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View Poll Results: WHich city has the best freeway system of the 10 largest MSA's?
Dallas/Ft. Worth 99 15.94%
Houston 149 23.99%
LA 160 25.76%
NYC 29 4.67%
Chicago 57 9.18%
Philly 11 1.77%
DC 17 2.74%
Miami 9 1.45%
Atlanta 54 8.70%
Detroit 36 5.80%
Voters: 621. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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On this poll who in their right mind would have voted for Philly
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Agreed on the circuitousness of Dallas's freeways in a few spots. Houston's hub and spoke makes more sense. I knew Atlanta had "Spaghetti Junction," but what is the "High Five?" Which freeways coming together?
Only 2

LBJ 635 which is a semi loop around Dallas & US 75/North Central Expressway running north to south.



Los Angeles has the most freeways. Mostly old & outdated designs.

Houston & Atlanta have the widest freeways. Most very modern.

Dallas/Fort Worth is somewhere in between. Lots of new freeways mixed in with some that are literally crumbling apart & have an insufficient number of lanes. Thankfully that is changing as we speak.
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: So California
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Only 2

LBJ 635 which is a semi loop around Dallas & US 75/North Central Expressway running north to south.



Los Angeles has the most freeways. Mostly old & outdated designs.

Houston & Atlanta have the widest freeways. Most very modern.

Dallas/Fort Worth is somewhere in between. Lots of new freeways mixed in with some that are literally crumbling apart & have an insufficient number of lanes. Thankfully that is changing as we speak.

LA's system is much larger, and have more lanes on average. Even Houstons big I-10 stretch is made up of lots of collectors, on ramps, and access roads. Plus the TexDot has huge rights of way, so they just use more space.

LA's are all wide, but no superfillous space, and of course with tons of traffic...



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Old 04-12-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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LA's system is much larger, and have more lanes on average. Even Houstons big I-10 stretch is made up of lots of collectors, on ramps, and access roads. Plus the TexDot has huge rights of way, so they just use more space.

LA's are all wide, but no superfillous space, and of course with tons of traffic...


Yet, despite all these super-wide freeways, LA still manages to rank lower than expected on the freeway lane miles per capita list at #32 (sandwiched between NYC and Boston): Highway & Motorway Fact Book: Index

This list is a bit dated but I am pretty certain the LA area has not added any freeways and only widened a few since 1999.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:36 PM
 
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LA's system is much larger, and have more lanes on average. Even Houstons big I-10 stretch is made up of lots of collectors, on ramps, and access roads. Plus the TexDot has huge rights of way, so they just use more space.

LA's are all wide, but no superfillous space, and of course with tons of traffic...


However I do agree with him that our freeways are outdated and just overall less aesthetically appeasing
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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We should include Canadian Cities also. AS I said before Toronto has one of the most modern toll roads, I know, I drove at speeds way over the 100 MPH mark.. Three months later I got a bill in the mail, it was a quite expensive vacation drive.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:16 PM
 
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L Even Houstons big I-10 stretch is made up of lots of collectors, on ramps, and access roads.
even without the collectors/ on ramps/ access roads it still has 18 lanes of highway (12 main lane and 6 Midlane/ HOV) . That is huge no matter how you look at it. All together the highway is 26 lanes- the 12 mainlane + 6 HOV + 8 access lanes.

That picture you posted looks like a 10 lane freeway. You do know that just about every highway in Houston has 10 lanes right?? Many have 12 or more. And that is NOT counting the access roads.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:28 PM
 
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LA's system is much larger, and have more lanes on average.

LA's are all wide, but no superfillous space, and of course with tons of traffic...
First picture = homesickness!

I could drive that stretch with my eyes closed. Oh yeah, folks, the LA freeways traversing the canyons and passes make them truly unique. LA asks that you "don't hate me because I'm beautiful." J/K.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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LA's system is much larger, and have more lanes on average. Even Houstons big I-10 stretch is made up of lots of collectors, on ramps, and access roads. Plus the TexDot has huge rights of way, so they just use more space.

LA's are all wide, but no superfillous space, and of course with tons of traffic...






The top freeway picture isn't even as wide as I-45.



The bottom one looks like it could be the Southwest Freeway.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:16 AM
 
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^^Like I said, Houston and Texas freeways in general have huge right of ways, for 4 lanes as shown above. There are so many stretches here in DFW that are 3 lanes, when they need 5.
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