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Old April 29th, 2014, 12:11 AM   #2481
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US 75 in Oklahoma, mostly expressway.










Now we follow US69, in some places it is a freeway






In some places it gets narrow and slow as i passes through towns


Huge truckstop where US69 meets I-44


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Old April 29th, 2014, 12:12 AM   #2482
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The Manor Expressway (toll 290) will open to traffic on Saturday May 17th. The Manor Expressway is a six lane and six mile toll road in the median of the US 290 frontage roads and connects US 183 in the west with SH 130 in the east.
Not far from there, the four level stack at US 183 and the MoPac Expressway is missing a right turn movement. OK, there are plenty of partial stacks in Texas, but they usually have frontage roads along both freeways for any missing movements. This one doesn't. And I don't even see any reference in the signage for how to make that movement. WTF?
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Old April 29th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #2483
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Missouri Hwy 5 connecting I-44 (in Lebanon) to US Hwy 54
Mostly in 2+1 profile to provide safe passing opportunities. Unusually clearly marked.




Local county lanes in Missouri:








US Hwy 54




In places US 54 has freeway profile


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Old April 29th, 2014, 02:48 AM   #2484
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freeway 101 South Phoenix, Az






Freeway Loop 101 West Phoenix, Arizona



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Old May 2nd, 2014, 08:41 PM   #2485
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State Route 24, Mesa, AZ

The new Loop 202 / SR-24 interchange in Mesa, AZ.


SR 24 Ribbon Cutting (April 15, 2014) by Arizona Department of Transportation, on Flickr


SR 24 Ribbon Cutting (April 15, 2014) by Arizona Department of Transportation, on Flickr


SR 24 Ribbon Cutting (April 15, 2014) by Arizona Department of Transportation, on Flickr


SR 24 Ribbon Cutting (April 15, 2014) by Arizona Department of Transportation, on Flickr
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 01:55 AM   #2486
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Nice pics

Arizona has some of the best freeways in the nation
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 04:43 AM   #2487
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The Pacific Coast Highway, south of Bixby:


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Old May 3rd, 2014, 04:49 AM   #2488
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Arizona has some of the best freeways in the nation
I agree, but it certainly wasn't always that way. It has only been the last 25 years where Arizona has caught up. At one time in the late 80's Phoenix had some of the fewest freeway miles for a metro of its size. There was a time when Phoenix's surface streets acted as the freeways, with high speed limits, lots of speeders, and lots of accidents. So the growth of the Phoenix freeway system is probably the most impressive in the country the past couple of decades. Not to mention lowering the collision rates.

Fortunately, the area had a lot of room for these new freeways, a lot of suburban growth, (before the Great Recession quieted things down), but overall, look at a 1984 map compared to 2014, and those 30 years have brought about huge change.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 05:56 AM   #2489
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I agree, but it certainly wasn't always that way. It has only been the last 25 years where Arizona has caught up. At one time in the late 80's Phoenix had some of the fewest freeway miles for a metro of its size. There was a time when Phoenix's surface streets acted as the freeways, with high speed limits, lots of speeders, and lots of accidents. So the growth of the Phoenix freeway system is probably the most impressive in the country the past couple of decades. Not to mention lowering the collision rates.

Fortunately, the area had a lot of room for these new freeways, a lot of suburban growth, (before the Great Recession quieted things down), but overall, look at a 1984 map compared to 2014, and those 30 years have brought about huge change.
303 freeway is being built and there are about 3 more freeways on the planned stages
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 08:11 AM   #2490
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US75 in Texas (mostly freeway)




Glad they finally raised the speed limit to 75.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 10:18 AM   #2491
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It has only been the last 25 years where Arizona has caught up. At one time in the late 80's Phoenix had some of the fewest freeway miles for a metro of its size.
I believe that title is currently held by Las Vegas.

Though I am not sure which freeways should be constructed in Las Vegas, save for a full beltway. Unless they go Pinellas County-style and construct some interchanges in major urban arterials.

Phoenix however, seems to have recovered from the housing bust. Back in the late 2000s people predicted Phoenix would be a perfect example of the "death of the suburbs", but that has proven to be wrong. The 2010-2013 growth in Maricopa County was 5%, which is more than twice the national average.
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Phoenix needs a highway link on US-60 between Surprise, Peoria and Downtown. The current layout is dangerous, a very wide, but non-grade separated, highway with many intersections.
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Have you driven there?
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Old May 5th, 2014, 04:57 PM   #2494
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Phoenix needs a highway link on US-60 between Surprise, Peoria and Downtown. The current layout is dangerous, a very wide, but non-grade separated, highway with many intersections.
there is one now, in surprise you take the new 303 Freeway to I 10 and then will take to Downtown, in Peoria you can also take 101 to 17 that take you to Downtown.

and now they are building the Northern Parkway from Surprise will go all the way to the 101 Freeway
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US 60 may seem like a major route into downtown, but Phoenix's downtown CBD is small. In fact, Phoenix downtown CBD has the second smallest job share of any major metropolitan area in the United States.

Only 1.4% of all metropolitan jobs are located in the Phoenix CBD. This is much smaller than in Houston (6.4%), Denver (9.5%) or even Los Angeles (2.4%).
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Old May 6th, 2014, 03:14 AM   #2496
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Have you driven there?
I drove US 60 once from around Wickenburg to the airport in morning rush once, it was pretty crappy flow once you get to around Sun City.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 05:28 AM   #2497
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Nice pics

Arizona has some of the best freeways in the nation
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I agree, but it certainly wasn't always that way. It has only been the last 25 years where Arizona has caught up. At one time in the late 80's Phoenix had some of the fewest freeway miles for a metro of its size. There was a time when Phoenix's surface streets acted as the freeways, with high speed limits, lots of speeders, and lots of accidents. So the growth of the Phoenix freeway system is probably the most impressive in the country the past couple of decades. Not to mention lowering the collision rates.
Totally agree. I think Phoenix has the best road system of any big metro in the country. Since most of the freeways (all the loops) are so new, they're completely up to modern standards. The only one that isn't is I-17 and it's not that bad. Plus Phoenix has an excellent dense grid of fast 4 and 6-lane surface arterials.

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303 freeway is being built and there are about 3 more freeways on the planned stages
I was in Phoenix in March and checked out construction on the 303 between US 60 and I-10. The I-10 interchange is under construction. For roughly the southern half of this stretch, pavement has been laid but only part of it is open to traffic, with 1+1 traffic, and in a couple of places the ramps are used for signalized surface street connections. The northern part (above Northern Pkwy) is fully open to traffic until it hits US 60, where it reverts back to the old road. When completed it will make a great way to avoid all the congestion on US 60/Grand Ave between 303 and downtown Phoenix. I know they have or plan to improve many of the intersections with grade separations along Grand Ave but it will still be very congested. Even though much longer, 303 and I-10 will be a better (and probably faster) option.

The pictures are going north from I-10 to US 60 on 303.









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here are some more I took today from the I10 303 Interchange







here are some from the 202 loop/60 interchange courtesy of aaroads.com





Arizona freeway 51



Arizona us 60 freeway



202/101 interchange in Tempe Arizona

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Old May 9th, 2014, 07:18 AM   #2499
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What's with the colors of the shields on the last sign?
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What's with the colors of the shields on the last sign?
Originally the route shields for the three loop routes each had a different color (303 was white on black) but AZDOT later decided to make them all black on white like a regular state route shield. Too bad, I liked the colors. I don't know the reason for the change.
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