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 on: Today at 05:02:08 PM 
Started by Crash_It - Last post by kphoger
If anyone is interested, here is the location of the video.

 on: Today at 04:55:11 PM 
Started by Brandon - Last post by SectorZ
Just looked and there are no more Kmarts and only one Sears left in all of New England.  There are only 9 Kmarts left within 100 miles of NYC, and also only 5 full service Sears left north and east of Philly (South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Newburgh, Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Sunrise Mall in Massapequa).

I know late last year there was a Kmart left in Hyannis MA but it closed at some point (it was also closing at 6 PM). Lebanon NH had one I think until late last year as well.

I haven't been to the South Shore Plaza in Braintree MA for a while. May have to go to check out what will probably be the last Sears remotely near me. It's weird that Sears has probably closed better locations to leave one open in a mall that has had multiple gang-related shootings in the past two years.

It strsngley makes sense though. Sears usually owns the building and property where they are located. The store closures often have much to do with the selling of the real estate. If there's conditions present that reduces the value of the land, such as the crime you mention, Sears is probably better off holding onto the store for a bit.

And the area might be under-retailed if it is in an actual high-crime, high-poverty area.

South Shore Plaza is owned by Simon in this case, so I am unsure if Sears owns their part of the mall. It's actually not nearly a high crime area, it's just sandwiched between two parts of the state that unfortunately bleed their problems into the epicenter between the two.

 on: Today at 04:50:42 PM 
Started by stridentweasel - Last post by TXtoNJ
Seems like the red circle within a white box for restrictions would be a useful addition, especially if it could replace a lot of text-heavy restricted signs.

 on: Today at 04:44:38 PM 
Started by Chris - Last post by tolbs17
North Carolina had a large freeway building era in the 1990s and 2000s. It has slowed down to some extent since, but is still progressing more than most states can say. Still major urban projects ongoing with completing Beltways around Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Fayetteville, and Raleigh The previous couple decades focused on the southern part of Greensboro, all of Charlotteís, and the northern part of Raleigh.

For major long distance freeway corridors, the 70s and 90s was mainly US-64 and US-264 (connecting towards the Outer Banks, US-17, and Greenville) late 80s and early 90s was mainly I-40 to Wilmington and through Raleigh-Durham, and then the 90s and 2000s were I-73 and I-74 south of Winston-Salem and Greensboro, plus I-795.

My prediction is the 2020s will largely focus on completing I-42, then the 2030s and into 40s will be I-795 and I-87.

Major widening projects, the 90s was I-40/I-85 from Greensboro to Durham, 2010s was I-85 between Lexington and Charlotte, and the 2020s will be I-95 between Lumberton and I-40, and I-26 south of Asheville.

Obviously there are others, but those are ones that stand out.
And you got I-140, the Wilson bypass, Clayton bypass, and much more.

 on: Today at 04:44:03 PM 
Started by allniter89 - Last post by Flint1979
"Bridge" is actually the origin of title of the song Badge by Cream.

George Harrison and Eric Clapton were sitting across the table from each other, and George Harrison had written "bridge" next to the bridge section of the song.  Reading it upside-down, Eric Clapton misread the word as "badge".  The song didn't have a name yet at that point, and that's the name it ended up with.  [reference]

"Bridge" is probably what Harrison wanted to throw Clapton off of after the former stole the latter's woman.
I highly doubt that. George and Eric were real good friends and continued to be even after that happened.

 on: Today at 04:42:10 PM 
Started by Avalanchez71 - Last post by Flint1979
US-23 south of Ann Arbor especially. Not only does US-23 need an extra lane in each direction and in places maybe two extra lanes but the pavement quality is crap. When is MDOT ever going to address the problem that is US-23 between Flint and the Ohio line? Seriously it's like they don't even know the highway exists it's so neglected.  US-23 is more of a pain the ass than I-75 is.

 on: Today at 04:39:54 PM 
Started by Avalanchez71 - Last post by kphoger

Here's the worst one I use:


So glad my toll money is going to good use!   :rolleyes:

None of those are freeways.

All three of those are examples from the same freeway.

I looked at it. That has to be the first dirt freeway I have ever seen.

What are you talking about?  Those links go to an asphalt divided toll road.

Well not dirt, but certainly not like anything I've seen in America.

Roads in Mexico arenít the same as in the United States  :-o

There are plenty of excellent freeways in Mexico.  Here are some I've personally had the pleasure to drive on:


The 3rd and 4th one of those seem magnificent.

Have you been on 40D? That looks like an amazing road! It has so many bridges and tunnels. I stopped counting at 100 tunnels, and didnít even emattempt to count bridges. Anyway, only one is interesting, that being the Baluarte Bridge, at 1,280 ft high! That is 325 feet higher than the royal gorge bridge!

You weren't asking me, were you?  Because the third and fourth ones I linked to are 40D.  Just not the part of it you're referring to.  I've never driven the stretch from Durango to Sinaloa, but member |US 41| has.

 on: Today at 04:33:17 PM 
Started by stridentweasel - Last post by kphoger
I think part of the problem is that a red circle without a slash mark has no common meaning in US signage.  Or am I mistaken about that?  Are there any US signs that feature a red circle with no slash mark?  I'm not aware of any.  On the other hand, white rectangles do have a common meaning in US signage:  they are regulatory signs.

In other countries, though, it has a meaning.  For example, in Mexico, a red circle with a slash mark means something is prohibited, whereas a red circle without a slash mark means something is restricted.  Take a look at the two signs below to see what I mean.  The one on the left means "U-turns prohibited", and the one on the right means "U-turns permitted at this location/in this lane".

Thus, in the US, a number in a red circle doesn't have the obvious meaning of "your speed is restricted to this number or less" or "exceeding the speed indicated by this number is prohibited".

 on: Today at 04:31:11 PM 
Started by Grzrd - Last post by sparker
It could be simply when a number is established, even if itís not built for another 20 years.

I'm surprised they didn't just go ahead and put the number in the legislation like they did for I-57.  I guess because it isn't extending a pre-existing Interstate.  Still, seems like an oversight to not just go ahead and get I-50 on the books and make Lowell/Springdale the "crossroads" of the Interstate Highway System with I-49 being as close to the middle of the numbering as it is.

It's possible that the yearly USDOT outlay bill hasn't been marked up yet -- possibly awaiting some resolution of the larger infrastructure proposals.  That's where any legislation regarding establishing a new Interstate corridor would end up.  East of Tulsa, the US 412 corridor is also HPC #8; since that's where virtually all of the new construction would be located, the section from Tulsa to Springdale would be parsed out and designated as an Interstate via an amendment to the original 1991 ISTEA corridor authorization.   If a specific number is selected prior to the insertion of such an amendment, it would be added to the FHWA Interstate list with a cross-reference to the "future Interstate" designation in this year's bill (that's how I-11 was added to a portion of HPC #26 in AZ and NV and later to HPC #68 for the extension to I-80).  If anyone wants I-50 (or another number), now's the time to contact the authors of the general corridor legislation and put your two cents in (particularly if you're a constituent)!

 on: Today at 04:27:22 PM 
Started by wriddle082 - Last post by Georgia

I see both SC and GA are widening (and most of all replacing) the Savannah River Bridge between the two cities of Augusta, GA and North Augusta, SC.

MY photo here https://www.flickr.com/photos/54480415@N08/51195231306/in/dateposted-public/ shows activity last Summer on both sides of the River.

Crossed over it a few times in the last month and the beams on the main span over the Savannah River are in place, looks like they are getting ready for the deck pour as they have the machine in position on the GA side.

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