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#91
Mid-Atlantic / Re: Maryland
Last post by bluecountry - June 21, 2024, 01:49:37 PM
Quote from: TheOneKEA on June 19, 2024, 08:53:09 PM
Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMSo what is the story with the I-95 express lanes north of Baltimore.

The existing I-95/US 40 corridor carries a considerable amount of regional and long-distance traffic, with the preponderance of the traffic on I-95 between the Baltimore City line and the Susquehanna River consisting of commuter traffic from the suburban communities of northeastern Baltimore County and Harford County. US 40 is too built up for any substantial widening or grade separation beyond what has already been built, so the chosen alternative is what is happening today; namely, the widening of I-95 to add two additional tolled lanes that will allow traffic to bypass the congestion of the general-purpose lanes. These lanes are referred to as the Express Toll Lanes (ETLs).

The original plan was for the ETLs to extend from milepost 61 at Exit 62 on the Baltimore City line all the way to the vicinity of milepost 81, just north of Exit 80, northeast of Abingdon in Harford County. Both sets of ETLs would have dedicated ramps to and from the major highways that already interchange with I-95, and open-road tolling gantries would be built north and south of each interchange to allow tolls to be collected. Due to the exceedingly poor timing of the mid-2000s economy, the construction of the new carriage ways and the reconstruction of the northern I-95/I-695 interchange began in 2006 when costs were very high, and the MdTA subsequently was forced to rearrange the construction phasing so that the new ETLs stopped just north of Exit 67 and the dedicated ramps to and from I-695 were not built. The current phase of construction will extend the northbound ETLs beyond Exit 67 up to Exit 77, and a later phase will extend them further to the originally planned terminus beyond Exit 80 and construct two of the dedicated ramps from each direction of I-695 to the northbound ETLs.

Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMWill they be adding any lanes to the non express lanes?

Beyond Exit 80, the original construction plans for the ETLs envisioned that both carriage ways of I-95 would be widened to eight lanes up to a point just beyond Exit 85, to relieve congestion on the existing six general purpose lanes north of Exit 80.

Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMWhen will it open?

According to https://mdta.maryland.gov/I95ETLNB/home.html, the northbound ETLs will be open as far as Exit 74 by the end of this year (2024), and open as far as Exit 77 by 2027. Based on the current pace of construction I believe that the first target will be reached easily, but the second target will depend on how easily the oft-reconstructed interchange with MD 24 can be completely reconstructed again.

Quote from: bluecountry on June 19, 2024, 06:54:33 PMAre there any plans for southbound lanes/why was NB only chosen first?

There are no plans to begin construction of the southbound ETLs that I am aware of. As far as why the northbound side was chosen first, traffic going north on I-95 is substantially worse due to the lane drop at milepost 77 and the ascending gradient north of MD 24. There are also a disproportionate number of crashes and other accidents that occurred on northbound I-95 prior to the start of construction, that were not matched by an equivalent number of crashes and accidents on southbound I-95.


Thanks, so
- Originally it would have been 2+2 to MM 81, but due to $$ it is now to exit 74 then 77 then 80 starting with late 2024?
- Originally it would have been NB and SB but now it is just NB with no plans for SB (wow) because NB had it worse with the lane drop-off at exit 77?
- Originally It would have been 4-2-2-4 to MM 81, now it will be 4-2-4 to exit 77 then 3-2-3 77 to exit 80?

Can't believe MD has no plan for SB ext.
Frankly I think it should be 4-2-2-4 to 80 then 4-4 across the new Tydings bridge.

What I find dumb is how MD unlike VA refuses to make it a P3, where HOV would be lower the toll and the P3 funds could expedite this project.
#92
Northeast / Re: Connecticut News
Last post by abqtraveler - June 21, 2024, 01:43:19 PM
Quote from: shadyjay on June 19, 2024, 08:55:01 PMGetting more trucks off the road and improving freight service in the I-95 corridor is also a difficult task, since the NEC basically went "all passenger" starting back in the 1970s, with CT freight coming in/out via Springfield MA.  Getting through NYC is the biggest problem for freight trains.

Freight trains still run on the New Haven Line, but they are limited to off-peak hours...mainly at night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZkLgXn_OUg
#93
Pacific Southwest / Re: Interstate 11 alignment, t...
Last post by JayhawkCO - June 21, 2024, 01:41:25 PM
Quote from: DenverBrian on June 21, 2024, 01:38:12 PMAgain, some posters are missing the point of I-11. It's not on politicians' minds because it can somehow connect Reno and Las Vegas with an interstate. It's on their minds because they want trucks to be connected Mexico to Canada.

Where, in your opinion, should I-11 connect to Canada? (I'm assuming even if they never build I-11 south of I-10, you'd consider I-19->I-10->I-11 as connected to Mexico.)
#94
Northeast / Re: General PA Design/Construc...
Last post by 74/171FAN - June 21, 2024, 01:40:34 PM
(For PA 332)  PennDOT - District 6 News: Drainage Pipe Replacement Scheduled on Route 332 (Almshouse Road) in Northampton Township - Traffic Detour Begins July 8

QuoteKing of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that drainage pipe replacement is scheduled on Route 332 (Almshouse Road) in Northampton Township, Bucks County.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

Monday, July 8, through Saturday, July 20, a 24/7 road closure is scheduled on Route 332 (Almshouse Road) between Route 232 (Second Street Pike) and Jacksonville Road. During the closure, motorists are directed to use Jacksonville Road, Bristol Road, and Route 232 (Second Street Pike).
Local access will be maintained. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional X alerts.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District6.

Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at the PennDOT Projects page.

