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Boring interchanges
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:05:16 AM »

Interchanges that are boring, basic, and unoriginal. Nothing that makes them interesting whatsoever.
The type that would never get mentioned if it wasn't for this thread :spin:
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 12:48:42 AM »

So you mean like basicly every diamond interchange ever contstructed in America then, right?
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 08:05:44 AM »

Basically every single interstate-to-interstate junction on I-85 except the Charlotte ones and I-285 NE of Atlanta
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 08:57:55 AM »

So you mean like basicly every diamond interchange ever contstructed in America then, right?

Not necessarily. If it has any unique features, including topography, dominant movements, or loop ramps, then it's a no go.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 09:47:08 AM »

For Ontario, I would argue that the Parclo A4 is the dominant (and therefore boring) interchange type.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 10:34:34 AM »

So you mean like basicly every diamond interchange ever contstructed in America then, right?

Not necessarily. If it has any unique features, including topography, dominant movements, or loop ramps, then it's a no go.

If it has loop ramps, it's not a diamond interchange. It'll be a partial diamond, folded diamond, etc.

That said, it's still a boring design, unless there's unique features.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 10:58:41 AM »

One gets tired of the trumpet interchanges along the Thruway after awhile.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 11:26:19 AM »

Along I-495 (MA):
Exit 25A-B: I-290 ends here and changes to a connector to MA 85, but the ramps are boring.
26-32: Boring.
33: Boring, even as a partial interchange.
34: Not boring; northbound entrance ramp crosses over a surface road.
35A-C: Interesting.
37: Not boring: one ramp is also a surface road.
38, 39, 40A-B: Boring.
41: Not boring. There is an A-B northbound, but not southbound.
42A-B: Boring.
43-45: Actually pretty interesting.
46, 47: Boring.
48: Not boring; it is a connector to another road.
49, 50: C/D lanes make it not boring, especially given that it is listed as "Exits 50-49" southbound, but they are separate northbound.
51-54: Boring, although Exit 52 has a restaurant between the ramps.
55, 56: Partial interchanges.

I-93:
Exit 4 (NH): Boring.
3: Long ramp, so not boring.
2: Boring.
1: Interesting; provides direct mall access northbound.
48 (MA): Interesting. Very simple but unique interchange (I know of no others like it).
47: C/D lane from Exit 48, so not boring.
46: Not boring, both before and after construction.
43-45: Boring.
42: Not boring; exit southbound takes you to a different road.
41: The interchange itself is boring, but MA 125 begins here, and it is very close to Exit 40.
40: The interchange itself is boring, but it is very close to Exit 41.
39, 38: Boring.
37C: Interesting; ramps are above road, not below.
37A-B: Boring; also, too much traffic on MA 128.
31-36: Not boring, all for different reasons.

MA 213:
Exits 1A-B: Same interchange as I-93 Exit 48 (so not boring).
2: Boring.
3: Not boring; ramps lead to different roads.
4: Not boring; long ramp.
5A-B: Boring.

I-95 (MA):
Exit 60: Not boring; visitor's center.
59: Partial interchange and switch in roads for I-84/I-90/I-290/I-495/I-95 New York City-Maine corridor, so not boring.
58A-B: "Breezewood" to get from I-95 north to I-495 south, so not boring.
51-57: Boring.
50: Not boring. Kind of a rotary.
46-49: These are accessible from one direction only (46 and 48 from one, 47 and 49 from the other), so not boring.
45: A good reference point, but the ramps themselves are boring.
44A-B: Very interesting.
43: Southbound, continuing straight leads to a mall. Not boring.
42: Not boring; ramps lead to different roads.
41: Boring.
40: Rotary, so not boring.
37-39: Boring, and beware the traffic.
36: Not boring; ramps lead to different roads.
35: Rotary, so not boring.
34: Boring.
33A-B: Southbound, continuing straight leads to Burlington Mall Rd., an interesting road. Not boring.
32A-B: C/D ramps for completely different roads, so not boring.
31: Boring.
30: Not boring; rest area northbound.
29A-B: The ramps are boring. MA 2 itself is not, as the freeway ends here temporarily.

US 3 (MA):
Exit 25A-B: See 32A for I-95.
26: Not boring; northbound entrance actually has two entrances.
27: Boring.
28: There is a road between ramps on the surface road. Not boring.
29: Boring.
30A-C: Interesting.
31: Part of C/D ramp from Exit 30, so not boring.
32: Not boring; pseudo-rotary.
33-35: Boring.
36: Not boring; provides direct access to the Pheasant Lane Mall.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 11:33:42 AM »

There is no Boring interchange in Oregon.  (local joke)

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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 11:35:19 AM »

Along I-495 (MA):
Exit 25A-B: I-290 ends here and changes to a connector to MA 85, but the ramps are boring.
Ramp from I-290 east to I-495 north is a reverse compound curve.  Judging by the number of truck rollovers there, I wouldn't exactly classify it as boring.  Plus the road changing from a multi-lane Interstate to a super-2 configuration is hardly boring either.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 12:34:54 PM »

I44 MM 0-100 (My stomping grounds)
Exit 1: Weird psudodirectional interchange
Exit 4: Squashed diamond rebuilt from a trumpet (Huh, interesting history there actually)
Exit 6: Diamond with swoop to NB Main St.
Exit 8: DDI rebuilt from old tight cloverleaf
Exit 11: Turbine/clover going into a parclo on I-49S
Exit 13: Diamond with roundabouts :banghead:
Exit 15: Half directional into/from Joplin
Exit 18: Cloverleaf with I-49 taking a loop ramp

