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What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« on: January 11, 2022, 03:23:58 PM »

In your opinion, what were the biggest, most important news stories when it comes to roads, during 2021?

I think the completion of the Bella Vista Bypass in Arkansas was one of them.

What else? It could be new road construction, road re-numbering, re-routing of highways...anything important roads-related.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2022, 03:35:40 PM »

Maybe the Rat Creek Side being repaired so quickly on CA 1 in Big Sur for California?
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2022, 03:35:59 PM »

The closure of the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River was probably the biggest "event".
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 04:32:59 PM »

I-69 through Martinsville, IN being done in under a year and 15 miles of upgraded I-69.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2022, 04:36:03 PM »

The I-587 approval was big, but it has yet to be signed.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2022, 04:57:51 PM »

The I-70 closure due to the slide.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2022, 09:50:24 PM »

BC getting cut off from the rest of Canada by multiple washouts in November, and then repairing a few sections by the end of the year.

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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2022, 10:07:07 PM »

Arkansas:  You win some
In your opinion, what were the biggest, most important news stories when it comes to roads, during 2021?

I think the completion of the Bella Vista Bypass in Arkansas was one of them.

What else? It could be new road construction, road re-numbering, re-routing of highways...anything important roads-related.

You lose some
The closure of the I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River was probably the biggest "event".

It's like our sports teams.  Capable of amazing highs and lows, all in one package!  Always interesting, though.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2022, 10:10:39 PM »

In Québec, it's the opening of more of A-85, as well as the announcement that QC-158 would finally get dualized.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2022, 10:24:30 PM »

The completion of the I-64 widening on the Peninsula outside Williamsburg, VA.

Construction began on the $4 billion HRBT expansion.

Construction underway / upcoming on nearly 50 miles of I-95 in North Carolina, widening from 4 to 8 lanes.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2022, 10:38:11 PM »

In Québec, it's the opening of more of A-85, as well as the announcement that QC-158 would finally get dualized.

What about the renumbering of A-720 in Montreal to a new segment of QC-136? (Not a "freeway removal", since the highway is still an expressway, even without the Autoroute designation.) 
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2022, 10:45:35 PM »

I'll add a couple more from Indiana:

Shutting down I-65/I-70 for the North Split rebuild for 18 months
Interchange reconstruction (I-65 at 109th Avenue in Crown Point) to a roundabout
Land clearing in preparation for the US 31 interchange at 236th Street
US 12 realignment in Miller
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2022, 10:48:10 PM »

The retaining wall collapse at the I-295/I-76/Rt. 42 construction project in NJ.

It wasn't as big of a news story as it could've been as the roadway that collapsed was still a few years from opening, so no one was on it or otherwise injured. It occurred at night, and no known video of the collapse exists. But it is highly visible and occurred about 50 feet from the existing travel lanes of 295 North.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2022, 11:12:21 PM »

For some more road openings, Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor and the remaining 4 lane section of US 35 in WV opened a few days within each other.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2022, 11:50:44 AM »

Passage of the infrastructure bill.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2022, 12:15:57 AM »

Passage of the infrastructure bill.

Agree with this as *THE* biggest story of the year.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2022, 04:54:11 PM »

The new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities opening up.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2022, 06:38:40 PM »

Nationally, agree it's definitely the Infrastructure Bill. Not sure about California. It rained, which meant another landslide blocking CA 1 in both February and December. Work continued on I-10 through the San Gorgonio Pass, but that's been happening for a couple years now. Can't think of anything special in So Cal. Maybe something in Northern California.
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2022, 08:23:48 PM »

How about a best of AARoads in 2021?
- Grand Alan election
- “Illinois isn’t flat”
- The while SafeSpeeder thing
- A thread named just “71”
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Re: What were the biggest roads-related stories of 2021
« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2022, 08:58:11 PM »

Agreed on the Infrastructure Bill and the I-40 bridge in Memphis. HOT lanes coming to I-4 (and in work for the Beachline) as part of I-4 Ultimate is a major move.
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