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pderocco

Kanan Dume is probably the fastest route over the mountains (other than the 405), if you don't count extra time getting there.


Scott5114

Quote from: bing101 on April 18, 2024, 12:17:12 PMhttps://lastreetnames.com/street/


Here is a cool road geek page on the history of LA Area street names. Yes its like gribblenation but for local streets.

Here's a similar site for San Francisco: http://sfstreets.noahveltman.com/
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RZF

Considering how Malibu becomes a tourist trap in the summer, the Topanga Canyon Rd closure won't go over well for many groups of people, unless the majority of tourists (namely those out-of-state/country) are coming from the Westside.

gonealookin

It's looking good for early May openings of Sonora and Ebbetts Passes this year.  Those are especially pretty drives when there's still a lot of snow on the mountains.

https://twitter.com/Caltrans9/status/1783884977924604255

cl94

Yeah, saw that this morning. Everything else is opening on schedule, figured those would as well unless there's a freak late storm.
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GaryA

Drove up to Santa Barbara yesterday, and noticed that a long-existing unsigned driveway exit on US 101 northbound just south of the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line has been given an exit number (Exit 82, I believe).

This was probably done since this section of the road is now supposed to be a freeway after the crossovers at La Conchita and Mussel Shoals were eliminated.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZGPmcZ3tN576TZtS9 (though GSV doesn't yet have the exit number sign).

pderocco

I never noticed, but that driveway used to have a crossover too. Some big gasoline tanker trying to make a left turn onto 101 SB must have been scary.

TheStranger

Drove up 101 from LA to the Bay yesterday.  Lots of construction in Prunedale - I know some grade seperations are new to the last decade or so, will there be more coming in the near future too?
Chris Sampang

Max Rockatansky

I've been driving past that project for several months.  I thought it was a shoulder widening and barrier reinforcement the first couple times I looked at it.

cl94

Quote from: Max Rockatansky on May 07, 2024, 09:50:07 PMI've been driving past that project for several months.  I thought it was a shoulder widening and barrier reinforcement the first couple times I looked at it.

From what I can tell, it's a bunch of relatively minor stuff. Barrier/ guiderail replacement, resurfacing, drainage. Every cross street between Salinas and San Francisco has been removed (with one exception near San Juan Bautista) and a full freeway is officially off the table right now for various reasons, so I don't think the value add of something else in Prunedale would be worth the cost.

I'll be down that way to meet with one of the agencies having jurisdiction next month, so I can try and remember to ask them if we don't have an answer.
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roadman65

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54480415@N08/51316464531
I take the I-80 shield is normal in California?

Three digit width for two numbers.
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Sheryl Crowe

Max Rockatansky

Very regular occurrence.  Spotted one in reassurance shield form recently on the Bay Bridge:

https://flic.kr/p/2pN4N3E

cl94

Yeah, even I-5 has a ton of 3 digit shields. Pretty common in CA. Similarly, there are a decent amount of 2-digit shields along 3DIs.
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The Ghostbuster


Max Rockatansky

Not new news, a pilot was ordered several years ago.  It didn't go over so great for San Diego County when they planned a real mileage tax.  That being the case I wouldn't expect the reception to the pilot to be warm.

pderocco

I think it's a lousy idea. The great virtue of the gas tax is that there is a strong correlation between the amount of tax paid and the amount of wear on the road, due to vehicle weight. Mileage ignores that. The solution is to require that chargers be metered and the electricity taxed.

Max Rockatansky

#2366
Problem is that this stuff is all based on "reduction of VMT" and not hurting the 2035 PHEV mandate.  The last thing this is about "equity in road use." 

End of the day, I suspect some sort of middle of the road will ultimately win out.  Given stuff like EVs not getting free pass for HOV lanes is on the table for 2025 there might be hope for a more balanced approach with generating road revenue from them than one might assume.

As an aside, that site was painful to read for a lot of reasons.

FredAkbar

As the owner of a plug-in hybrid, I don't see how it would even work in my case. I can switch between electric and gas at any time, or even a blend of the two. It would be hard to discern just the electric miles driven for taxation purposes, though the car I believe does make this ratio available in the display somewhere.

pderocco

Quote from: FredAkbar on May 18, 2024, 06:11:53 PMAs the owner of a plug-in hybrid, I don't see how it would even work in my case. I can switch between electric and gas at any time, or even a blend of the two. It would be hard to discern just the electric miles driven for taxation purposes, though the car I believe does make this ratio available in the display somewhere.
That's another problem that would be solved by taxing electricity from chargers.

