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 on: Today at 03:33:05 PM 
Started by Brian556 - Last post by sparker
In the '50's and early '60's a number of towns in CA's Orange County featured single white lines as center delineators.  Most of these were in towns such as Midway City (one of my uncles lived there), although I do remember others closer to the beach (in the yet-to-be-developed Huntington Harbor area).  Most of these had been replaced by standardized pavement markings by the mid-70's, although a few pockets, adjacent to or near Midway or the north part of Huntington Beach, persisted until about the end of the decade or until new housing tracts were deployed in the vicinity.  One of the more odd and unique pavement markings associated with the single line was the approach to stop signs, where a squiggly line (like a sine wave on an oscilloscope) was laid atop the center line as a warning that a stop sign was imminent.  Those didn't last as long as the single lines themselves; don't remember seeing any after about '63 or so. 

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 on: Today at 03:32:28 PM 
Started by TBKS1 - Last post by usends
This post has several examples of three-direction US route concurrencies.

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 on: Today at 03:31:47 PM 
Started by mgk920 - Last post by GeekJedi
This is why there is a shortfall in the transportation budget to begin with.

Actually, that's not why. There's a shortfall because these projects are identified and budgeted well in advance. In the meantime, the current legislature repealed the automatic gas tax increases, and refuse to raise it, meaning that the DOT no longer has the budget they planned for.

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 on: Today at 03:27:49 PM 
Started by 1 - Last post by Flint1979
I agree that the Midwest comprises IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO and WI, as well as parts of OH (I feel not all of Ohio is part of Midwest, and definitely not any part East of I-77). KS, NE, ND and SD comprise what I call the "Great boredom".
Ohio SE of Columbus has more of the feel of Kentucky and West Virginia than it does anything in the Midwest so I agree on that point. Anything north of Columbus though just resembles areas around the Great Lakes mostly. Ohio doesn't have the lakes that Michigan has but Michigan has a lot of farms around the Saginaw area and in the Thumb which Ohio seems to have as well.

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 on: Today at 03:27:48 PM 
Started by thefraze_1020 - Last post by thefraze_1020
Switching gears a bit, does anybody know the story about this abandoned ramp at the interchange between US 195 and Cheney-Plaza Road in Plaza? https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3104868,-117.3871405,1021m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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 on: Today at 03:16:45 PM 
Started by Alex - Last post by cpzilliacus
The bridge will have to be replaced sometime in the next 15-20 years given the issues it has, but finding the money to do so will be challenging (VDOT is already set to spend $3 billion+ on the HRBT expansion). And yes, tolls will almost certainly be a must.

This is what states with very expensive infrastructure like Maryland and Virginia has to deal with constantly (Maryland didn't remove much of its tolls like Virginia did, though).
One analogous toll free situation in Maryland would be replacing the MD 4 bridge over the Patuxent River.  This bridge is not as old.  The upgrade is needed for lack of capacity.  But it does have an alternative that is an extra 50 miles long. 
http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectInformation.aspx?projectno=SM3511118

Of course the analogous tolled situation would be the US 301 Potomac River bridge.

The Thomas Johnson Bridge should be twinned or replaced for the operational reasons you mention.  I have never been  stuck there, though I have gotten  stuck in massive backups at the the U.S. 301 Harry W. Nice Bridge more than once - for construction as well as for crashes or a disabled vehicle. 

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 on: Today at 03:14:17 PM 
Started by cpzilliacus - Last post by cpzilliacus
Frankly, I think this got a unanimous vote from the city council because it's negatively affecting development projects in every single district from moving forward. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Mayor Pugh will sign it.

New development in Baltimore is a good thing.  I get the impression that the standards in question  were arbitrary.  If there's a street design that really hinders the arrival of fire or EMS, then it  can be discussed as needed.  But  firefighters tend to know the area that they serve (especially their first-due response area), and I suspect they know how to get themselves and their vehicles to the scene.  There are several areas of Baltimore that have narrow streets for as long  as I  can remember (think Fells Point as one example).

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 on: Today at 03:13:54 PM 
Started by Scott5114 - Last post by MNHighwayMan
Reynosa → Akeley, MN (at the MN-200/371 and MN-34 junction in Walker)


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 on: Today at 03:10:44 PM 
Started by cpzilliacus - Last post by cpzilliacus
MDOT SHA posted several photos of the resurfacing of the Hanover Street Bridge today.

SHA? 

They  maintain exactly nothing in Baltimore City.

The Baltimore Sun ran this the other day: Hanover Street Bridge closed for repairs

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 on: Today at 03:04:49 PM 
Started by roadman65 - Last post by Beltway
I'm not sure how that's counting them. There shouldn't be more than one Washington per state, since "Washington Township" isn't being included (the number would be over 100 if it was).

"Occurrences of Place Name Nationwide"

Cities and towns, counties, and townships.  Virginia doesn't have townships, but there are a number of cases where a county has the same name as a city or town.


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