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 on: Today at 04:53:32 PM 
Started by CapeCodder - Last post by Roadgeekteen
The DFW metro seems to be adding about 100,000 people a year. That would come out to a million every census. If there's a nationwide recession, the growth might actually increase because Texas has been recession-resistant since getting off the oil tit in the 1990s.

The 2021 population estimates show DFW gained over 122,000 people over its 2020 population. Houston gained nearly 85,000. Chicagoland lost over 100,000. I highly doubt Chicagoland will lose over 100,000 each year. In fact, I believe many larger metros that lost population in the estimates will regain their footing as the fallout from COVID continues to wane. However, it's possible that population losses could continue once rural broadband Internet becomes more widespread, especially for people who work from home and don't find it necessary to live in or near bigger cities in order to work.

Wanna bet?  Most areas in Chicagoland have been losing population recently.  The only growth areas are Will, Kendall, Kane, and Grundy (yes, Grundy) Counties.  Cook has been hardest hit, and Chicago seems to love shooting itself in the foot.

Where are you guys getting your stats from? I'm seeing conflicting information on if Chicago is growing or shrinking.

 on: Today at 04:50:46 PM 
Started by rickmastfan67 - Last post by 74/171FAN
(For I-279 and I-579)  PennDOT - District 11 News: Inbound High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Closure Thursday Morning in Pittsburgh

 on: Today at 04:47:32 PM 
Started by Lukeisroads - Last post by webny99
The second choice really shouldn't be considered food under Geneva Convention rules.

As with seemingly half of the products put out by Necco.  Sweethearts?  Necco Wafers?

Indeed. If goosebumps are your first reaction to putting something in your mouth, that's probably a sign that it shouldn't be considered food.  :sombrero:

 on: Today at 04:42:16 PM 
Started by Alex - Last post by roadman65
Vermonts answer to signing milebased exit numbers. Just have the sequential exit numbers and mile based numbers both coexist.

Real cheesy I must say.

Any eastern extension of the US 4 freeway would not only require the demolition of the Diamond Run Mall but would also run through Aitken State and Rutland City Forests (which would make any route unconstructable). Also, what is the terrain like in the forementioned forests like? Would they be a barrier to theoretically constructing a US 4 eastward freeway (or any roadway) extension? Also, it seems like getting a US 4 westward freeway extension to Interstate 87 would be quite difficult to construct (which is probably why it doesn't exist). Forests and mountains are probably also the reason why the US 7 expressway ends in East Dorset, and doesn't continue past Rutland.

Actually, the Diamond Run Mall closed down a few years ago, so it could theoretically be demolished, but the aforementioned environmental costs are exactly why it hasn’t and won’t be extended not to mention VTrans doesn’t have that kind  of money.
There are not really any feasible options to build a freeway for US-4 across the Green Mountains without spending a huge amount of money and causing a lot of environmental damage. Tunneling through the Green Mountains would have less impact on the environment, but the shear cost of a 20-30 mile long tunnel would be cost prohibitive.

MMM would have loved that last suggestion. :sombrero:

 on: Today at 04:39:48 PM 
Started by bugo - Last post by bugo
Similar situation with the southern terminus of the Indian Nation Turnpike. US-70 and 271 do a TOTSO and the main road becomes the INT. It’s like they are hoping people miss the US-70/271 TOTSO.
1 was the first to point out these “toll traps”: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=28076.msg2551607#msg2551607

Actually, he wasn't. I mentioned it on August 11, 2013:

The OTA is sleazy.  It tricks motorists into taking their turnpikes when they meant to stay on I-44.  This happens in two places, both westbound.  The first place is at the Creek Turnpike/US 412 interchange near Catoosa.  I-44 exits off itself and becomes a free road while the mainline continues as the Creek Turnpike, a (surprise!) toll road.  The second place is at the I-35/I-44/Turner Turnpike/Kilpatrick Turnpike interchange, where I-44 exits off itself, this time a one lane left exit.  This was done on purpose, no doubt.  I-44 should be the through route in both of these situations (and the other places that it exits off itself for that matter).  The Kilpatrick Turnpike example is especially frustrating as it isn't a bypass for I-44.

And I don't claim to be the first person to mention it. I'm sure I'm not the first person to notice it. I remember talking about the same thing circa 2009, but I can't find any posts here that are that old where I mentioned it.

 on: Today at 04:32:56 PM 
Started by mass_citizen - Last post by 74/171FAN
I just found a yellow YIELD sign (unsure that it is still there) from 2013 GSV near US 17 BUS in Williamston, NC. 

 on: Today at 04:24:11 PM 
Started by Bobby5280 - Last post by bugo
Take this with a grain of salt, but a poster in another forum claimed they emailed the OTA about this proposal and they were told the state is no longer going to pursue this designation or sign it. If that’s true thank god.

What forum?

 on: Today at 04:24:02 PM 
Started by Lukeisroads - Last post by wanderer2575

I don't know when this FHWA edict came out, but it's highly possible these projects were already awarded and underway by that time, and if the pavement was already dug up for a full-depth rehab, you can't simply throw something together to allow traffic on it for a one-day thing.

It was dated one year before the event, in August 2016.

Doesn't matter.  The eclipse happened in mid-August.  Even if work had started the moment the snow stopped flying, a major bridge project ("bridge decks completely removed") might not have been able to be finished by then.  So KYTC should have canceled major infrastructure projects, and maybe lose the funding to do them in the future, to accommodate a one-day event?  Yeah, people were inconvenienced leaving, but that's a first-world problem.  This wasn't crisis urgency; that wasn't an inland hurricane or a nuclear bomb.

I wasn't implying anything.  I was simply providing an answer to the question of when it was published.  In fact, I personally expected that to have been after the project was already scheduled, but I'm not the one who works for the DOT.

Understood.  I meant that even knowing a year (or more) in advance wouldn't/shouldn't have mattered.  Heck, I'm in Detroit and we've known for years that we're really close to ground zero for the 2024 eclipse, but I expect that if MDOT gets funding that year for a major project that will mess things up for the tourist crowd, they should go ahead and do it.

 on: Today at 04:22:40 PM 
Started by Lukeisroads - Last post by kphoger
The second choice really shouldn't be considered food under Geneva Convention rules.

As with seemingly half of the products put out by Necco.  Sweethearts?  Necco Wafers?

 on: Today at 04:20:45 PM 
Started by Lukeisroads - Last post by SectorZ
I haven’t found any problems with Troubleshooter’s posts.

A 12.5 year gap between posts is damn impressive though. That's like a jail sentence for something bad length of time.

(not implying Troubleshooter went to jail, nor does he have to explain to me why he took 12.5 years away from the forum)

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