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Old October 2nd, 2005, 05:59 PM   #221
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I am sure nobody would mind if you posted a few more pictures of the M-8. I am certainly intrigued
Well here are a selection of pics of the M8. Now before I begin, I must stress that I am NOT claiming that the M8 is either bigger or buiser than the 401.

Driving the M8 is like going back in time. There are many roads, junctions and bridges that were built but never finished because of the death of the Clyde Shipyards and the British economy. It's a strange road, designed to be part of a Ring Road that was never completed, and so is very badly designed. But thats why its interesting.... There is so much variety - the 401 is huge, but its just a straight forward drive along it. As these pictures will show, there is always something going on while you are driving the M8


First off, a nice aerial of the M8 cutting through the city centre of Glasgow. The 10 lane Kingston Bridge is shown bottom left. As you can see the motorway enters a tunnel section at the top left hand side of the pic. Soon to be built are 2 skysrapers that will line the "canyon" effect that the M8 has created. You can clearly see the complexity of the junctions in this part of the motorway. Remember that this is downtown.




An aerial shot of part of the city centre. Look at the width of the M8 on the left hand side.




16 lanes. At one point there are actually 18 lanes of traffic, but it is only for about 400m, so it doesnt really count. At this point, 3 Motorways converge onto the M8










The Kingston Bridge and M8 under construction




The Kingston Bridge when finished in 1960.




A night shot of the Kingston (sorry for the poor quality)




Complexity of junctions




A night shot of the "canyon" in the rain. This is the slimest part of the Motorway because of space restrictions. 2 extra lanes were built each side of the canyon bringing the total number of lanes back to 10.




Kingston Bridge approach to the city by 2008:




The tunnel section. The red office that is over the motorway used to be a bridge, but that section was never finished due to the economic crash at the time. Not to be put to waste, in 1990 the Ministry of Defence used it to build regional headquarters.




Part of the elevated section - a ghost ramp that leads to no-where.




More Ghost ramps. These can be seen all over Glasgow, a reminder of a different era of planning and economic misfortune.




Artistic




So there you have it. What do you guys think? Needless to say, there are many more pictures of the widest parts, but once you have seen a few pictures, there is no real point in posting more

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Old October 3rd, 2005, 05:41 AM   #222
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The Dallas shot is interesting because you can see DART snaking through the cluster of office buildings in the forground.

The Glasgow shots give a good overview of where the docklands buildings (the high tech looking buildings) are located.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 10:27 PM   #223
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Those M-8 shots are very interesting. Thanks The Boy David. I particuarly like the ghost ramps, it is neat to see a highway with such an interesting history.

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Old October 4th, 2005, 05:03 AM   #224
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Old October 5th, 2005, 05:34 AM   #225
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another 401 pic showing downtown Toronto in distance
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Old October 5th, 2005, 05:35 AM   #226
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this picture is funny just because of that mini skyline in the distance.
a lot of smaller cities would kill for a skyline just like that one, but that skyline is just one of the hundreds of Toronto building clusters that no one has even heard of....
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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:29 AM   #227
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uh.. that's not toronto, that's dallas :p
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Old October 5th, 2005, 09:53 AM   #228
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LOL, In Sydney theres 3 satellite CBD's with more impressive Skylines then the one above.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 11:27 AM   #229
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Old October 5th, 2005, 01:11 PM   #230
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Highway interchange in Singapore.

Planters on the sides of the highway flyover to beautify it.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 06:06 PM   #231
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Toronto 401 hgwy

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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:37 PM   #232
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LOL, In Sydney theres 3 satellite CBD's with more impressive Skylines then the one above.
show us some pics of the 3 CBD'S in sydney.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 11:56 PM   #233
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this picture is funny just because of that mini skyline in the distance.
a lot of smaller cities would kill for a skyline just like that one, but that skyline is just one of the hundreds of Toronto building clusters that no one has even heard of....
What a tacky thing to say.

That photo is of Central Expressway in Dallas. The original freeway was built in the 1950s and ripped out and redone during the 1990s. It's a GREAT urban drive and is below grade with all kinds of architectural flourishes and most freeways around the world can only dream of. The sunken canyon freeway winds between office towers, has a subway/rail system on one side, and goes through some of the funkiest most intersesting neighborhoods in the region. Photos just cannot do this freeway justice.

I've been on Central in Dallas and the 401 (and all of the Toronto area fwys) and Central is much more interesting. Topping off the northern end of Central is a 5 level freeway stack interchange that is a mind boggling 18 stories tall called the "High Five" - the 401 is just like a field. It's not very urban.

It's not a short road, if you stay on Central Expressway (US 75) from Dallas and never get off of it, you will end up in Winnipeg.

(http://web8.3essentials.com/rasaya.com/bork/cntl.jpg) - here is an image, my hotlinking is turned off so I cant post it.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #234
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Planters on the sides of the highway flyover to beautify it.
That would be a waste in T.O, as everything is dead almost half of the year, and it would be a waste of money to replace them every year.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 01:49 AM   #235
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Old October 6th, 2005, 02:10 AM   #236
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I think cee em bee wasnt thinking all too clearly or had lost his perception of distance when he made his post. I think he will realise his error.

Nice pics btw.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:47 AM   #237
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LOL, In Sydney theres 3 satellite CBD's with more impressive Skylines then the one above.
Which ones? I dont remember Parramatta or North Sydney being that impressive, really. (the city centre was awesome, though)
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Old October 6th, 2005, 04:25 AM   #238
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Came across this elegant interchange from Montreal (St. Laurent) - not a freeway to freeway interchange (the common merge on merge off lane on the upper arterial road would probably prevent use of the same configuration for a freeway to freeway interchange), but quite well done. You can even make an easy U-turn from the freeway:

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Old October 6th, 2005, 05:18 AM   #239
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Yes, those pictures are more impressive then the initial one posted. Very nice.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 12:34 AM   #240
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Errr... is that actually Sydney?? It doesnt look like it.
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