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 on: Today at 03:11:45 AM 
Started by MCRoads - Last post by MNHighwayMan
The comments on that YouTube video prove that even a simple light like that can confuse idiots.

 on: Today at 03:11:41 AM 
Started by agentsteel53 - Last post by TheHighwayMan394
This summer I made the mistake of pounding a couple large water bottles driving NM 4 through the Jemez Mountains. By the time I couldn’t hold it anymore I found some meager looking trees and bushes next to a big open range area. Traffic wasn’t too heavy but wasn’t nonexistent either and there was some guy working in his truck visible down the hill, probably too far to notice me.

 on: Today at 03:01:09 AM 
Started by HemiCRZ - Last post by MNHighwayMan
Literally every other state except MS puts paved shoulders on their state routes.
Iowa says hello.

Even if they aren't paved, there's at least a wide gravel shoulder most of the time. I've only come across a select few sections of Iowa highway that have almost no shoulder at all.

 on: Today at 02:44:31 AM 
Started by Bruce - Last post by jakeroot
So, just to be clear, this is the ticket I have. It has viaduct access first, and then tunnel access. Is this the same ticket that you guys have, Jakeroot and Alps?

Looks the same to me!

 on: Today at 02:31:51 AM 
Started by Bruce - Last post by compdude787
So, just to be clear, this is the ticket I have. It has viaduct access first, and then tunnel access. Is this the same ticket that you guys have, Jakeroot and Alps?

 on: Today at 01:52:47 AM 
Started by roadman65 - Last post by DandyDan
AZ/NM I-10
IL/IN I-90, US 12/20/41, I-80/94, IL 17/IN 2, I-74, I-70
IL/KY I-24
IL/MO I-55/64/70 (when I-70 went that way), Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (on foot), I-270, US 67, US 24 (WB only)
IL/IA US 136, US 34, IL/IA 92, I-280, US 67, I-74, I-80, US 30, IL/IA 64 (the original bridge), US 20
IL/WI IL 2/WI 213, US 51, I-39/90, IL 75/WI 67, IL 76/WI 140, US 14, IL 47/WI 120, I-94, also one county road crossing east of Beloit
IN/MI IN 933/MI 51
IN/OH IN 28/OH 47
IA/MO US 136, IA/MO 81, US 65, I-35, US 169, US 71, US 59, US 275, I-29, Both crossings of MO supplemental route V near Hamburg, IA
IA/NE IA/NE 2, Old US 34, US 34, Old IA/NE 370, US 275/IA/NE 92, I-80, I-480/US 6, Both ends of IA 165 plus all non-state highway crossings into Carter Lake, IA, I-680, US 30, IA 175/NE 51, I-129/US 20/75, US 77
IA/SD I-29, IA 3/SD 50, The IA/SD/MN tripoint
IA/MN US 75, Old IA/MN 91, IA/MN 60, IA/MN 86, IA/MN 4, IA/MN 15, US 169, MN 22, US 69, I-35, US 65, MN 105, US 218, US 63, IA/MN 139, multiple county road crossings
IA/WI IA 9/WI 82, US 18, US 61/151
KS/NE US 77, K-/NE 99, K-63/NE 50, US 75, US 73/159, K-7, 2 Indian reservation roads between US 73 and K-7
KS/MO US 36, US 59, K-/MO 92, I-435, I-635, US 69, I-70, I-670, I-35, US 56, I-435
KY/TN Alt. US 41, I-24
MN/WI MN 36/WI 64 (original and current), I-94, US 10, US 63, MN 60/WI 25, MN 43/WI 54, I-90, US 14/61
MN/SD Old US 16, I-90, MN 269/SD 11, MN 30/SD 34
MO/NE US 159 (original and current), US 136, also the road to McKissick Island that connects to MO supplemental route V in the NW corner of MO
MT/ND I-94
MT/WY I-90 (or whatever road was temporary I-90 in 1978, as I seem to believe that one hadn't been built yet)
NE/SD US 81 (original), NE 15/SD 19
NM/TX I-10, NM 213, US 54, US 62/180 (near Carlsbad Caverns)
VA/DC always took the train into DC the year I went there

 on: Today at 01:24:27 AM 
Started by NE2 - Last post by jakeroot
My problem is just that dark signals are allowed at all. I would rather a flashing green orb or flashing yellow orb were displayed at these part time signals. Pretty much every potential issue with dark signals would immediately vanish as there'd no longer be any!

