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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:56 PM   #2081
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US 1 in Dumfries, Virginia, back in 1919.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #2082
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US 281 Marble Falls, Texas

Demolition of the Marble Falls Bridge in Texas, from various points of view.

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Old March 30th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #2083
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US 30 Toll Road, Ohio

I learned about a new toll road project in Ohio, the construction of US 30 between Canton and OH-11 at Lisbon as a toll road. The project cost is estimated at $ 900 million, about half of that would be paid for by tolls.

The viability of this link as a toll road is questioned, with 20 cents per mile. They think the oil and shale gas boom in eastern Ohio will increase traffic.

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Old April 1st, 2013, 01:18 PM   #2084
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Raleigh outer loop

The NC-540 / I-540 will form the outer beltway of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Project planning is on hold for almost two years now due to a dispute over the proposed alignment. Most local officials and NC Turnpike Authority favor the southern route (as displayed on the map below) but apparently the US Army Corps wants to take a northern route through Garner, which is banned by state law.

It seems basically an argument between the interest of impact on this suburb or the impact on the environment. There is no decent right-of-way available through Garner, while there is plenty south of it.

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Old April 5th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #2085
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A short ride on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive (US Highway 41). My starting point was Lincoln Park in the north side, and I was heading to the downtown area. Shot this February, but just got around to uploading it. Enjoy.

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Old April 5th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #2086
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State Route 141, Missouri

State Route 141 in the western St. Louis suburbs has been upgraded to a partial freeway.

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Old April 7th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #2087
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A few photos of Loop 202 in the Phoenix, AZ metro area.















Construction of new three level interchange at AZ-24.











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Old April 7th, 2013, 06:43 PM   #2088
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I love the freeways in the phoenix area pavement is very smooth and nice, freeway all well lit at night and they all have art on them

it has been growing like crazy, freeway 24 and loop 303 are under constrution right now, next phase of 202 should start sometime next year
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Old April 8th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #2089
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I like the way some American Freeways incorporate art into the structures, something we could take note of here in the UK.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #2090
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Hey Guys, here to report my I95 road trip. Again, thanks for all your tips and advices. Here's the map of the roads we took:

http://goo.gl/maps/yN2MP

We pretty much kept to I95 as much as possible. I had a co-driver, so we could easily do the whole thing in one day. But we decided to stay in DC for one night which turned out to be a good decision (more about it later). We were driving a 2013 Durango from National, no issues there at all.

So here are my impressions:

- EZPASS: I cannot understand why it is so difficult to have ONE website/phone number dedicated to the whole network (instead or next to each state having its own). I was trying to buy this damned thing starting in DC, but it was Sunday, so most of the usual places were closed. It turned out to be a pain and we lost around 2 hours driving around. Apparently, EZPASS on-the-go is not available at the usual EZPASS locations, which we had to learn the hard way. After all, we bought it at some NJTP service station.

- NO SELF SERVICE: One of the states up north had this funny NO SELF SERVICE policy at the fuel stations. I don't really understand why, but at least you don't have to wait for an attendant there as they immediately appear out of nowhere the second you stop next to the pump.

- The more up north we went, the more I liked the way people drive. Cruising around Miami downtown felt more like Spain and I didn't really like it. NY was much smoother and I felt like home up there.

- Generally speaking, driving on the interstate was a pure pleasure. The only time we experienced a traffic jam was when there was an accident (a car on fire near Jacksonville). As it turned out, the whole action was way on the side of the road, but EVERYONE had to slow down to 5 mph and take a picture with their phone, which caused like 10 mile long congestion.

- I love the concept of Express Lanes and I wish there was more systems like that in Europe. Used them heavily in Miami.

- I really liked the Baltimore part of I95, especially the junctions over water. We also found B-W Pkwy very picturesque in a strange way.

- It seems that motorway-only service stations are not very popular in the US, at least in the east. At first I didn't like the idea of leaving the motorway every time I wanted a waffle with bacon, but after a few stops I got used to the concept. I like european road buffets more, tho.

- One thing that cannot be beaten is the road signage in the US. The only time I used navi apps was with Waze, to monitor traffic, not to find the way. It was my first time driving around this country, and I haven't felt lost nor confused at any time. This applies to both intercity roads as well as the very downtowns of Miami and Manhattan. After you learn the concept behind naming the streets in a particular town, you can drive anywhere blindfolded (not literally)

- If it was down to me, I'd use the same font and signs style across the whole US (same applies to EU).

Now, a separate paragraph needs to be written about Washington. This little town was the biggest surprise of my whole trip. I was expecting a boring, gray and half-dead sh'thole (like Zurich). Instead, we found ourselves in a place that looks like a combination of Barcelona (roads), London (buildings), Warsaw (White House) and Berlin (people). Most pubs were opened after 10 pm, there were roundabouts (wow!), you actually had to *think* to cross some junctions, and the road signs made no sense at all! I literally felt like in Europe!

All in all, it was a great ride. We'll surely be back very soon!

Here are some short vids from our little dash cam:

- I195/I95/Key Biscane in Miami: http://youtu.be/6oeda7YCpzk
- I295 Bridge near Jacksonville: http://youtu.be/jd71Flwg08M
- I95 Miami Express Lanes NB: http://youtu.be/Sb1znEgnMBo
- Times Sq Road Quality: http://youtu.be/NzfkoZfxFnM
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Old April 8th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #2091
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Great summary of your trip.
Can I ask why did you drive from Miami to NYC? It doesn't look like sightseeing tour you were doing
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Old April 8th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #2092
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Great summary of your trip.
Can I ask why did you drive from Miami to NYC? It doesn't look like sightseeing tour you were doing
I love driving, I hate airports, I love proving wrong people who say its a stupid idea to bring an SUV to NY
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Old April 8th, 2013, 07:37 PM   #2093
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- NO SELF SERVICE: One of the states up north had this funny NO SELF SERVICE policy at the fuel stations. I don't really understand why, but at least you don't have to wait for an attendant there as they immediately appear out of nowhere the second you stop next to the pump.
That only applies to New Jersey where self service stations are illegal. In other states such as New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, etc self-service stations are the norm.

Anyways it sounds like you had an enjoyable trip.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 07:38 PM   #2094
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Washington DC is one of my favorite American cities. It is very urban and the buildings and infrastructure look like Europe.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 12:57 AM   #2095
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That only applies to New Jersey where self service stations are illegal. In other states such as New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, etc self-service stations are the norm.
I think Oregon has the same rule. It least it was the case few years ago when I was there.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 01:43 AM   #2096
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Yes there is no self-service in Oregon.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 07:58 AM   #2097
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Yes there is no self-service in Oregon.
In general, you are correct. However, on Indian Reservations, namely outside of Pendleton, self-serve is legal, and is usually cheaper than other gas stations. Spend some money at the adjacent Wildhorse Casino, which has become a major resort, and get an additional discount.

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BTW, what are the arguments to keep self service banned in some states? They must justify it somehow.
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Old April 9th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #2099
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Probably to have more people employed?
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Old April 9th, 2013, 11:29 PM   #2100
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People are too dumb to put fuel in their car?

tompaw sounds like you had a great trip! Everything you said I agree with and you seemed to luck out with traffic! I suppose I need to actually venture into DC, I've avoided it because every time I was driving through I sat in terrible traffic no matter what day it was. I've heard about the European feel but with a 20-23 hour drive I usually don't want to stop there lol.

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