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Humorous nicknames for complicated freeway interchanges

“The Beast,” “The Octopus,” or “East Delay” just east of downtown LA – Source: maps.google.com Below are the humorous names given to complicated freeway interchanges. The most common terms tend to be “Spaghetti Junction” (20), “Spaghetti Bowl” (6), “Malfunction Junction” … Continue reading

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Confessions of a recovering freeway nerd

Source: wired.com I’ll admit it. In my younger days, I was a certified freeway nerd. Growing up in Indianapolis, I was in awe of the Interstate Highway System. Lucky for me, Indy had plenty of them, including my teenage and … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from mighty Los Angeles

Despite its detractors, every time I’m in Los Angeles, the city impresses me more. From the first time in 1970 to just recently, the changes are palpable, especially the move(s) away from being so car-centric and increased densification. Below, is … Continue reading

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The top 100 Interstate Highway truck bottlenecks

Source: scientificamerican.com The map below depicts the location of the top 100 bottlenecks for trucks in the United States on the Interstate Highway System in 2019. Note: Though shown in gray instead of red or pink, Kansas City has one … Continue reading

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North American cities with toll beltways and bypasses

This list provided below identifies those toll roads/turnpikes that serve as beltways and bypass in of cities in North America. For purposes of this post, tolled bridges, causeways, and tunnels are not included unless they are part of a larger … Continue reading

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25 Largest American core cities without a limited access beltway or bypass

The list below is based on 2020 Census data and includes cities without a limited access bypass freeway or a limited access beltway. Several of the cities identified below have one or the other type of bypass scheduled in future … Continue reading

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Working list of continuous flow/displaced left-turn intersections in the USA

Also known as a displaced left-turn intersection, these intersections are meant to improve traffic flow, especially for intersections with busy left turns. That being said, continuous flow seems to be a misnomer, as in most, if not all of the … Continue reading

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Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in Canada

As can be seen below, adoption of the diverging diamond interchange model has not caught on in Canada like it has in the United States. Additional examples will be added as they are announced/developed. 2017 Macleod Trail & 162 Avenue … Continue reading

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Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in the USA

A working list of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) is listed in alphabetical order by full state name under each calendar year. The first DDI in the United States opened in 2009. This style of interchange design cuts down the number … Continue reading

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American and Canadian Cities with the Most Roundabouts – UPDATED

Guest post by Dan T. – Thank you, Dan! [Note: To most people, the terms traffic circle, rotary, and roundabout are synonyms, but not to traffic engineers. Engineers usetraffic circle as a generic term for all circular intersections, while rotaries … Continue reading

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