Roadscapes Wednesday: Road Videos Of The Gotthard Tunnel

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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am featuring two great videos of the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland.  The tunnel carries traffic on the A2 for 17 KM.  The first video from the astey highways YouTube channel is the scenery when you are driving to the tunnel and after you leave the tunnel.  The second video is the Gotthard Tunnel, in both directions.  Enjoy the videos!

Roadscapes Wednesday: A Map Of All The Roads In The United States

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Yes, the USA has plenty of roads!  Someone took all the roads in America and put them in one giant map!  The Reddit user WestCoastBestCoast94 created this country wide map of all the roads, and it’s beautiful!  Any line in black is a road.  And as you can see, the major cities are a lot more darker than the rural areas.


But that’s not all!  The Reddit user also created road maps for each state.  So, what is the road map for Alabama?  Look below!


And here is one for Georgia.


Here is one for Florida.


Here is one for Tennessee.


And here is one for Mississippi.


Cool stuff!  You can take a look at a map of each of the 50 states and zoom into the maps at:

Roadscapes Wednesday: Road Videos Of The Transfăgărăşan

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This is Roadscapes Wednesday on a Thursday!  As you might have heard by now, the BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.  And while the BBC says they might bring back Jeremy, Top Gear won’t be the same.  And let’s be sure about something, we have not heard the last from Jeremy Clarkson!  Nope, he will be somewhere else very soon, maybe the US version of Top Gear, one can hope!

So, I wanted to showcase Jeremy Clarkson’s most favorite road in the world!  The road is in Europe and the country of Romania.  The road is called the Transfăgărăşan and is a part of Romania National Road route 7C.  The road is the second-highest paved road in Romania and was built in the 1970’s.  The Transfăgărășan was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu. It was built as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case the Soviets attempted a similar move to a previous one during 1921.

Yes, Romania already had several strategic mountain passes through the Southern Carpathians.  But, these passes were mainly through river valleys, and therefore easy to block and attack in event of a military invasion.  So, why not build a road over a major mountain.  The sad part about this road, was the cost in human lives.  Estimates of around 40 people were killed while building this road.  The Romanian Military built this road, and many soldiers were untrained with dynamite.  Not a good mix!

So, what does this road have to do with Top Gear.  The show visited the Transfăgărășan in 2009.  And after filming, Jeremy Clarkson declared this road as the best road in the world!  Here is a video clip of this from the BBC.

So, in honor of Jeremy Clarkson and the Transfăgărășan.  Here are various road videos featuring this mountain pass!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Painting New Road Lines On The Roads

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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, let’s show some pictures of Anniston repainting the lines on the road.  And the way they repaint the lines is somewhat interesting.  Today, I caught city workers repainting the lines along Greenbrier Dear Road.  When I got to the area, part of the road was already repainted.  You can see the black paint on the right side.  The workers were painting over the white line on the right side of the road.


Apparently, the workers were painting over the white and yellow lines with black tar.


And after letting the black tar dry, they were painting over that with either yellow or white paint.


The workers use this small lawnmower like machine to paint new road lines onto the road.


And after everything is done, this is what it looked like.


So, its road painting season time!  It’s also pothole filling time!


Roadscapes Wednesday: What If All Major Roads Were Private

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This week on Roadscapes, I am bringing you an interesting question.  What if all major roads anywhere, including America were private today.  And each road charged a toll to use the road?  Back in the early days, some roads in America were private.  And each road charged a toll to use them.  Today, mostly all roads in America and most of the world are public.  But, there are still some private roads and bridges today.

For example, in Alabama there are several private toll bridges.  Some roads like the Indiana Toll Road are leased to a private company, with bad results!  And in France and Italy, their freeways are owned by private companies and come with tolls.  The YouTube channel Tom Scott has done a video featuring a private toll road in London.  And presents a different question about private roads.  What if history was different, and most roads were still private?  In my opinion, it would have led to less growth, and people still living in downtown areas of cities instead of sprawling out like today.  Enjoy the video!