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Started by sandiaman, April 18, 2009, 02:42:07 PM

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Rothman

Quote from: Plutonic Panda on April 17, 2024, 09:28:55 PM
Quote from: Rothman on April 17, 2024, 09:26:59 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on April 17, 2024, 09:26:08 PMOh, man, oh man.... did I mention that NMDOT needs to get their shit together? They had a lane of I 40 closed With no construction workers and nothing going on at five p m. That was heading westbound on I 40 near tucumcari. It caused about a five mile back up. Fortunately, I was heading eastbound. But that is ridiculous. New mexico really just doesn't give a fuck.

There are various legit reasons for a work zone to be empty...
Yeah, alright. I just don't buy that in the middle of a rural desert they couldn't find a way to prevent a 5+ mile backup for a simple repave.

Well, give them a call, then.
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.


Plutonic Panda

Quote from: Rothman on April 17, 2024, 09:54:51 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on April 17, 2024, 09:28:55 PM
Quote from: Rothman on April 17, 2024, 09:26:59 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on April 17, 2024, 09:26:08 PMOh, man, oh man.... did I mention that NMDOT needs to get their shit together? They had a lane of I 40 closed With no construction workers and nothing going on at five p m. That was heading westbound on I 40 near tucumcari. It caused about a five mile back up. Fortunately, I was heading eastbound. But that is ridiculous. New mexico really just doesn't give a fuck.

There are various legit reasons for a work zone to be empty...
Yeah, alright. I just don't buy that in the middle of a rural desert they couldn't find a way to prevent a 5+ mile backup for a simple repave.

Well, give them a call, then.
Oh yessir I have already written them a very strongly worded message.

Scott5114

Quote from: Rothman on April 17, 2024, 09:26:59 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on April 17, 2024, 09:26:08 PMOh, man, oh man.... did I mention that NMDOT needs to get their shit together? They had a lane of I 40 closed With no construction workers and nothing going on at five p m. That was heading westbound on I 40 near tucumcari. It caused about a five mile back up. Fortunately, I was heading eastbound. But that is ridiculous. New mexico really just doesn't give a fuck.

There are various legit reasons for a work zone to be empty...

This and NMDOT needing to get their shit together can both be true.
uncontrollable freak sardine salad chef

Max Rockatansky

#153
Arizona does the same thing during long resurfacing projects on I-40.  They'll close a lane over a fairly lengthy section and just leave it that way until finished.  Typically the posted construction limit tended to be 45 MPH in both states. 

All the same, it probably is more worth your time to keep in mind they New Mexico isn't really what many of us consider "top shelf" in terms of maintenance and practices.  Seems to me like a waste of time for an out of state resident to draft a complaint letter than will just ended up a figurative black hole.  I'm sure the average NMDOT worker absolutely loves hearing what Californians think of their agency.

Plutonic Panda

I'll tell you this. I'm always on high alert when going through. New Mexico cause. Sometimes you can save time by going. D*** near a 100 Miles out of the way versus taking the interstate. Because of some stupid thing, they do that causes insane traffic backups. It probably happens in other states, but I don't notice it as often.

Max Rockatansky

I used to work in the state for several years.  If you are just blasting through on I-40 you are missing out on some really good scenery along the US Routes.

thenetwork

NMDOT'S Philosphy on Road Work:

1) Work when you feel like it.
2) If you don't want to do work today, don't worry -- it will be there tomorrow.
3) The nicer you build it initially, the longer you let it go bad over time until you touch it again.
4) Preventive Maintenance...what's that???

kwellada

Quote from: Max Rockatansky on April 18, 2024, 08:56:47 PMI used to work in the state for several years.  If you are just blasting through on I-40 you are missing out on some really good scenery along the US Routes.

Unless my intention is to take photos of the various remnants of US 66 things, I fully agree that the non freeway routes in NM are far more interesting. But then again, there's very few interstates that I would prefer over a 2 lane highway

Max Rockatansky

Quote from: kwellada on April 19, 2024, 11:41:54 AM
Quote from: Max Rockatansky on April 18, 2024, 08:56:47 PMI used to work in the state for several years.  If you are just blasting through on I-40 you are missing out on some really good scenery along the US Routes.

Unless my intention is to take photos of the various remnants of US 66 things, I fully agree that the non freeway routes in NM are far more interesting. But then again, there's very few interstates that I would prefer over a 2 lane highway

In particular for me I used to use US 70, 82, 60 and 380 frequently on work trips.  Even an expressway like US 70 near Ruidoso has a lot to offer in terms of things to catch the eye.

