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Highways identified as local roads...?

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Mistersir, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Mistersir

    Mistersir Member

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    A significant part of my commute is on a 4 lane highway with speed limits of 55 and 60mph in different parts.
    Its two lanes in each direction with a double yellow in the middle.
    Unfortunately for me, this road is treated as a 'local road' and not a Freeway/Highway. Technically its a Highway...
    Does anyone have any facts or opinions on why that is and when we might expect that to change?
     
  2. vandacca

    vandacca ReActive Member

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    I've often heard about AP being for Divided Highways, which to me means some kind of physical divider (guard rail, median, curb, wall, etc.) between each direction. I suspect that your double-line highway doesn't cut it for full function AP.
     
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  3. Mistersir

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    That's too bad. I really hope they up the speed for 'local roads' then....I wonder what the max for that will eventually be?
     
  4. cpa

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    I don't know about Oregon--or Maine--not sure in which state you reside. But in California the Streets and Highways Code

    Codes: Codes Tree - Streets and Highways Code - SHC

    defines this sort of distinction. Perhaps your state does too. In California just because a road has a numbered shield does not necessarily mean that it is a "highway."

    The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials is another place to look for information:

    http://www.transportation.org/

    Many of the requirements for the fifty states are mandated by this organization.
     
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  5. vandacca

    vandacca ReActive Member

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    I think on local roads it should end up being something between 5-15 miles above posted speed limit.
     
  6. Mistersir

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    I agree with this...sounds pretty good and isn't AP1 +5mph?
     
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    Yes , that's correct.
    For a while it wasn't +5, but after an outcry the +5 offset capability was restored.
     
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    Same problem. Annoying, would be nice to know what "metric" is being used to decide what constitutes a freeway. For me, if traffic is divided by a physical barrier, moves at 80+ MPH, and there are no stop lights or signs, that should qualify as a freeway.
     
  9. Mistersir

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    I agree with that. The road I am referring to has no divider unfortunately....
     

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