Widgets Magazine
Page 5 of 15 FirstFirst 12345678910 ... LastLast
Results 101 to 125 of 356
  1. #101

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post


    So angry about this it isn't even funny. This sucks. It really sucks. I hate this crap. Why are there cloverleafs????? Makes no damn sense. There doesn't need to be any cloverleafs AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why can they not do this the right way? I don't understand it. For a department that unfairly gives highways over walkable areas, they sure suck at building nice highways.

    News | The Moore Daily
    I agree with you.

    If this is the plan, I don't see the point in even redoing it at all and creating the years-long traffic nightmare during the construction. A huge disappointment.

  2. #102

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
    I agree with you.

    If this is the plan, I don't see the point in even redoing it at all and creating the years-long traffic nightmare during the construction. A huge disappointment.
    It will improve it a ton. There will be no more dual-speed merging as everything has a protected lane. As it currently stands, you have traffic trying to slow down to enter the merge lane while traffic is trying to speed up to enter the merge lane. The new design does not have anywhere where merging exists at slow speeds, and exiting traffic willnot be sharing lanes with entering traffic.

    Will be excellent for safety, as there are dozens of injury and fatality wrecks at this interchange every week.

  3. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
    I agree with you.

    If this is the plan, I don't see the point in even redoing it at all and creating the years-long traffic nightmare during the construction. A huge disappointment.
    Did you ever bother to read the comments or actually look to understand how traffic will flow? No...I didn't think so.

  4. #104

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by venture View Post
    Did you ever bother to read the comments or actually look to understand how traffic will flow? No...I didn't think so.
    Can't go 80mph on a cloverleaf. That's why he hates it.

  5. #105

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    Can't go 80mph on a cloverleaf. That's why he hates it.
    I showed him a few weeks ago you can do 60 around one, though.

  6. #106

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by venture View Post
    Why are there cloverleaf ramps still? Probably due to space restriction judging on which ones keep them.240 EB to 35 NB doesn't seem to have enough room anywhere for a flyover ramp. 240 WB to 35 SB roughly the same issue, but could probably but in a very high flyover to make it work. However, I think the cloverleaf ramps still make some sense there.

    The big improvements here though are removing the big conflict points - No on ramp from Shields to 240 EB, off ramp from 240 WB to Shields starts before entering traffic from 25, and 240 WB to 35 NB loop no longer has to yield to 35 NB to 240 WB traffic which causes back ups. It may not be the most flashy, but it'll probably work out pretty well.
    Justify it all you want, but that's a load of malarkey.

    If engineering like this



    and this



    are possible...

    the surely something like this is possible



    in a better world, with more funding, Shields would have a couple of dedicated ramps as well



    But before anyone's head explode, remember, I'm pushing the first one more than anything.

    and before anyone starts saying Dallas goes crazy with every interchange they don't because the new 635 and North Dallas Tollway is going to be 100% cloverleafs

    Future 635/North Dallas Tollway interchange


    Only reason I post that is to make sure I understand not EVERY interchange has to be a high-five, but stack interchanges are better, cooler looking, but most of all, they improved traffic flow and don't require people to come to a crawl like cloverleafs do. Cloverleafs suck. They are an outdated form of highway design and should not be on any major interchange. Completely ridiculous.

    This interchange sucks and will be needing to be replaced or majorly reconfigured in 10 years when people wonder what on earth we were doing designing a crap interchange like this. It isn't even going to be a stack at all. Some service roads are even going to be diverted through a f#cking parking lot. This has to be one of the biggest jokes of a proposal for a major interchange I've seen to date.

    Also, service roads can also go through cloverleafs. Whoever said that is the primarily reason for stack interchanges is wrong. There is no space restriction, although I'm sure the engineers for ODOT might say that to mislead people. They cheaped out; plain and simple. If ODOT could take out loans, maybe they'd actually design these things right, but as it is now, they can't. So I'm honestly not going to entirely blame ODOT, but we're going to get a crap, half-ass, no. . . quarter-ass interchange that will take 8 years and will be congested and outdated the day it is complete. Good job guys! Can't wait for this piece of crap to be built.

  7. #107

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    Can't go 80mph on a cloverleaf. That's why he hates it.
    See that's where you are wrong. I hate because you can't do 100MPH on one, not 80.