FredAkbar

Quote from: pderocco on May 18, 2024, 08:03:21 PM
Quote from: FredAkbar on May 18, 2024, 06:11:53 PMAs the owner of a plug-in hybrid, I don't see how it would even work in my case. I can switch between electric and gas at any time, or even a blend of the two. It would be hard to discern just the electric miles driven for taxation purposes, though the car I believe does make this ratio available in the display somewhere.
That's another problem that would be solved by taxing electricity from chargers.

Taxing superchargers seems sensible by that logic, but many EV/PHEV owners charge at home, often from a regular 120V outlet. There's no analogue to that for gasoline.

pderocco

Quote from: FredAkbar on May 19, 2024, 02:18:20 AM
Quote from: pderocco on May 18, 2024, 08:03:21 PM
Quote from: FredAkbar on May 18, 2024, 06:11:53 PMAs the owner of a plug-in hybrid, I don't see how it would even work in my case. I can switch between electric and gas at any time, or even a blend of the two. It would be hard to discern just the electric miles driven for taxation purposes, though the car I believe does make this ratio available in the display somewhere.
That's another problem that would be solved by taxing electricity from chargers.

Taxing superchargers seems sensible by that logic, but many EV/PHEV owners charge at home, often from a regular 120V outlet. There's no analogue to that for gasoline.
If they're charging from a 120V outlet, they're using so little energy that it's not worth taxing. It's only the massive amounts that full electrics use that require taxing.

Quillz

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Quote from: Quillz on March 22, 2024, 05:36:08 PMCA-27 has been closed for some time now, between CA-1 and the Topanga city limits. Not sure what's going on, my guess is maybe some kind of rock slide? It's happened before, but the other mountain crossings are open. I use this crossing a lot so having to take Malibu Canyon Road instead adds a fair bit of travel time.

It's made the commute on the 405 horrible. Added perhaps 20 minutes in the morning, and about 40 in the evening (making it, for me, over 2 hours to go 35 miles!)

Latest news in the local media (as I'm sure you're unfortunately aware) is that Topanga Canyon Road (CA-27) may not be reopened until the FALL.  The landslide is still very unstable.

I live in Sherman Oaks and most of my local travels are (1) within the SFV, (2) out the 101 toward Ventura and (3) north to Santa Clarita.  So this hasn't affected me a ton. 

But today I went hiking out in Tuna Canyon Park, then went to Malibu for lunch, then back to Sherman Oaks.  This is DEFINITELY putting a lot of pressure on the 405 and the other Canyon roads.  Tuna Canyon Road seems like a fun road - in normal times.  Very clogged today.  And the 405 north to 101 west interchange - which has a terrible geometry as is - yikes, big-time back-ups.
When did Tuna Canyon Road become southbound-only? I have driven it a few times (it's quite steep) and it's wide enough that it seems at one point it was two lanes.

And I think I've commented before that I'm surprised at the lack of traffic on Las Flores Canyon. It's in between Malibu Canyon and Topanga Canyon. It's not exactly a direct route, but it does let you reach Topanga Canyon via some other roads (that eventually turn into Fernwood Pacific). I've been finding it handy recently with the closure of Topanga Canyon. Where it ends you can either go west on Piuma to reach Malibu Canyon, or east for Mulholland Highway and Topanga Canyon.

Plutonic Panda

Thought I would just share this. An article that shows how many DUI arrests were made and the amount of tickets issued over the Memorial Day maximum enforcement period. Spoiler alert, it's a lot:

https://ktla.com/news/california/more-than-1100-arrested-for-dui-in-california-over-memorial-day-weekend/

pderocco

Quote from: Quillz on May 28, 2024, 03:00:50 AMWhen did Tuna Canyon Road become southbound-only? I have driven it a few times (it's quite steep) and it's wide enough that it seems at one point it was two lanes.
I don't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure it was over 10 years ago.

Plutonic Panda

Titled as California laws to stop freeway expansions in CA hits a roadblock but mainly talking about the toll lane proposal on I-80 between Sac and the bay. Hopefully a ruling happens to allow these new lanes and eventually the entire law is repealed to allow expansions in general. I still don't understand how Orange County gets away with all of the expansions they are doing.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-06-20/the-road-to-the-capitol-is-a-test-case-for-freeway-expansions?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR0NuyuZeBaYylXNQXUzliAGHbQ-ynWqrs6EWjAEffz2x3tCHx04W13rytM_aem_ZmFrZWR1bW15MTZieXRlcw



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