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Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:00 AM   #1381
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Oh, right, I didn't know there were multiple Interstates with the same number.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 12:49 PM   #1382
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I don´t know about US numbers, but Dutch planning agency predicts truck traffic will grow with 80% in the next 15 years.

If we do nothing, some motorways will be a parking lot for trucks within 10 years. These motorways already faces 20 - 25% truck traffic, which takes up 50% of the capacity. If that grows with 80%, all capacity will be taken by trucks with 2x2 lanes, but most of those motorways have an overtaking prohibition, so all those trucks will never fit on one lane.

Our economy relies heavily on transportation, since we have 4 mainports nearby, the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerpen and Amsterdam, and Schiphol airport.

The Antwerp Deurganckdocks will be so busy, that every 3 seconds, a truck leaves. That means every 1,5 second a truck is underway from and to these docks. The majority of these trucks have to travel through the Netherlands at some point during the journey.

Some motorways already faces a wall of trucks, making it nearly impossible to exit or enter the motorway. This problem is not to be underestimated.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 01:02 PM   #1383
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This is the entrance to the A67 motorway in Eindhoven.






Trucks everywhere you can look.

This problem also occurs in Germany, where during sundays, all rest area's are overcrowded.


Nothing but trucks in Belgium.




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Old December 23rd, 2007, 01:04 PM   #1384
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Oh, right, I didn't know there were multiple Interstates with the same number.
There are actually quite a lot, though 3-digit numbers only.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 08:39 PM   #1385
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I wonder what excuses Dutch environmentalists and NIMBYs are going to make for blocking motorway upgrades after all their major motorways are gridlocked?
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 10:00 PM   #1386
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There are actually quite a lot, though 3-digit numbers only.
I think the only exceptions to that are Interstates 84, 86, and 88 which are split in the middle of the country.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 04:10 AM   #1387
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Ontario's media often dubs the 401 a factory on wheels because of the trucks
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Old December 24th, 2007, 06:50 AM   #1388
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I think the only exceptions to that are Interstates 84, 86, and 88 which are split in the middle of the country.
There are two I-74s and two I-76s, too.

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Old December 24th, 2007, 06:59 AM   #1389
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Why? Sounds pretty confusing.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 07:20 AM   #1390
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It's really not. The interstates are in different parts of the country so they don't cross each other. It's almost like they are absorbed by other interstates in the middle of the country.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 08:46 AM   #1391
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There are two I-74s and two I-76s, too.

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Haha...I forgot about those two.


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Why? Sounds pretty confusing.
The people that use Interstate 76 in the western part of the country probably don't know about the 76 in the eastern part of the country. They're so far apart I guess instead of using up a new number they decided to use the same number. It's not like you're on Interstate 84 in Idaho and trying to find it again in Connecticut, you're just on your local 84.



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It's really not. The interstates are in different parts of the country so they don't cross each other. It's almost like they are absorbed by other interstates in the middle of the country.


Exactly.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 11:41 AM   #1392
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Interstate 10, western Louisiana

I took these pictures from December 24, 2006 in Western Louisiana and wanted to share. I love our Interstate system but even though it isn't perfect, it does a very good job. Starting from around mile 130 to the Texas Border. It was very rainy to start off but luckily it cleared up:





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Here I exited to look at some swamps. I like how in the United States the state highway sheilds slightly differ from the ones on the Exit sign:
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Back on West Interstate 10 swamp causeway. Not a bad ride but obviously you get bumps everytime you go over a bridge stand:
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Swamp:

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Back on solid ground. It's hard to see because of the slick rain but the pavement here had cracks every 10 to 20 feet. So you're driving and you hear and feel the "clacking" sounds on your tires which I think is kinda cool:

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Out the back window of the shitty car I had back then:

