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Old May 27th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #2141
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I love parkways
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Old May 27th, 2013, 07:09 PM   #2142
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You drive on a parkway and you park on a driveway. How do you explain that to non-Americans?
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Old May 27th, 2013, 08:12 PM   #2143
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You drive on a parkway and you park on a driveway. How do you explain that to non-Americans?
Well... what we call "parking lots" here in the US are known elsewhere as "car parks." To park one's car is to leave it in a car park. "Driveway" is harder to explain, but driveways enable a driver to bring his/her vehicle closer to the driver's destination as opposed to leaving it parked on the street. Unless obstruction of the driveway for other drivers would cause a serious problem, might as well park the car there, too.

Parkways are simply roads through a park or through parklike surroundings, sometimes with the purpose of providing access to a major park, like the ones on Long Island. Of course, that doesn't keep some roads from being called parkways even though their surroundings aren't even remotely parklike.

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I don't. They're appealing to look at and drive on, but I don't like the idea of relegating trucks to inferior roadways when better ones exist.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #2144
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Parkways are simply roads through a park or through parklike surroundings, sometimes with the purpose of providing access to a major park, like the ones on Long Island. Of course, that doesn't keep some roads from being called parkways even though their surroundings aren't even remotely parklike.
Out here in northern California, we have the Guadalupe Parkway. Also known as California State Route 87, it's a 6-lane north-south freeway that runs right through the middle of Silicon Valley and downtown San Jose. The closest thing to a park is the Guadalupe River Park which is located in downtown San Jose and parallels the Guadalupe River. The park consists of some open space within the river's flood plane and a few trails and bike paths.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:41 PM   #2145
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You do get Parkways in the UK. This one http://goo.gl/maps/mlZqU the A174 is also called the "Parkway"

Its also a feature article in a local newspaper with pictures included

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"Perhaps it is one of the most pleasant routes in our area, the 8 miles of the A174 Parkway between the A19 and the South Lackenby roundabout. The road offers an even contoured, relatively straight and wide dual carriageway taking the driver through some pleasant countryside. The road is such a pleasure to drive that it is easy to find yourself drifting way above the speed limit without realising it, so the road has to be treated with respect."
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Old May 29th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #2146
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Virginia State Route 147, Richmond

The Huguenot replacement span opened to traffic yesterday. The original bridge opened in 1950 and is in poor condition. It will be torn down, then the next half of the span will be build.

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Old June 1st, 2013, 07:09 PM   #2147
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An amazing time-lapse of road CA-190 through the Death Valley

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Old June 5th, 2013, 06:19 PM   #2148
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Wekiva Parkway, Orlando, Florida

A map of the planned Wekiva Parkway that will complete the outer loop of the Orlando metropolitan area. All of it is a toll road.

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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #2149
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Road rest areas

The Atlantic published an article with a photographic work on highaw rest areas in US, discusisng also why many of them are being closed or demolished

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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #2150
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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.

last 30 days or so were incredibly bad for all kind of bridges in US.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #2151
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I wonder what they planned here...

I-80 / Alice's Road, Des Moines, Iowa.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #2153
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Preparation for westward sprawl?
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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.

This was really bad. I had lived in Sikeston close to Cape Girardeau.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 07:36 PM   #2155
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Above video is in Texas, but recently I was flying cross country and somewhere west of Chicago (likely Iowa) I likewise saw a massive expanse of windpower installations.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 05:04 AM   #2156
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I wonder what they planned here...

I-80 / Alice's Road, Des Moines, Iowa.
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They put up a 6-lane bridge there recently in anticipation of expanding a major road through the area. It's a very fast growing area of the metro. The metro adds around 10,000 people every year and most of them end up on the west end.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 07:26 PM   #2157
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Illiana Expressway IL/IN

There's been a lot of buzz about the proposed Illiana Expressway recently. The Illiana Expressway will run east-west south of Chicago, from I-55 via I-57 to I-65. It will likely be a toll road.



I have serious doubts whether this road is feasible as a toll road. The area is well south of the Chicago urban area and the area has not increased its population a whole lot, Chicago is growing west, not south. There has not been a lot of development south of Chicago Heights in the past 20 years, according to Google Earth historical imagery.

The route is too far from I-80 to be a reasonable alternative for anything beyond a niche market. If anything it makes more sense to construct a third western bypass of Chicago. Suburban developments continue for 20 - 25 miles west of I-355, in fact the outer suburbs are already halfway from I-335 to I-39.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 07:32 PM   #2158
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I-355 should be extended from I-80 partially diagonally to I-65, but difficult to do because of development
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Old July 1st, 2013, 07:58 PM   #2159
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 03:41 AM   #2160
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