Bobby5280

I always liked driving on US-82 through the mountains near Cloudcroft and down to Alamogordo. When I was a kid we would drive through there at least a couple times a year on road trips between Yuma and Artesia. Just West of Cloudcroft US-82 winds around a canyon-like setup in the mountains and even go through a tunnel at one point. Looking to the West in the distance White Sands spreads out in the horizon. Really great view.

triplemultiplex

That drop from Cloudcroft is a doosy.  Even after being in the state for a month going up and down mountains elsewhere in New Mexico, coming down US 82 at Cloudcroft still hurt my ears with the pressure difference between the summit and the valley.
"That's just like... your opinion, man."

abqtraveler

It's a 16-mile drive from Cloudcroft to Alamogrodo on US-82. In that span of distance one will descend more than 4,300 feet in elevation from the crest of Sacramento Mountains to the bottom of the Tularosa Basin.
2-d Interstates traveled:  4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 27, 29, 35, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76(E), 77, 78, 81, 83, 84(W), 85, 87(N), 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95

2-d Interstates Clinched:  12, 22, 30, 37, 44, 59, 80, 84(E), 86(E), 238, H1, H2, H3, H201

kernals12

I thought Missouri's outdoor advertising situation was bad but New Mexico is even worse. There were 2 dozen billboards for a single rest stop (Flying C Ranch), and those were just the ones facing my direction.

Rothman

Quote from: kernals12 on May 21, 2024, 06:16:01 PMI thought Missouri's outdoor advertising situation was bad but New Mexico is even worse. There were 2 dozen billboards for a single rest stop (Flying C Ranch), and those were just the ones facing my direction.

Well, at least you've decided the focus of your vacation. :D
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

Plutonic Panda

Quote from: kernals12 on May 21, 2024, 06:16:01 PMI thought Missouri's outdoor advertising situation was bad but New Mexico is even worse. There were 2 dozen billboards for a single rest stop (Flying C Ranch), and those were just the ones facing my direction.
Told you.

Max Rockatansky

No worse than all the billboards for "The Thing" on I-10.

kernals12

Quote from: Rothman on May 21, 2024, 06:37:03 PM
Quote from: kernals12 on May 21, 2024, 06:16:01 PMI thought Missouri's outdoor advertising situation was bad but New Mexico is even worse. There were 2 dozen billboards for a single rest stop (Flying C Ranch), and those were just the ones facing my direction.

Well, at least you've decided the focus of your vacation. :D

I'm not on vacation. I'm moving.

Max Rockatansky

No reason it can't be both.

Plutonic Panda

Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:49:19 PMNo worse than all the billboards for "The Thing" on I-10.
Where is this?

Max Rockatansky

Quote from: Plutonic Panda on May 21, 2024, 08:55:21 PM
Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:49:19 PMNo worse than all the billboards for "The Thing" on I-10.
Where is this?

Along I-10 between Tucson and Las Cruces.  Those billboards were excessively numerous between the 2010-2016 era.

pderocco

Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:57:05 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on May 21, 2024, 08:55:21 PM
Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:49:19 PMNo worse than all the billboards for "The Thing" on I-10.
Where is this?

Along I-10 between Tucson and Las Cruces.  Those billboards were excessively numerous between the 2010-2016 era.
I haven't been through there in over 25 years. Are they all basically the same, or are they all different like the Wall Drug signs on I-90 in SD?

Max Rockatansky

Quote from: pderocco on May 22, 2024, 10:28:35 PM
Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:57:05 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on May 21, 2024, 08:55:21 PM
Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:49:19 PMNo worse than all the billboards for "The Thing" on I-10.
Where is this?

Along I-10 between Tucson and Las Cruces.  Those billboards were excessively numerous between the 2010-2016 era.
I haven't been through there in over 25 years. Are they all basically the same, or are they all different like the Wall Drug signs on I-90 in SD?

They basically all giant yellow signs that say "The Thing?"  Sometimes they have business logos and say something about mystery.

DJStephens

Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:57:05 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on May 21, 2024, 08:55:21 PM
Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 21, 2024, 08:49:19 PMNo worse than all the billboards for "The Thing" on I-10.
Where is this?

Along I-10 between Tucson and Las Cruces.  Those billboards were excessively numerous between the 2010-2016 era.
The "Thing" is Exit 322, Johnson Rd exit.  Supposedly it is a "mummy" in a dimly lighted viewing room.   



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