12/09/12 93 W, 1 I - + 2 - 4 Glenwood Avenue...

...between Blue Ridge Road and the Beltline sucks. Here's my idea to improve the thing. Can't possibly happen, but a fella can dream. Traffic engineers et al are welcome to explain why it wouldn't work. Because if such a seemingly simple solution did, it would have been done ages ago, right? (Seems obvious, at least if you drive through the corridor every day as we do...) And you'd probably put a couple gas stations out of business (for starters). Maybe that's one reason it's never been tried. Click to enlarge:

I dream of an elevated roadway above the current glenwood that would extend from the beltline to past HWY 50. The current exit ramps from the beltline would be used to access it, new ramps would have to be built for access from HWY 50. The current glenwood would be for local traffic and access to the mall, side streets and such. It would be a nightmare and expensive to build but would bypass all the mall traffic and stoplights.
Kevin - 12/09/12 - 12:43

I think both Glenwood and Capital Blvd should have elevated highways, to get past the heaviest congestion sections. I envision something like US 183 in Austin: http://tinyurl.com/awtf8r4

It’s not the prettiest, but it gets people where they need to go without clogging up traffic on the “surface streets”.

Was this topic thought of because of the WRAL story the other day? http://www.wral.com/workshop-to-provide-..
rfburns (Email) - 12/09/12 - 18:41

OK, just a coincidence that DOT is talking about that same section of road. They’re stealing your thoughts!

On another topic, how come the “Textile”-format links I posted above worked in my preview, but didn’t work when displayed above?
rfburns - 12/09/12 - 21:32

Wow that road in Austin is really nice!. Now imagine same road with a light rail option
njncems (Email) - 12/10/12 - 00:41

Love the elevated road idea for both Glenwood and Capital Blvd.
Silver - 12/10/12 - 14:36

They’ve got some elevated roadways in San Antonio, I-35 through the middle of S-A, as I recall from my Fort Sam Houston Days. Seemed to work really well.
DJ - 12/10/12 - 15:05

IH-35 (in Texas, they always call interstates “IH” and the number. Weirdos.) .. Anyway, IH-35 through Austin has elevated highways, too. They’ve got the “express lanes”, which go up and over most of the local exits, and the local lanes, which have the regular exits to get onto the local streets. They also have frontage roads that follow the interstate, so there are lots of businesses whose address is actually ON the interstate, such as “1234 IH-35 South”.

Imagine an elevated express highway on Capital Blvd that went from I-440 to I-540… I bet that would make the local streets almost not terrifying! :)
rfburns - 12/10/12 - 17:29

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