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Old November 21st, 2013, 09:28 PM   #2281
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GA-400, Atlanta

Tolling will end on November 22 at the Georgia 400 toll road in Atlanta. The toll road opened in 1993, so tolls have existed for 20 years. GA-400 was the only general toll road in greater Atlanta, but there are also managed lanes on I-85 and more managed lanes are planned.

Critics fear a toll-free GA-400 will attract more traffic than its six lanes can handle. The southern terminus of GA-400 at the I-85 interchange had the most unpredictable travel time in the U.S. in 2011. The Travel Time Index only placed it as the 216th most congested roadway in the country.

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Old November 22nd, 2013, 04:02 AM   #2282
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Tolling will end on November 22 at the Georgia 400 toll road in Atlanta...
Considering what I do for a living, it's odd that I rarely go that way, but today I had occasion to. One last toll for old times' sake. I wish I'd had time to take Roswell Road instead.

The tollbooths were jammed, too, northbound at 9am. Maybe people are bittersweet about not having to pay tolls anymore starting tomorrow.

Once the tolls are gone, there's little reason not to post US 19 along that route. But even if they do, everyone here in Atlanta will still call it 400.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 06:36 PM   #2283
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US 48, Corridor H, Scherr, WV

A new segment of Corridor H of the ADHS*, also known as US 48, opens to traffic near Scherr, West Virginia.

ADHS = Appalachian Developmental Highway System.

Corridor H is not a freeway, but rather a high quality 4-lane divided highway. Some parts are indicated with freeway signs though.

This is in the general area (the windfarm is near Scherr).
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 06:47 PM   #2284
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Will GA 400/US 19 an Interstate number in the future? 785?
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 08:39 PM   #2285
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Georgia 400 is now toll-free. This guy is really happy he doesn't have to pay the 50 cents anymore.



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Will GA 400/US 19 an Interstate number in the future? 785?
I-675?
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Old November 24th, 2013, 04:55 PM   #2286
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Georgia 400 is now toll-free. This guy is really happy he doesn't have to pay the 50 cents anymore.





I-675?
Wouldn't GA 400 have to actually connect to I-75 for it to have that number?

If anything I would go with I-585 or I-385.
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Old November 24th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #2287
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Hell, call it I-485. We already have I-520, which makes a loop around Augusta and should therefore have an even-first-digit number. At least 485 has a resemblance to 400, which people will still call it no matter what the signs say.

On a semi-related topic, construction continues on the ramps connecting I-85 and GA 400 in the north-to-north directions. Once completed, there will be three lane-drop offramps from I-85 southbound in the space of a quarter mile. It'll be interesting to see how they sign it, especially with the extra-huge FHWA font that GDOT has been switching to. [facepalm]

EDIT: Here are some overhead views (.pdf).

The ramp from GA 13 northbound to I-85 northbound was built for one lane, then restriped for two many years ago. Unfortunately, the added lane extends all the way to the onramp from Cheshire Bridge, which creates a forced merge on a ramp that's entirely too short for it given its heavy usage and uphill gradient. When I drove through on 85 the other day, I noticed that the existing bridge is being widened only slightly there, which presumably means that the GA13-I-85 ramp will go back to being one lane. I'm also guessing hoping that the fourth northbound lane of I-85, added rather arbitrarily on the right just after the 400 split, will be striped away so as to allow each entrance ramp its own lane on I-85, including the one from Cheshire Bridge.

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Old November 25th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #2288
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Calling it I-585 would create much too confusion due to the proximity to already-existing I-575, also a spur to the northern exurbs.

Calling it I-385 would exhaust all the low number spurs for I-85 between Columbus and Atlanta, unless it would be okay to go out of order and give an I-585 designation to a hypothetical spur of I-185 in Columbus or I-85 in the southern Atlanta metro.

