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Max Rockatansky:
The logical progression from our blog (Gribblenation) on the history of the southern terminus of US Route 91 leads directly into the construction of Interstate 15 through the Mojave Desert.  Interstate 15 north of Barstow to the Nevada State Line was built to freeway standards relatively quickly as it was completed by 1965.  This led to an odd circumstance where US 91 and US 466 lingered on with a multiplex of Interstate 15 to a terminus in Baker for many years.  Interstate 15 north of Barstow to the Nevada State Line is a surprisingly busy rural corridor which actually can be quite scenic as it traverses the heart of the Mojave Desert. 

https://www.gribblenation.org/2021/04/interstate-15-mojave-freeway-from.html?m=1

Plutonic Panda:
This subject keeps getting brought up the Las Vegas Mayor and now tourism officials. I say good keep putting pressure on caltrans to widen this damned thing! Hell Iíd argue for 8 lanes but I will be more than happy with 6.

Still, I donít think problems will be solved until they address the agricultural checkpoint which needs to be be completely removed for non commercial traffic.

https://news3lv.com/newsletter-daily/tourism-officials-say-california-nevada-border-traffic-jams-need-to-be-addressed

cahwyguy:
They have really improved the Ag checkpoint these days. But the checkpoint is important to California agriculture. I used to think it wasn't, then I gave this episode of Gastropod a listen (actually, I think it was while driving I-15 to Vegas). https://gastropod.com/chocpocalypse-now-quarantine-and-the-future-of-food/

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: cahwyguy on October 17, 2021, 03:17:05 PM ---They have really improved the Ag checkpoint these days. But the checkpoint is important to California agriculture. I used to think it wasn't, then I gave this episode of Gastropod a listen (actually, I think it was while driving I-15 to Vegas). https://gastropod.com/chocpocalypse-now-quarantine-and-the-future-of-food/

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I get why it is with commercial traffic given the diseases which can be carried in produce.  That being said the amount of risk with produce being carried in a passenger vehicle (if any) is nominal to non-existent.  For the most part I would probably say Iíve just been waved through at about 95% of agriculture checkpoints on California State Highways.  I donít see the point in stopping or slowing passenger traffic on I-15 when a grace separated agricultural station for commercial vehicles exists at the new facility.  California is the only state that does things like this with agricultural checkpoints. 

cahwyguy:

--- Quote from: Max Rockatansky on October 17, 2021, 03:55:42 PM ---
--- Quote from: cahwyguy on October 17, 2021, 03:17:05 PM ---They have really improved the Ag checkpoint these days. But the checkpoint is important to California agriculture. I used to think it wasn't, then I gave this episode of Gastropod a listen (actually, I think it was while driving I-15 to Vegas). https://gastropod.com/chocpocalypse-now-quarantine-and-the-future-of-food/

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I get why it is with commercial traffic given the diseases which can be carried in produce.  That being said the amount of risk with produce being carried in a passenger vehicle (if any) is nominal to non-existent.  For the most part I would probably say I’ve just been waved through at about 95% of agriculture checkpoints on California State Highways.  I don’t see the point in stopping or slowing passenger traffic on I-15 when a grace separated agricultural station for commercial vehicles exists at the new facility.  California is the only state that does things like this with agricultural checkpoints. 

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As I said, listen to the podcast. Passenger vehicles are less of a concern, but if you are from out of state, they may flag you. Of larger concern are RVs and pickup trucks carrying things, which wouldn't fall under the commercial vehicle rubric. All it takes is one or two pests to destroy the entire industry, so they are careful.

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