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Old August 12th, 2005, 08:03 AM   #221
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I don't agree that European highways are 'much better than American ones'. I think this statement is too general, as they vary greatly between each country in Europe. I do think that the road surfaces are better in Europe, I find the primarily concrete road surfaces in the US very noisy, I have travelled a lot on them in the US and it's difficult to hear someone talking to you or something on the radio. However, the standard of drivers is generally much higher in the US than most European countries, with the exception of the UK, meaning that the highways in the US are generally safer than European ones, with the drivers driving at lower speeds than in Europe. The drivers in France, Italy and Spain are particularly careless on highways, and the severe lack of patience is also a problem. This is not the case in the US, where the drivers are more courteous and drive with more care than these European countries. I would say that the US is just behind the UK in driving standards, and a long way ahead of most of Europe. On top of this, the highways across most of Europe (with the exception of the UK) are extremely narrow in general, as demonstrated by many of the pictures, leading to a less comfortable driving experience, whereas in the US the lanes are wider. Overall I feel much safer on US highways than on ones in mainland Europe.
Oh come'on give us a break with the whole "UK is better than the whole Europe & USA" bullshit. You've obviously never drived in Europe.
I'm getting tried of typical British felling "the whole Europe sucks except us, the mighty Brits".
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Old August 12th, 2005, 08:43 AM   #222
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^ That's taking his comments are bit too seriously Ning. You seem to have quite a chip on your shoulder with Britain
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Old August 12th, 2005, 07:27 PM   #223
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Those were some good pics of that Paris highway?

I got the feeling that the *quality* of the freeways in Europe were better than the US (in general of course)


but in terms of elaborate-ness, complexity and connectivity in the cities...the US. undeniably
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Old August 13th, 2005, 12:24 AM   #224
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Looks to me like both sides have the same atitude.
WE DIDN"T START THE THREAD YOU ******* MORON

Why European Highways are much better than American ones??
Why European Highways are much better than American ones??

Why European Highways are much better than American ones??
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Old August 13th, 2005, 09:42 AM   #225
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WE DIDN"T START THE THREAD YOU ******* MORON
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Old August 13th, 2005, 08:10 PM   #226
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The drivers in France, Italy and Spain are particularly careless on highways, and the severe lack of patience is also a problem..
I agree with that.
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Old August 13th, 2005, 08:32 PM   #227
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Another typical "X in Europe is better" post. No different than the sports arena or vs forums.
Oh so true.
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Old August 13th, 2005, 08:52 PM   #228
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US highways are nothing like as crowded as they are in the UK and continental Europe, except for the major conurbations. For example, the Pennsylvania turnpike around Pittsburgh handles roughly one-tenth of the traffic that the M6 does around Birmingham.

Unlike the UK, urban bus services in the US are not deregulated. My experience of the service in Pittsburgh is that service performs well, but it just isn't very extensive.
I know you're a brit living in the U.S... but sometimes I question whether you've left Ohio since you've lived in here. I'd say many American highways are much busier than those in the UK. Just look to places like LA, Houston, or Atlanta... even Toronto and you'll understand.

BTW, for those interested in seeing pix of highways around the U.S., here are some great websites:

http://www.aaroads.com/

...which will take you to these regional sections:

http://www.westcoastroads.com/sitemap.html
http://www.rockymountainroads.com/sitemap.html
http://www.southeastroads.com/sitemap.html
http://www.northeastroads.com/sitemap.html
http://www.lonestarroads.com/sitemap.html
http://www.aaroadtrips.com/sitemap.html
http://www.aaroads.com/delaware/sitemap.htm
http://www.interstate-guide.com/sitemap.html

Another great one is:

http://www.texasfreeway.com/
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This interchange being built in Dallas is reeeeediculous...

Impressive... yes. A good thing... probably not.







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Old August 13th, 2005, 09:19 PM   #230
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Here are some pix of a typical Los Angeles freeway...


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Old August 13th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #231
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Old August 13th, 2005, 09:27 PM   #233
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And what do you think about this spanish interchange? (located at Madrid)



As you can see, it has 4 levels, like biggest american interchanges.
Here is an interesting comparison... here is an interchange in California:
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Old August 13th, 2005, 11:42 PM   #234
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Old August 13th, 2005, 11:47 PM   #235
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They're both ugly...
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Old August 14th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #236
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a slice of the bay area




huge corridors





nothing like it








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Old August 14th, 2005, 12:10 AM   #237
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They're both ugly...

I think they're beautiful...like any huge feat of civil enginnering!
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Old August 14th, 2005, 12:49 AM   #238
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This interchange being built in Dallas is reeeeediculous...

Impressive... yes. A good thing... probably not.

here is picture of what it looked like before

http://www.texasfreeway.com/Dallas/p..._best_hres.jpg <-- big picture this was a very needed improvement.

the interchange has it's own website http://www.dallashighfive.org/ it is actually about a year ahead of schedule

oh also this is the beginning of reconstruction on 635, interchanges modeled after this are planned at I-35E/635 and I-30/635. They will probably be bigger due to being major interstates.

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Old August 14th, 2005, 02:41 AM   #239
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WOW

now that's what I'm talkin' about



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Old August 14th, 2005, 06:57 AM   #240
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Those highway exchanges are amazing yes, but it will do little in solving traffic congestion.
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