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Old December 17th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #2721
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A stretch of Historic Route US 66 outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico has been outfitted with musical rumble strips in order to discourage speeding.

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Old December 17th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #2722
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From the 'Guess the Highway' thread:

1988-2014:
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It seems the US 30 expressway (I hate the word 'freeway') was planned on another alignment North of its current rouring.
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Old December 18th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #2723
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US 460, Pike County, KY

Gov. Beshear opens first section of the U.S. 460 project in Pike County

Governor Steve Beshear today joined local and state officials to ceremonially open the much-anticipated first half of the U.S. 460 realignment project in Pike County – an 8-mile, $283 million project.

“For nearly a half century, the citizens of Pike County as well as the Appalachian region have waited patiently for this day to arrive,” said Gov. Beshear. “When complete, the project will serve as a main artery that will connect U.S. 23 and the Coalfields Expressway in Virginia. This historic opening paves the way for economic opportunity while addressing the improved mobility and safety aspects of the project.”

The 8-mile realignment project, for which construction began in 2001, includes four 12-foot lanes with two 12-foot shoulders and nine bridges at a price tag exceeding $282.5 million. The entire roadway, from U.S. 23 to the Virginia state line, is expected to cost somewhere around $700 million, which will make it the biggest road project the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has ever undertaken east of Lexington.

The U.S. 460 corridor through Pike County, called Corridor Q in ARC’s listing of Appalachian Project Development highways, is a 16.7-mile stretch which runs from U.S. 23 at Sookey’s Creek, south of Pikeville, to the Virginia state line near Breaks Interstate Park, where it meets a connector to that state’s Coalfields Expressway.
Full press release: http://migration.kentucky.gov/Newsro...41218us460.htm

Expensive project. $ 283 million for 8 miles of rural freeway. But the area is very mountainous. Driving in that area requires a lot of time on curvy two-lane roads.
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Old December 19th, 2014, 08:04 AM   #2724
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Old December 20th, 2014, 08:19 AM   #2725
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Does anyone here know of any videos or collections of photos covering the two new bypasses around Copperas Cove, Texas?

US 190 now bypasses the town to the south, and a new State Highway 9 was created bypassing it partially around the north. Both are grade separated freeways with frontage roads and everything.

These opened in Feb. of this year. Google's imagery is out of date and the only images from a Google search are very small resolution pictures from the local newspaper. Apparently it is a pretty significant piece of infrastructure, with some relatively tall bridge structures, a large cut through a hill. And just the fact that the town now has not one but two freeways running through it.
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Old December 20th, 2014, 10:56 AM   #2726
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The State Highway 9 bypass opened to traffic on February 20th, 2014. However, the US 190 bypass is not yet open to traffic as far as I know, but sources indicate it should open this December.

The TxDOT project tracker only shows a frontage road construction project for US 190. Google Earth imagery suggests it will be a super two highway. The embankments and bridges are not wide enough for a freeway-type road.
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Old December 20th, 2014, 09:36 PM   #2727
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 09:56 PM   #2728
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The US 190 Copperas Cove bypass will open on January 13, 2015.

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Old December 23rd, 2014, 10:48 PM   #2729
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SR-99, Seattle, WA

The State Route 99 tunnel opening has been postponed to August 2017. 'Late 2015' wasn't feasible with all the delays. The boring process has stopped a year ago due to some damage to the cutter head.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localne...el2017xml.html
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 10:51 PM   #2730
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The State Route 99 tunnel opening has been postponed to August 2017. 'Late 2015' wasn't feasible with all the delays. The boring process has stopped a year ago due to some damage to the cutter head.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localne...el2017xml.html
Maybe they should have made the process more interesting.

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Old December 24th, 2014, 03:49 AM   #2731
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Old December 24th, 2014, 09:15 AM   #2732
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The State Route 99 tunnel opening has been postponed to August 2017. 'Late 2015' wasn't feasible with all the delays. The boring process has stopped a year ago due to some damage to the cutter head.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localne...el2017xml.html
The article doesn't mention that it is the largest TBM ever built.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 12:01 PM   #2733
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The State Route 99 tunnel opening has been postponed to August 2017. 'Late 2015' wasn't feasible with all the delays. The boring process has stopped a year ago due to some damage to the cutter head.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localne...el2017xml.html
It's a giant mess. I can see major lawsuits and more tax dollars spent. 2017 might be optimistic at this rate. This is Seattle's version of the Big Dig fiasco.

In a way it's somewhat useless. The current Alaska Way Viaduct, although creaky and vulnerable to collapse if an earthquake hits, has exits that give access to downtown without taking the horrible I-5 which is usually a parking lot all day. The tunnel basically bypasses downtown entirely with no exits.

Also...on a clear day, the views from the Viaduct northbound are amazing.

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Old December 24th, 2014, 06:22 PM   #2734
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The tunnel basically bypasses downtown entirely with no exits.
That is useful to many people.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #2735
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how many would want to bypass the centrum but still be near the centrum? (instead of passing 20 km away)

it also has only 2x2 lanes instead of 2x3...
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Old December 24th, 2014, 08:17 PM   #2736
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It would've been better with direct access to Downtown Seattle, though you can still access downtown via surface streets from SR-99 after the tunnel is completed. Current access to and from downtown is oriented from the south with the Alaskan Way Viaduct as well.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 10:12 PM   #2737
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how many would want to bypass the centrum but still be near the centrum? (instead of passing 20 km away)
Many people who live in the southern suburbs and work in or shop in or visit friends in the northern suburbs, or vice versa. We'll see when it opens, but I expect the tunnel to be reasonably busy.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 09:00 PM   #2738
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Oregon State Route 230 with a view on Mount Thielsen (elevation 9,184 ft / 2,799 m)


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Old January 1st, 2015, 08:05 PM   #2739
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