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Carlisle, PA trip report... oh and the I-78 Express EZ-Pass is open

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NJRoadfan:
Attended the Carlisle Import, Kit, and Replicar Nationals car show this weekend.

Route taken: I-78,I-81,US-11

Observations:
-The new I-78 Express EZ-Pass lanes at the Delaware River crossing are now open, pretty standard setup.







-I-78 is now completely rebuilt in PA, all the old sections that overlap ye olde US-22 now have a concrete barrier

-How the heck is this roadway an interstate in some places? One part of the roadway is in a gully with no shoulders and trees right up against the roadway. Very parkway like, but certainly not Interstate quality.

-Finally clinched a 2di interstate. No end signs, just a simple interchange with I-81.



-I-81 was a decent roadway, it could stand to be widened to 3 lanes between I-78 and I-83 eventually. Traffic wasn't too bad for a saturday though.

-Some construction on the Susquehanna River Bridge. Its interesting to note that I-81 in Harrisburg is very similar to I-85 in Durham, NC. You skirt the city limits without realizing that you passed through it.

-The miracle mile on US-11 certainly is. Can they squeeze any more traffic lights between I-81 and the PA Turnpike?

-Overall a so-so day for the car show, the sun did come out later. The clouds were a blessing for the trip out there, kept the car comfortable since it doesn't have working A/C. Not everyday car #2 goes on a long road trip (350 miles roundtrip). Also PA gets a good grade for road smoothness for once. It can get a bit scary in that car on bumpy roads since the struts are toast.

akotchi:
How was the section of I-78 between Phillipsburg and the river?  A project was just finished to rehabilitate the pavement.  Eastbound has a separate project just east of the newer portion.

Ian:
Are there still buttoncopy on I-78 around Allentown? I remember about a year ago, there were tons of buttoncopy signage that doesn't look too old.

PAHighways:

--- Quote from: NJRoadfan on May 24, 2010, 08:24:53 PM ----I-78 is now completely rebuilt in PA, all the old sections that overlap ye olde US-22 now have a concrete barrier
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I remember a Jersey barrier along the median through the old portion when I was on it back in 2006.


--- Quote from: NJRoadfan on May 24, 2010, 08:24:53 PM ----How the heck is this roadway an interstate in some places? One part of the roadway is in a gully with no shoulders and trees right up against the roadway. Very parkway like, but certainly not Interstate quality.
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There's no alternative and the driving public only cares about following the 78 shield, so why not.

hbelkins:

--- Quote from: PennDOTFan on May 24, 2010, 08:55:56 PM ---Are there still buttoncopy on I-78 around Allentown? I remember about a year ago, there were tons of buttoncopy signage that doesn't look too old.

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There was last fall when I went through there.

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