 26th, 2016, 05:25 AM   #11752
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Look beyond the trees, young padawan.

The trees are there merely to serve as a sound and air buffer for the local community.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 10:07 AM   #11753
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They could always just construct a line between the freeway, which is what they'd likely do
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Old August 26th, 2016, 10:13 AM   #11754
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Construction progress of the 35W corridor in Fort Worth:

















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Old August 26th, 2016, 02:32 PM   #11755
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They could always just construct a line between the freeway, which is what they'd likely do
The median is not as wide along most of I-66 east of Gainesville. Although you can build a double-track light rail in a median as narrow as 30 - 35 ft (see I-225 in suburban Denver).
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Old August 26th, 2016, 05:42 PM   #11756
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The median is not as wide along most of I-66 east of Gainesville. Although you can build a double-track light rail in a median as narrow as 30 - 35 ft (see I-225 in suburban Denver).
Well that is the plan. And yes, you could probably fit a Metro line into just as narrow a space. There's little real difference in required width. The only difficulty would be in securing room for platforms. And since the Orange Line was included in the plans when the highway was originally built, I don't see why it wouldn't have been built with adequate room all the way out.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 06:11 PM   #11757
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Must be one of the few places in America where you can find a roundabout/traffic circle
We in the States have many. I have started seeing them even in rural areas.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 07:49 PM   #11758
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Well, many. You've been picking up in pace with building them, but you're far far far away of the European roundabout-level.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:06 AM   #11759
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Roundabouts are great for densely populated settings.
Now Diamond Interchanges, now that is a whole new level that the US is now pioneering.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:11 AM   #11760
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Diverging diamond interchanges that is
There are couple in Europe, but they're way more common in the US.
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