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I-80/I-99 West Interchange

Started by qguy, June 16, 2018, 10:04:57 AM

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Roadsguy

Mileage-based exit numbering implies the existence of mileage-cringe exit numbering.


DJStephens

Quote from: Roadsguy on December 23, 2022, 10:54:31 PM
Quote from: 74/171FAN on December 22, 2022, 09:08:23 AM
I also have my own photos starting here (https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10218015626702741&set=a.10218015778106526) for anyone interested.

Ugh, 3/4 error on the BGSes on I-80...
A mish-mash of fonts and sizes.  Gosh that clearview is awful.   

Ketchup99

Quote from: webny99 on December 19, 2022, 05:16:24 PM
Quote from: Ketchup99 on December 18, 2022, 07:38:30 PM
Update on this: Exit 163 is up and running, no construction going on atm.

That's great news! I'd love to somehow spread the word so traffic knows to stay on PA 26 to get on I-80 EB at the new Exit 163 entrance when the left turn from I-99 to I-80 EB backs up. With this new interchange open, there's zero reason to wait in line for that notorious left turn if there's any chance at all of a wait there. The new entrance to I-80 EB should get plenty of use after Penn State games for the next few seasons until the I-80/I-99 redesign is complete.

Oh, I'd rather not spread the word. It backed up a few days ago and I sat in traffic for about three minutes before going "hold up, I forgot, there's another interchange now!" and I was on the highway five minutes later. Don't want everyone else figuring out about this too. :D

This project also gives us a great opportunity to restore PA 26 onto its old routing: College Avenue to the Benner Pike and then through Bellefonte onto Jacksonville Road. Then, PA 150 can be truncated to Milesburg - and then extended all the way down US 220 Alternate, ending at US 322 just west of Port Matilda. Hopefully PennDOT takes advantage!

webny99

Quote from: Ketchup99 on December 28, 2022, 10:28:59 AM
Quote from: webny99 on December 19, 2022, 05:16:24 PM
Quote from: Ketchup99 on December 18, 2022, 07:38:30 PM
Update on this: Exit 163 is up and running, no construction going on atm.

That's great news! I'd love to somehow spread the word so traffic knows to stay on PA 26 to get on I-80 EB at the new Exit 163 entrance when the left turn from I-99 to I-80 EB backs up. With this new interchange open, there's zero reason to wait in line for that notorious left turn if there's any chance at all of a wait there. The new entrance to I-80 EB should get plenty of use after Penn State games for the next few seasons until the I-80/I-99 redesign is complete.

Oh, I'd rather not spread the word. It backed up a few days ago and I sat in traffic for about three minutes before going "hold up, I forgot, there's another interchange now!" and I was on the highway five minutes later. Don't want everyone else figuring out about this too. :D

My thought was that the backup could be removed entirely if enough people took the new interchange. The way the new interchange is laid out with a right turn from PA 26 and left turn onto the ramp with no cross traffic, it would take a crazy amount of volume for it to get congested and I don't see that happening.

The bigger issue might be that more traffic using PA 26 would create fewer gaps in traffic and longer backups for traffic exiting I-80 WB, making that gnarly left turn to I-99 SB even worse. Of course, traffic in that direction could use the new interchange too: they would still have to turn left onto PA 26 so that could back up, but at least it wouldn't affect the I-80 mainline.

Bitmapped

Quote from: webny99 on December 28, 2022, 11:11:04 AM
My thought was that the backup could be removed entirely if enough people took the new interchange. The way the new interchange is laid out with a right turn from PA 26 and left turn onto the ramp with no cross traffic, it would take a crazy amount of volume for it to get congested and I don't see that happening.

The bigger issue might be that more traffic using PA 26 would create fewer gaps in traffic and longer backups for traffic exiting I-80 WB, making that gnarly left turn to I-99 SB even worse. Of course, traffic in that direction could use the new interchange too: they would still have to turn left onto PA 26 so that could back up, but at least it wouldn't affect the I-80 mainline.

The ramp from I-80 WB to PA 26/I-99 SB is now signalized, so gaps in traffic aren't really an issue anymore.

webny99

Quote from: Bitmapped on December 28, 2022, 09:03:10 PM
The ramp from I-80 WB to PA 26/I-99 SB is now signalized, so gaps in traffic aren't really an issue anymore.

Interesting, I see that now in the most recent Street View. I guess I'm out of date as I haven't been through there in a few years. Is that a somewhat recent change?

rickmastfan67

Quote from: webny99 on December 28, 2022, 10:07:43 PM
Quote from: Bitmapped on December 28, 2022, 09:03:10 PM
The ramp from I-80 WB to PA 26/I-99 SB is now signalized, so gaps in traffic aren't really an issue anymore.

Interesting, I see that now in the most recent Street View. I guess I'm out of date as I haven't been through there in a few years. Is that a somewhat recent change?

Lights were installed by Aug '18 per StreetView, just not active yet at that time.
https://goo.gl/maps/V96cup6GPogZeMPQ6

LeftyJR

Quote from: DJStephens on December 25, 2022, 10:10:33 AM
Quote from: Roadsguy on December 23, 2022, 10:54:31 PM
Quote from: 74/171FAN on December 22, 2022, 09:08:23 AM
I also have my own photos starting here (https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10218015626702741&set=a.10218015778106526) for anyone interested.

I was so disappointed to see these.  I don't like Clearview, but when done right, it can look good.

Ugh, 3/4 error on the BGSes on I-80...
A mish-mash of fonts and sizes.  Gosh that clearview is awful.   

74/171FAN

I am now a PennDOT employee.  My opinions/views do not necessarily reflect the opinions/views of PennDOT.

The Ghostbuster

The high-speed interchange between Interstates 80 and 99 will finally bring a direct connection of 99 to the rest of the Interstate System. If the 2030 completion date for the high-speed interchange is accurate, it will have taken 35 years to make the connection. 99's connection to the Interstate System could have come much sooner if they had connected existing Exit 1 on Interstate 99 with Exit 146 of the Interstates 70/76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. Instead, they have left in place a "Breezewood" connection between the two highways via Business 220.



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