I540 construction to be sped up

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  1. certdude

    certdude Well-Known Member

  2. Rockyv58

    Rockyv58 Well-Known Member

    I know about turning hey 70 into interstate 70. But can someone remind me about interstate 42
     
  3. bosoxfan

    bosoxfan Well-Known Member

    70 is going to be I-42 (signs are already posted on 70 as Future I-42), not I-70. Then there will be two 40/42 interchanges, and a 42/42 interchange.
     
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  4. youwish2bme

    youwish2bme Well-Known Member

    5 years for the start of 540 to 70 BYPASS/I-42 and 10 years from 70 BYPASS/I-42 to NC64? Not sure how this is fast tracking anything...
     
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  5. poppin cork

    poppin cork Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't believe we need to pop the Champagne cork just yet.
     
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  6. Michael smith

    Michael smith Member

    I believe it when I see it!
     
  7. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    It takes a long time to build a road like that, fast-tracked or not. Look back and see how long it took for them to build the 70 bypass.
     
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  8. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

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  9. poppin cork

    poppin cork Well-Known Member

  10. Wayne Stollings

    Wayne Stollings Well-Known Member

  11. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    Even so, we are talking about 1422 miles vs less than 20 miles. Surely if you can built 1422 miles of real usable highway in 30 years or so, we can built 20 miles in a year or two.
    It's the red tape in the US these days that delays everything.
    https://machakosnewsonline.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/the-fastest-built-highway-ever-in-africa/

    http://www.treehugger.com/infrastru...re-quickly-and-efficiently-learn-chinese.html
     
  12. Wayne Stollings

    Wayne Stollings Well-Known Member

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  13. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    That and construction standards. The Alaskan highway was an impressive feat, to be sure. However, it isn't apples to apples at all. I don't think anyone was traveling 80mph on that road, nor did it require as many interchanges, had zero utility crossings that needed to be re-rerouted, etc. Yes, there is more red-tape these days, but most of that is pretty darn necessary.
     
  14. youwish2bme

    youwish2bme Well-Known Member

    Once it was approved it was a little over a year.. So what's your point?
     
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  15. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    Actual Construction was very fast. the main contractor subbed out 2 or 3 sections, they did the bridges concrete parts themselves.
     
  16. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    70 was about 9-10 miles total with 4 interchanges. This section of 540 is about 17-18 miles with 9 interchanges. At least double the size of a project.

    But I agree, it should take no more than 2-3 years to build the road once started, the delays so far are all about paperwork and money.
     
  17. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    Uhhh...I guess my point is we are not just talking about construction here. The I-540 hasn't even had it's final environmental impact study finished/submitted. In fact, despite years or property acquisition I am not sure they have that all tied up yet. They'll have to let the project out for bids. Point is...these things take a while, fast tracked or not.
     
  18. Harvey

    Harvey Well-Known Member

    Yes, I also recall an extensive drought during that period and the contractor being waaaaaay ahead of schedule because of the good weather (good weather for construction anyway).
     
  19. BuzzMyMonkey

    BuzzMyMonkey Well-Known Member

    Lol.
     
  20. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    when it is a new road like 540 it goes much faster than adding lanes, where you have to add temp lanes etc.
    access roads are going in, surveying etc. already.
     

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