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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1575 on: July 25, 2018, 01:29:05 PM »

"LOS E or F"?  Could a road geek please explain the term to us laity?
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Level of Service. "A"=Traffic will let me go as fast as I want; "F"=I could get there quicker if I were walking.

Actually, there are more technical definitions, but you get the gist.

more detail is available at Wikipedia.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1576 on: July 25, 2018, 08:59:05 PM »

"LOS E or F"?  Could a road geek please explain the term to us laity?
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Level of Service. "A"=Traffic will let me go as fast as I want; "F"=I could get there quicker if I were walking.

Actually, there are more technical definitions, but you get the gist.

more detail is available at Wikipedia.

Thanks, people.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1577 on: July 31, 2018, 11:58:41 PM »

Baltimore Sun/The Aegis: Proposed I-95 interchange in Cecil draws concerns and praise

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Some Cecil County residents are concerned an additional Interstate 95 interchange between Perryville and North East could bring greater traffic headaches to their neighborhood, while other residents and county leaders say it would help economic development and alleviate traffic congestion on area highways.

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“This is essential to Cecil County’s continued economic growth,” Chris Moyer, director of the county’s office of economic development, said.

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Moyer, along with other county government leaders, was among at least 76 people who attended an open house on the project, hosted by the Maryland Transportation Authority, in the Technology Center at Cecil College Tuesday evening.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1578 on: August 01, 2018, 12:01:00 AM »

Baltimore Sun/The Aegis: Proposed I-95 interchange in Cecil draws concerns and praise

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Some Cecil County residents are concerned an additional Interstate 95 interchange between Perryville and North East could bring greater traffic headaches to their neighborhood, while other residents and county leaders say it would help economic development and alleviate traffic congestion on area highways.

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“This is essential to Cecil County’s continued economic growth,” Chris Moyer, director of the county’s office of economic development, said.

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Moyer, along with other county government leaders, was among at least 76 people who attended an open house on the project, hosted by the Maryland Transportation Authority, in the Technology Center at Cecil College Tuesday evening.
How about between Joppa and White Marsh? Would spur development closer in to the city, and help provide an alternate route during backups.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1579 on: August 01, 2018, 11:22:09 AM »

How about between Joppa and White Marsh? Would spur development closer in to the city, and help provide an alternate route during backups.

I agree that this is a good idea.

I suspect that the Baltimore County Council and the Baltimore County planning staff might not agree, especially if it is outside the URDL (urban/rural demarcation line, pronounced urr-dull, map here, a de-facto and de-jure urban growth boundary).

Of course, the URDL becomes meaningless beyond the Little Gunpowder Falls, because that's the border with Harford County.  But there's only one possible place for an interchange there, and that's at the Old Joppa Road overpass, which is I presume is too close to the MD-152 interchange to be viable.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1580 on: August 13, 2018, 11:23:45 AM »

Went by the interchange construction project at MD-4 (Pennsylvania Avenue Extended) and Suitland Parkway near Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County. 

Does not appear that much has been going on here - and there was a multi-car crash in the intersection as a bonus.

This section of MD-4 (between Dower House Road and Westphalia Road, including Suitland Parkway, might be the section of Maryland's highway network that I dislike the most.  Inexcusably (IMO), MD-4 has been like this since the 1960's (with three at-grade intersections) when the Capital Beltway was completed.  At least this signalized intersection will be gone in 2020 (according to the Web site below). 

I looked on the SHA Web site (project PG618_51), and apparently the contractor has been relocating a water line, hence the apparent lack of visible progress.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1581 on: September 20, 2018, 10:03:26 PM »

The long, slow widening of MD 32 north of Clarksville continues:

http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectPhotos.aspx?projectno=HO1415113#

The new southbound carriageway is in partial use for both directions of traffic. Most of the major earthworks are done, with the exception of the road grade at the Linden Church Road interchange.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1582 on: September 21, 2018, 02:44:30 PM »

Yeah.... that's how it was a day shy of two weeks ago.  (I used MD-32 on the way back from the beach)
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1583 on: September 25, 2018, 07:16:54 PM »

The Brookeville bypass in Montgomery County, MD officially began construction today.

https://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectInformation.aspx?projectno=MO7465115

This is a big deal - the existing route of MD 97 through the town is a small, picturesque city street that is grossly incapable of handling the huge volume of commuter and long-distance traffic between the DC suburbs and the neighborhoods of Howard and Caroll Counties.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1584 on: September 26, 2018, 04:09:38 PM »

The Brookeville bypass in Montgomery County, MD officially began construction today.

https://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectInformation.aspx?projectno=MO7465115

This is a big deal - the existing route of MD 97 through the town is a small, picturesque city street that is grossly incapable of handling the huge volume of commuter and long-distance traffic between the DC suburbs and the neighborhoods of Howard and Caroll Counties.

