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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2021, 10:45:39 PM »

That hardly looks fancy.  It looks like a typical overpass.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2021, 10:49:55 PM »

That hardly looks fancy.  It looks like a typical overpass.
Well, take a look at the concrete girder and the color of the overpass.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2021, 10:50:05 PM »

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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2021, 12:01:01 PM »

Yeah, that looks like a typical overpass to me.  A nice one, but still.  Now, this is a fancy bridge in the middle of nowhere!
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2021, 05:34:49 PM »

Why do some areas get fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere?

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4829682,-78.2448685,3a,69.3y,268.18h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_7Nid_4oaSdT22GUeZIUQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That is not fancy.  It is very plain.

definition of fancy:  "elaborate in structure or decoration."
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2021, 05:38:18 PM »

Why do some areas get fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere?

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4829682,-78.2448685,3a,69.3y,268.18h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_7Nid_4oaSdT22GUeZIUQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That is not fancy.  It is very plain.

definition of fancy:  "elaborate in structure or decoration."
Well, it looks tan, and the concrete beam looks black.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2021, 05:45:53 PM »

Why do some areas get fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere?

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4829682,-78.2448685,3a,69.3y,268.18h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_7Nid_4oaSdT22GUeZIUQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That is not fancy.  It is very plain.

definition of fancy:  "elaborate in structure or decoration."
Well, it looks tan, and the concrete beam looks black.

And that’s fancy why?
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2021, 06:18:48 PM »



Why do some areas get fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere?

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4829682,-78.2448685,3a,69.3y,268.18h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_7Nid_4oaSdT22GUeZIUQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That is not fancy.  It is very plain.

definition of fancy:  "elaborate in structure or decoration."

Well, it looks tan, and the concrete beam looks black.

And that makes it "elaborate" ... how, exactly?
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2021, 06:27:07 PM »

Why do some areas get fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere?

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4829682,-78.2448685,3a,69.3y,268.18h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_7Nid_4oaSdT22GUeZIUQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That is not fancy.  It is very plain.

definition of fancy:  "elaborate in structure or decoration."
Well, it looks tan, and the concrete beam looks black.

And that’s fancy why?
Cause it reminds me of the Monroe Expressway...



Why do some areas get fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere?

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.4829682,-78.2448685,3a,69.3y,268.18h,92.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_7Nid_4oaSdT22GUeZIUQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

That is not fancy.  It is very plain.

definition of fancy:  "elaborate in structure or decoration."

Well, it looks tan, and the concrete beam looks black.

And that makes it "elaborate" ... how, exactly?
See the Monroe Expressway and compare the overpasses.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2021, 12:02:52 AM »

See the Monroe Expressway and compare the overpasses.

...everything that makes the Monroe Expressway overpass fancy is not present in the other example.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2021, 12:28:40 AM »

You want a fancy freeway overpass? I-65’s at IN 46 interchange.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2021, 09:10:44 AM »

Those overpasses, including their color, look much the same as any other. If you want a unique color, I'd say the ones outside the Miami Football Team's stadium qualify, even though they repainted one of them that used to be in a "coral" color to match the other color in the team's uniforms.

Or, for something fancy in a different way, the bridge supports at the junction of I-70 and I-75 near Dayton.

Of course, neither of those is in the middle of nowhere.

Perhaps what tolbs17 is getting at in the original post is that both North and South Carolina seem to have a lot of much older overpasses (stuff like this or this) such that his beef is more with the newer, more modern overpass seen in his original post? If that's the issue, I'm sure it's just a function of an old one having to be rebuilt or replaced such that the reconstruction is to current standards. That's hardly unusual. Note the funky-looking older guardrails on this overpass in Virginia. The next interchange to the north used to have the same (and still does on one overpass, though they aren't green), but when the flyover ramp there needed restoration they replaced those guardrails with boring concrete barriers.

Unfortunately, monolithic boring sameness is often a cost of "progress."
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2021, 05:56:06 PM »

Is this bridge fancy?  It is unconventional.

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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2021, 06:03:49 PM »

Is this bridge fancy?  It is unconventional.
Yes, and I've seen some of those in Virginia aswell.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2021, 01:35:49 PM »

Made me think of this.  Maybe not the middle of nowhere, but rural. 
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2021, 10:01:08 AM »

And if you're wanting freeway underpasses, Hwy 400 between Toronto and Barrie had a number of bridges stamped with the provincial coat-of-arms, which have been replicated on some of their replacements.




Not exactly middle of nowhere today, though when the original structures were built they were.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2021, 10:08:58 AM »

To me, this is the definition of a fancy bridge in the middle of nowhere.  And probably the main reason I-69 in Arkansas will never be completed in our lifetimes.

https://goo.gl/maps/fRrnMUU1rYdo3DY29
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2021, 03:18:33 PM »

And if you're wanting freeway underpasses, Hwy 400 between Toronto and Barrie had a number of bridges stamped with the provincial coat-of-arms, which have been replicated on some of their replacements.
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Not exactly middle of nowhere today, though when the original structures were built they were.
Arkansas has been doing something similar with some of their newer over and underpasses in the northwest part of the state, stamping the state's shape on a wall just below the bridge itself. Here is an example of one of them:

Northwest Arkansas isn't exactly the middle of nowhere, but this overpass (and several others) are on a rural stretch (for now) of what will soon be I-49.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2021, 03:59:37 PM »

Here are two that immediately come to mind:

MN 36 / WI 64 over the St. Croix River, Hudson, WI
US 1 over the Penobscot River, Verona Island, ME
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2021, 04:46:32 PM »

New Mexico paints their rural bridges pretty colors, and gives them unique designs pretty much everywhere. Like this, this, or, my personal favorite, this.

But, I think that this bridge might take the cake.
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2021, 04:49:35 PM »

But, I think that this bridge might take the cake.

More "middle of nowhere" than this one?
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Re: Fancy bridges in the middle of nowhere
« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2021, 10:31:37 PM »

You want a fancy freeway overpass? I-65’s at IN 46 interchange.
Also I-94 at US-24.
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