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Old October 15th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #161
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Yes wondeful picture!
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Old October 16th, 2008, 12:14 AM   #162
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Beautiful autumn colours
Unfortunately our autums colours over here are mainly grey (at least today)
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Old October 17th, 2008, 05:44 AM   #163
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Highway 141 project to have $20B economic impact

Linking the Highway 141 corridor to Highway 370 in north St. Louis County is expected to have an economic impact of nearly $20 billion and create more than 170,000 new jobs over the next two decades, according to the St. Louis County Economic Council.

St. Louis County and the Maryland Heights officials touted the most recently completed part of the project, the Maryland Heights Expressway expansion, which extends from Page Avenue south to Water Works Road, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

The expansion, which will be accessible to drivers around the end of October, is expected to ease traffic congestion to Creve Coeur Mill Road, the existing Route 141, Fee Fee Road and River Valley Drive, the council said.

A special committee called the Highway 141 Coalition for Transportation and Growth will be formed to help raise funds and promote the next phase, the $65 million Highway 141 project.

“The 141 connector is one of St. Louis County’s largest and most important infrastructure improvements this decade,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “Finishing the job will positively impact the region’s economy and quality of life by providing better access to where residents live, work and play.”

Traffic is already near capacity and will grow worse, said Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller. “Connecting Route 141 to the Maryland Heights Expressway will help alleviate congestion on other arteries and improve access for residents and businesses along that corridor.”

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Old October 17th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #164
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Not that the project isn't a good idea, but $20b in impact in 20 years seems a bit rich. I seriously doubt that it'll "create more than 170,000 new jobs" in a metro area that's hardly growing at all.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 05:24 AM   #165
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British-style three level roundabout interchange, US 61 at Causeway Blvd., New Orleans.

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Old November 1st, 2008, 07:36 PM   #166
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New section of non-Interstate motorway opens on Thursday, 2008-10-30

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3809

"New 8 mile (13km) stretch of Mon Fayette Exwy officially opened by Penn Pike Commission
Posted Thu, 2008-10-30 20:30

They "cut the ribbon" officially this morning on the latest segment of the Mon Fayette Expressway (MFE) south of Pittsburgh PA. Called Phase 1 of the Uniontown to Brownsville segment it is 8.2 miles (13.2km) stretching between Uniontown and Redstone Township. Phase 1 is 2+2 expressway lanes, parallel with and just north of US40, along the route of the National Road, later the National Pike and in the early 20th century the Lincoln Highway."

(see link for rest of article)

This is another section of the PA 43 tollway that will ultimately run from Pittsburgh, PA to Morgantown, WV.



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Old November 2nd, 2008, 02:24 AM   #167
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How do you find an article about a short expressway in a huge country? Is there a website with all Interstates or other freeways/expressways U/C, so you could know every time one opens?

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Old November 2nd, 2008, 02:33 AM   #168
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The USAs roadnetworks are very interesting not least because the US is considerably more autocentric than most other parts of the world. Very nice pic with those autumn colors .
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 03:39 AM   #169
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How do you find an article about a short expressway in a huge country? Is there a website with all Interstates or other freeways/expressways U/C, so you could know every time one opens?
I follow several road-related forvms that people from all over the USA post to and read.



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Old November 2nd, 2008, 03:06 PM   #170
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^ It's interesting to see freeways, even if short, still opening in a country criss-crossed with them. Of course that's b/c it's so big.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #171
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Enviros give up - ICC (MD 200) to be built

http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/3843

"Enviros give up law suits on Inter County Connector tollroad in Maryland
Posted Mon, 2008-11-17 22:23

Environmentalists have run up the white flag and agreed to end obstructionist efforts against the Inter County Connector (ICC) tollroad in Montgomery County Maryland, 15 miles (25km) north of the White House. Maryland DOT today announced an agreement with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) the leading opponent of the $2,445m road, under which EDF terminates its law suits in return for:

- Maryland DOT spending up to $1m on a three year air quality monitoring study to establish the sources of PM2.5 particulates

- contributing up to $1m help on retrofitting modern exhaust emission to school buses in the area"

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Although this would be a logical extension of I-370, there are currently no plans to seek interstate status for it and it will be marked as 'MD 200'.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #172
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Will it run to Columbia?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:28 PM   #173
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Will it run to Columbia?
The ICC (MD 200) will run eastward and then southeastward from current I-370 to connect to I-95 and US 1 about 2 km southwest of MD 198, just south of Laurel, MD.

