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Old 09-27-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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If Interstate 70 was expanded from Utah to California, where would you want it end?
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I-70 will never be expanded into California. First, I-15 already handles the traffic bound for southern California. Second, I-80 already handles the traffic bound for nothern California. Third, I doubt there is enough traffic bound for the Central Valley or Coast that would warrant a new freeway across hundreds of miles of desolate Nevada desert. And fourth, where would I-70 cross the Sierras? I don't think any pass is viable (geographically or financially) for an Interstate.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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I wish they would extend I-40 from Barstow to I-5 west of Bakersfield. A lot of that route (Hwy 58) is already 4 lane freeway and making the rest of the highway 4 lanes across mostly open flat desert wouldn't be too hard.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Well in a complete fictional fantasy scenario--you could build I-70 to take the route of much of Highway 6 across Utah and Nevada--having I-70 go north towards Delta, Utah instead of intersecting I-15 further south. Then after going through Tonopah and Ely reaching California south of Mono Lake and connecting to Mammoth Lakes--with a new trans-Sierra highway route over Minaret Pass and around Red's Meadow(where a proposed highway was never built over the Sierra). Then going through the Sierra foothills on the west side to connect to Fresno. Then following the route west of Highway180(with an I-170 connector shortcut to I-5 around Mendota) and then connecting up to the northeast on the current route of 33/152 to Los Banos and to I-5. And then to follow 152 out to Gilroy(and 101) and then over around Mt. Madonna to terminate in Santa Cruz. Or have it go further south through Salinas and have it end in Monterey.

This would be incredibly expensive--especially the part over the Sierra(which would destroy a good deal of fairly pristine Sierra wilderness). But it would finally provide direct interstate access to Fresno--and provide a new west-east interstate route for the Monterey Bay area and South Bay--and provide much easier access to Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierra for Bay Area residents(making it more crowded for ski trips however).

A completely fake scenario that will never happen though...
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I wish they would extend I-40 from Barstow to I-5 west of Bakersfield. A lot of that route (Hwy 58) is already 4 lane freeway and making the rest of the highway 4 lanes across mostly open flat desert wouldn't be too hard.
Perhaps I-40 will be extended west to Bakersfield along the SR 58 alignment after the Interstate upgrade of SR 99 is complete...

Anyway, it would be nice to see that signal at Kramer Junction done away with and replaced with an interchange.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I also don't think building another interstate across Nevada makes any sense, and especially considering how desolate that part of Nevada is, although building an interstate from Las Vegas to Reno would be a no-brainer if there ever was one.

If I were going to build another interstate anywhere within the state of Utah, I'd build one which would intersect with I-70 some 100 miles west of Grand Junction, Co., and which would proceed in a northwesterly direction, roughly parallelling US Highway 6, where it would join I-15 just south of Provo.

That would give truckers and travellers driving from either San Francisco or Salt Lake City a shorter and less mountainous route to Denver and points east, while undoubtedly doing wonders for interstate commerce.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:53 PM
 
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Unless you're going to drill multiple extremely long tunnels (through the basin & range portion of Nevada and through the Sierra Nevada) then that route simply is not feasible. Then there is the fact that there is very little demand for such a road.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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If Interstate 70 was expanded from Utah to California, where would you want it end?
Please do not give the politicians another idea about how to waste money. The High Speed rail from nowhere to nowhere is bad enough.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:17 PM
 
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