  8. #108

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by warreng88 View Post
    The biggest issue I still see is the EB 240 to NB 35 cloverleaf. Now, I hate cloverleafs as much as the next person, but I understand like what Venture said, it might be due to space restriction. The biggest problem with this particular cloverleaf is everyone stops when merging on to 35 NB when there is a straight shot to the access road but they stop due to people going NB 35 to WB 240. It is the same issue with the 44/235/77 interchange.
    There are no space restrictions, if you wanted to, you could even build a 5 stack at 235/44. Now I'm trying to stay reasonable and I'm going to admit I am understanding more that, that particular interchange would cost a ton, probably two or three times as much as the High-Five to build like that, so I totally understand why ODOT is doing the half fly-over and half cloverleafs over there. That interchange is actually going to be quite impressive when built. However, it still could be done. With this interchange, it absolutely can be done and space constraints are nothing but a challenge to overcome.

  9. #109

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by bombermwc View Post
    We've talked this one to death, but here we go again:
    Yes, but no valid point has ever been made with the sole exception that current traffic counts don't warrant it, but that takes no account into the explosive growth of the city and future traffic projections.

    Quote Originally Posted by bombermwc View Post
    1- it's a new cloverleaf that is almost double the size of the old one on both portions. That means it can hold more traffic to prevent it from stacking up in the through lanes.
    A new bright and shiny cloverleaf, wonderful. It's still a cloverleaf. People are still going to come to a crawl on it regardless. It still is outdated and will move traffic much slower than a fly-over would.

    Quote Originally Posted by bombermwc View Post
    2 - if you look at the design, there is no matching cloverleaf on the same through lane, so that means no crossing traffic for on/off ramps like we do in a traditional 4 part clover.
    Correct. No one is arguing otherwise. It's still a cloverleaf that is inferior to a fly-over.

    Quote Originally Posted by bombermwc View Post
    3 - if you look at the design, you'll also note that the 35NB portion of the clover leaf does NOT interfere with any other traffic like it does today. That's because, again, there's no other leaf on that side so there's no merging below the 240 bridge for 240WB and the 35NB folks.
    What I see when I look at the design are four service roads that are extended way out and create more land inside the interchange that will be able to be developed. That is bad for city and smart land use as a whole. I also see a service road the goes through a mall parking lot. I see an interchange that is an absolute waste of money and is obsolete and the final design hasn't even met approval. I would like to say I am overreacting since this is just preliminary, but we see is pretty much what we're going to get. In fact, it seems the Santa Fe bridge is no longer going to be built as part of the 235/44 interchange project, so I wouldn't be surprised if this interchange was scaled down even more to be worth less than crap.

    [QUOTE=bombermwc;855153So the bottleneck places for the leafs simply don't exist like they do today. Just trace the lines of traffic in each direction and you'll see how they flow.[/QUOTE]Once again, it isn't the bottle necks that are the problem with this design, it's the fact that they're taking a horrid sh!tty interchange and making it a slightly less sh!tty interchange. That is literally all they're doing here.

  10. #110

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by venture View Post
    Did you ever bother to read the comments or actually look to understand how traffic will flow? No...I didn't think so.
    Did you even bother to think about whether the thread I created pertaining to the Stillwater airport was to create a general thread to keep of track of all the updates as opposed to specific thread that I already knew existed that was only to post about future commercial flight options for the airport? No...I didn't think so.

    Whatever. It isn't hard to look at a graphic and understand how the traffic will flow on this.

  11. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    Whatever. It isn't hard to look at a graphic and understand how the traffic will flow on this.
    Are you sure about that?

  12. #112

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by venture View Post
    Are you sure about that?
    Pretty sure. I am not saying the this project won't improve traffic flows vs. what is there now, but I hate this proposed interchange as it won't do what it could do if designed right.

  13. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    Pretty sure. I am not saying the this project won't improve traffic flows vs. what is there now, but I hate this proposed interchange as it won't do what it could do if designed right.
    It'll keep traffic flowing and eliminate the congestion choke points we have now...and improve safety.

  14. #114

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by venture View Post
    It'll keep traffic flowing and eliminate the congestion choke points we have now...and improve safety.
    It'll improve traffic flow and improve safety. I am not arguing that sir. I am arguing that in 2016 when it starts construction it'll be half of what it could be. It's half of what it could be now and it's 2015. The engineering is there and more than possible. This is a measly 3 stack with two cloverleafs that should be flyovers. 4 stack should be the standard for all major interchanges. If they ever down the line want to build a HOV lane down I-35 to Norman, than it can be made a five stack, but for now, I'll I'm asking for is a 4 stack. ODOT cheaped out. We aren't getting one. I'm going to have to bitch and moan whenever it is brought up I guess, but there is nothing I can and I've already made my point clear, so there really isn't much left I can say.

