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Started by gonealookin, November 27, 2018, 11:43:03 PM

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Ted$8roadFan

Not to get too political, but Nevada also is a term limits state, so I think legislators have little incentive to think long term.   


roadfro

Quote from: Ted$8roadFan on May 02, 2024, 05:15:50 AMNot to get too political, but Nevada also is a term limits state, so I think legislators have little incentive to think long term. 
At least as far as state legislature, the term limit is 12 years for both the Assembly (two-year terms) and Senate (four-year terms). There is also a non-zero number of legislators that have termed out in the Assembly and then were elected to the Senate. So I don't necessarily agree that there's little incentive for long-term thinking from a term limits perspective.

What is more limiting, and could potentially induce less long-term thought, is that Nevada's legislature only meets every other year. So for Assembly members, it's essentially a one-and-done if they don't get re-elected.
Roadfro - AARoads Pacific Southwest moderator since 2010, Nevada roadgeek since 1983.

Scott5114

For what it's worth, all of my interactions with the state government so far have been overwhelmingly positive. The lady I worked with at the DMV to get my license and registration transferred was probably the nicest government official I've ever worked with. I checked my voter registration and I'm in the system already, two days after registration—that's lightning-fast compared to what I was used to in Oklahoma.
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cl94

Western government employees are shockingly nice by eastern standards. Of course, we're also (generally) paid well by eastern standards and often have better flexibility.
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Rothman

Quote from: cl94 on May 02, 2024, 05:12:59 PMWestern government employees are shockingly nice by eastern standards. Of course, we're also (generally) paid well by eastern standards and often have better flexibility.

I've yet to have a bad experience at NYSDMV, but I only moved to NY after improvements were made twenty-plus years ago.
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roadfro

Oopsies...

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT says mistake on new sound walls will stay

New sound walls on the Pyramid Highway widening project have a few panels where the design inadvertently doesn't line up.
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roadfro

Quote from: roadfro on May 10, 2024, 11:24:08 AMOopsies...

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT says mistake on new sound walls will stay

New sound walls on the Pyramid Highway widening project have a few panels where the design inadvertently doesn't line up.
Less than a week after that story aired, and apparently with some public outcry from the previous story, NDOT is now considering replacing some of the sound wall panels (or better obscuring them with landscaping).

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT to consider replacing sections of mismatched sound walls
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gonealookin

The formal name of the new bridge over the Colorado River near Laughlin and Bullhead City is the "Silver Copper Crossing".  The Clark County Commission decided the name, and I suppose they had the privilege of naming because the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada put in over half the funding for the bridge.  Official opening with morning ceremonies is on schedule for June 7 (free Pinkbox Doughnuts!).

http://business.laughlinchamber.com/news/details/schedule-of-events-announced-for-june-7-opening-of-additional-bridge-linking-laughlin-bullhead-city

It had been determined that the bridge would not be named after a person, which perhaps resulted in a bland sounding name but also avoided the inevitable argument over whether somebody's favorite politician deserved to have the structure named after him or her.

US 395

Quote from: roadfro on May 17, 2024, 11:16:40 AM
Quote from: roadfro on May 10, 2024, 11:24:08 AMOopsies...

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT says mistake on new sound walls will stay

New sound walls on the Pyramid Highway widening project have a few panels where the design inadvertently doesn't line up.
Less than a week after that story aired, and apparently with some public outcry from the previous story, NDOT is now considering replacing some of the sound wall panels (or better obscuring them with landscaping).

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT to consider replacing sections of mismatched sound walls


I read up on the plans for Pyramid and I guess they're looking on wanting to build out a freeway to Spanish Springs from 395 around the Parr/Dandini exit. I'm just hoping the lane expansion on 395 will accomodate the future interchange.

cl94

Quote from: US 395 on May 28, 2024, 05:36:25 PM
Quote from: roadfro on May 17, 2024, 11:16:40 AM
Quote from: roadfro on May 10, 2024, 11:24:08 AMOopsies...

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT says mistake on new sound walls will stay

New sound walls on the Pyramid Highway widening project have a few panels where the design inadvertently doesn't line up.
Less than a week after that story aired, and apparently with some public outcry from the previous story, NDOT is now considering replacing some of the sound wall panels (or better obscuring them with landscaping).

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT to consider replacing sections of mismatched sound walls


I read up on the plans for Pyramid and I guess they're looking on wanting to build out a freeway to Spanish Springs from 395 around the Parr/Dandini exit. I'm just hoping the lane expansion on 395 will accomodate the future interchange.

It will. The 395 widening is filling in the median. The Parr/Dandini interchange project was designed with the connector in mind.
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Quillz

I like the larger mile markers Nevada uses. Enhanced markers, I think they're called.



According to the DOT, they were first installed in 2017. The only thing that I find hard to read is the numbers. They should be vertical, as most mile markers are. Rotating them makes them harder to read at a glance, even if that's how the old ones looked. Otherwise, they are great, and I like the use of black-on-white instead of white-on-green.

