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Old April 21st, 2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Cuttings & Embankments

I like these features of the motorways, as they goes through the terrain...

Lets start some classic one:

cutting at Scammonden:
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Sideling Hill Cut:
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EDIT: I'd like to see many photos and maybe some explanations: why were they chosen over tunnels and viaducts?

AFAIK the Scammonden cut option was chosen cause they wanted to build a reservoire which recquired huge amount of material for the dam...

and the explanation for the Sideling Hill Cut:

For the 8 miles of the National Freeway in the Sideling Hill area, there were 5 alternatives studied, 3 of which would have involved an open cut through the mountain, and 2 of which would have involved a tunnel through the mountain. The northernmost open cut alternative involved a 350-foot-deep open cut through Sideling Hill, with a total segment length of 8.7 miles and a cost estimate in 1973 at $24.2 million, and that is the one which was ultimately selected. A tunnel alternative on the northern alternative would have involved a tunnel 1.76 miles (9,293 feet) long, with a total segment length of 7.2 miles and a cost estimate in 1973 at $44.3 million.

The tunnel alternative would have avoided making a huge cut in the mountain, providing less impacts to the natural environment, but it would have cost 83% more to build the 8-mile Sideling Hill area segment of highway, and a tunnel has high round-the-clock operational costs for personnel and electrical power for ventilation and lighting, and a tunnel usually has major restrictions on HAZMAT (hazardous material) cargoes which would cause most of those vehicles to utilize the original 2-lane US-40 over the top of the mountain, a highway with not nearly the safety as the design of a freeway. It was decided to build the open cut through Sideling Hill, the final design of which involved the removal of 3.5 million cubic yards of soil and rock and a cut up to 380 feet deep. Sideling Hill is a mountain with a peak elevation in Maryland of 1,760 feet, about one mile south of the Pennsylvania border.



It seems to me unbelievable that a 120m deep cut is cheaper than a tunnel...

How can it be possible?

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Old April 21st, 2009, 12:54 PM   #2
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Nothing beats Dinant, Belgium!
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Old April 21st, 2009, 01:16 PM   #3
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its not an artificial cut, or is it?
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Old April 21st, 2009, 01:19 PM   #4
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Of course it is. If the Belgians want a road, they are damn well paving a road. Come hell or high water!
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Old April 21st, 2009, 02:02 PM   #5
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Alaska has some pretty big ones, unfortunately I don't have pics of them
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Old April 21st, 2009, 02:20 PM   #6
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I remember some Poland

Road 5 somewhere like Strzegom, heading to A4
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Old April 21st, 2009, 02:37 PM   #7
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c'mon guys! I want no memories, but photos! (and maps.google links )

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Old April 21st, 2009, 03:12 PM   #8
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Hill cut directly on border between Poland and Slovakia (S69/D3) in Zwardoń.
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Right on the border, looking at polsih side.

From Poland towards Slovakia.
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Old April 21st, 2009, 03:50 PM   #9
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cool!

its interesting that this border crossing motorway section was built well before the connecting motorways...

(similar situation was on the HU/SRB border at Röszke, where the border crossing section of M5 (and the new office/custom buildings) was built well before the M5 reached the border...

unfortunately there was no need for a nice cut, 'cause the terrain is flat. very very flat... )

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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:01 PM   #10
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A2/Slovenia

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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:15 PM   #11
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Border crossing between Slovakia and Poland (D3/S69), but now Slovak side:


Cut on R2 (location)


Cut on R3 (location)



And what about "half cuts" or how to call them:

D3 (location)


R1 (location)


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Old April 21st, 2009, 04:33 PM   #12
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Cool

But I want to show you this one in the suburbs of Naples. Its name 'Montagna Spaccata' means 'broken mountain' and the cut was made by the Romans during the Republican Age

[IMG]http://i43.************/m991ew.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i42.************/29ak9h.jpg[/IMG]
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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:10 PM   #13
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here's our largest one on M6 at Érd:



and U/C:
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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:27 PM   #14
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IMHO the largest is on M0 east.

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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:34 PM   #15
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oops, really, I almost forgot that...

heres the location

(google is not up to date, sat image shows only a little section of the cut...)
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Old April 21st, 2009, 07:15 PM   #16
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Some of the Slovakian ones are very stylisticly pure.
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Old April 21st, 2009, 09:16 PM   #17
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Some czech ones

D5 near Plzeň, Letkov cut:


D1 km 26, Lensedly cut:
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Old April 21st, 2009, 09:59 PM   #18
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cool!

its interesting that this border crossing motorway section was built well before the connecting motorways...

(similar situation was on the HU/RO border at Röszke, where the border crossing section of M5 (and the new office/custom buildings) was built well before the M5 reached the border...

unfortunately there was no need for a nice cut, 'cause the terrain is flat. very very flat... )
It's HU/SRB border you're talking about, not HU/RO, we are not on M5
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Old April 21st, 2009, 11:37 PM   #19
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oops, really... thx for correction...
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 02:19 PM   #20
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