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Old 08-20-2010, 05:10 AM
 
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Rail can fix that hench why VA , CT have detailed plans for it. We are restored some Rural lines to less the congestion on some interstates.
I think expanding freight rail is something that should be looked at along busy corridors nationally. One is it double rail many lines speeding things up. I don't know how feasible new rail lines are in places since some lines were plotted in the 19th Century and winds around in hilly and mountainous terrain so much it slows things down and lowers capacity. Maybe if new lines could be built there they can be straighter. Another way to see if freight can get off roads reducing traffic is to look if its practical to work on interior waterway systems including ports and canals.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:19 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I think expanding freight rail is something that should be looked at along busy corridors nationally. One is it double rail many lines speeding things up. I don't know how feasible new rail lines are in places since some lines were plotted in the 19th Century and winds around in hilly and mountainous terrain so much it slows things down and lowers capacity. Maybe if new lines could be built there they can be straighter. Another way to see if freight can get off roads reducing traffic is to look if its practical to work on interior waterway systems including ports and canals.
Dual Corridors would use existing lines , Freight would bypass towns , while the Passenger lines wouldn't. Those would go to the heart of the town. We still do have canals in the Northeast and Midwest we should use them again. That would solve some minor freight.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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Dual Corridors would use existing lines , Freight would bypass towns , while the Passenger lines wouldn't. Those would go to the heart of the town. We still do have canals in the Northeast and Midwest we should use them again. That would solve some minor freight.
Dual corridors would be inexpensive to do and a number of the railroads are already doing it, the big expense for that is bridges over rivers. The canals might have to be worked on if you want larger barges to be able to use, and some of the canals might be in the middle of towns now.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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We need to fix our decaying infrastructure first. Redirect the fuel tax to fixing the roads would be a good start. Our Interstate system is showing its age everywhere. Eisenhower had a good idea , copied from Germany's designs in the thirties...lots still needs to be done, it will never be finished the way we are going.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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We need to fix our decaying infrastructure first. Redirect the fuel tax to fixing the roads would be a good start. Our Interstate system is showing its age everywhere. Eisenhower had a good idea , copied from Germany's designs in the thirties...lots still needs to be done, it will never be finished the way we are going.
It depends on the region in the U.S. In the northeast, I highly doubt any new interstates will be built, although I heard of plans to extend I-86 from Binghamton to meet NY-7 toward Putnam county are underway. In the northeast, the future focus will probably be high-speed rail transit.

In the rest of the country, however, there are still quite a few interstates under construction. For example, I-3 and I-795 in Florida are in development. I-69 in Mississippi and several others.

I live in Connecticut and the era of highway building is over with here.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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It depends on the region in the U.S. In the northeast, I highly doubt any new interstates will be built, although I heard of plans to extend I-86 from Binghamton to meet NY-7 toward Putnam county are underway. In the northeast, the future focus will probably be high-speed rail transit.

In the rest of the country, however, there are still quite a few interstates under construction. For example, I-3 and I-795 in Florida are in development. I-69 in Mississippi and several others.

I live in Connecticut and the era of highway building is over with here.
I figure in the Northeast there will likely be few if any new highways, partly due to long term the population won't be much higher than it is now. Though the exception will likely be places away from the I-95 corridor.

Most of the new interstate corridors will be either South of the Ohio River or between the Rockies and the Mississippi River. For example there are already two corridors in Missouri alone that are planned as interstates and at several more that are being built or already exist that can be upgraded later. The latter mentioned are 4 lane divided highways with semi-limited access that would just need to eliminate at-grade crossings. These segments already have some of those changed to intersections and at other points you can see images that they already have the right of way to convert others as need be.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Houston, tx
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I 35 in Austin really needs to be expanded. Being the ONLY INTERSTATE and the ONLY MAJOR HIGHWAY in general, it just cant support a city over 700,000. Mopac's there but Austin gets alot of traffic passing from San Antonio and Dallas so something needs to be done
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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When I read this, the very first one that instantly came to mind, without question, is I-95 between NYC and New Haven, CT. It's always congested at all times of the day and evening, including weekends! It almost causes eye strain whenever I drive along it, because my mind has to process all the vehicles driving in both directions, almost like a giant artery of cars. Even the Merritt Parkway (CT-15) runs parallel to I-95, but still isn't enough to mitigate the traffic volume. The road is only 3 lanes wide in most parts. They should expand it to 5 lanes for the entire length IMO.
Is the Merritt Parkway the picturesque, non-commercialized, limited access highway that makes its way through the suburbs north of Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Haven, that moves along the hills ensconced by leafy neighborhoods on both sides? If so, then that is one of the most beautiful suburban drives along limited access highway in the country.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:35 AM
 
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I 35 in Austin really needs to be expanded. Being the ONLY INTERSTATE and the ONLY MAJOR HIGHWAY in general, it just cant support a city over 700,000. Mopac's there but Austin gets alot of traffic passing from San Antonio and Dallas so something needs to be done
My guess is they really need some sort of bypass highway built to divert long-range travel. I also picture a lot of truck traffic coming from Mexico goes through Austin.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Is the Merritt Parkway the picturesque, non-commercialized, limited access highway that makes its way through the suburbs north of Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Haven, that moves along the hills ensconced by leafy neighborhoods on both sides? If so, then that is one of the most beautiful suburban drives along limited access highway in the country.
Yes. It was recently named one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S.A. Just stay away from it during rush hour.
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