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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:29 AM   #3581
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And hence the question of a change to a buried section.
I wouldn't count on it anytime soon. But with it being Texas I guess I wouldn't rule it out. They know how to build road infrastructure there.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:48 PM   #3582
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President George Bush Turnpike

New Lanes of President George Bush Turnpike Open to Traffic

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) has completed widening a segment of the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) to ease congestion. An additional lane in each direction of the PGBT between the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) and U.S. 75 is now open to traffic. Also, a westbound fourth lane between Renner Rd. and U.S. 75 is now open.

Construction on the widening of this segment of the PGBT began in May 2015.

The PGBT widening project is being implemented in phases:

* Phase 1 – DNT to US 75 (complete)
* Phase 2 – DNT to IH 35E; US 75 to SH 78 (anticipated completion mid 2019)
* Phase 3 – IH 35E to Belt Line Road (anticipated completion late 2020)
* Phase 4 – IH 20 to IH 30 (anticipated completion end 2020)
Full press release: http://www.drivingnorthtexas.com/new...en-to-traffic/
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Old November 16th, 2016, 04:42 PM   #3583
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Old November 16th, 2016, 04:52 PM   #3584
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Here's some pictures of construction from the US Route 301 expressway that will go around Middletown, Delaware, and connect with DE Route 1.


This is the overpass over Jamisons Corner Road, looking south from the intersection of Jamisons Corner Road & Hyetts Corner Road. This overpass will include an interchange.



This is looking from Summit Bridge Road, the current US 301, south of Armstrong Corner Road, which will have an interchange.





Here's an interactive map showing the proposed expressway:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...330633546&z=12
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Old November 16th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #3585
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SH 288 South Freeway, Houston, Texas

Officials Break Ground on Highway 288 Expansion.

The expansion of Highway 288 in Southeast Houston is officially underway.

Officials the Harris County, and the Texas Department of Transportation broke ground on the highway project that will add direct connectors to Beltway 8 and Loop 610, as well as add toll lanes to expand 288.

Construction is expected to be finished in 2019.
Full report: http://patch.com/texas/pasadena-tx/o...-288-expansion

Project website: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/pr...oll-lanes.html

A 2002 photo of the South Freeway. As you can see they built this freeway with express lanes in mind. The South Freeway was built in the first half of the 1980s, they probably didn't plan tolled express lanes at that time, but the space comes in handy. It is also the only freeway in Houston built without frontage roads.
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Old November 17th, 2016, 12:22 PM   #3586
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Officials Break Ground on Highway 288 Expansion.

The expansion of Highway 288 in Southeast Houston is officially underway.

Officials the Harris County, and the Texas Department of Transportation broke ground on the highway project that will add direct connectors to Beltway 8 and Loop 610, as well as add toll lanes to expand 288.

Construction is expected to be finished in 2019.
Full report: http://patch.com/texas/pasadena-tx/o...-288-expansion

Project website: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/pr...oll-lanes.html

A 2002 photo of the South Freeway. As you can see they built this freeway with express lanes in mind. The South Freeway was built in the first half of the 1980s, they probably didn't plan tolled express lanes at that time, but the space comes in handy. It is also the only freeway in Houston built without frontage roads.
I wonder if it would have been economic to provide that future proofing if the designers had known how long it would take for the new lanes to get built. On the one hand, it would have be a lot more expensive to add the lanes now without the extra space; on the other, that's nearly 40 years of financing costs for unused land, and bridge extensions that are most of the way through their design life by the time they are actually useful. [Gets out 1980s Texas Instruments calculator.]
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Old November 18th, 2016, 05:21 AM   #3587
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I wonder if it would have been economic to provide that future proofing if the designers had known how long it would take for the new lanes to get built. On the one hand, it would have be a lot more expensive to add the lanes now without the extra space; on the other, that's nearly 40 years of financing costs for unused land, and bridge extensions that are most of the way through their design life by the time they are actually useful. [Gets out 1980s Texas Instruments calculator.]
Yeah, but these days it's virtually impossible to widen due to all the regulations involved with imminent domain. Plus if there's a single minority anywhere on the route you're going to get a civil rights lawsuit too. Pretty much all of the interstates that were put off to the future never had their future come because of the regulatory environment we exist in today.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 02:43 PM   #3588
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good example of an exaggeration. I'd put Texas in one the top spots for fastest freeway construction in an industrialized, democratic country. Sorry if that doesn't fit your narrative.

