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Mapmikey:

--- Quote from: bluecountry on January 17, 2023, 02:30:07 PM ---
--- Quote ---They have scanners that can read if you have an EZ pass and can visually observe if you have less than 3 people but have the EZ Pass set to HOV mode.

Also on 95 and 495 they can usually fill their time pulling over vehicles with more than 2 axles, mostly semis.  Even after this much time since these lanes have opened, i see semis pulled over regularly.

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Really?  Because I have not seen anybody really pulled over, and I know people who regularly have the EZPass on HOV without any passengers that go right by the cops.  Perhaps it is those without an EZPass scanner.

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Maybe suddenly the issue has vanished.  I haven't driven since Oct 5 while recovering from a fairly serious stroke.  But i doubt it.

Not only did i see a few semis pulled over every week, they also pull over cars towing trailers.  Cannot find a pic online showing the portable device troopers were using to check for transponders but they had diamond shaped receivers.

On 95 and the beltway they are transitioning to technology for HOV enforcement.  This 2020 article previews it.  Don't know if it is started but recently some tolling gantries have this sign added since late 2021 - https://goo.gl/maps/BSguPoKM3NtZnoLg9

amroad17:

--- Quote from: Mapmikey on January 17, 2023, 08:19:56 PM ---
--- Quote from: bluecountry on January 17, 2023, 02:30:07 PM ---
--- Quote ---They have scanners that can read if you have an EZ pass and can visually observe if you have less than 3 people but have the EZ Pass set to HOV mode.

Also on 95 and 495 they can usually fill their time pulling over vehicles with more than 2 axles, mostly semis.  Even after this much time since these lanes have opened, i see semis pulled over regularly.

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Really?  Because I have not seen anybody really pulled over, and I know people who regularly have the EZPass on HOV without any passengers that go right by the cops.  Perhaps it is those without an EZPass scanner.

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Maybe suddenly the issue has vanished.  I haven't driven since Oct 5 while recovering from a fairly serious stroke.  But i doubt it.

Not only did i see a few semis pulled over every week, they also pull over cars towing trailers.  Cannot find a pic online showing the portable device troopers were using to check for transponders but they had diamond shaped receivers.

On 95 and the beltway they are transitioning to technology for HOV enforcement.  This 2020 article previews it.  Don't know if it is started but recently some tolling gantries have this sign added since late 2021 - https://goo.gl/maps/BSguPoKM3NtZnoLg9

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I'm sorry to hear about your stroke, however, I hope you are doing much better now!  :thumbsup: 

amroad17:

--- Quote from: The Ghostbuster on January 03, 2023, 02:10:45 PM ---Not only is there a US 168 sign, but there is also a US 166 sign at the same westbound location: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8449348,-76.2684329,3a,75y,273.11h,97.09t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sMURKr8oUSRQD7dbXGJ7lEQ!2e0!5s20220901T000000!7i16384!8i8192. Here in Madison, I have seen an STH 18 sign and STH 51 signs along US 18 and US 51 in my lifetime.

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It doesn't look like VDOT is going to replace the overhead BGS that was just east of the bridge and have decided to use the ground-mounted BGS as the Exit 11A point.  At least put the correct shields above the sign VDOT, even if it is not to MUTCD specifications.  Maybe the current VDOT employees should talk to the former VDOT employees that worked in the 1970's as to how to fabricate correct signs and shields.  As someone who lived in Hampton Roads from 1972-94, it seemed as if specifications, execution, and general professionalism among signage changed around 1982--and not for the better.  Then add in Clearview and...  aaaarrrrgggghhh!!!

1995hoo:

--- Quote from: Mapmikey on January 17, 2023, 08:19:56 PM ---....

On 95 and the beltway they are transitioning to technology for HOV enforcement.  This 2020 article previews it.  Don't know if it is started but recently some tolling gantries have this sign added since late 2021 - https://goo.gl/maps/BSguPoKM3NtZnoLg9

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I havenít been on I-95 south of the FranconiaĖSpringfield Parkway in a while, so beyond the one shown in that link I donít know how many of those setups they have there, and I likewise donít know about I-66 because Iíve only been on the express lanes there once. On the Beltway, there is a setup like that on both sides of the road just south of the HO/T exit/entrance to/from Route 29, and on I-395 thereís one just over the crest of the hill north of Shirlington immediately north of the overpass over Glebe Road. Iíve noticed two things about those. First, they have a lot of low-mounted cameras that the other toll gantries do not (I donít know how they function, whether infrared or some other means). Second, the yellow sign appears ONLY at those particular gantries with the low-level cameras, not at the other ones.

Edited to add: Compare the number of cameras there to the lack of cameras seen here at the gantry just north of the Parkway exit: https://goo.gl/maps/UYdpFUeyuQRWztzKA

sprjus4:

--- Quote from: amroad17 on January 18, 2023, 01:35:41 AM ---
--- Quote from: The Ghostbuster on January 03, 2023, 02:10:45 PM ---Not only is there a US 168 sign, but there is also a US 166 sign at the same westbound location: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8449348,-76.2684329,3a,75y,273.11h,97.09t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sMURKr8oUSRQD7dbXGJ7lEQ!2e0!5s20220901T000000!7i16384!8i8192. Here in Madison, I have seen an STH 18 sign and STH 51 signs along US 18 and US 51 in my lifetime.

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It doesn't look like VDOT is going to replace the overhead BGS that was just east of the bridge and have decided to use the ground-mounted BGS as the Exit 11A point.  At least put the correct shields above the sign VDOT, even if it is not to MUTCD specifications.  Maybe the current VDOT employees should talk to the former VDOT employees that worked in the 1970's as to how to fabricate correct signs and shields.  As someone who lived in Hampton Roads from 1972-94, it seemed as if specifications, execution, and general professionalism among signage changed around 1982--and not for the better.  Then add in Clearview and...  aaaarrrrgggghhh!!!

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The new signage posted along the I-64 High Rise Bridge project corridor (I-464 to I-664) are actually quite nice surprisinglyÖ and use the old-school FHWA font which looks way better, on top of all the signage being formatted properly.

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