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2
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But I noticed plenty of the older style mile markers are still in use, especially on some of the more remote routes like NV-266.

Scott5114

I like the sideways numbers. They're quirky, and not really all that hard to read to me. Chances are any time you needed to actually refer to one, you'd probably be stopped in front of it anyway. The one thing I wish they'd do is underline the number on mileposts 6 and 9, because it's impossible to tell which is which unless you just happen to have seen enough of them to know that the top is to the right.
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roadfro

#312
Quote from: Quillz on May 29, 2024, 04:20:12 AMI like the larger mile markers Nevada uses. Enhanced markers, I think they're called.

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According to the DOT, they were first installed in 2017. The only thing that I find hard to read is the numbers. They should be vertical, as most mile markers are. Rotating them makes them harder to read at a glance, even if that's how the old ones looked. Otherwise, they are great, and I like the use of black-on-white instead of white-on-green.

But I noticed plenty of the older style mile markers are still in use, especially on some of the more remote routes like NV-266.
More on the newer Nevada mileposts in this thread: New style of mileposts in test trials on Nevada highways.

That thread dates to mid-2014, when the enhanced mileposts were first in trials. 2017 might have been when NDOT adopted them as a standard practice.

Enhanced mileposts were most often installed during repaving/reconstruction or sign replacement projects early on. More recently, it seems NDOT made a bit of a concerted effort to install enhanced mileposts on significant stretches of the more highly traveled rural routes even outside of accompanying road projects (for example, at this point, they're used on almost the entirety of US 95 between Hawthorne and Las Vegas). Less traveled routes, like SR 266, may only get them installed if there's a project happening.

My only quibble with the enhanced mileposts, and I stated this in the previous thread, is the rotated mile numbers. They could've made the numbers upright, and maybe just rotated in the few instances of county mileages over 99 (which only happens in less than 10 places across the entire state highway system).
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cl94

Yeah, as far as why they aren't everywhere, NDOT generally only installs them when they do a major resurfacing or sign project. And some districts/maintenance offices are far more likely to install them than others. District 2, for example, only has them in a few locations, while parts of Districts 1 and 3 have them everywhere. Some maintenance offices have made efforts to install them along the major routes apart from other work, others have not.

Of course, there are also a handful of erroneous EMMs out there. US 395 alongside White Lake has white enhanced mile markers with a county code and...statewide mileage. Yeah. Both directions have a few of them and they were installed with the resurfacing/resigning project that occurred last fall.
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Quillz

Quote from: roadfro on May 29, 2024, 11:17:33 PM
Quote from: Quillz on May 29, 2024, 04:20:12 AMI like the larger mile markers Nevada uses. Enhanced markers, I think they're called.

<snipped photo>

According to the DOT, they were first installed in 2017. The only thing that I find hard to read is the numbers. They should be vertical, as most mile markers are. Rotating them makes them harder to read at a glance, even if that's how the old ones looked. Otherwise, they are great, and I like the use of black-on-white instead of white-on-green.

But I noticed plenty of the older style mile markers are still in use, especially on some of the more remote routes like NV-266.
More on the newer Nevada mileposts in this thread: New style of mileposts in test trials on Nevada highways.

That thread dates to mid-2014, when the enhanced mileposts were first in trials. 2017 might have been when NDOT adopted them as a standard practice.

Enhanced mileposts were most often installed during repaving/reconstruction or sign replacement projects early on. More recently, it seems NDOT made a bit of a concerted effort to install enhanced mileposts on significant stretches of the more highly traveled rural routes even outside of accompanying road projects (for example, at this point, they're used on almost the entirety of US 95 between Hawthorne and Las Vegas). Less traveled routes, like SR 266, may only get them installed if there's a project happening.

My only quibble with the enhanced mileposts, and I stated this in the previous thread, is the rotated mile numbers. They could've made the numbers upright, and maybe just rotated in the few instances of county mileages over 99 (which only happens in less than 10 places across the entire state highway system).
Oddly enough 266 is where I noticed them! Only the 2x range seemed to lack them. 

US 395

Quote from: cl94 on May 28, 2024, 11:29:14 PM
Quote from: US 395 on May 28, 2024, 05:36:25 PM
Quote from: roadfro on May 17, 2024, 11:16:40 AM
Quote from: roadfro on May 10, 2024, 11:24:08 AMOopsies...

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT says mistake on new sound walls will stay

New sound walls on the Pyramid Highway widening project have a few panels where the design inadvertently doesn't line up.
Less than a week after that story aired, and apparently with some public outcry from the previous story, NDOT is now considering replacing some of the sound wall panels (or better obscuring them with landscaping).

KRNV - Ask Joe: NDOT to consider replacing sections of mismatched sound walls


I read up on the plans for Pyramid and I guess they're looking on wanting to build out a freeway to Spanish Springs from 395 around the Parr/Dandini exit. I'm just hoping the lane expansion on 395 will accomodate the future interchange.

