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Old June 8th, 2019, 03:13 AM   #4081
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California Highway 178, east of Bakersfield. The Kern River Canyon:


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Old June 21st, 2019, 09:48 PM   #4082
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US 95, Las Vegas, Nevada

NDOT Celebrates Completion of U.S. 95 Upgrades in Northwest Las Vegas

06/20/2019 2:35 PM

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) today celebrated the completion of a $78 million widening and upgrade to a six-mile-long stretch of U.S. Highway 95 between Ann and Kyle Canyon roads in northwest Las Vegas. Las Vegas Paving was the general contractor.

The project expanded the highway from four to six lanes from Durango Drive to Kyle Canyon Road, constructing Elkhorn Road carpool access ramps and building a diverging diamond interchange at Kyle Canyon Road that temporarily shifts traffic to the left side of the road, thereby keeping traffic flowing through two pairs of unimpeded left turns onto and off the freeway.

Full press release: https://www.nevadadot.com/Home/Compo.../News/4548/395

The opening of the Kyle Canyon Road interchange essentially extended the controlled-access freeway segment of US 95 another 4.5 miles to the northwest, from Horse Drive to Paiute Drive.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 06:01 PM   #4083
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Heading west from Colorado Springs, on US Hwy 24:
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Old July 5th, 2019, 10:10 PM   #4084
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Greater Miami Expressway Agency

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 385 and Appoints Three to the Greater Miami Expressway Agency

Today (July 3), Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/CS/HB 385: Transportation, which eliminates the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority (MDX) and replaces it with the Greater Miami Expressway Agency.

The bill transfers MDX’s liabilities and assets, including its toll facilities, to the Greater Miami Expressway Authority. It also prohibits the new Agency from increasing toll rates until 2029, unless under specified circumstances, and requires a two-thirds vote of the new Agency’s governing body prior to implementing any new toll rate increases. Additionally, the bill creates a monthly toll rebate program for certain SunPass users.
Full press release: https://www.flgov.com/2019/07/03/gov...essway-agency/

Report: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/loc...232086357.html

The MDX operates a number of toll roads in the Miami area, though not all, some toll facilities in the area are operated by FDOT. The MDX website is now offline.

Apparently the MDX was a political issue for some time.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 06:30 PM   #4085
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Colorado Hwy 115, heading south from Colorado Springs:


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US Hwy 50 heading westbound towards Cañon City:

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US Hwy 50 further west:

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Colorado Hwy 347, coming back from Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP:

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Old July 6th, 2019, 06:37 PM   #4086
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Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument:

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One different shot, spot the road

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Old July 6th, 2019, 06:44 PM   #4087
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Love Colorado.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 10:23 AM   #4088
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Love Colorado.
The whole western USA is dream to drive

Roundabouts popping up in more often in the US than they used to a few years ago:

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Old July 11th, 2019, 08:48 AM   #4089
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Camaro is coping surprisingly well

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Mile 72. In those 72 miles from I-70 we passed practically nothing. No towns, no shops, no gas stations:

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Old July 11th, 2019, 08:54 AM   #4090
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Internal roads Dinosaur National Monument. I assume they are managed by the NPS:

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Old July 11th, 2019, 02:47 PM   #4091
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Even these minor roads and highways in USA are so well built. Why is there so much fuss about crumbling infrastructure in America?
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Old July 11th, 2019, 05:11 PM   #4092
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It has been argued that the 'crumbling infrastructure' stories are an exaggeration by the construction / engineering sector. Not every piece of infrastructure will always have a condition as if they were built yesterday.

There are also wide variations by state and region in regards to infrastructure condition. Some states have a large volume of deficient bridges while others don't. Functionally obsolete bridges may amount to a very large number, but that doesn't mean they are unsafe or crumbling, just that they don't conform to present-day design standards, something that's pretty much the norm with infrastructure dating back 40 years or more.

The U.S. has maintained a great system of highways and bridges for a relatively low cost and burden to the taxpayers. U.S. cities are typically the least congested in the developed world.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 12:37 PM   #4093
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Many of the places shown on this page by sonysnob and geogregor remind me so much of certain areas of Spain. Wilder, bigger, and more dramatic, but still surprisingly similar considering we're half a world apart - which only makes me want to go there even more
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Old July 12th, 2019, 06:00 PM   #4094
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This is a unique one-way road in Death Valley, called Artist's Drive. It is one direction leading up to rock formations with many weathered minerals to make the hills colorful - Visible in the last photo. It is only 1 car in width, passing is not possible.





Most of the pavement appeared brand new on Artist's Drive, Death Valley when I visited in April.


View looking down the road and the mountain is Telescope Peak at 11,043 ft, 3,366m. The white dry lakebed is -282ft, -86m (lowest point in North America)





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Very nice!

In the Alps such a road would often be bi-directional...
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Old July 12th, 2019, 07:17 PM   #4096
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What's the point of building a one direction, one lane road for such a long distance? All it needs is another metre or so and it would be wide enough for bi-directional.
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What's the point of building a one direction, one lane road for such a long distance? All it needs is another metre or so and it would be wide enough for bi-directional.
It is purely a scenic road to see the attractions, probably for traffic flow control during high season. Many national parks have one-way roads like this one

Top map is Mt. Rainier NP and bottom is Yellowstone NP

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It seems to be relatively common in other parts of the world as well. See posts #42109 and following: https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showt...#post158807074
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It has been argued that the 'crumbling infrastructure' stories are an exaggeration by the construction / engineering sector. Not every piece of infrastructure will always have a condition as if they were built yesterday.

There are also wide variations by state and region in regards to infrastructure condition. Some states have a large volume of deficient bridges while others don't. Functionally obsolete bridges may amount to a very large number, but that doesn't mean they are unsafe or crumbling, just that they don't conform to present-day design standards, something that's pretty much the norm with infrastructure dating back 40 years or more.

The U.S. has maintained a great system of highways and bridges for a relatively low cost and burden to the taxpayers. U.S. cities are typically the least congested in the developed world.
US roads are pretty good. I would say that in most cases alignment is better than in Europe. Which shouldn't surprise as roads could be laid often in virgin landscape unlike in Europe when they often had to follow medieval paths.
But surface can be hit and miss. On average I would give advantage to Europe. I guess population density and heavier traffic force more often maintenance in Europe.
Here I'm talking not about motorways, freeways or interstates but about roads of lower category, like some of those remote US Highways.

But then we have the rough LA freeways. By comparison even the busiest roads in Europe (like the M25 around London) have much better surface.


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Many of the places shown on this page by sonysnob and geogregor remind me so much of certain areas of Spain. Wilder, bigger, and more dramatic, but still surprisingly similar considering we're half a world apart - which only makes me want to go there even more
That is true. I was first in the US before visiting Spain. I remember hitchhiking from Madrid towards the Alicante coast a few years later. My first reaction once we left the suburbs of Madrid was "Wow, it looks like Arizona"

Some more shots from NW Colorado:

US Hwy 40

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Another local road in Dinosaur National Monument:

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Local fauna

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Let's go back to the main road:

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US Hwy 40:

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