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Old July 26th, 2010, 12:00 AM   #921
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My favorite expressway drives in Detroit are I-75 from Wayne county through Oakland county, I-96 from I-275 eastward to the Ambassador bridge, and Southfield Freeway.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 05:32 AM   #922
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^ In the spirit of Michigan (and since I was there yesterday)...

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Old July 27th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #923
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We're talking about non-Interstate highways here. Why all the Interstate highways all of a sudden?
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Old July 28th, 2010, 03:20 AM   #924
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Nice pics but this is the wrong thread
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Old July 28th, 2010, 03:58 AM   #925
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Old July 28th, 2010, 04:12 AM   #926
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NJ 139 West in Journal SQ section of Jersey City

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End of 139 @ JFK Boulevard

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Old July 30th, 2010, 10:41 AM   #927
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Old July 30th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #928
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This might be a very stupid question but, how do you know if a road or highway is interstate or non-interstate?
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Old July 30th, 2010, 06:18 PM   #929
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If it is signed like this:

it's an Interstate Highway. Otherwise it's not an Interstate Highway.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #930
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In the vast majority of American roads, Interstate signs are the only colored signs - everything else is black and white. (Mostly.)
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Old July 30th, 2010, 07:37 PM   #931
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In the vast majority of American roads, Interstate signs are the only colored signs - everything else is black and white. (Mostly.)
That is pretty true. Texas signs except for the new Tollway signs are black/white. Other states like Louisiana have green signs (sadly now black/white) and Minnesota is blue and yellow.

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Old July 30th, 2010, 07:59 PM   #932
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County roads, for some reason, are yellow on blue in a lot of states. California state markers are white on green. South Carolina state markers are blue on white. Business-route markers are white-on-green (so-called Interstate business loops and business spurs, but also U.S. Business routes in Maryland, and I saw one green-and-white state business route in Maryland.) Canada's much more colorful.

Here's more variety (including some things you don't see many of):

http://www.routemarkers.com/usa/

http://www.routemarkers.com/states/

...and other pages at that site.

Also, many toll roads have their own trailblazers, in a variety of colors.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #933
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Quote:
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If it is signed like this:

it's an Interstate Highway. Otherwise it's not an Interstate Highway.
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In the vast majority of American roads, Interstate signs are the only colored signs - everything else is black and white. (Mostly.)
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County roads, for some reason, are yellow on blue in a lot of states. California state markers are white on green. South Carolina state markers are blue on white. Business-route markers are white-on-green (so-called Interstate business loops and business spurs, but also U.S. Business routes in Maryland, and I saw one green-and-white state business route in Maryland.) Canada's much more colorful.

Here's more variety (including some things you don't see many of):

http://www.routemarkers.com/usa/

http://www.routemarkers.com/states/

...and other pages at that site.

Also, many toll roads have their own trailblazers, in a variety of colors.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #934
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Other relevant information:
- Interstates are always divided highways, at least 2+2
- Interstates are never supposed to have at-grade intersections or be used with driveways, but some have a driveway on an Interstate anyway in rural areas out West
- Interstate highways are normally designed for faster travel than any other kind of road
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Old July 30th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #935
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How about Interstate A 1-4?? They are not grade separated, not 2+2, and do have small roads connecting to them. Aren't they Interstates??
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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:15 PM   #936
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The ones in Alaska? I'm not sure they really "count." They're apparently not marked (I can't say that first hand since I've never been there), and I've never seen them on any road map. Never heard of them until road-geeky sites started appearing on the Internet.

Article on their status:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interst...ways_in_Alaska

I'm surprised to learn (from this article) that they're actually, currently funded as Interstates - I thought they were just sort of designated corridors for future routes.

Simple answer to the original question of what's an Interstate: The Interstates are - forgetting about anomalies like the ones in Alaska and Puerto Rico - a network of limited-access roads built, mostly, with federal funding. Not all limited-access roads (freeways, motorways, autoroutes....) in the U.S. are Interstates - far from it - but Interstates are almost always limited-access roads. (They were limited-access roads by definition, but some oddities like 180 in Wyoming have appeared.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_Highway
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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #937
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I always wonder who decided to make separate threads for Interstate and non-Interstate highways (which can anything from 10 lane urban freeways to 2 lane rural roads).
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Old July 31st, 2010, 12:06 AM   #938
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Back in 2008 or so, it was necessary to make a #2, #3, etc thread because the server couldn't really handle 1,000 + posts in one thread. At that time the non-Interstate thread arised.

However, it was probably a better idea to make a freeway / non-freeway thread. Because, as you say, there are State Routes that are extremely wide, for example the Garden State Parkway is as wide as 14 lanes at points, not being an Interstate Highway.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 03:20 AM   #939
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Interstate roads are federally funded expressways that must be built to a certain standards (though older interstates not yet upgraded may not meet the most modern standards).
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 08:48 AM   #940
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i dunnoo you guys, when i drove through pueblo co last summer, i felt like I25 was really not up to code - ive only driven in the western states but that stretch was the worst ive seen
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