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Old February 7th, 2017, 12:55 AM   #11961
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scar's still there

somewhat mitigated, though
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Old February 7th, 2017, 04:50 AM   #11962
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Actually, since it still has the Seafirst Building under construction, this was taken in the late 1960s, likely before Interstate 5's final link was completed 30 miles to the north in Everett.
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Old February 7th, 2017, 11:30 PM   #11963
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I-5 in Seattle in the 1970s. Wow the skyline has changed!

Wow the roads were so nice then and look at that lack of traffic! Certainly not the case these days. Now its a dirty, potholed, and congested mess of a highway with homeless junkies living on the greenery.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 12:55 AM   #11964
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The Times began whining about traffic on the new freeway almost immediately. It got so bad that express buses were brought in 1970.

This picture was probably taken on a Sunday morning or another low-traffic time. There's probably not a lot of rush hour pictures from then, but it was pretty bad.

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Here's a picture from the same view in 1963, showing construction and the Space Needle visible from clear across town:

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Old February 8th, 2017, 01:53 AM   #11965
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I just want to find the person who thought the left exits would be a good idea and give them a nice smack upside the head.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 02:01 AM   #11966
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Wow the roads were so nice then and look at that lack of traffic! Certainly not the case these days. Now its a dirty, potholed, and congested mess of a highway with homeless junkies living on the greenery.
The highway is better today

for example that on-ramp won`t destroy your car today
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Old February 8th, 2017, 02:02 AM   #11967
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what's the spur ramp for ? One of those overtly optimistic 70s plans?
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Old February 8th, 2017, 02:15 AM   #11968
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The Times began whining about traffic on the new freeway almost immediately. It got so bad that express buses were brought in 1970.
People's perception of traffic have also varied pretty considerably over the years. In 1970, traffic might have just been a 15 minute line up at a single interchange.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 02:38 AM   #11969
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what's the spur ramp for ? One of those overtly optimistic 70s plans?
They were meant to connect to Interstate 90, which needed a second span on Lake Washington and a new freeway around the side of Beacon Hill to reach I-5. It was all connected in the 1990s.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 04:50 AM   #11970
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The $2.8B project completely rebuilt LBJ from I-35 to the High Five.

It included:
  • new sunken 6-lane tollway
  • rebuilt, elevated 8-lane freeway
  • continuous frontage roads

LBJ Fwy, or I-635, was previously a ten-lane freeway composed of four main lanes and one HOV lane.


Cintra


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Old February 8th, 2017, 05:29 AM   #11971
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LBJ is arguably one of the coolest highways on the planet. The whole setup is just insane.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #11972
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And a 75 mph speed limit. Where do you find that in an urban area?

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Old February 8th, 2017, 12:46 PM   #11973
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In the Netherlands, Eindhoven (120/75), Tilburg (130/81), The Hague (130/81 only during night), but okay these are much smaller than Dallas.
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Old February 8th, 2017, 01:15 PM   #11974
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I meant in U.S. cities of course
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Old February 9th, 2017, 03:23 AM   #11975
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Then go 30 miles out and a you can legally drive 75 on a two lane road in TX.
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Old February 9th, 2017, 03:25 AM   #11976
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And a 75 mph speed limit. Where do you find that in an urban area?

I think they need to change their map: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...s_May_2015.svg
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Old February 9th, 2017, 03:28 AM   #11977
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I think [USA] United States | Interstate Highways needs to be changed to:

[USA] United States | Texas Interstate Highways
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Old February 9th, 2017, 04:44 PM   #11978
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^Its no different than how Ontario dominates the Canada thread. Its where the big and exciting projects are happening.
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Old February 10th, 2017, 06:46 AM   #11979
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That makes sense since Ontario is the most populous of all Canadian provinces. On a micro scale, DFW is the fourth most populous metropolitan in the USA and growing, which is why you see tremendous freeway infrastructure projects. Now the south end of the Metroplex is having infrastructure projects, and huge ones. I-35E in Waxahachie, Tx (Just 30 miles South of Downtown Dallas) is being rebuilt into an urbanized 6 lane freeway from a rural 4 lane freeway. I've also heard rumors of eventually turning the 287 and 35 clover leaf into a mixmaster. Waxahachie, Tx is now poised to become the next major hot spot for growth in the Metroplex. It's really impressive what they're doing with the I-35E rebuild project. The city is using the project to rebrand itself. There will be painted and decorative retaining walls mimicking cut stone, new bridges that mimics the historic 1930s viaduct at the Waxahachie square, retaining wall "art", and the bridges will be equipped with antique street lighting and signage. This really will trasform Waxahachie from a middle of nowhere farmers town on the fringe end of the Metroplex to a bustling city.

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Old February 10th, 2017, 08:48 AM   #11980
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My one single gripe with the LBJ are those steel pipes holding up the over head signs. Looks like they kinda cheaped out while everything else looks pristine. The attention to detail is incredible with that freeway. I love how Texas is never playing catch up with their highways, always planning smart and building highways for future growth and development. So pleasing to the eye
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