  15. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    It'll improve traffic flow and improve safety. I am not arguing that sir. I am arguing that in 2016 when it starts construction it'll be half of what it could be. It's half of what it could be now and it's 2015. The engineering is there and more than possible. This is a measly 3 stack with two cloverleafs that should be flyovers. 4 stack should be the standard for all major interchanges. If they ever down the line want to build a HOV lane down I-35 to Norman, than it can be made a five stack, but for now, I'll I'm asking for is a 4 stack. ODOT cheaped out. We aren't getting one. I'm going to have to bitch and moan whenever it is brought up I guess, but there is nothing I can and I've already made my point clear, so there really isn't much left I can say.
    Exactly, we know your position so at this point there is no point in rehashing things that really aren't holding any weight. The two cloverleaf ramps are going to be protected lanes and larger so they really won't be that much worse than fly overs. You are just wanting something big and flashy when it really isn't needed. Plus at the end of the day the highway budget is losing money and ODOT isn't exactly loaded with cash. At least we are getting a new interchange that is 20 years over due. That is the bottom line and what is more important. In all honestly, when it is done you will likely be far away and living in LA as you keep saying and a good number of us may have moved on as well.

    At least it is getting replaced...finally.

  16. #116

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    The Dallas toll way cloverleafs are a lot worse of a design then what ODOT has presented. Those clovers conflict with each other more.

  17. #117

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    The Dallas toll way cloverleafs are a lot worse of a design then what ODOT has presented. Those clovers conflict with each other more.
    What do you mean? They might be a little smaller... At least they are continuing the service roads. I would've preferred flyovers there, but the budget didn't allow or they didn't think it was warranted due to low traffic counts. They are adding a lane each way although the North Dallas tollway is usually pretty mild on traffic outside of rush hour.

  18. #118

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    ^
    Definitely not true. I live and work not too far from that area and I can tell you DNT is horribly congested. More likely than not they are not putting flyovers because this area is very built up.

    Even still, the design on 35/240 is still superior because traffic coming off the cloverleafs don't have to merge with any other cloverleaf traffic.

  19. #119

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by adaniel View Post
    ^
    Definitely not true. I live and work not too far from that area and I can tell you DNT is horribly congested. More likely than not they are not putting flyovers because this area is very built up.

    Even still, the design on 35/240 is still superior because traffic coming off the cloverleafs don't have to merge with any other cloverleaf traffic.
    Wow. So I'll start taking pictures of it every time I'm there and prove to you that it's not. I was just there this past weekend and there was hardly anyone on it. Around the 635 interchange it will obviously get backed up due to the construction and south of 635 it usually is pretty full, but nothing that comes to a crawl other than rush hour or a wreck.

    I also remember when I was younger I would go to Love Field twice a month to fly to OKC to see family and I would always travel on the North Dallas Tollway and we always maintained a speed of about 70-80MPH along with others usually around 12-3pm.

    I'm also going to email the proper person to find out exactly why they didn't put fly-overs. An area that is built up has not stopped them from doing that before.

  20. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    My new job in the city takes me through this interchange now (from north-bound I-35 to westbound I-240, then up on I-44. Fortunately, I go through this interchange well before 8:00, when (judging from watching ODOT traffic cameras for the past few months) it starts getting really bad. It isn't too bad around 7:30-7:45. On my way back though, I avoid this interchange at all costs, 'cause I leave at 4:30 or so and by the time I'm on 240, this area is of course, a big mess. The other day, I tried taking I-44 to I-40, going to I-35 and then going south. Much better, much quicker (yes, it is the holiday season when traffic is lighter, but still, I avoided the Shields exit). Another good option for me Ive found out is taking EB 240, sticking in the furthest left lane and going to Sooner Rd and taking that all the way to Norman (I'm east of 12th so it works for me better anyway, avoiding the multiple stop lights and traffic on Flood and Robinson).

    The new I-40 is great, entrance/exit ramps the way they [b]should]/b] be designed with plenty of acceleration lane to merge.

    But I don't get why people are all excited about the partial cloverleafs. They are still in use extensively in Europe and other parts of the world, and as long as they are designed correctly, they are perfectly safe. Getting driver's habits to change is what should also be worked on. That's the harder part.

  21. #121

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by OUman View Post
    My new job in the city takes me through this interchange now (from north-bound I-35 to westbound I-240, then up on I-44. Fortunately, I go through this interchange well before 8:00, when (judging from watching ODOT traffic cameras for the past few months) it starts getting really bad. It isn't too bad around 7:30-7:45. On my way back though, I avoid this interchange at all costs, 'cause I leave at 4:30 or so and by the time I'm on 240, this area is of course, a big mess. The other day, I tried taking I-44 to I-40, going to I-35 and then going south. Much better, much quicker (yes, it is the holiday season when traffic is lighter, but still, I avoided the Shields exit). Another good option for me Ive found out is taking EB 240, sticking in the furthest left lane and going to Sooner Rd and taking that all the way to Norman (I'm east of 12th so it works for me better anyway, avoiding the multiple stop lights and traffic on Flood and Robinson).