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Ok here the pavement got really bad. It's like the cracks in the pavement were jolting the car. As you could imagine you hear and feel "thunk, ka-thunk, BOOM, thunk, BOOM, grumbe, BOOM...etc." If the Struma Motorway was the most beautiful woman you've seen, this strech of Interstate 10 was like a woman you don't even wanna ****:

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Some roadside scenery:

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Exit 23 seems very appealing:

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Appraching the bridge in Lake Charles:

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The Bridge:

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The pavement got much better at this point. Looks like a repaving project was done in the past few years:

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Then it got BAD again. ******* awful, but I still love my Interstate system:

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These next 3 pictures are dedicated to radi

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The pavement got better again. Cool:

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Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old December 24th, 2007, 03:53 PM   #1393
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I wonder what excuses Dutch environmentalists and NIMBYs are going to make for blocking motorway upgrades after all their major motorways are gridlocked?
Ruining the landscape. (which COULD be a good excuse) But those organisations are just hypocratic, here. They just refuse to accept to build one single inch of asphalt, even not if it is well fit in (like in the A6-A9 connection, they blocked the plan for even a complete tunnel for the whole secion...) I'm especially talking about milieudefensie here. They have a lot of power and unfortunately also a lot of adherents...
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Old December 24th, 2007, 04:11 PM   #1394
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It's even worse, they have hired attorneys which are payed by the Dutch government. So we pay tax so these guys can make traffic jams and pollution worse!
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Old December 24th, 2007, 04:17 PM   #1395
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-Two new 6 or 8 lane Saint Claire River crossings in the Detroit-Windsor area along with needed new connecting freeways on each side (all entries that I make here assume a Canada-USA customs union allowing the border checkpoints to be removed);

-A new Niagara River crossing between I-290 and the QEW on the north edge of Buffalo, NY/Fort Erie, ON;

-Interstate compatible highway upgrades between Vancouver, BC and Calgary and Edmonton, AB, along with better connections between that and I-5;

-A new-ROW I-25 extension from I-90 near Sheridan, WY via the Tongue River to I-94 in the Miles City, MT area, then continuing northward from I-94 roughly along MT 16 from Glendive, MT to continue along SK 6 to Regina, SK;

-Interstate compatible highway upgrades along US 2 and US 41 between I-75 at Saint Ignace, MI and Green Bay, WI. Also a direct freeway connection between the International Bridge at SSM and a new major highway running eastward from SSM towards Sudbury, ON (twin the bridge?);

-Extend I-35 from Duluth, MN to Thunder Bay, ON.

That should just aboot eat up $40G.



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Old December 24th, 2007, 04:23 PM   #1396
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I don't feel any love after looking at those pictures. We're not supposed to be a third world country. Those examples of Interstate are simply awful. Nothing there to be proud of.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 07:10 PM   #1397
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This resurfaced section looks fine

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But most of it looks like it has'nt been touched since opening
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Old December 24th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #1398
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You have a rare talent for picking out the ugliest, most dilapidated stretches of Interstate in America, and then posting oversized images of them that nobody really wants to see.

Well, it was a good thread while it lasted.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #1399
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Maybe it's a wakeup call that the U.S. government needs to take some serious action against our aging transportation infrastructure. We've already had an Interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis, traffic is a nightmare in a lot of cities and as you can see in the pictures, potholes plague alot of our pavement.

I'll try to resize the pictures next time. People who may have dial up connection might want to kill me at the moment. As for the claim that people don't want to see these pictures, if many more people than you object, then I'll get the hint that people just want discuss and look at only the most beautiful parts of the Interstate system.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #1400
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Paddington, it seems to me that you are somehow convinced that this thread is only about fabulous (man, I hate this word) interstates in the USA. Therefore, the few ugly pictures of American interstates, as they are in real life, should not go to this thread. You had the same problem with me posting some ugly pictures of I-80 in the Sierras even though I posted a few really nice ones too.

I personally enjoyed FM's photo-report, but I agree that he should have downsized the pictures before posting them here.
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