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Texas opens highway with 85 mph speed limit

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    Try the Washington DC Beltway. The NIMBYs managed to nix the portion of I-95 that went through DC, so all long distance traffic must travel on the Beltway. The new Wilson bridge helps some, but whoever thought it was a good idea to put a drawbridge on the busiest highway in the nation should be sentenced to hang from its span every time it opens.
  2. klang

    klang Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2003
    Article in yesterday's Houston Chronicle talks about that area being prone to packs of wild pigs. Could make for some interesting times. :eek2:
  3. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Yup, I've traveled the beltway and have to agree with you.
  4. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    Listen the traffic reports in the morning, and the evening, and it isn't a question of whether the roads are backed up, but where the backups start and how far they extend. There are two states and a federally-funded "district" involved in almost every road project, and they all have to be willing to appropriate funds to pay for it or nothing gets done. Plus they need actual federal highway funds, too.

    Maryland and DC are under Democratic control, while Virginia is generally run by Republicans from the relatively isolated distance of Richmond, who don't give a hill of beans about traffic problems in NoVa, when the "really" populous part of the state is down in Tidewater, and they have all those redneck farmers in the rest of the state to worry about, too.

    I think the only way to relieve congestion on the Beltway is to put a second deck on it, like the GW bridge in NY.
  5. jdskycaster

    jdskycaster Legend

    Sep 1, 2008
    These pigs should be required to wear toll tags!!
  6. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
  7. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Most states these days can't afford repairs to existing highways and bridges, let alone the construction of new ones. Even when construction is supported by bonding and tolls. other problems exist.
    In my area, the Sierra club and other environmental groups have been successful in delaying the construction of the Monroe Bypass, a 19 mile toll road designed to alleviate traffic on US 74, which is a primary route between Charlotte and the East, because of perceived threats to the habitat of the endangered Carolina Heelsplitter Mussel. They successfully sued the state, citing a flawed (insufficient) environmental impact study. The project, which was supposed to have started construction several months ago, is now in limbo.
  8. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
  9. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    If you go to the two videos on Youtube from Hennessey, be sure and listen to the one of the Camaro ZL1. The sound as that car passes at about 180 MPH is amazing. The supercharger sounds like a jet and the exhaust note is great. I wish I had known about the run and could have driven out there to see. But I'm sure they didn't want a large group of spectators. That section or road is close to the new F1 track.

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