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In preparation for I-27 extension, expect bypass and/or 4-lane upgrades...

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--- Quote from: bwana39 on September 07, 2022, 01:39:37 PM ---Consultants: TXDOT has more engineers per lane mile than they did when they engineered virtually everything in-house.  Today consultants do most of the engineering and TXDOT primarily does quality control.
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Plan production has changed too.  The original construction plans for the Four Level interchange in Los Angeles, the first Maltese cross stack in the world, had fewer than 100 sheets.  Even as late as the 1960's, interchanges of similar design had construction plans sets aggregating to fewer than 2000 sheets.  In 2001, the High Five alone had more than 5000 sheets.

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You have to ask "Is this a good thing?" IS microengineering everything something that insures quality of just creates minutiae that increases the price and expands  the likelihood of exceptions that have to be corrected on technicalities versus real defect.

I started examples. Lots of stuff that used to be (and probably still should be) boilerplate has clean sheets drawn for cloned sections. Each concrete section has a clean sheet for it. It goes overboard. Every section is SPECIAL (or specific) and requires customization in bidding, constructing, and pricing. 


--- Quote from: Rick Powell on September 07, 2022, 03:40:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: Cerlin on September 02, 2022, 08:35:29 PM ---I mean it’s common sense that infrastructure should be upgraded to standard no matter what type, so an I-27 corridor is a big priority. But, I think as a nation that upholds “freedom of choice”, you should be able to comfortably move around not only in your city but between cities with whatever mode of transportation you want. Forcing an entire country to use car dependent infrastructure is stupid.

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Redundancy costs money. Duplicating every possible type of service wherever travel exists would be a debilitating expense.

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I mean, you could say, because redundancy costs money, that you should never buy pens because they cannot be erased and pencils can. But most everybody has both pens and pencils in their house because they are useful for different tasks.

Plutonic Panda:
Map showing current and future projects for this corridor:

I wonder when the flyover fairy will bless Lubbock. I was hoping to see more projects adding direct connector ramps in the Lubbock area.


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