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Old November 9th, 2007, 04:11 AM   #1241
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Old November 10th, 2007, 11:47 PM   #1242
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I've been thinking about the Toronto 401 and the Los Angeles 405.

401 has about 423.000, and 405 about 390.000, the latter being AADT-figures. AADT, are those workdays or weekdays? That makes some difference (usually up to 10%). Maybe the 405 has 429.000 on workdays, the usual figure for measuring how busy a road is. (workdays, not weekdays or weekenddays). But then again, maybe the 401 is also an AADT figure, what whould propelled the workdays to 465.300.

So, in general, i'm not sure if the AADT is exactly the same as the workday figure used in Europe. (Europeans usually calculate with all days in a year, except weekenddays).

With workday-figures, it's easier to determine what measures should be taken.

However, it varies from place to place, i know Hungarian and France motorways are more busy in the weekend, but Dutch, German and Belgian motorways are more busy during the workweek.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 11:48 PM   #1243
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to sum up;

Workday: monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday
Weekendday: saturday, sunday
Weekday: whole week.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 11:50 PM   #1244
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to sum up;

Workday: monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday
Weekendday: saturday, sunday
Weekday: whole week.
We usually use "weekday" for what you call a workday.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #1245
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Okay. Annual Average Daily Traffic looks like they take the average day of a year. (total intensity divided by 365 days)
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Old November 11th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #1246
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And some countries have other days regarded as weekend (like France has mondays, I think), but that doesn't matter so much as long as there are two days a week free of work. I bet some poor countries have just one, or not even that.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 10:40 PM   #1247
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New section of interstate to open monday 2007-11-12

I-355 between I-55 and I-80 in suburban Chicagoland opens Monday:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,7421958.story



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Old November 11th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #1248
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^ Nice! Does anyone know which freeways/motorways (be it Interstates, US Highways, Loops etc.) are currently UC and planned? Some map maybe?
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Old November 11th, 2007, 11:07 PM   #1249
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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:05 AM   #1250
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^ Nice! Does anyone know which freeways/motorways (be it Interstates, US Highways, Loops etc.) are currently UC and planned? Some map maybe?
The biggest planned project that I am aware of is the extension of I-69 from Indianapolis down through Evansville, Memphis and Houston to the Mexican border at three spurs leading to Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.

There is also the extension of I-49 from Shreveport up through western Arkansas via the I-540 corridor, then up the US 71 corridor to Kansas City. There is also a planned southern extension from Lafayette through Acadiana to New Orleans.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 05:33 AM   #1251
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The biggest planned project that I am aware of is the extension of I-69 from Indianapolis down through Evansville, Memphis and Houston to the Mexican border at three spurs leading to Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.

There is also the extension of I-49 from Shreveport up through western Arkansas via the I-540 corridor, then up the US 71 corridor to Kansas City. There is also a planned southern extension from Lafayette through Acadiana to New Orleans.
Also, from what I am aware of:
-US 78 between Memphis, TN and Birmingham, AL is being upgraded to become I-22.
-I-795 is now being marked along US 117 and 264 between I-95 near Wilson, NC and Goldsboro, NC.
-I-210 near Los Angeles, CA.

There are other new I-routes that are planned and/or under construction. One closer to home - US 41 between metro Milwaukee and Green Bay, WI will be marked with a yet undetermined I-route number when needed upgrades are completed in a few years.

There are MANY other non-interstate tollway/freeway/motorway projects planned and under construction throughout the USA, too.

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Old November 12th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #1252
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I-355 planned to be Chicago's outer-beltway in the long term? (considering if I-294 is the inner beltway)

Anyways, cool to see a new interstate extension open today!
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Old November 12th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #1253
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I-355 planned to be Chicago's outer-beltway in the long term? (considering if I-294 is the inner beltway)

Anyways, cool to see a new interstate extension open today!
Not really, it is mainly to serve local traffic. There were plans to further extend I-355 to the southeast and east and its I-80 interchange was laid out to allow for it, but its proposed routing has been heavily developed over and any additional extension in such a manner is unlikely to happen within my lifetime.

OTOH, since it opened, I have looked upon I-39 as an 'outer-outer bypass' of Chicagoland. There is a freeway/tollway planned for west of the Fox River ('Prairie Parkway'), but it faces an uncertain future. One was planned to run north-south east of the Fox River, but it was never built and its planned ROW has since been completely developed over. Hopelessly overcongested IL 59 was the result of that non-project.

I-355 opened for business at about 2200 local time on Sunday. Toll each way between I-55 and I-80 is $1 I-PASS/EZPass and $2 cash.

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Old November 12th, 2007, 08:57 PM   #1254
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My road atlas says it has 4 exits and 2 interchanges;

Interchange I-55
Exit 127th Street in Lemont
Exit Archer Avenue in Homer Glen
Exit 159th Street in Lockport
Exit Southwest Highway (US6) in New Lenox
Interchange I-80
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Old November 12th, 2007, 09:10 PM   #1255
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Las Vegas and Phoenix both have beltways under construction.

