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Old April 30th, 2017, 07:47 PM   #12141
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A few views of Interstate 35E through the nearly complete Horseshoe project taken just over a week ago:


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Old May 1st, 2017, 11:27 AM   #12142
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The winner of the Southern Gateway segment 1 & 2A has been selected, Pegasus Link Constructors. They consist of Fluor and Balfour Beatty. They made a $ 589 million bid for the expansion of I-35E and US 67, known as the 'Southern Gateway' project.

With this project, they will expand I-35E to 5+2+5 lanes, with 10 GP lanes and 2 non-tolled reversible express lanes. In addition, US 67 will be expanded to 3+1+3 lanes, with a single non-tolled reversible express lane.

Pegasus Link Constructors is currently mopping up the 'Dallas Horseshoe Project', ahead of schedule and on budget. The Southern Gateway Project borders the Dallas Horseshoe Project, so they only need to move south to begin construction.

Segment 2B is a separate contract and is a regular six-lane widening of US 67. The whole Southern Gateway Project originally consisted of tolled express lanes, but the tolls were dropped in 2015 after public opinion and Texas lawmakers turned against the tolled expansion of many projects.

How long until construction begins for this project? It will be interesting seeing them dig out 35 in preparation for the Zoo deck park.
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Old May 1st, 2017, 12:00 PM   #12143
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How long until construction begins for this project? It will be interesting seeing them dig out 35 in preparation for the Zoo deck park.
isn't it already below grade at that point?
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Old May 1st, 2017, 12:12 PM   #12144
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Not enough for the new deck park that's going to go there.
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Old May 1st, 2017, 03:23 PM   #12145
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They expect to award the contract in June and start construction later this year. It is supposed to be completed by mid-2021. The deck will cost an additional $ 90 million.
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Old May 1st, 2017, 07:55 PM   #12146
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Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) has now become the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
Gov. Ricketts Signs Three Infrastructure Initiatives

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed three bills into law aimed at improving transportation and housing to help Grow Nebraska.

The first bill, LB339 introduced by Senator Curt Friesen of Henderson, creates the Nebraska Department of Transportation (DOT) by merging the Department of Roads and Department of Aeronautics. This legislation was one of the Governor’s top priorities for the 2017 legislative session, and was passed with overwhelming support from the Legislature.
Press release: https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/...re-initiatives
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Old May 1st, 2017, 08:04 PM   #12147
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Speaking of 35E, a new construction project is expected to start soon. The Lowest Stemmons Project is what it's called.

The Lowest Stemmons Project is bringing a much needed upgrade to a 3.4 mile portion of 35 in the city of Dallas. With 240,000 cars a day, and infrastructure that is long obsolete, this section of freeway is in desperate need for an upgrade. This section of freeway has not been reconfigured since it was built in the late 1950s.

Fortunately, that upgrade is on the way:

A video presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtXwJ6s ... nnel=TxDOT

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http://www.keepitmovingdallas.com/sites ... 0paper.pdf
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 02:11 PM   #12148
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I-75, Dayton

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Old May 5th, 2017, 05:12 AM   #12149
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Leaving New York City by bus, starting at Port Authority and finishing (the video) at the Bronx:



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Old May 7th, 2017, 11:10 PM   #12150
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Video of I-35E through Dallas, TX:

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Old May 10th, 2017, 09:56 PM   #12151
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Zoo Interchange, Milwaukee

The reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee (I-94 / I-894)

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Downtown Houston

Mind-boggling visualizations of the I-10 / I-45 / I-69 reconstruction around Downtown Houston.







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Old May 10th, 2017, 11:40 PM   #12153
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They plan to remove I-45 around Downtown. As a compensation, I-10 and I-69 will be expanded. I-69 will be constructed in a 21 lane tunnel. I-45 will get express lanes all the way to Beltway 8 in North Houston.

I must say $ 6 - 7 billion doesn't sound particularly expensive for such a large urban project. I think this exceeds Boston's Big Dig in scope.

Really, they are removing freeways from Texas downtowns? Quite sad.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 01:48 AM   #12154
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Really, they are removing freeways from Texas downtowns? Quite sad.
Freeways don't belong in downtowns. Or anywhere with people.

The air and noise pollution alone are bad for public health.
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Freeways serve a vital function for cities. But to choke your downtown with a freeway belt is to make it an island that destroys the natural flowing connectivity that Downtown, the heart of a city, with the rest of it's neighborhoods.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 05:48 AM   #12156
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Freeways don't belong in downtowns. Or anywhere with people.

The air and noise pollution alone are bad for public health.
What a BS answer.

There are numerous contributing factors to urban air pollution in a city. While automobiles are certainly a contributing fact, the amount of harmful emissions from vehicles has been very significantly reduced over the past several decades. Furthermore, even in cities without urban freeways (say Vancouver), there are still tons of cars on the road, and tons of congestion. A well functioning freeway can actually reduce air emissions -- vehicles aren't very efficient when their idling. The ill effects from freeways can be pretty effectively managed by good land use planning around freeways much in the same way that good land use planning can effectively mitigate the issues between other incompatible land uses.

It's worth noting, that cities are today, by in large, much less polluted than they were in decades past, and that harmful emissions from vehicles has been reduced by an EPA estimated 99% since 1970.

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Old May 11th, 2017, 06:25 AM   #12157
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The reduction in air pollution also has a lot to do with deindustrialization in cities that went from blue collar heavy industry working class to white collar finance.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 06:33 AM   #12158
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Houston has lots of underutilized land in it's downtown (lots of surface parking lots) that the highways downtown are probably less of an issue than in certain other cities that are denser, like in Boston and San Francisco which both demolished their elevated viaducts.

That said, this project looks really ambitious and I think it will help improve their downtown a lot.
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You can now drive 80 mph on I-80.

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Houston's project looks great, but I feel they could have gone further with the box removal, and gotten rid of the last I-45 portion northwest downtown. It's distribution role being replaced by upgrades and ramps to more local streets. Sam Houston Park and the Buffalo Bayou would then have an unimpeded run from downtown out to the west.

Maybe the horseshoe project will spur Dallas to make a similar future project to remove its freeway box? TX-366 seems the obvious candidate if US-75/I-30 are improved.
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