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Old May 17th, 2006, 05:20 AM   #1
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[MEX] Mexico | road infrastructure • Autopistas y Carreteras

These are some pictures of the recently opened Second Level on Periferico Freeway in Mexico City. The government made this in order to calm down the traffic in the Federal District. This construction can resist a 8.5 earthquake in the Richter scale, according to the engineers.










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Old May 17th, 2006, 06:55 AM   #2
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That's a pretty cool highway. Hold long did it take to build and how long is it? Impressive.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:12 AM   #3
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Around three years of construction and it is about 11 km long. Remember that Mexico City is a seismic zone so there is a great engineering work over there.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:15 AM   #4
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actually is 14 km long..

it was a very controversial highway,,, because many argued that instead more subway lines must be built, but before this second level, average speed in peak hours was less than 10 km/hr IN A HIGHWAY!!!!!

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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:17 AM   #5
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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:37 AM   #6
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Yeah,is very long but maybe an autopist under earth just as boston freeway would be better.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 06:26 PM   #7
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Yeah,is very long but maybe an autopist under earth just as boston freeway would be better.
ya and it would also be a lot more expensive and time consuming.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 10:27 PM   #8
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Whoow, that's impressive, they probably needed it. They should build more metro lines too btw.
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Old May 18th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #9
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...this makes me want los angeles to expand the idea of multi story highways past the 11o
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Old May 18th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #10
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They desperately needed more capacity in the western portion of the Periferico (where it actually runs near downtown). Subway service is pretty extensive, what they need is a commuter rail. The Periferico congestion was so bad that traffic jams leaked off the highway into the local roads. Air pollution was a huge problem since the city's surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, and most of the factories are located in the open north side.

I was part of a study that studied the effects of the atmospheric pollution and ways to mitigate it... it'd be interesting to see if adding more capacity will reduce pollution by making traffic move, or increase it by encouraging more auto usage.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 07:02 PM   #11
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 07:26 PM   #12
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This highway is really good. And there are plans to make a rail from the downtown to the north industrial zone of Mexico City.
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That is one HUGE flag! :O
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Old June 6th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #15
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I live in Mexico City, and yesterday I went to the second floor and is increidible the view from there is unique. Imagine before the second floor was built, you will make like 2 hours in a 70 kilometers trip and now you do like 25 minutes.
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That is one HUGE flag! :O
Yeah, Mexicans love their flag. There are a couple like that in Mexico City.
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Impressive! . So how is the traffic now?
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Impressive! . So how is the traffic now?
It's quite better, you can make 7 minutes in a 10 km section instead of 45 minutes when the second-floor wasn't completed. But actually some times in rush hours or very important days, the two levels become absolutley clogged, and you can't drive faster than 10 km/h (6 mi/h) in the second floor freeway, in the first floor freeway neither in the lateral lines with traffic lights (18 lines completley paralized).
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Old June 10th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #19
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For me this second floor is good but Mexico City needs more transportation networks like subways, railroads, or anything else.
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wow very impressive.
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