Here in Ohio, State Route 161 is being built out as an expressway in Columbus (approx. 10 miles). U.S. 24 will be built out as a 22 mile expressway in the southwest Toledo suburbs. These are fully controlled access. There are also a number of rural routes that are being built out to "Parkway" standards with 4 lanes of mostly controlled access, but with the occasional traffic light.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 12:15 AM   #1256
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Not really, it is mainly to serve local traffic. There were plans to further extend I-355 to the southeast and east and its I-80 interchange was laid out to allow for it, but its proposed routing has been heavily developed over and any additional extension in such a manner is unlikely to happen within my lifetime.

OTOH, since it opened, I have looked upon I-39 as an 'outer-outer bypass' of Chicagoland. There is a freeway/tollway planned for west of the Fox River ('Prairie Parkway'), but it faces an uncertain future. One was planned to run north-south east of the Fox River, but it was never built and its planned ROW has since been completely developed over. Hopelessly overcongested IL 59 was the result of that non-project.

I-355 opened for business at about 2200 local time on Sunday. Toll each way between I-55 and I-80 is $1 I-PASS/EZPass and $2 cash.

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Thanks for the information.

I guess this is good news for the people who live in that area. From what I read from the Tribune, it's in the booming exurbs.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 12:40 AM   #1257
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I didn't realize it opened today.

From Wikipedia:

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Des Plaines River Valley Bridge during Roll the Tollway opening ceremonies on November 11, 2007.
Des Plaines River Valley Bridge during Roll the Tollway opening ceremonies on November 11, 2007.

In late 2005, construction began on the 12.5 miles (20.1 km) long southern extension of I-355 from I-55 in Bolingbrook to I-80 in New Lenox. This portion was built very similar to the portion of I-355 between Interstate 88 and Interstate 55. Prior to construction, local residents protested against the expressway because of reduction in their property values. In addition, some environmentalists protested because of the sensitivity of the Des Plaines River wetlands where construction would take place. Will County officials lobbied for the extension in an attempt to boost economic development in the Joliet-to-Woodridge corridor. New malls are currently planned in New Lenox and local property values are expected to increase in the area given the new access to the western and northwestern suburbs.[4]

Plans for the southern extension were nearly brought to a halt in 1995 after discovery of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly, an endangered species, near the river wetlands. The project was allowed to continue after construction crews were trained on how to work near the habitat. The crews also agreed to keep carcasses of any dragonfly kills. In addition, separate habitats for the dragonfly were developed near the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Lemont and in two other preserves in Cook and Will counties.[5]

Bidding on an excavation contract passed on November 18, 2004 with construction beginning several days later. The southern extension to I-80 opened to traffic on November 12, 2007.[6]

One of the most notable features of the new highway is the Des Plaines River Valley Bridge, a bridge over the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the Illinois and Michigan Canal, Bluff Road, New Avenue, numerous railroads, and a major Commonwealth Edison utility corridor. The bridge is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) long.

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held on Veterans Day 2007 (November 11, 2007) when the entire length of I-355 was officially renamed the Veterans Memorial Tollway.[7] The ceremony was held near the interchange at 127th Street in Lemont. In addition to the dedication, the day's activities included a Charity Walk/Run/Roll and a Charity Bike Ride. [8] After noting the success of the festival, ISTHA announced plans to repeat the event, including closure of the entire southern extension, annually.[9] The southern extension was opened to motorized traffic in the predawn hours of November 12.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 03:10 AM   #1258
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Las Vegas and Phoenix both have beltways under construction.
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Any infos and pictures from some local guys about this beltways?
Generaly I wish to see some more relations from various freeway construction from across US on this thread.
Suprisingly few pictures of any construction comparing with some other countries subforums (eastern europeans do good job with construction updates)
Come on guys, there are over 300 milions of Americans. Someone has to have camera
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Old November 13th, 2007, 04:07 AM   #1259
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Any infos and pictures from some local guys about this beltways?
Generaly I wish to see some more relations from various freeway construction from across US on this thread.
Suprisingly few pictures of any construction comparing with some other countries subforums (eastern europeans do good job with construction updates)
Come on guys, there are over 300 milions of Americans. Someone has to have camera




Las Vegas Beltway links:
- Rocky Mountain Roads: Nevada Interstate 215/Bruce Woodbury Beltway
- Inner loop I-215 Beltway pictures (from 2004)
- Inner loop CC-215/future I-215 Beltway pictures (from 2004)
- Outer loop CC-215/future I-215 Beltway pictures (from 2006)
- Outer loop I-215 Beltway pictures (from 2006)





Phoenix loop freeways links:
- Rocky Mountain Roads: Phoenix metropolitan area
- AZ Loop 101: inner loop pictures (from 2003 & 2007)
- AZ Loop 101: outer loop pictures (from 2003, 2004 & 2007)
- AZ Loop 202: Red Mountain Freeway pictures (from 2003 & 2007)
- AZ Loop 202: Santan Freeway pictures (from 2004 & 2006)
- AZ Loop 303: Estrella Parkway initial segment


That should keep you occupied for a couple of weeks.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 08:20 PM   #1260
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New section of interstate opens Wednesday 2007-11-14

This is a 30 km or so long section of (future) I-22 northwest of Birmingham, AL, with a dedication ceremony to be held in the afternoon of Wednesday, 2007-11-14.

http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional...st=alabamanews



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