Also, i'd be quite interested to see how fast you'd ditch that position if it was your neighberhood being paved over.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 09:12 PM   #3589
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US 20, Idaho

Thornton Interchange opens in eastern Idaho today, completing series of U.S. 20 improvements

Traffic is now moving on the completed construction on the Thornton Interchange, finishing a series of projects that improve the safety of motorists on the stretch of U.S. 20 between Idaho Falls and Sugar City. The Thornton Interchange officially opened to traffic today

This large multi-project effort started in 2000. During the last 16 years, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has replaced 18 dangerous intersections with seven interchanges. These interchanges allow safe entrance onto and exit off this 28-mile stretch of U.S. 20.

The total cost of all seven interchange projects (listed below) will be $85 million.

• St. Leon (Exit 311) – Completed in 2004-2005
• Hitt (Exit 313) – Completed in 2004-2005
• County Line (Exit 318) – Completed in 2001
• Menan-Lorenzo (Exit 325) – Completed in 2010-2011
• Thornton Interchange (Exit 328) – Completed in 2016-2017
• Sugar City-Salem (Exit 338) – Completed in 2001
• Driggs-Jackson (Exit 339) – Completed in 2001
Full press release: http://apps.itd.idaho.gov/Apps/Media...x/Preview/6416

This effectively turns a 5 mile stretch from Lorenzo to Rexburg into a freeway. There is now a controlled-access highway all the way from I-15 at Idaho Falls to north of Sugar City.
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Old November 19th, 2016, 01:36 AM   #3590
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Also, i'd be quite interested to see how fast you'd ditch that position if it was your neighberhood being paved over.
I'm not that sort of person. I've moved 6 times in 10 years. I'm not beholden to a spot, I go wherever makes the most sense.
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Old November 19th, 2016, 05:31 AM   #3591
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I'm not that sort of person. I've moved 6 times in 10 years. I'm not beholden to a spot, I go wherever makes the most sense.
If you have children in school, or are elderly, moving is very difficult. Not everyone can easily move from one place to another.
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Old November 19th, 2016, 05:37 PM   #3592
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Connecticut Highway 8 approaching I-84 in Waterbury:


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Old November 19th, 2016, 07:09 PM   #3593
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I thought that "concrete quilt" only happened in Montreal
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Montreal is definitely not alone in having concrete quilts.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 10:25 AM   #3595
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It makes you wonder which was there first, the building or the bridge? Google Earth historical imagery going back to 1991 shows both.



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Old November 20th, 2016, 08:36 PM   #3597
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Building, judging by architectural style.
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Old November 20th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #3598
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Yes the building was probably first, though odds are good a bridge has also been there a long time and the two have been arranged like that for longer than the building ever stood independently.

I wish I knew what that building was. I'm pretty sure it is associated with the railroad, which explains why they let it stand after the bridge went over it. But I am not sure WHICH railroad it was associated with. It could either have been the Rock Island or the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe had a number of freight stations and lesser passenger depots around its network resembling that building, but the main Santa Fe facilities are located to the south and east of that location. The Rock Island was the one to own the tracks in the general vicinity of that building, however they were the poorer, less competitive company in the 1940's when a structure like that was likely to have been built and I believe they used the former Santa Fe depot sometimes.

Either way, that's a cool find in Google Maps. In the old days I think Denver and Kansas City had similar neighborhoods on the fringes of their downtowns where viaducts crossing railroad yards flew over buildings and other structures. However in those two cities the rail yard areas have been redeveloped, in Denver the old yards are now an extension of downtown with high rise urban condos and office towers.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 05:21 AM   #3599
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In Seattle, the Alaskway Way Viaduct replacement (SR-99 downtown tunnel) is progressing fast, after all the previous delays and problems:


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Old December 10th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #3600
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In October this year I have made a road-trip across some parts of the USA. I started in Florida, drove to the southernmost point of USA, Key West, and then I flew on the West Coast, where I drove on the Pacific Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with a few stops on the way. Then I flew to Las Vegas and made a round-trip of some National Parks in Arizona and Utah, before returning back to LA. I total I drove about 5.000 km (3.100 miles) in about 15 days.

I have taken some pictures of the roads I drove on, but until then, you can see below a short video with some of the most interesting highways that I drove on:

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