Using 785 as the route number would prevent either possible problem but then would create a conflict with any hypothetical plans convert GA-316 into an interstate spur all the way to Athens.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 11:23 PM   #2289
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Hell, call it I-485. We already have I-520, which makes a loop around Augusta and should therefore have an even-first-digit number. At least 485 has a resemblance to 400, which people will still call it no matter what the signs say.
Since 400 has two Interstate connections (85 and 285), 485 would work without a problem.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #2290
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NC-12 Bonner Bridge

Bonner Bridge to Close Immediately

To protect the traveling public, the N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 along the Outer Banks today due to immediate safety concerns.

Routine sonar scanning of the bridge identified scouring concerns, or areas where too much sand has eroded from the support structure of the bridge. As NCDOT crews continued to monitor these conditions, inspections revealed additional areas of concern, which led department officials to decide to close the bridge immediately for the safety of all residents and visitors of the area. The bridge will remain closed until the department can bring in additional resources to inspect the bridge and make necessary repairs to fortify the structure. NCDOT has declared a state of emergency as a way of expediting the process and steps are already underway to begin repair work as soon as possible.

The Bonner Bridge is the only highway access for vehicles between Hatteras Island and the mainland. Until it is safe to reopen, The NCDOT Ferry Division will provide emergency support to move people and cars across the Pamlico Sound.

For decades, NCDOT has known the Bonner Bridge stands on borrowed time and needs to be replaced. NCDOT awarded a contract to a design-build team to replace the bridge in August 2011. Design work began immediately and construction of the replacement bridge was originally set to begin in early 2013. All work is currently on hold following a series of legal challenges by the Southern Environmental law center on behalf of the Defenders of Wildlife and National Wildlife Refuge Association.


This sounds quite serious. I've been following the Bonner Bridge project for a while now, and the bridge was constructed over an inlet with high erosion (not to mention hurricanes). When constructed in 1963, it had a projected lifespan of 30 years, so a replacement is already 20 years overdue. NCDOT will begin construction of a replacement bridge as soon as it is legally able to do so.

The bridge carries 4,500 vehicles per day, but the emergency ferry has a capacity of only 760 vehicles per day.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 11:47 PM   #2291
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Is that traffic count an average for the year? Because I'd guess traffic is far higher there in the summer than the rest of the year, so for all I know 760 per day is enough in December....
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Old December 6th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #2292
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WA-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel

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Old December 7th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #2293
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Cool bridge in Pasadena, California. The smaller one opened 100 years ago.



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CA-11

Construction begins today on a new freeway near San Diego, California. State Route 11 will provide a 2.7 mile 4-lane freeway from Otay Mesa to a new Port of Entry (POE) at the border with Mexico.

The 2.7 mile freeway costs $ 700 million, half of that is actual construction of the road, the rest goes to the border crossing itself. Phase I began today, which includes a large freeway interchange with CA-125 and CA-905. This stage costs $ 112 million.

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what I don't get is why CA125 doesn't go the existing border, with I-905 going to the new truck facility.

Instead, CA11 appears and creates a weird numbering thing.
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I think the same. CA-125 should end at current Otay Mesa border crossing and I-905 should go to the new crossing. Besides that, it frees up the number 11 so in the event of an I-11 extension to Mount Shasta or Oregon (it still would go thru NE California anyway) no roads would be renumbered. Caltrans doesn't like duplicating numbers, that is why I-180 doesn't exist (Because of CA-180) and I-238 exists (Though I-480 has been free for a while now).
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Caltrans doesn't object to reusing numbers, though. I believe if you go back about 30 years, Cal. 11 was the Pasadena and Harbor freeways. Idle thought: I wonder how long they wait before reusing a decommissioned number so as to avoid confusing people.
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CA-91 Riverside Freeway

The groundbreaking ceremony of the expansion of State Route 91, or Riverside Freeway, was conducted today. The project will run through 2017 and will widen the CA-91 to 14 through lanes, including 2x2 tolled express lanes. The project cost is $ 1.3 billion.

Project site: http://www.sr91project.info

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It would be nice if they decided to incorporate rail with this widening project. I wonder why this is rarely thought of for freeway expansion projects.
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That would be prohibitively expensive. Most of the mainline freeway widening is possible within the existing right-of-way without needing to reconstruct the entire freeway. Besides, there already is a railroad running parallel to CA-91.
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