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Old March 22nd, 2008, 07:25 PM   #41
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^ This offers one of the neatest driving experiences I have ever done at night. If you enter this part of the 401 from the 403 Mississagua, coming from the high level ramp, all you can see is the stream of highway lighting -- its actually amazing. Before highmast became popular around 1990, all of the 401 through Toronto was lit with this type of lighting.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 05:50 PM   #42
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Low masts sure do create visual pollution, but high masts create more light pollution. So which is a better solution?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:26 PM   #43
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How about do you guys think about 'lijnverlichting'? Unfortunately I don't know the english translation, but this is how it looks like:



And this is what it looks like during night:



Not my pictures, btw.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 04:09 AM   #44
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In Spain we have "reflective pieces" in both sides of almost all roadways, in motorways are also very used in intersections, but I think that I haven't seen there as lane delimiters, instead that, we have reflective painting and when one of your car's wheel is over the last right/left line, it produces an scandalous sound.

And here the rural highways are only lit in intersections.

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Old March 24th, 2008, 04:54 AM   #45
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^ Thats pretty funky lighting. I wouldn't mind seeing that in North America.

This is a common desing in several US states.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #46
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This kind of lightning really destroys the landscape... Why so many lampposts? And why are they so insane high?
Why jeopardize the safety of passengers in exchange for aesthetics? The area is ugly in the first place, there really isn't a landscape to destroy; the only "landscape" I can see is the immense concrete jungle, which really isn't beautiful anyway.
The lamps are so high because the light will be able to light up a larger area.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 01:04 PM   #47
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google a little bit about light pollution
birds are flying over Manhattan, too
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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:18 AM   #48
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Line 'em up!

Whatever anybody does anywhere... at least plum the posts and align them! In Washington State, the DOT is notorious for "aesthetically poor" (in my opinion) lighting design. In-and-out. Up-and-down. Ugly. But there are some nice exceptions... like I-5 between Fort Lewis and The Tacoma Mall. I took this shot from the South Tacoma Way Bridge/Overpass (just south of Hwy 512) in February...

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Old March 25th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #49
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Why jeopardize the safety of passengers in exchange for aesthetics? The area is ugly in the first place, there really isn't a landscape to destroy; the only "landscape" I can see is the immense concrete jungle, which really isn't beautiful anyway.
The lamps are so high because the light will be able to light up a larger area.
The necessary evil itself (the highway) can be put much nicer in the landscape. And indeed, american interstates are not well known for that...
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Old March 26th, 2008, 07:25 PM   #50
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As mentioned before, almost all Belgian highways are illuminated. Not just a stroke, but the whole length. At around midnight (or even 11 pm?) though, only the intersections get illuminated. Most regional roads stay illuminated the whole night however. The more recent highways often aren't illuminated either.

If you wish to see this yourself, be sure to check out ChrisZwolle's picture thread. Almost all images of Belgium contain at least one lamppost

The Belgian Roadway system is said to be the only visible man-made structure visible with the naked eye from the moon at night due to the lightning.

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Old March 27th, 2008, 12:20 AM   #51
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those 150 feet tall super lights are becoming popular in Canada.

There really tall and they can be seen from quite a distance.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #52
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^ No way that would work. In a place like the GTA trucks mean business, if they aren't allowed on the road business would stop.
It works here in Chicago. Drive along any expressway or tollway at 3AM and you'll seem more trucks than you will at 3PM. This is especially true on the Tri-state Tollway. It's the only way our interstates can function when they're typically only 3 lanes each direction.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 12:35 AM   #53
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Wierd....


Both cities are major fright and distribution points.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 08:59 AM   #54
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typical Perth freeway lighting


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Old April 17th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #55
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In southern Belgium, some motorways are dark as well. But in Norway all motorways have lampposts (only country in the world?), and all heavy traficated 2 lane roads... Personally i think lampposts are beautiful and smart! Keep us from running into crossing mooses, wich is are very common accidents up here...
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Old April 18th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #56
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beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I think sometimes freeways with lighting are cool looking
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 03:07 PM   #57
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I've read some studies that noted unlit highways are actually safer because drivers need to pay more attention on the road.
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What about when you drive 100 km/h and a moose is in the middle of the road?=P
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 04:46 PM   #59
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This is how we lit the roads outside city limits:

































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Old April 24th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #60
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What about when you drive 100 km/h and a moose is in the middle of the road?=P
Well, a loose moose will still do considerable damage to a car if it decides to dart out from nowhere onto a lit highway.
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