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Old February 2nd, 2011, 10:15 PM   #1061
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Lake Shore Drive in Chicago!

Whoa.
Does anyone know how much snow Chicago ended up getting? Yesterday (Tuesday) morning the Weather Channel was saying it might be the biggest snowfall in the city's history - which is saying something, in the Midwest* - but as of this morning they were a bit short.
Still, seeing a road in that state in a city that should be plenty used to winter weather is very surprising.

*Although it's odd that 24 inches (about 60 cm) would be the biggest snowfall in history in Chicago, and East Coast cities have had bigger ones.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 04:39 AM   #1062
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Whoa.
Does anyone know how much snow Chicago ended up getting? Yesterday (Tuesday) morning the Weather Channel was saying it might be the biggest snowfall in the city's history - which is saying something, in the Midwest* - but as of this morning they were a bit short.
Still, seeing a road in that state in a city that should be plenty used to winter weather is very surprising.

*Although it's odd that 24 inches (about 60 cm) would be the biggest snowfall in history in Chicago, and East Coast cities have had bigger ones.
Yea, Chicago and other places as far north as Racine, WI all got over a half meter of snow out of this one. A little farther north, Milwaukee was just under a half meter.

Mayor Daley has been trying to explain his way out of that Lake Shore Drive thing all day today - "Why was it kept open?". At least he isn't seeking another term (the election is only a few weeks from now). I don't expect it to be reopened before Friday.

Interestingly, another 150 km to the north of Milwaukee, my home town of Appleton, WI only got a dusting of snow out of the main storm (although we did get about 100 mm of dry powder snow the night before).

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Old February 3rd, 2011, 08:09 AM   #1063
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Whoa.
Does anyone know how much snow Chicago ended up getting? Yesterday (Tuesday) morning the Weather Channel was saying it might be the biggest snowfall in the city's history - which is saying something, in the Midwest* - but as of this morning they were a bit short.
Still, seeing a road in that state in a city that should be plenty used to winter weather is very surprising.

*Although it's odd that 24 inches (about 60 cm) would be the biggest snowfall in history in Chicago, and East Coast cities have had bigger ones.
Yes, hindsight is 20/20, and perhaps Lakeshore Dr. should have been closed. However, the Lakeshore Drive problem was an isolated incident. First, a bus spun out of control NB. Then, a combination of blowing snow off the lake plus frozen spray made the backup impossible. There is no way off this part of the Drive. Police told drivers to stay with their cars. But nobody could rescue the bus, so the cars were stranded. Yes, a very bad situation for those involved, but just a small part of the storm, magnified by the media. It will forever live as the "visual" of the storm, but really only affected a relatively small number of people. Makes good pics though.

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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:32 PM   #1064
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 06:41 PM   #1065
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Nice pictures. The whole album's worth looking through.
Beautiful city, actually. Unaccountably, I've never been there (except to change planes, and when I was five years old).
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Old February 19th, 2011, 03:35 AM   #1066
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:05 AM   #1067
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Maryland opened it's first electronically tolled highway this week. Called the Inter-County Connector. It connects I-270 with I-95. I don't know how to get pics off the website but here it is http://www.iccproject.com/project-images.php
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 08:41 PM   #1068
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Maryland opened it's first electronically tolled highway this week. Called the Inter-County Connector. It connects I-270 with I-95. I don't know how to get pics off the website but here it is http://www.iccproject.com/project-images.php
It's open? Cool. Now, about that electronic tolling: will it accept E-ZPass?

Also, just looked at the website (and answered my E-ZPass question); they're offering a "test drive" (use it for free for the first couple of weeks) from 370 to Georgia Avenue only. What's not clear to me is when the stretch from Georgia to 95 is opening.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 08:49 PM   #1069
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E-Z only. However, the billing fee of $ 3 seems over-the-top to me.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:47 PM   #1070
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E-Z only. However, the billing fee of $ 3 seems over-the-top to me.
Well, it's a wealthy area.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 11:24 PM   #1071
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Well, it's a wealthy area.
I can't find that $3 fee in the toll schedule, except here:

"On March 7 at 12:01 a.m., motorists who have not yet opened an E-ZPass® account will continue to enjoy ICC promotions with a waiver of the $3 Notice of Toll Due service charge until midnight on April 5."

which almost sounds to me as if it's a fee for sending you a notice when you've gone through without paying for whatever reason, as opposed to an extra $3 on every toll.

(I also learned that Marylanders are paying about 20 percent of what we auslanders do on the tunnels and the Susquehanna bridges. I am not pleased.)
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Old February 24th, 2011, 12:03 AM   #1072
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On March 7th the tolls kick in. They'll range from $0.60 to $1.45 depending on the time of day
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Old February 26th, 2011, 02:24 PM   #1073
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The last section of the Sam Houston Tollway around Houston opens today. It is now an 83-mile beltway.

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Old February 26th, 2011, 02:58 PM   #1074
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Old March 8th, 2011, 07:41 PM   #1075
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The last section of the Sam Houston Tollway around Houston opens today. It is now an 83-mile beltway.

Yea finally! Now TX99 needs finished. Will the beltways ever stop?!?
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Old March 8th, 2011, 07:43 PM   #1076
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Will the beltways ever stop?!?
If Houston stops growing, which is unlikely in the near future. Some urban areas of metro Houston are already as much as 20 miles outside the Sam Houston Tollway.

It's interesting to note that the Houston metropolitan area is bigger than all but some 5 European metropolitan areas. Many Europeans think (I believe) that Houston is "just another larger city in the U.S."
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Indeed Houston is a great city with too much sprawl.
Can't wait until San Antonio is a suburb of Houston
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Turning onto Lake Street in Ramsey,NJ

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State Route 52 - California - Soledad Freeway

The final link of the Soledad Freeway in the San Diego metropolitan area opened last Saturday in Santee.

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NJ 29 North in Trenton...

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