    The new I-40 is great, entrance/exit ramps the way they [b]should]/b] be designed with plenty of acceleration lane to merge.

    But I don't get why people are all excited about the partial cloverleafs. They are still in use extensively in Europe and other parts of the world, and as long as they are designed correctly, they are perfectly safe. Getting driver's habits to change is what should also be worked on. That's the harder part.
    Europe isn't exactly known for their highway innovations and though people on here love to point to Europe for their 'fiscal responsibility' pertaining to urbanism and mass transit, they sure have a lot of debt and a lot of governments that aren't able to fund themselves or on the verge of collapsing along. I've been meaning to start a thread addressing that, but I haven't had time. Been doing quite a bit of research with a hundred links, but it will take me a solid few hours to piece it together, so I've been putting it off for lately.

  22. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    Europe isn't exactly known for their highway innovations and though people on here love to point to Europe for their 'fiscal responsibility' pertaining to urbanism and mass transit, they sure have a lot of debt and a lot of governments that aren't able to fund themselves or on the verge of collapsing along. I've been meaning to start a thread addressing that, but I haven't had time. Been doing quite a bit of research with a hundred links, but it will take me a solid few hours to piece it together, so I've been putting it off for lately.
    Like the US is any role model for fiscal responsibility? Your arguments aren't helping your case since the US suffers from the same thing.Let's get away from the diversion to fiscal responsibility and politics that you are attempting to do.

    At the end of the day, the setup ODOT has put forward for the new interchange is not a bad one and will greatly reduce congestion and improve safety. So far you aren't shown anything to prove otherwise - nor have you addressed the many points people are making that counter your arguments.

  23. #123

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by venture View Post
    Like the US is any role model for fiscal responsibility? Your arguments aren't helping your case since the US suffers from the same thing.Let's get away from the diversion to fiscal responsibility and politics that you are attempting to do.

    At the end of the day, the setup ODOT has put forward for the new interchange is not a bad one and will greatly reduce congestion and improve safety. So far you aren't shown anything to prove otherwise - nor have you addressed the many points people are making that counter your arguments.
    I never said the US is a role model for fiscal responsibility. The US is actually the opposite, but not because of highway spending. I'm not trying to divert anything. Europe was brought up as still using cloverleafs and I responded to that why I think that is.

    Also, I'm not showing anything that would refute this "At the end of the day, the setup ODOT has put forward for the new interchange is not a bad one and will greatly reduce congestion and improve safety" because I'm not even trying to say you're wrong.

    I most certainly have addressed the other points that people have made. Name one you think I didn't and I'll address it; it is possible I missed it.

    PS, this has nothing to do with this thread, but I'd still like you to address the other airport thread where you pretty much made fun of me for starting multiple threads and such...

  24. Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    The fact that I brought up Europe for having partial cloverleafs has nothing to do with "fiscal responsibility". I brought it up since they're being discounted in this topic for not being safe, when in fact they can be (not directing that to you in particular, but some of the other posts have made it quite clear that it's a "safety issue").

    Heck, I would like every major interchange to go "Houston" and have stacks, but as has been correctly pointed out, it's not always feasible both, monetarily and/or space-constraint-wise. Plus, with winter precipitation being more frequent here, it would also require more resources to clear several large stacks of ice/snow.

  25. #125

    Default Re: I-240/I-35 interchange rebuild?

    Quote Originally Posted by OUman View Post
    The fact that I brought up Europe for having partial cloverleafs has nothing to do with "fiscal responsibility". I brought it up since they're being discounted in this topic for not being safe, when in fact they can be (not directing that to you in particular, but some of the other posts have made it quite clear that it's a "safety issue").

    Heck, I would like every major interchange to go "Houston" and have stacks, but as has been correctly pointed out, it's not always feasible both, monetarily and/or space-constraint-wise. Plus, with winter precipitation being more frequent here, it would also require more resources to clear several large stacks of ice/snow.
    I'm sorry if I came off as argumentative. My thing wasn't so much for safety more so than it slows traffic more. But I hear you, cloverleafs aren't dangerous.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Exchange OKC shutting down.
    By BBatesokc in forum Current Events & Open Topic
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-11-2014, 09:31 PM
  2. The Cotton Exchange (dead)
    By G.Walker in forum Development & Buildings
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-27-2011, 07:53 AM
  3. Cotton Exchange gets scratched
    By metro in forum General Civic Issues
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 09-30-2008, 09:04 AM
  4. Carpool Exchange
    By Karried in forum Businesses & Employers
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-17-2008, 08:42 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO