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(Oddity Central)   World's most complicated overpass featuring 20 ramps intertwined over five levels and connecting three major expressways, the Huangjuewan Overpass in Chongqing, China is your mindboggling driving experience to get lost on   (odditycentral.com) divider line
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1845 clicks; posted to STEM » on 26 Jul 2022 at 4:35 PM (18 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-07-26 3:47:21 PM  
And all the GODDAMNED signs are in Chinese!!!!
 
2022-07-26 3:50:54 PM  
Your move Texas.
 
2022-07-26 3:54:19 PM  
And the whole thing is built out of substandard concrete.
 
2022-07-26 3:55:47 PM  
A decent earthquake might turn all of that into a huge pile of rubble
 
2022-07-26 4:12:21 PM  
It's been quite a while since I've driven south on I-5 thru Portland, OR, but more than once I've done that thing where you're just driving along and all of a sudden you realize you're heading west and are no longer on I-5 and have to find a way to turn around and go back.
 
2022-07-26 4:47:03 PM  

fatassbastard: It's been quite a while since I've driven south on I-5 thru Portland, OR, but more than once I've done that thing where you're just driving along and all of a sudden you realize you're heading west and are no longer on I-5 and have to find a way to turn around and go back.


If you're talking about the left exit lanes that put you on 405/26, just take 26 to 217. You'll end up back on I-5 south.

/And probably faster than trying to come back into downtown on 26, which is pretty much a parking lot except at 6am on a Sunday.
 
2022-07-26 4:47:29 PM  

fatassbastard: It's been quite a while since I've driven south on I-5 thru Portland, OR, but more than once I've done that thing where you're just driving along and all of a sudden you realize you're heading west and are no longer on I-5 and have to find a way to turn around and go back.


just stay to the left and get back om I5
 
2022-07-26 4:49:00 PM  

fat boy: fatassbastard: It's been quite a while since I've driven south on I-5 thru Portland, OR, but more than once I've done that thing where you're just driving along and all of a sudden you realize you're heading west and are no longer on I-5 and have to find a way to turn around and go back.

just stay to the left and get back om I5


Yeah, I was just thinking that... if the traffic isn't too bad, just stay on 405 and you'll loop back around.
 
2022-07-26 4:51:02 PM  

bingethinker: And the whole thing is built out of substandard concrete.


no1curr: A decent earthquake might turn all of that into a huge pile of rubble


came here to comment on this.  its chinese high speed construction.  it wont need an earthquake just want 5 years.
 
2022-07-26 4:51:44 PM  
dammit spellcheck.

just wait* 5 years.
 
2022-07-26 4:55:04 PM  
It looks like there was no planning they were just making things up as they went.
 
2022-07-26 5:01:04 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Your move Texas.


I came to say 610/59 interchange is still worse than that.
 
2022-07-26 5:08:40 PM  
As someone who cut his driving teeth on LA freeways, the complexity of that interchange from a driver's perspective all depends on how clear the signage is. You don't need to pay attention to every route, just the one you need to take.
 
2022-07-26 5:08:59 PM  
Those are some pretty empty roads. It makes one wonder why they were built, doesn't it?
 
2022-07-26 5:21:10 PM  

Samfucious: Those are some pretty empty roads. It makes one wonder why they were built, doesn't it?


If they're toll roads, it wouldn't surprise me at all. On my first trip to Lijiang, our driver took the back road instead of the new expressway, which had almost no traffic. When my colleague asked him why, the response was "because it costs 20 RMB".

JFC, dude, just tell us at the start and and we'll be more than happy to shell out the three dollars to save us the extra hour it will take to get into the city because we're stuck behind farm equipment, people trying to haul furniture on bicycles, etc.

/After that, I made sure to ask in advance. Saved not only many hours but, considering some of those local/mountain roads, probably my life as well.
 
2022-07-26 5:21:33 PM  
I do hope that's not a seismically active part of China.

/ Driving that thing when a quake strikes would be unpleasant.
 
2022-07-26 5:53:27 PM  

CrazyCurt: I do hope that's not a seismically active part of China.

/ Driving that thing when a quake strikes would be unpleasant.


It's close to Sichuan, which is prone to earthquakes, but if an earthquake hit Chongqing some overpasses would be the among the least of their problems compared to the high-rises that house ~30 million people.
 
