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Old May 8th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #2121
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The correct name is the United States of Mexico.

Anyway, there are some doubts about building toll roads or express lanes in El Paso. Some argue the average income in the metro area is lower than in other major Texas cities, which means paying tolls will be a greater burden to El Paso households than say Houston or Austin households.
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New signs for the Dallas North Tollway.



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Old May 9th, 2013, 03:57 AM   #2123
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The correct name is the United States of Mexico.

Anyway, there are some doubts about building toll roads or express lanes in El Paso. Some argue the average income in the metro area is lower than in other major Texas cities, which means paying tolls will be a greater burden to El Paso households than say Houston or Austin households.
A completely new highway (basically an extension of 375) isn't needed. I-10 has plenty of ROW to add an additional lane in each direction from Executive Center to the state line, making it 2x4 to Mesa and 2x3 to the state line, matching New Mexico's recently widened portion of I-10 to Las Cruces. I-10 here does not have the traffic counts to warrant such a huge investment. I-10 in the lower valley (east of town) does though.

Btw, the tolled portion, which is basically in the upper valley (northwest El Paso), is the wealthier, more Anglo (but still significantly Hispanic) part of the city, so income isn't the issue when it comes to tolling.
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Old May 15th, 2013, 10:12 PM   #2124
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Port of Miami Tunnel

The second tube tunnel breakthrough of the Port of Miami Tunnel was achieved on May 6.

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Old May 16th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #2125
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Wow they are moving along with that project.
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Old May 16th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #2126
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The other major tunneling road project; SR-99 in Seattle. Boring will begin in the summer.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 03:06 AM   #2127
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The correct name is the United States of Mexico.
Well, if you want to be really nitpicky, the correct name is the United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos)
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Old May 21st, 2013, 04:45 PM   #2128
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Rockslide across State Route 25 in Smith County, Tennessee.

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Old May 21st, 2013, 06:22 PM   #2129
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Those are some big limestone chunks........
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 12:22 AM   #2130
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 05:06 PM   #2131
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Loop 202 Phoenix, AZ

This video details the proposed Loop 202 extension, or South Mountain Freeway in Phoenix.





It's quite a long video, the animation of the new freeway starts around 13:20.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 10:14 PM   #2132
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 10:51 PM   #2134
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I absolutely love this area, did you go to Clingmans Dome which is not too far from the entrance to the parkway?
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I absolutely love this area, did you go to Clingmans Dome which is not too far from the entrance to the parkway?
Unfortunatelly not, due to the lack of time. However - no doubts- the Great Smoky Mountains NP is the right idea for the next time. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the local countryside are really amazing.
At that time I could discover only the section between Asheville (with Biltmore Estate) and Little Switzerland.....After that I had to turn back to Charlotte/NC.
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It is possible to travel on a very scenic way between Washington DC and Baton Rouge LA via the Skyway Parkway, Blue Ridge Parkway and the NAtchez Trace Parkway (crossing the Appalachians in some other mountain routes + a brief stretch of Interstate travel to Nashville).

However, the Natchez Trace Parkway, built on the same principles of the Blue Ridge (no advertising, mostly controlled-access), is far less known.
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I've been on the Natchez Trace parkway from Nashville to Tupelo. TBH it's kind of boring
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The Natchez Trace Parkway is much flatter than the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you're not interested in the things associated with the Natchez Trace, I can understand it's not much more interesting than any other non-freeway in rural Mississippi.
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A local bridge collapsed in Missouri today after a freight train derailed and hit the pillars. 7 people were injured. The bridge is located in County Road M near Rockview, not far southwest of Cape Girardeau.

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Just a nitpick:
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The bridge is located in Supplemental (State) Highway M near Rockview, not far southwest of Cape Girardeau.
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