Yes, there would still be dark signals, in the event of a power failure.  I still insist that nobody out there on the road would actually come to a stop just because a HAWK or ramp meter signal is dark.  Nobody....Think about a crosswalk that uses a standard three-section stoplight, only turning red when a pedestrian pushes a button.  Are you trying to tell me people come to a complete stop at such a crosswalk when there's a power failure.  I don't think so!  Drivers know the difference between a light that controls an intersection and one that doesn't.

We can make our own luck by just not allowing dark signals. I think the chances of an accident occurring due to misunderstanding is very low, but that doesn't mean we can't change what we have to reduce any chance of confusion.

I was going to ask for a link, but I finally found one (northbound 15 on-ramp from Timpanogos). Only one I could find, though.

I guess they're not as common as I thought -- but really, the meters that don't have it is just because UDOT hasn't gotten around to them yet; they were put up before the reflective borders became a thing. The rule of thumb is that after around 2014, any new or replaced ramp meters will have reflective tape. These freeways have been recently reconstructed, so they all have the reflective backplates on the meters:

- I-15 between Timpanogos Highway and Bangerter Highway (reconstructed 2016)
- I-15 between Beck Street and Centerville (reconstructed 2015)
- I-215 southwest quadrant, between Redwood and SR-201 (reconstructed 2017)

I usually come to the conclusion based on the design of the ramp meter signals compared to nearby ramp terminii. At the American Fork DDI's, for example, the crossover points feature signals with the reflective border, but the ramp meters do not have the reflective border. This reflects modern WSDOT practice; as many western states do things pretty similar (minus a few obvious things), I figured it might be a reliable way to indicate in-field practices elsewhere. Guess not!

 on: Today at 01:12:49 AM 
Started by Hurricane Rex - Last post by paulthemapguy
544 is next.  I don't have any photos for this one.

 on: Today at 01:03:58 AM 
Started by Brian556 - Last post by edwaleni
A little more on the gravel road exit.

When I-35 was built through here in 1971...

Uhh, no.  I35 was completed in this area in 1963-64.

From January 1971:

Thanks for the correction. Not sure where I pulled that date from as the I knew the Norman to OKC was done back in the 50's.

Still checking out that bridge.  East 0430 (a.k.a East Market Street east of Enid) used to be US-64 and when it reached OK-74, there is a wye there where It looks like the pavement dates to the 1930's.  While US-64 turned south to follow OK-74, if you follow 0430 further east, it hits that bridge at I-35.

I have to assume when I-35 was built, there were plans to bring US-64 further east on top of E0430, so the bridge was built accordingly. Then they must have changed their minds and built the Enid Expressway on a new ROW instead to align with the future Cimarron.

Why my interest?

My grandfather (a preacher) drove from Enid to Perry in 1952 to pick up my dad at the Santa Fe train station in Perry at 1AM, so he could marry him to my mom 9 hours later.

Not to get too far off topic. My mom graduated with Owen Garriott (the name of Market Street in Enid now) from Enid High School in 1945.  I recently was going through some old boxes from my mom and found her prom stuff and in there was a program and the master of ceremonies was Owen himself.

I tried to meet him at the Astronaut Hall of Fame, but it was so hot and humid in Florida, security whisked him off into a air conditioned room and cordoned off everyone else. I was quite bummed as my mom and uncles all knew him.

Don Haskins, the famous basketball player and coach from Enid was my mom's cousin.

 on: Today at 12:12:58 AM 
Started by Brian556 - Last post by Tonytone
Street lights or traffic lights?

Suburban Denver has traffic lights on wires all over the place, especially Arvada.
Streets lights. I think all traffic lights, either started on poles or hung by pole & wire.


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