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Old August 17th, 2014, 09:22 PM   #2581
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Loop 303, Phoenix, AZ

ADOT opens two ramps connecting Loop 303, Interstate 10


Drivers in the Goodyear area, west of Phoenix, have a new and improved way to travel between Interstate 10 and the Loop 303 freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Crews building the interchange linking I-10 and Loop 303 in Goodyear opened two elevated ramps this morning, providing drivers with the first-ever direct connections between the two freeways.

One of the new ramps connects southbound Loop 303 traffic to eastbound I-10, while the second ramp provides eastbound I-10 traffic with a faster way to reach northbound Loop 303.

ADOT expects to open two remaining ramps at the interchange by September.

Construction on the $145 million freeway-to-freeway interchange started in November 2011.
Full press release: http://www.azdot.gov/media/News/news...-interstate-10
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Old August 17th, 2014, 10:09 PM   #2582
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that's a really nice expressway especially with the buttonhook style left turns

In Quebec we get wet dreams about our weak-sauce 2 lane freeways (well, just A-50) but such thing as above probably costs similar and would work better.
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Old August 21st, 2014, 09:24 PM   #2583
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Route 3 over Passaic River Bridge traffic to shift to final configuration this week in Bergen County

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the shifting of Route 3 traffic in both directions into the final configuration over the newly constructed Passaic River Bridge as the project nears completion.

The final road configuration has three bridge spans: The center span has three express lanes in each direction; the northern span carries three westbound local lanes, including one of which becomes a ramp to access Route 21 in both directions; and the southern span carries three eastbound local lanes, including one that is an off ramp to Park Avenue in Rutherford and Lyndhurst.
Press release: http://www.state.nj.us/transportatio...14/081414.shtm

According to the design drawings, the new bridge has 2+3+3+2 lanes, plus 4 shoulders. The old bridge had six lanes with no shoulders, so the new bridge is more than twice as wide. Mainline NJ-3 has also been widened to eight lanes from the bridge to NJ-17.

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Old August 27th, 2014, 08:54 PM   #2584
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Hadn't ever noticed before yesterday, but there's a Delaware Route 279 now, resigned from a portion of DE 2 at the state line.

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Old September 15th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #2585
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SR-520, Seattle, WA

New SR 520 HOV lanes open for business

This morning’s commute greeted carpoolers and bus riders with brand new HOV lanes on State Route 520 between Bellevue and Medina. Crews working on the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project placed the final lane striping over the weekend for the new HOV lanes. At 5 a.m. this morning, Sept. 15, the lanes opened to carpools of three or more people and transit for the first time.

New HOV lanes are now available to carpools of three or more people, vanpools, motorcycles and transit. The HOV lanes span approximately two miles between Bellevue and Medina. This heavily used stretch of SR 520 carries about 70,000 vehicles each weekday.
Full press release: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2014/09...VLanesOpen.htm


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Old September 16th, 2014, 07:05 AM   #2586
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why 3+ people?
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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:26 AM   #2587
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probably because they think too many people will use them if they allow vehicles with 2 people in them, so they upped the threshold to ensure the HOVS remain free flowing.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #2588
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Yes, it has been found that approximately 50% of all HOV lane users are family members who would have traveled together regardless of the existance of an HOV lane (thus not reducing the amount of vehicles on the road, defeating the purpose of an HOV lane). A 3+ HOV lane encourages actual carpooling.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 10:36 PM   #2589
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Some more State Route 520. These are proposals for the 'Portage Bay Bridge', which is the westernmost bridge of SR-520 (just east of I-5) in Seattle.


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SR-682, Florida

The 35th Avenue Bridge in Pinellas County. A two-lane bridge has been replaced by a multilane bridge.



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Old September 19th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #2591
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Highway 7, Alaska

The draft supplemental EIS has been published for the 'Juneau Access Improvement' (JAI) project in Alaska. The preferred alternative is a 50 mile road along the Lynn Canal to a new ferry terminal near the Katzehin River. It would then provide a short ferry service to both Haines (Haines Highway) and Skagway (Klondike Highway). It would shorten travel times to Juneau considerably. The project cost is $ 623 million for the road and another $ 50 million for the ferry terminals and ferries.

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~10 miles more to reach Skagway. I wonder why they stopped just after bridging the Katzehin River (at quite a cost one imagines).
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I think it may be because traffic would split 50/50 to Haines and Skagway, and both a bridge to Haines or an extension to Skagway would be unprofitable.

The Haines Highway would provide faster access to the rest of Alaska, but the Klondike Highway would provide better access to Whitehorse, the only city of significance within a few hundred miles.
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Oh yes, traffic splits and you can't serve both directly.

You'd still use the Haines ferry to get to Fairbanks/Anchorage (even from Skagway) - 65 miles shorter from Juneau is not to be sniffed at. Given that the Lynn Canal ferry routes are profitable, reducing the distance by building the JAI will increase that (or lower fares), and surely changing the route from a 25-something mile triangle (per JAI) to a 10-mile there-and-back can increase frequency and speed too.

Or perhaps the ferry is most popular Juneau-Skagway and thus turning that into a road would eat into the AMH's cashflow?
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Hadn't ever noticed before yesterday, but there's a Delaware Route 279 now, resigned from a portion of DE 2 at the state line.

Thanks, I wasn't aware of this.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 06:33 AM   #2596
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Some recent pictures of the Bear Mountain Bridge


Bear Mountain Bridge Eastbound
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Bear Mountain Bridge Eastbound
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Old September 24th, 2014, 10:34 AM   #2597
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SR-530, Oso, WA

On March 22, a large landslide destroyed State Route 530 near Oso, Washington and killed 43 people.


Aerial View of slide over SR 530 near Oso by WSDOT, on Flickr

The Washington Department of Transportation has rebuilt State Route 530.


Looking east at new SR 530 by WSDOT, on Flickr


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Old September 26th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #2598
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Hurricane Sandy aftermath, 2012. Route 4, Bergen County, NJ. Gas lines like these were common for well over a week after the hurricane. I've spent hours in at least one such line myself.

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Wasn't that due to the fact that most gas stations did not have power to operate the pumps?
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