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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:03:15 AM

It's one thing for the rest of the world to have way cooler trains than us. America has chosen car culture, for better or worse. But now comes word that the Netherlands is building way awesomer highways, while ours are stuck in the 20th Century. The Netherlands! If this isn't a wake-up call for the United States to invest more in infrastructure, I don't know what is.
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:04:43 AM

Too bad so much money is wasted on wars. Aren't they paid for yet?
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 8:46:20 AM

COOL
virostek
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 7:00:33 AM

Aren't there counties with more miles of roads than the Netherlands? With their high population aren't there more people per mile so any improvement is cheaper per person?
virostek
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 7:00:26 AM

Aren't there counties with more miles of roads than the Netherlands? With their high population aren't there more people per mile so any improvement is cheaper per person?
virostek
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 7:00:15 AM

Aren't there counties with more miles of roads than the Netherlands? With their high population aren't there more people per mile so any improvement is cheaper per person?
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:55:07 AM

Lets do it.

[Edited by: jrs4125 at 1/7/2013 2:55:46 AM EST]
remay
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:49:10 PM

"way awesomer"

What?
bston
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 9:04:49 PM

We're too busy supporting the rest of the world.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:32:13 AM

Properly maintained lane markers would be a step up.
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:06:27 AM

Alrighty then
Wargod357
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:56:47 AM

Yep! The snowflakes would make me nauseous too!
pricewar
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:17:48 AM

Really, why? To keep up with the jones? We can't even keep the pot holes filled.
Besides, don't they have exspensive toll roads to cover the cost?
kkimes
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:11:46 AM

"Nice but let's start spending all the gas tax money just on highway infrastructure and public transit maintenance and improvements."

Nice try but it won't fly. If it actually happened that means the government would have to raise all our taxes to pay for projects that are being paid for now with the gas tax money. Are you ready for that?
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:18:02 PM


Actually, that sounds like a great idea.
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:58:41 PM

If you like Europe so much, surrender your citizenship and move there.
flnobody
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:29:22 PM

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eschroth442
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:21:50 PM

hoe bout using the money to fix what we have and don't worry about this crap. It is expensive and won't hold up in the long haul
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:43:50 PM

We can if we give up something else.
NOTSOGRN
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:07:01 PM

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Just like Tron...we could be a Tron nation too...
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:51:36 PM


"The design firm behind the project says it would like to bring the concept to the United States eventually, but Americans shouldn't hold their breath. Current levels of infrastructure spending are barely sufficient to maintain our "D" grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers and our 23rd-place global ranking from the World Economic Forum."

Nice but let's start spending all the gas tax money just on highway infrastructure and public transit maintenance and improvements.

Electroluminescent panel and strip lighting in and outside military and commercial aircraft could also be easily utilized. It would be very effective at entrance and exit ramps from Interstates. Arrow shapes could even prevent some drunks from getting on Interstates and going the wrong way. One of these accidents happened just this past week in MA and killed at least one person.
dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:00:49 PM

Cool idea. Like the fantasy of glowing cars that contain drivers who have been drinking even better. But want the wireless EV charging highways first.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:43:57 PM

We have many more miles of roads.
bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:06:34 PM

Ummm, because the federal debt has gone up 60% in the past 4 years

Ummm, because the federal debt rises $50,000 every second.

Ummm because the federal debt will rise from 9 billion in 2009 to 22 billion by 2017

So where does the money to do it come from?
335d1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:53:48 AM

I'd love to see that here.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:50:12 AM

Glow in the dark highways are a good idea.
BBopp
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:45:15 AM

I think the snowflakes would make me ill, however I am all for glow in the dark painted lines.
cmgodwin
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:41:43 AM

The marking here used to have the reflective paint, but not lately
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:14:11 AM

nice road lines that at a high price to put down.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:02:28 AM

I think all that's really needed is to maintain the paint markings we have, including the glass added for reflectivity. As one of my friends would say, this is "like killing an ant with a sledgehammer."
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:56:01 AM

Looks great.
Buckeyee
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:44:33 AM

The US could have done this, if OBAMA stopped spending, but that will never happen !!
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:44:32 AM

We haven't reached that stage in our degeneration where this is widely precieved as "way awesomer." Give it time. The kids are in charge.
HorizonChaser
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:44:07 AM

More light pollution? What about it disturbing the wildlife?
md11capt
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:42:22 AM

"way awesomer"?
tnfran
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:27:07 AM

As for the lane markings , sounds kinda good, as for the 'snowflake' things ???
cdrrod
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:20:25 AM

Glow in the dark, like in the picture... All they have to do is change the paint...
tmon6219
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:19:24 AM

Netherlands population per square mile of highway 446. U.S.A. 30.
Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:00:45 AM

Fewer miles of roads in Holland than in the US so likely more cost-effective. Might have to wait for this until after cities, states and the federal government get their budgetary houses in order.
playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:59:18 AM

We don't need the whole road to glow, just the road markings would be really nice though.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:50:55 AM

glow in the dark road makings are neat, but the rest, not so much. The additive to the paint would hopefully be cheap enough to use everywhere.

As said though, are barely keeping our roads passable in some places, so this is asking a lot.
cheap59
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:46:41 AM

Great idea!!!
Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:34:58 AM

I take it then that you're all willing to pay for it?

thanx...
angel4me
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:34:43 AM

we're waiting for the the transporter...........
JoeWino
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:27:55 AM

I like it.
bills299
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:24:40 AM

Sounds good!
txequitygas
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:09:26 AM

I agree! Something that make driving easier.
turboz2012
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:09:02 AM

ok
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:08:23 AM

dumb idea
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