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Old 02-16-2011, 12:37 PM   #15
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We came back to Vegas with the coach 2 weeks ago and found no back up in either direction. We are heading back to AZ tomorrow so will find out.
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With traffic, there are very likely times and days when it is heavy and others when it is light. This is one reason why RVers often try to avoid urban areas near commute times for instance.

The thing is, US 93 from the dam south to Kingman is a 4 lane divided road that terminates at each end in urban areas where traffic is controlled by stoplights. That means there are bottlenecks at each end and that means the _risk_ of congestion is much enhanced. Drivers on the route should be aware of this risk as well as the near freeway type road suddenly becoming an urban boulevard without much notice at each end.

What intrigues me are the implications (real or imagined) about a bridge that was designed to be a stunner put nearby a view that was also supposed to be spectacular that has very carefully controlled vistas. Normally you'd expect pride in work and so forth to want to arrange things so as to show off the work and how it is wonderful and marvelous. Not here. This one is a traffic chute with no pretenses. If you want to see the views you will have to exit the traffic to where the government can carefully control things and (potentially) charge fees and subject you to exactly what they think is appropriate and only that. ...

Yeah, I know about the terrorist threat and how it is being used to rationalize things, too. Sometimes, a crisis is just to delicious to waste and a fear too handy to avoid using. That has its own problems IMHO.
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If people think it is congested now they must have never crossed the dam, dealing not only with traffic but pedestrians. Many were just stopping in the roadway to gaze and take pictures or driving 2-3 MPH. I am very happy they designed the new bridge with the high walls to discourage that kind of thing.
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We went over the bridge Friday at around 10:00AM and experienced no hold ups. Maybe the looky-looks finally realized you can't see anything as you go across.
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Vegasdan you must remember that the main reason a road or bridge goes where it does is because the right people own the land from which the right of way is purchased. Road location is more of a political decision than an engineering one.
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Vegasdan you must remember that the main reason a road or bridge goes where it does is because the right people own the land from which the right of way is purchased. Road location is more of a political decision than an engineering one.


Usually that's right but this is all NPS and BLM land.

The project is part of a bigger plan Interstate 11 which will run from Phoenix to Las Vegas, and maybe to Reno. NVDOT has plans for a bypass south of Boulder City.

After the bridge opened, Harry Reid became very unpopular at his hometown of Searchlight as the residents could tell when the bridge opened by the lack of vehicles through the town. If you've driven north to Vegas on the CA side, you've driven through Searchlight. It has a 25 MPH speed limit. Several years ago there was a Justice of the Peace that heard the traffic violations but instead of marking the fines as paid and forwarding that to DMV, she just kept the money. For several years until indighted.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/aug/12/boulder-city-council-endorses-vegas--phoenix-inter/
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/11/interstate-las-vegas-phoenix-works/
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2009/09/15/20090915newinterstate0915.html
http://www.interstate-guide.com/i-011.html
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