Wow, no idea they were even considering that.  I've never found that area to be a problem, though you certainly have to slow down.  It also isn't that often I find myself coming home from Montgomery County via MD-97.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1585 on: October 13, 2018, 07:41:38 PM »

Another link in the US 219 improvement project was announced by Governor Hogan.

http://governor.maryland.gov/2018/10/13/hogan-administration-announces-long-awaited-us-219-realignment-construction-project-in-garrett-county/

While the US 219 expansion into PA is important, I’d argue that bypassing downtown Oakland with a moder, limited-access US 219 is more important. I hope the Oakland bypass eventually gets selected and built.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1586 on: October 13, 2018, 11:03:48 PM »

Another link in the US 219 improvement project was announced by Governor Hogan.

http://governor.maryland.gov/2018/10/13/hogan-administration-announces-long-awaited-us-219-realignment-construction-project-in-garrett-county/

While the US 219 expansion into PA is important, I’d argue that bypassing downtown Oakland with a moder, limited-access US 219 is more important. I hope the Oakland bypass eventually gets selected and built.

I thought construction already started last spring?

Also, for some reason the website for this project is just gone.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1587 on: October 15, 2018, 11:41:40 AM »

I can’t say I support the fourth I-95 interchange in Cecil County.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1588 on: October 16, 2018, 03:30:17 PM »

Another link in the US 219 improvement project was announced by Governor Hogan.

http://governor.maryland.gov/2018/10/13/hogan-administration-announces-long-awaited-us-219-realignment-construction-project-in-garrett-county/

While the US 219 expansion into PA is important, I’d argue that bypassing downtown Oakland with a moder, limited-access US 219 is more important. I hope the Oakland bypass eventually gets selected and built.

I thought construction already started last spring?

Also, for some reason the website for this project is just gone.

They cleared trees and did some building demolition this spring but that's as far as it went. I agree with TheOneKEA that an Oakland bypass would be a lot more useful.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1589 on: October 19, 2018, 01:33:59 PM »

I was just looking over a map of Maryland/Delaware and noticed that the interchange for US-50-301/MD-2/MD-450 seems needlessly complicated (like, why does traffic from MD-2 to MD-450, the "straight" movement at this interchange, have to move around so much only to have to turn left at a stop sign onto MD-450?).  Were there plans for a full expressway in the area at one point? 

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1590 on: October 19, 2018, 05:31:30 PM »

I was just looking over a map of Maryland/Delaware and noticed that the interchange for US-50-301/MD-2/MD-450 seems needlessly complicated (like, why does traffic from MD-2 to MD-450, the "straight" movement at this interchange, have to move around so much only to have to turn left at a stop sign onto MD-450?).  Were there plans for a full expressway in the area at one point? 

I believe they largely utilized/retained the original layout dating back to the 1950s
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1591 on: October 19, 2018, 08:16:35 PM »

The bulk of MD 2 traffic is also going to/from US 50 which is why the MD 450 movements seem like an afterthought.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1592 on: October 19, 2018, 09:12:09 PM »

The interchange is 100% unchanged since the mid-50s.

The 1944 top shows a giant Y intersection with what is now US 50 WB splitting to northwest and southeast to reach MD 2.  The SE leg is still in use as the ramp from 450 to 50 EB and the weird ramp 2 uses to stay on 450.  The NW leg is partially occupied by the ramp from 50 WB to 2 NB.

It appears this weird setup is because of the railroad bridge that used to be just west of this interchange.  The clover ramp from 50 WB to 450 would not have fit had the original through movement of 2 SB not been shifted to head more easterly as it does today.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1593 on: October 19, 2018, 11:13:42 PM »

The did a simple widening of US-50 when they 6-laned it about 25 years ago, utilized narrow shoulders at the bridges.
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