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Old August 16th, 2016, 11:12 PM   #3521
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US 219, Pennsylvania

Construction for the extension of the US 219 freeway in southern Pennsylvania is in full swing. They are constructing a new four-lane freeway from Somerset to Meyersdale. It includes this high bridge near Garrett.

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Old August 17th, 2016, 02:16 AM   #3522
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Construction for the extension of the US 219 freeway in southern Pennsylvania is in full swing. They are constructing a new four-lane freeway from Somerset to Meyersdale. It includes this high bridge near Garrett.

That's pretty cool. The Appalachian Region of the US has some neat roads.

I drove Corridor H through West Virginia earlier this year, and was impressed with some of what had been built there as well.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 05:06 AM   #3523
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West Virginia is a very nice drive during Fall. Maybe all the other seasons too, but I've only been there during Fall.

Nice to see they are working on the 219. Here in New York they have been trying to extend it south from Springville for a long time. It's nice for us in Buffalo, but I think the people in Ellicottville are worried about the route it will take.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #3524
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Yeah we've all been waiting for the 219 extension up here but I don't think it'll happen for at least another decade unfortunately. Between the Native American land issues, mudslides and high costs, it might be awhile. It's the highway I would like to see built the most though.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 09:42 PM   #3525
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Construction officially began yesterday on the new Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi.

It will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States with a main span of 1,655 ft (504 m). It is planned for completion in 2020. The project's price tag is nearly $ 1 billion.
Looks like bridge in Vladivostok, i'm amazed in roads and projects in US.
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Old August 20th, 2016, 09:55 AM   #3526
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SR-99, Seattle, Washington

The new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle is being divided into two decks.


Top decks of the future roadway inside the SR 99 tunnel by Washington State Dept of Transportation, on Flickr
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Old August 21st, 2016, 11:30 AM   #3527
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I haven't seen one with the left turn lanes separated like that.

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A recently built diverging diamond interchange (DDI) along US 65 in Springfield, Missouri.

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Old August 26th, 2016, 05:57 PM   #3528
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SH 99 Grand Parkway, Houston, TX

It turns out that SH 99 (Grand Parkway) along the east side of Houston will be built as a super-two toll road initially, instead of a four-lane divided facility. Frontage roads will also be absent most of the time.

Earlier designs did include all 8 direct connectors at the I-10 and I-69 (US 59) interchanges though.

It's understandable given the lack of development along most of the route. But doesn't quite feel like value for money to pay tolls and be stuck on a two-laner behind a semi truck.

The new alignment of SH 99 through Baytown will be built to full freeway standards, however.

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Old September 2nd, 2016, 08:54 PM   #3529
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco:


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Old September 11th, 2016, 08:48 PM   #3530
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The St. Croix Crossing / Stillwater Bridge in Stillwater, Minnesota. It's located at the MN/WI state line.


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Old September 18th, 2016, 06:32 AM   #3531
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Speaking of highway projects in Texas getting downgraded to Super-Two's...

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/a...-construction/

So apparently the SH 249 toll may be 2 lanes as well. That is really pointless IMO. The main reason to use such a road would be to avoid slow trucks. I hope they will leave space in the ROW for an extra 2 lanes.

I am disappointed. As the crow flies, Bryan-College Station(where I live) is actually very close to the northern fringe of the Houston suburbs(The Woodlands, etc). However it is not close in travel time because it takes forever on those exurban two lane rural roads. Which due to sprawl have tons of traffic and back up at every single traffic light.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 10:27 AM   #3532
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Traffic can also use Highway 6 from Navasota to Hempstead, which is a four-lane divided highway, and then the 290 into Houston.

It probably depends on the rate of development after the toll road gets built. You always read about how much an area grows after a highway opens, they seem to be quite keen to develop as much land as possible.

Some parts of FM 1774 in Montgomery County were recently expanded to a five-lane road. The railroad crossing in Magnolia is said to be a bottleneck in particular. Traffic also has to turn off twice there. However, the SH 249 extension in that area will be built with four lanes. Only the section in Grimes County will be built as a super two initally.

There were also complaints about the super-two nature of Loop 49 around Tyler. That's also a toll road.
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 04:27 PM   #3533
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The current position of the massive TBM Bertha, in Seattle

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Old September 24th, 2016, 07:48 AM   #3534
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The current position of the massive TBM Bertha, in Seattle

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I'm gonna miss the viaduct. Gonna have to drive on it more often.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 09:11 PM   #3535
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I'm gonna miss the viaduct. Gonna have to drive on it more often.
I thought you lived in Tampa (considering your username)
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Old September 24th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #3536
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I haven't seen one with the left turn lanes separated like that.
My guess is to prevent vehicles swiping each other by overlapping their turning path. Sometimes people will take a 'racing line' in ignorance of who might be alongside to make a quicker turn, especially if they are 'amber gambling'.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 09:45 PM   #3537
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I thought you lived in Tampa (considering your username)
He chose his name 7 years ago in 2009, people move.
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Are there plans for any interchanges within the tunnel?
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Are there plans for any interchanges within the tunnel?
No, the goal of the tunnel is to take through traffic, replacing and elevated viaduct nearby that is now understood to be a severe seismic risk.
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No, the goal of the tunnel is to take through traffic, replacing and elevated viaduct nearby that is now understood to be a severe seismic risk.
Well the existing Viaduct has several exits in the downtown core, so they should prepare for surface streets to take this additional traffic, but without through traffic I suppose they should cope.
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