2022-07-26 6:29:51 PM  
Some semi is going to crash on the top level, go over the edge, and knock out the 4 levels below it.
 
2022-07-26 6:53:44 PM  
The MacArthur Maze in East Bay near the east end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is the worst mess I've had to navigate.  IIRC there's also five levels, but fewer ramps.
 
2022-07-26 6:56:39 PM  
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2022-07-26 7:19:53 PM  

vudukungfu: And all the GODDAMNED signs are in Chinese!!!!


Look, kids! Big Ben, Parliament!
 
2022-07-26 8:49:51 PM  
Getting closer to Cities Skylines level of construction.

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2022-07-26 9:01:18 PM  
"In 300 feet, make an up up down down left right left right B A start turn"
 
2022-07-26 9:07:57 PM  

oopsboom: bingethinker: And the whole thing is built out of substandard concrete.

no1curr: A decent earthquake might turn all of that into a huge pile of rubble

came here to comment on this.  its chinese high speed construction.  it wont need an earthquake just want 5 years.


I dunno man, I've seen Chinese buildings that were built in under a year go through a hurricane without much issue. They might use substandard-ish concrete, but they use a LOT of it. lol.

Their 24/7 construction 12/12 shifts are something to behold though. It's crazy how fast they can do things - with only minor loss of life!
 
2022-07-26 9:10:21 PM  
Someone is probably very proud of that, but should in fact be horribly ashamed.
 
2022-07-26 9:33:34 PM  
 
2022-07-26 11:41:50 PM  

fatassbastard: It's been quite a while since I've driven south on I-5 thru Portland, OR, but more than once I've done that thing where you're just driving along and all of a sudden you realize you're heading west and are no longer on I-5 and have to find a way to turn around and go back.


I did I-5 thru Portland just a few months ago. Yes it is a nightmare. I learned a long time ago not to trust dash navigation. "Next right" (less than 1/4 mile away and you have 5 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic to get across for your exit). And San Francisco is an even bigger cluster ****.
What I do is the night before I am to hit a bigger city is sit down with google earth and and write down each exit number, what lane to be in to go right or left or go straight. And then use street view to actually see what I am up against. Write it all down and tape it to the dash.
Navigation is used for the open interstate and highways.
 
2022-07-27 2:38:28 AM  
I not sure if I could live in a fog of pollution all day.  Never can look up and see sky or stars.
 
2022-07-27 1:41:33 PM  
Well, that's one method of population control.
 
2022-07-27 1:46:03 PM  

vudukungfu: And all the GODDAMNED signs are in Chinese!!!!


Actually, no.  My experience is that most modern navigation signs in China are written in pinyin.  While it's not a precise 1:1 translation it's enough that Chinese people can read it without difficulty.  (Any given bit of pinyin might have multiple words it could be but the list is limited and typically only one will make sense in the context.)  However, pinyin uses our alphabet.  Even if you know absolutely nothing about it you'll still be able to compare what's on the sign with where you wish to go.  (But note that if you try to pronounce what you're reading there's a good chance you won't be understood--not all the letters sound like we are used to.)

This is much, much easier than trying to compare stuff actually written in Chinese.  I doubt I could do that even as a passenger, let alone driving.  The signage is usually good enough that I would understand what to do (not that I'm willing to consider driving in that insanity!) and the stuff that I don't understand usually doesn't matter.  (I'm thinking of the sign that kept puzzling me, it looked like a prohibition on car bombs.  I finally managed to see one far enough out to get my wife to look at it--I was almost right.  It was saying no hazardous cargoes.)

no1curr: A decent earthquake might turn all of that into a huge pile of rubble


China understands earthquake engineering and modern construction **should be** fine.  Whether somebody cut corners is another matter, though....

Samfucious: Those are some pretty empty roads. It makes one wonder why they were built, doesn't it?


All the good intercity roads I've seen are toll roads.

BlueBox: I not sure if I could live in a fog of pollution all day.  Never can look up and see sky or stars.


Yup, I'm never at my best in a Chinese city.  We go because that's where her family is.
 
2022-07-27 5:04:34 PM  
And to think, some people get confused by roundabouts (traffic circles)
 
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