Exit 22: Hey, our first run of the mill diamond!
26: Same!
29: Ditto!
33: Copypasted!
38: Copy of the last one!
44: bent diamond
46: reconstructed recently with lights and a wider bridge
49: Skewed again
57: Direction for Ol'66
58: Fu[n/c]ky ass parclo :banghead: (20mph curve with like no deceleration lane)

61: Hey, a plain Jane again
67: Just replaced old bridge turning it into a Plain Jane
69: Trumpet
70: Hey it's Exit 67's twin!
72: Parclo
75: Just a normal diamond. Wait, what's that ramp leading to 44?  :ded:
77: Another clone of 67. Wait, this is a DDI  :ded:
80: Funky diamond there? Oh, old Clover again
82: cloverstack
84: Diamond with funky geometry
88: Ditto
96: Diamond, but on a steepish grade (For MO anyways)

100: Bog standard Diamond

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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2017, 02:09:09 PM »

I-95 (MA):
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29A-B: The ramps are boring. MA 2 itself is not, as the freeway ends here temporarily.
Temporarily?
I wouldn't hold my breath on a full-blown upgrade of MA 2 west I-95 (& east of MA 27) to a continuous limited-access highway anytime soon.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 02:59:08 PM »

I-95 (MA):
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29A-B: The ramps are boring. MA 2 itself is not, as the freeway ends here temporarily.
Temporarily?
I wouldn't hold my breath on a full-blown upgrade of MA 2 west I-95 (& east of MA 27) to a continuous limited-access highway anytime soon.

When I said "temporarily", I meant that it becomes a freeway again west of MA 27, not that it would be completed soon. I might have used the wrong word.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2017, 03:08:56 PM »

The exits in my hometown are nothing special, but the Kendrick street construction is semi-interesting.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2017, 03:54:44 PM »

So, basically every stack, diamond, cloverleaf, trumpet, and DDI ever built in the country and/or world.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2017, 04:00:28 PM »

There is no Boring interchange in Oregon.  (local joke)

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Apparently there is with Us 20!
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2017, 04:54:38 PM »

There is no Boring interchange in Oregon.  (local joke)

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Apparently there is with Us 20!

I assume you're talking about this one: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4316778,-122.3418073,3a,49y,329.88h,87.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swDJCqc4pRJB4kJr9uIy3Yg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

(US-26 not 20)

I assume Nexus was somehow referring to the town of Boring, OR when he said that, but yeah I'd definitely say there is a Boring interchange.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2017, 06:46:44 PM »

I-84 through NY, CT, and MA has its moments, but is pretty boring.  Highlights:

NY Exit 1: NJ state route shield despite the highway never entering NJ
NY Exit 4: Covered I-86 shields waiting to be released
NY Exit 7 A-B: Complex Thruway Interchange
NY Exit 20: I-684/US 6/US 202/NY 22 Interchange with split ramps and 1 entrance ramp with a deceivingly sharp curve.
CT Exit 3 & 7: Left hand exits
CT Exit 11: Freeway stub
CT Exit 19-20: The famous Mixmaster interchange
CT Exit 23 (EB): Long C/D road
CT Exit 29 (WB): Left hand exit that was a freeway stub
CT Exit 33 (EB), 35, 39 (EB), 43 (EB), 45 (WB), 46 (EB), 56 (EB), 57 (WB): All left hand exits.  Some to abandoned freeways
CT Exit 39A: Elaborate half-used stack interchange
CT Exit 59-62: Elaborate set of interchanges with its own set of reference markers.
CT Exit 64-65 (EB): Split ramp
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2017, 07:03:06 PM »

Boring can be good though.  I-35 in Minneapolis was a very exciting bridge, but I'd rather have a boring one.
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2017, 07:50:25 PM »

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.1544585,-87.8751218,15z/data=!3m1!1e3

I wouldn't call this boring. Thru route takes a 90 degree turn, intersecting route comes in at 45-ish degrees, interchange with a local street worked in. Certainly not in the top 10 of exciting, but nowhere near as boring as something like this:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.682521,-97.6212668,1373m/data=!3m1!1e3
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2017, 09:07:29 PM »

There is no Boring interchange in Oregon.  (local joke)

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Apparently there is with Us 20!

I assume you're talking about this one: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4316778,-122.3418073,3a,49y,329.88h,87.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swDJCqc4pRJB4kJr9uIy3Yg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

(US-26 not 20)

I assume Nexus was somehow referring to the town of Boring, OR when he said that, but yeah I'd definitely say there is a Boring interchange.

I stand corrected!  Another local joke: Why is Oregon so wet?  Because it only has one Drain!

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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2017, 09:11:50 PM »

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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2017, 04:07:35 AM »



Either that's a new DDI or some engineer really misses Destruction Derby!

Question: just where is this interchange?
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Re: Boring interchanges
« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2017, 10:58:09 AM »

So, basically every stack, diamond, cloverleaf, trumpet, and DDI ever built in the country and/or world.

Not sure what this means... you're saying those do or don't qualify?
Obviously, this is a fairly subjective topic, but there are very interesting examples of all of those interchange types...
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