Dann757 wrote:I always wonder how road repairs are coordinated. In NJ you'll see a mile of orange traffic cones set up, blocking nothing when no work is going on.
I heard the Autobahn in Germany is 30" thick. If there's a ding in it they come in and replace a whole section.
The PA Turnpike was built just after the autobahn and you won't find any "moguls" there either. I'm not sure how thick it is but its substantially thicker than a new road. It's probably the flattest and straightest piece of real estate in the country considering the terrain it traverses. Typically the highways built from the 60's to the present will try and follow the contour of the land to some degree, this is actually a safety measure because one complaint about the Turnpike is the long straightaways that cause driver fatigue. For the Turnpike the goal was to keep it flat and straight. I'm going from memory but I think the largest grade is 3%, they moved a lot of materiel to make that road. Another feature includes banked corners, with a fresh coat of blacktop there is only about one place I can think of between here and Philly besides the tunnels I wouldn't be comfortable traveling 100+. I've actually been on that road at times and find myself creeping over 90 and didn't even realize it.
It's always been well maintained IMO but I know some will disagree. I think a lot of people fear it because the shoulder on the left is only a few feet for almost it's entire length and shoulders on the right aren't much more. You do not want to get a flat on that road. Seems people are more liberal with the gas on that road which I'm sure also leads to many being real uncomfortable driving it.