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Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

You Can Build Your Way Out Of Congestion

 

 

Here is a well balanced article on building your way out of congetion    Archived Copy

 

From page 2 of ADCsummer07:

San Jose is living proof that crowded cities can build their way out of congestion: Between 1989 and 1994, the region gained 100,000 new jobs, yet new road construction cut the delays encountered by the average rush-hour driver in half. ...

In 1984, voters in Santa Clara County (of which San Jose is the seat) approved a ten-year half-cent sales tax for new highways. This allowed the construction of several new freeways and the expansion of several more. As a result, the Texas Transportation Institute estimates that the delay facing each rush-hour commuter declined from 100 hours per year in 1989 to just 50 hours in 1994.

 

 

 

Utah Reduces Congestion With Increased Road Capacity

 

From UDOT web site: Since the Parkway opened to traffic it is estimated that traffic on I-15, between the U.S. 89/Legacy Parkway/I-15 interchange in Farmington and the I-215 exit in North Salt Lake, has been consistently reduced as much as 20 percent.  Additionally, the Parkway provides a unique "escape route" from the Salt Lake City area northward, when accidents, construction, or other events significantly slows, or even closes I-15.

 

Full article from Utah Department of Transportation   Local PDF

 

 

What a relief extra lanes on the N.J. Turnpike are

 

What a difference a few extra lanes make.

The 35-mile stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike from Mansfield in Burlington County to East Brunswick in Middlesex County was dreaded by motorists, who were regularly held up in annoying traffic jams.

But now - a few weeks after the completion of a $2.3 billion widening project - many are singing the turnpike's praises, even as the major artery faces its first big test: the Thanksgiving weekend, with the year's heaviest volume.

The usual stop-and-crawl delays of a half-hour to nearly an hour - especially on the Wednesdays before the holiday - should be history, officials said. No more backups of 11 miles northbound and nine miles southbound - the standard for travel on the day before Thanksgiving.

 

Full article from Philly.com       Local PDF