Follow PennDOT on X and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robyn Briggs, robbriggs@pa.gov

(For PA 82)  PennDOT - District 6 News: Maintenance Activities Scheduled in Chester County

QuoteKing of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that various maintenance activities are scheduled in Chester County.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restrictions:

Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, a right lane closure is scheduled on eastbound U.S. 30 between the Norwood Road on ramp and the Route 113 Interchange in Downingtown Borough, for tree and brush clearing.
Tuesday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 26, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Route 82 (Creek Road) will be closed between Old Kennett Road in Kennett Township, Chester County and Snuff Mill Road in New Castle County, Delaware, for pipe replacement. During the closure, motorists are directed to use Snuff Mill Road and Old Kennett Road. Local access will be maintained.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling near or through the work areas because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent. 

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional X alerts.
For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District6.

Information about infrastructure in District 6, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at the PennDOT Projects page.

Follow PennDOT on X and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robyn Briggs, robbriggs@pa.gov

(For I-81)  PennDOT - District 4 News: Interstate 81 Northbound Rest Area Closure in Lenoxville, Susquehanna County

QuoteDunmore, PA – The Interstate 81 southbound rest area in Lenoxville, Susquehanna County will be closed for ramp and curb modifications. Work will take place Monday, June 24, 2024, through Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers, and avoid all distractions. In high-traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and take turns merging into the open lane.
 
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following local alerts on X.
 
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties at www.penndot.pa.gov/District4.
 
Information about infrastructure in District 4, including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.pa.gov/D4Results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.
 
Find PennDOT news on X, Facebook, and Instagram. 

(For US 11/US 15) PennDOT - District 8 News: WB Camp Hill Bypass (Route 1014) Ramp to 21st Street South in E. Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, to be Closed Monday Night

QuoteSB Route 11 bridge over ramp to be inspected

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today the westbound Camp Hill Bypass (Route 1014) ramp to 21st Street South in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, is scheduled to be closed for several hours the night of Monday, June 24, so the southbound Route 11 bridge over the ramp can be inspected.

Weather permitting, the westbound Camp Hill Bypass ramp will be closed from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM Monday night. A signed detour will be in place. Travelers should continue west to 21st Street, turn right on 21st Street, continue on to Poplar Church Road, turn right onto Erford Road and then right on to Route 11 south.

Travelers are reminded to be alert for these operations.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following local alerts on X.

Subscribe to PennDOT news and traffic alerts in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties at PennDOT District 8.

Information about infrastructure in District 8, including completed work and significant projects, is available at District 8 Results. Find PennDOT's planned and active construction projects at PennDOT Projects.

Follow PennDOT on X, and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact: Dave Thompson, dmthompson@pa.gov, 717-418-5018
#95
Pacific Southwest / Re: Interstate 11 alignment, t...
Last post by DenverBrian - June 21, 2024, 01:38:12 PM
Again, some posters are missing the point of I-11. It's not on politicians' minds because it can somehow connect Reno and Las Vegas with an interstate. It's on their minds because they want trucks to be connected Mexico to Canada.
#96
Pacific Southwest / Re: Interstate 11 alignment, t...
Last post by gonealookin - June 21, 2024, 01:28:52 PM
Quote from: US 395 on June 21, 2024, 02:14:29 AMReno is a 30 minute drive to Tahoe. Sacramento is about an hour and a half.

Not if you add the time on the side of the highway receiving your speeding citation.

Actual distance and driving times from my house (close enough to the Stateline casinos to be a long walk) to RNO and SMF, with SMF being on the other side of the city:

RNO:  55 miles, 1 hour (no real variables in the time; in heavy snow I've done it in about 1:20)

SMF:  117 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes (variables:  traffic through Sacramento, winter conditions over the Sierra, sometimes heavy traffic on US 50 e.g. westbound on Sunday afternoon)

I like Sacramento's nonstops to Hawaii, which Reno has never had, and have used SMF quite a bit.  It does often require spending the previous night at a Sacramento hotel.  I much prefer flying out of Reno.  And in winter, the chance of a weather-related missed connection is much less in Las Vegas than it is in the Bay Area (westbound) or Denver (eastbound).  So that might help explain why RNO-LAS is my preferred first leg of a longer trip if Southwest has a schedule that makes sense, and all those daily RNO-LAS flights improve the opportunities for connections that make sense.
#97
Traffic Control / Re: FADED Beyond Recognition
Last post by mglass87 - June 21, 2024, 01:15:24 PM
This actually looks worse in person:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/RqhjNvZ55uL8irWz8
#98
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley / Re: Gordie Howe Bridge (US-Can...
Last post by vdeane - June 21, 2024, 01:04:32 PM
Quote from: SSOWorld on June 21, 2024, 07:13:26 AM* Montreal on I-87 - but (AFAIK) no A-15.
Not on guide signs, but it is signed from major interchanges as far south as Lake George.
#99
Off-Topic / Re: 24/7 OTA cartoon channel c...
Last post by vdeane - June 21, 2024, 12:59:18 PM
Quote from: LilianaUwU on June 20, 2024, 11:38:50 PMwhy the hell is the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority creating a cartoon channel
The same reason Sheetz serves food prepared by Ontaro's Ministry of Transportation.

(for reference: Sheetz loves to advertise their "MTO food", as in made to order from their kiosks)
#100
General Highway Talk / Re: AASHTO Spring 2024 Meeting...
Last post by vdeane - June 21, 2024, 12:53:48 PM
Maybe there's a difference between what we thought (because it would be the reasonable assumption) and what they meant?  Ie:

What we thought: they would withdraw the application, discuss with AASHTO, and resubmit with a new number
What they might have meant: they would withdraw the application, and resubmit at an in-person meeting where they could convince AASHTO to accept the I-42 number anyways

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