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Old March 6th, 2014, 11:19 AM   #2421
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La. Highway 1 project moving forward

Preliminary plans to build the second and final elevated section of La. Highway 1 between Golden Meadow and Leeville is moving forward.

The $330 million project is now expected to be completed sometime around 2017.
http://www.katc.com/news/la-highway-...oving-forward/

This is an unknown long bridge project. I only found out about it a few months ago. The elevated road bypasses a vital segment of State Highway 1 that is slowly sinking into the swamps and will become permanently submerged, not only during storm surges.

The planned length of the elevated road is 18 miles, which would make it one of the longest bridges in the world, and this type of records are not unknown to the state of Louisiana.

The location of the elevated road in its current form: http://goo.gl/maps/HqxvY
It should be noted that the major force behind rebuilding Louisiana State Highway 1 is because it is the main gateway to Port Fourchon, which is a sea port with significant petroleum industry traffic from offshore oil platforms and drilling rigs and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port pipeline is also based there which handles roughly 13% of the US's foreign oil imports. This area alone furnishes 16 to 18 percent of the total US oil supply which is why there was such a pressing need to rebuild the road.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 08:15 PM   #2422
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This is rather at odds with driver expectancy.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #2423
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This is rather at odds with driver expectancy.
Somebody slammed into that barrier pretty hard:
https://maps.google.com/?ll=29.25288...,284.59,,3,5.6
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Old March 7th, 2014, 11:38 AM   #2424
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This is rather at odds with driver expectancy.
Weird, can someone explain why it was designed that way?
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Old March 7th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #2425
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Looks like it is supposed to be be extended in the future. The road now makes a sharp bend into what will be a intersecting road in the future.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 03:14 PM   #2426
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That is where the extension in the press release a few posts back will start. It will be extended north to bypass a sinking stretch of highway.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:36 PM   #2427
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But Google StreetView has captured some more evidence of a bad day there
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Old March 8th, 2014, 11:46 PM   #2428
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Catalina Highway, AZ

The Catalina Highway in Arizona.

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Old March 11th, 2014, 06:49 PM   #2429
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But Google StreetView has captured some more evidence of a bad day there
It looks more like drivers attempting to take the turn way too fast and failing.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #2430
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Texas 36A study

http://www.36acoalition.org/



This project will be studied in the upcoming period, the Houston Chronicle reported. The Texas 36A is a "parkway" (freeway) that will form a western bypass of Houston. It will be the 4th western bypass of the city, and is still about 10 miles west of the nearest developments of Katy.

There's some opposition because the proposed road will run through the Katy Prairie.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/ka...ld-5307302.php
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Old March 13th, 2014, 05:27 AM   #2431
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http://www.36acoalition.org/



This project will be studied in the upcoming period, the Houston Chronicle reported. The Texas 36A is a "parkway" (freeway) that will form a western bypass of Houston. It will be the 4th western bypass of the city, and is still about 10 miles west of the nearest developments of Katy.

There's some opposition because the proposed road will run through the Katy Prairie.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/ka...ld-5307302.php
I am not sure it is really needed at this point until development is rampant west of Katy and the rest of the proposed corridor (If ever), US 99 is sufficient .
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Old March 18th, 2014, 05:34 PM   #2432
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US 460, Virginia

Route 460 contract suspended

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne announced contract and permit work is being temporarily suspended on the Route 460 project in southeastern Virginia while the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues the needed environmental reviews.

The $1.4 billion contract was awarded in late 2012 to US 460 Mobility Partners to design and build a new 55-mile limited access highway that would parallel the existing Route 460 from Suffolk to Petersburg.

While the project had a previous Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), it must also have a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since construction would impact streams and wetlands. At the request of the Corps and the FHWA, VDOT is updating the environmental impacts of the project and reviewing other alternatives. Once this environmental work is completed, the Corps will consider a permit decision.
Full press release: http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/...unces71582.asp

The viability of a toll road along this corridor has been questioned in the past. The current US 460 is mostly a 4-lane undivided highway between Petersburg and Chesapeake. The toll road will undoubtedly much safer, but it is a question whether it will attract traffic from the current highway.

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Old March 19th, 2014, 07:35 AM   #2433
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Route 460 contract suspended

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne announced contract and permit work is being temporarily suspended on the Route 460 project in southeastern Virginia while the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues the needed environmental reviews.

The $1.4 billion contract was awarded in late 2012 to US 460 Mobility Partners to design and build a new 55-mile limited access highway that would parallel the existing Route 460 from Suffolk to Petersburg.

While the project had a previous Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), it must also have a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since construction would impact streams and wetlands. At the request of the Corps and the FHWA, VDOT is updating the environmental impacts of the project and reviewing other alternatives. Once this environmental work is completed, the Corps will consider a permit decision.
Full press release: http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/...unces71582.asp

The viability of a toll road along this corridor has been questioned in the past. The current US 460 is mostly a 4-lane undivided highway between Petersburg and Chesapeake. The toll road will undoubtedly much safer, but it is a question whether it will attract traffic from the current highway.

If it is not going to be adjacent to any towns or attractions, set the speed limit to 75-80 and I am almost certain it would attract traffic volume.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 05:54 PM   #2434
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US 17, Chesapeake, VA

The new bridge across the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia

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Route 460 contract suspended

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne announced contract and permit work is being temporarily suspended on the Route 460 project in southeastern Virginia while the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) continues the needed environmental reviews.

The $1.4 billion contract was awarded in late 2012 to US 460 Mobility Partners to design and build a new 55-mile limited access highway that would parallel the existing Route 460 from Suffolk to Petersburg.

While the project had a previous Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), it must also have a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since construction would impact streams and wetlands. At the request of the Corps and the FHWA, VDOT is updating the environmental impacts of the project and reviewing other alternatives. Once this environmental work is completed, the Corps will consider a permit decision.
Full press release: http://www.virginiadot.org/newsroom/...unces71582.asp

The viability of a toll road along this corridor has been questioned in the past. The current US 460 is mostly a 4-lane undivided highway between Petersburg and Chesapeake. The toll road will undoubtedly much safer, but it is a question whether it will attract traffic from the current highway.

If Interstate 64 is backed up a lot this looks like a really good alternative.
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Old March 19th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #2436
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It has been argued that widening I-64 is a better idea than building a toll road next to a 4-lane highway with few stops. Or upgrading the existing US 460 to a freeway, but that would cost money and is harder to fund without tolls.

Parts of I-64 are planned to be widened to six lanes anyway.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 01:02 AM   #2437
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I know that area and thought, 460 project was great idea, until realized was already decent 4 lane already. I can't imagine who will pay toll to drive on it. Especially since PSL will probably be something like 70 mph gros max and probably fall to 55 mph on either end. Probably limited improvements to freeway standard (kind of like what they are doing to US 17 in North Carolina) would be more effective

64 isn't even that bad once you are in Hampton... and there is tons of space in median (mostly forest)
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The thing that really bothers me about the 460 upgrade is that it adds no new connections. Richmond and Hampton Roads are already well connected by a highway. Once the highway is widened and a new crossing is built, the current highway should be able to get the job done fine for a long time. I'd be much happier to see our limited highway funds go towards constructing a highway from Hampton Roads that connects it to somewhere new like Raleigh or even Emporia. I'd suggest cities like Wilmington or some place on the Eastern Shore, but local leaders like to see any new highway operate as an evacuation route. Going to some other nearby coastal community isn't really getting of dodge.
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US 101, Astoria, OR

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I would poo my pants crossing those bridges...they look kinda fragile.
They are actually much stronger than some even larger bridges that carry large numbers of traffic.
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