There are other active highway upgrades going on in the Columbia, MD area, most notably upgrading MD 32 from US 29 to I-70 to freeway standards, but I don't have any article links handy on it. Like the ICC, I am unaware of any active plans to seek interstate status for it, even though it, too, would be a logical I-route - existing MD 32 is a freeway from US 29 to I-97 at US 301.

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Old November 20th, 2008, 09:42 PM   #174
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THe ICC is a wasteful boondoggle. The money could have spent fixing existing roads and investing in much needed mass transit in the Baltimore area.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 10:58 PM   #175
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Hood Canal Floating Bridge (SR 104, WA)

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Old January 15th, 2009, 02:09 AM   #176
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Hood Canal Floating Bridge (SR 104, WA)

This is one of four pontoon floating bridges in the U.S., the other three also in Washington State across Lake Washington east of Seattle.

The Hood Canal bridge sunk in a 1979 storm and had to be rebuilt.

The Lacey Murrow Bridge on Lake Washington also sunk in a storm in 1990 and was rebuilt as the eastbound lanes of I-90.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 05:47 AM   #177
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The eastern half (which didn't sink in the 1979 storm) of the Hood Canal Bridge will be replaced later this year (a section of the new bridge is currently at Todd Shipyard)
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Old January 18th, 2009, 11:49 PM   #178
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Went for a nice snowy Sunday drive northwest of Harrisburg along the US 22/322 motorway....

Up my street...
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322 shares with Interstate 81 for a few miles.
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322 leaves 81 ahead and joins 22...
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I'm gonna drive up to Lewistown and turn around there.
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I gotta get off because I've run out of windshield washer and I'm starting to have a hard time seeing...

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At the end of the ramp- I'm turning left to go to a gas station...
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That's much better... That's the frozen Susquehanna River to my left with a very long stone arch bridge that carries rail traffic to the west.

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Back on 22/322.
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Exit sign with a PA route 225 marker on it...
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Sharp curve ahead...I better slow down!
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There's that curve ahead:
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This highway goes through a lot of smaller towns and farming areas:

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Clearview font:
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Services:
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Until last year, this highway became a narrow two-lane road at this point for several miles. It was due to the tough terrain- a very steep hillside on the right and a river on the left. Penndot cut out a huge section of the slope and managed to squeeze a full four-lane motorway through here- at times the lanes I'm on in this picture are well above the opposite side which was where the old two-lane routing was located.
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This is where 22/322 used to narrow to a regular two-lane road:
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Where I am now used to be the side of the mountain to my right...
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Coming in to Lewistown. 22 is about to leave 322 up ahead (along with 522)...
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I've turned around now....
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Back at the old "Lewistown Narrows"...I'm now on the old roadbed with the new lanes cut into the side of the mountain to my left...
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Interesting bridge supports:
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I'm going to go home via a slightly different route as the eastbound lanes ahead are closed because of a wreck...
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My alternate route is on US routes 11/15, which quickly go down to two lanes...
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Old January 19th, 2009, 06:24 AM   #179
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Yeah, a lot of US Highways were decomissioned in the past. Most numbers are still alive, but now as State Routes.

US 6
Surely you meant US 66? As far as I know US 6 is still commissioned..

.. and for whatever it's worth the punters are still trying to bring 66 back.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #180
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US 6 used to run all the way from Long Beach (via I-110/I-5/SR-14/US 395)


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