It will. The 395 widening is filling in the median. The Parr/Dandini interchange project was designed with the connector in mind.

That's good. A third freeway in the Reno area.
I don't know if it's just me but according to the plans, the interchange is a partial one since there are direct ramps from southbound connector traffic to 395 southbound and northbound 395 to the connector northbound. Maybe they didn't see the need for direct ramps going the other way?

cl94

Quote from: US 395 on May 30, 2024, 11:31:37 AMThat's good. A third freeway in the Reno area.
I don't know if it's just me but according to the plans, the interchange is a partial one since there are direct ramps from southbound connector traffic to 395 southbound and northbound 395 to the connector northbound. Maybe they didn't see the need for direct ramps going the other way?

Undetermined. Some proposals show a full interchange, some partial. The road will first be built as a surface expressway a la CC 215, so a full interchange for the freeway is over a decade away. Full freeway conversion is the last planned phase. There is another arterial planned that would handle traffic between the North Valleys and Spanish Springs, so it may be unnecessary.
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US 395

Quote from: cl94 on May 30, 2024, 06:28:23 PM
Quote from: US 395 on May 30, 2024, 11:31:37 AMThat's good. A third freeway in the Reno area.
I don't know if it's just me but according to the plans, the interchange is a partial one since there are direct ramps from southbound connector traffic to 395 southbound and northbound 395 to the connector northbound. Maybe they didn't see the need for direct ramps going the other way?

Undetermined. Some proposals show a full interchange, some partial. The road will first be built as a surface expressway a la CC 215, so a full interchange for the freeway is over a decade away. Full freeway conversion is the last planned phase. There is another arterial planned that would handle traffic between the North Valleys and Spanish Springs, so it may be unnecessary.

Oh okay. I'm hoping for the full freeway. Definitely can come in useful as Spanish Springs continues to grow. Being proactive should be the way to go.

cl94

Full freeway will happen if and when it is deemed necessary. It's cheaper and quicker to build some of the interchanges at-grade and then upgrade as warranted. As far as phasing:

- Phase 3 is the new arterial, along with partial interchanges at Disc Drive and current SR 445 and improvements at 395. Some of the necessary 395 improvements are occurring as part of the ongoing 395 project.

- Phase 4 is the direct ramps from 395 to the new road

- Phase 5 is the interchange at Sparks Blvd and widening north of there

- Phase 6 will be the last interchange near TMCC, if necessary

We're currently in the middle of Phase 1. Phase 2 will be widening Disc Drive east of 445.
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US 395

Quote from: cl94 on June 01, 2024, 01:15:28 AMFull freeway will happen if and when it is deemed necessary. It's cheaper and quicker to build some of the interchanges at-grade and then upgrade as warranted. As far as phasing:

- Phase 3 is the new arterial, along with partial interchanges at Disc Drive and current SR 445 and improvements at 395. Some of the necessary 395 improvements are occurring as part of the ongoing 395 project.

- Phase 4 is the direct ramps from 395 to the new road

- Phase 5 is the interchange at Sparks Blvd and widening north of there

- Phase 6 will be the last interchange near TMCC, if necessary

We're currently in the middle of Phase 1. Phase 2 will be widening Disc Drive east of 445.
So the interchanges would be built out CC 215-style? That makes sense.

Question. Once the road is built, do you think the SR 445 designation would get moved to it or will it remain on current Pyramid Way and go with some other name?

cl94

Too early to know. Given that it's mostly in unincorporated Washoe County and the county maintains little to nothing that big/wide, I would guess it becomes state, but I am not privy to those discussions. Any addition to the state highway system would almost certainly come with a relinquishment to the county. The issue with any swap is that most, possibly all, of the preferred alignment is unincorporated, which reduces the possibilities for mileage swaps.
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Plutonic Panda

#321
This roundabout in Henderson is going to be converted back to a signalized intersection. Even though I think roundabouts can work good it just seems in some areas people don't get it so I am happy to see this because this one did not work. It would've been better if they could've built a bridge and made an interchange, but this is better than a roundabout.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/traffic/after-nearly-100-crashes-henderson-to-replace-figure-eight-roundabout-3061585/?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=latest&utm_source=homepage&utm_term=After%20nearly%20100%20crashes%2C%20Henderson%20to%20replace%20figure-eight%20roundabout

kernals12



RIP Interstate 515, we hardly knew ye.

DenverBrian

Quote from: kernals12 on June 18, 2024, 09:24:16 PM

RIP Interstate 515, we hardly knew ye.
It's officially on digital maps this way, but zombie 515 shields live on, and I expect they'll live on for years.

pderocco

Quote from: DenverBrian on June 18, 2024, 10:56:29 PM
Quote from: kernals12 on June 18, 2024, 09:24:16 PM

RIP Interstate 515, we hardly knew ye.
It's officially on digital maps this way, but zombie 515 shields live on, and I expect they'll live on for years.
Maybe they should just let them get stolen.



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