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Old January 4th, 2017, 03:31 AM   #3621
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Old January 4th, 2017, 05:18 AM   #3622
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Ah the famous California grooved concrete
Quebec tried it, on part of A-440 but it seems to have not been successful in our climate...
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Old January 4th, 2017, 07:03 AM   #3623
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Ah the famous California grooved concrete
Quebec tried it, on part of A-440 but it seems to have not been successful in our climate...
Or because Quebec is broke and can't afford the upkeep
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Old January 4th, 2017, 04:28 PM   #3624
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Ah the famous California grooved concrete
Quebec tried it, on part of A-440 but it seems to have not been successful in our climate...
Quebec grooves its concrete roads similar to this. The concrete section of Autoroute 30 west of A-15 that opened a few years ago is grooved like this, as is as recently reconstructed portion of Autoroute 20 west of Quebec City.

The concrete pavement on Autoroute 40 in Vaudreuil west of Montreal was also recently retextured with longitudinal grooving. In my observations, concrete retexturing has never been as common in Canada as it is in parts of the US.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 05:42 PM   #3625
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They regrooved large parts of the 407 in Toronto this year too.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 08:20 PM   #3626
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^ This is getting off-topic, but the 407 rides a lot better now that it has been re-textured. I have to think the highway generates a lot less noise than it did before as well. It is my thought that noise complaints from the surrounding residents may have been the triggering factor to get the 407 to undertake the work. I am hopeful that more sections of the highway will be textured in the coming years.

Somewhat surprisingly, given how recently the highway was built, the 401 through the Hurontario Street interchange was also textured with longitudinal grooves last year. Unlike the 407 however, they didn't seem to have diamond ground the entire road-surface first before cutting the new grooves into the highway.
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Old January 5th, 2017, 01:51 AM   #3627
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Quebec grooves its concrete roads similar to this. The concrete section of Autoroute 30 west of A-15 that opened a few years ago is grooved like this, as is as recently reconstructed portion of Autoroute 20 west of Quebec City.

The concrete pavement on Autoroute 40 in Vaudreuil west of Montreal was also recently retextured with longitudinal grooving
. In my observations, concrete retexturing has never been as common in Canada as it is in parts of the US.
I want to say that wasn't too recent but it is grooved. I remember 10 years ago thought what a lovely road that was, you would crest over the 540 underpasses going towards Montreal, and with such a wide expansive view of the land (and hiding places) you could kick it up to 160 or 200 km/h and sail nicely to the bridge. (I think it was done before the major reconstruction of A-40 on Montreal from St Charles to Decarie circa 2000, which isn't longitudinally grooved, or rather, not so deeply)

But the past couple of years, goddamn you think it was some road built by slaves under the Nazis and never since maintained (a-la DK 18...) The past few times I have driven that way I'm just swearing...
Mind you they finally finished a complete reconstruction of A-40 Ottawa-bound from St Charles to the bridge on the island, it is wonderful. The other side towards Montreal is like driving on the moon. Reminds me of the guy who hit a pothole on the 40 service road in this area and flipped the car over (!)
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Old January 10th, 2017, 04:54 PM   #3628
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Video of SR-60 through the Badlands east of Moreno Valley, California
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Old January 13th, 2017, 07:45 PM   #3629
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US 281 Falfurrias, Texas

Border Patrol breaks ground on new Falfurrias checkpoint

U.S. Customs and Border Protection broke ground Wednesday on a $33 million facility that will double the size of the most trafficked inland checkpoint in the United States.

The checkpoint located some 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border on U.S. Highway 281, acts as a second border or buffer zone for Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande Valley sector, said Chief Deputy Raul Ortiz.

The Falfurrias checkpoint’s current location was established in 1994 and consists of three vehicle lanes, a covered canopy and a 3,000-square-foot administrative building. A rendering of the new facility shows eight lanes, an 8,600-square-foot main building, a 4,000-square-foot storage building and a 2,000-square-foot kennel area.
Full report: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local...6bc382393.html

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Old January 14th, 2017, 01:55 AM   #3630
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fixed internal checkpoint? That's so sad
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There are actually quite a bit of them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United...or_checkpoints

The United States Border Patrol operates 71 traffic checkpoints, including 33 permanent traffic checkpoints, near the southern border of the United States.

These checkpoints are located between 25 and 75 miles (40 and 121 km) of the Mexico–United States border along major U.S. highways. Their situation at interior locations allow them to deter illegal activities that may have bypassed official border crossings along the frontier.


Mexico also has inland checkpoints.
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Old January 14th, 2017, 01:06 PM   #3632
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[INDENT] Border Patrol breaks ground on new Falfurrias checkpoint

U.S. Customs and Border Protection broke ground Wednesday on a $33 million facility that will double the size of the most trafficked inland checkpoint in the United States.

The checkpoint located some 70 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border on U.S. Highway 281, acts as a second border or buffer zone for Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande Valley sector, said Chief Deputy Raul Ortiz.
I wonder if it is I-69C future-proofed.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 12:46 AM   #3633
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Another suburban LA Freeway video from last spring. This time it's the 71 and 60 freeways.

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Old January 19th, 2017, 07:06 PM   #3634
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SH 99 Grand Parkway, Houston, TX

A record of decision (ROD) has been issued for segment B of the Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) around Houston, Texas.

It is a 28.6 mile segment of four lane toll road between SH 288 and I-45 south and southeast of Houston. It partially utilizes the existing SH 35 alignment around Alvin.

The project cost is listed as $ 922 million for the mainline toll road and $ 305 million for stack interchanges at SH 288, SH 35 and I-45 (14 direct connectors, or flyovers).

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SR-641 Terre Haute Bypass, Indiana

The remaining segment of the Terre Haute Bypass (Indiana State Road 641) opened to traffic yesterday, completing the 6 mile bypass from US 41 to I-70. It is a freeway-like road.



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Old January 23rd, 2017, 09:27 PM   #3637
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NC-12 , Rodanthe, North Carolina

Contract Awarded for Rodanthe Design-Build Bridge Project

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a design-build contract to construct a new bridge at Rodanthe. The winning design-build team is Flatiron Constructors, Inc., of Broomfield, Colo., who submitted a bid of $145,336,271.

The 2.4-mile-long bridge, known as a “jug handle”, will extend from the southern end of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge over the Pamlico Sound into Rodanthe. The new bridge will be a long-term solution to keep N.C. 12 open through an area that is prone to severe storm damage.

Design and permitting is expected to take about one year to complete. Construction will begin afterwards, and could start as early as January 2018. Based on Flatiron’s schedule, the bridge is expected to open to traffic by early summer 2020, approximately a year earlier than the NCDOT’s previously anticipated completion date.
Full press release: https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/...s.aspx?r=13451

Project page: https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/NC12Rodanthe/

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Old January 24th, 2017, 05:57 AM   #3638
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I like how in the middle of the map, it's labeled "United States of America," because sometimes I get our North Carolina confused with Canada's or or Argentina's North Carolinas.
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That is probably due to either federal jurisdiction with regard to the wildlife refuge and national park, or due to international waters.
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I like how in the middle of the map, it's labeled "United States of America," because sometimes I get our North Carolina confused with Canada's or or Argentina's North Carolinas.
How about Georgia? Or New Mexico?
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