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#71
Mid-Atlantic / Re: 95/295 in Delaware
Last post by 1995hoo - July 17, 2024, 05:02:26 PM
Quote from: jeffandnicole on July 17, 2024, 04:44:32 PM....

It doesn't happen as much now as it used to, but people are oblivious to signage.  It was daily when I worked the toll plazas where I would have a motorist enter a EZ Pass Only lane then yell over there's no attendant in the booth, or ask me what "EZ Pass Only" means.  A few of them would want me to leave my booth to help them enter my lane, which, nope, I'm not leaving my booth and my money.  Regardless of signage and lighting, the only thing many motorists paid attention to was if there was a cone in the lane.  No cone:  They would enter.  Cone: they stayed away.  It was truly amazing what the power of a cone blocking a lane does.

The thing is, I get it that people don't read signs. But the thing about the toll plaza is that I cannot fathom how stupid someone has to be to think, essentially, "Hey, look, this lane is wide-open with no line at all, so why are all those idiots waiting on line forever over there when we can sail right up in this lane?" It's like the old saying about how if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

I don't doubt some of those people are just buttheads doing it on purpose, of course. Whenever I saw it happen in New York City, I also noticed that the people in the cash lanes were quite aggressive about closing up really tightly on each other's bumpers to keep the line-cutters out. The toll plaza where I saw it the most often, though, was the Tydings "Crosswinds Bridge" in Maryland as jmacswimmer mentions, and people there were not as diligent as the New Yorkers about boxing out the line-cutters. I don't doubt there was probably more line-cutting in New York on a relative basis given the nature of the traffic with I-95 in Maryland carrying more long-distance traffic, including people from non-toll areas.
#72
General Highway Talk / Smaller-scale stack interchang...
Last post by TheStranger - July 17, 2024, 04:52:35 PM
Another offshoot about my recent postings about US 101's Santa Ana Freway segment in Los Angeles is the western terminus of that named highway, the iconic Four-Level Interchange at the north edge of downtown.

Wikipedia has an unsourced quote that says the following:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Level_Interchange

"The interchange was constructed as a stack interchange because surrounding buildings and terrain made construction of a cloverleaf interchange impractical."

The Four Level has ramp speeds of only 35 MPH as well, very different from modern stack and stack-derived interchanges such as Dallas' High Five. 

By the first decade of the Interstate era, practically all stack interchanges were designed to be high speed connectors, with the right of way needs increasing in turn.

Are there any other examples of stack junctions that are more concerned with minimal right of way usage than pure traffic capacity or full freeway-speed geometry?  (For that matter, are there any other stack interchanges since then with the highest level being a through road, as US 101 is on its transition from the Hollywood to Santa Ana freeways?)  Part of what's on my mind here is the thread on the Milwaukee paperclip interchange design - in which the discussion has centered around trying to maintain the free flow of cloverleaf while using less ROW and eliminating merge points, which the Four Level basically successfully accomplished.

#73
Off-Topic / Re: How much cash do you usual...
Last post by Bruce - July 17, 2024, 04:51:22 PM
Almost none, since cash is unrecoverable in the event of theft, destruction, or other potential circumstances. Carrying an extra thin wallet also helps deter would-be pickpockets, especially in a dense mass of people.
#74
Mid-Atlantic / Re: 95/295 in Delaware
Last post by jeffandnicole - July 17, 2024, 04:44:32 PM
Quote from: Rothman on July 17, 2024, 11:21:32 AM
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Quote from: bluecountry on July 15, 2024, 01:17:41 PMI hope DE someday fixes this, it reminds of the tolls in Newark.  I remember before they got the fast lanes, it used to backup horribly into MD.

The dumb thing is it still backs up, and that's only because most of the traffic on the interstate mindlessly tries squeezing into the two high speed lanes not thinking about the fact that the physical tollbooth still takes EZPass and is completely wide open, devoid of traffic.

There's no guarantee an EZ Pass Only lane is open at the toll plaza, causing motorists to possibly get stuck behind a cash payer.  https://maps.app.goo.gl/LdgLthmAXqhsrqEn8

I've yet to experience that situation in real life.

Ive seen it both here and on the AC Expressway.

Nobody goes to AC anymore, anyway.

Lotsa money in the casinos say otherwise.  Looking at June's reports, over a $1 billion in "winnings" for the casinos, which is what they net after they pay out the winners.  Winnings for the casino tend to be about 9% - 10% roughly of what's bet, with average payouts around 90% - 91%.  Based on those estimates, about $10 Billion was bet.  And that's just slots and table games in the casinos.  Online betting, including sports betting, isn't included in those figures.

Besides, there's also the Great Egg Harbor toll plaza, capturing everyone headed to the southern shore region.  That's the main plaza which can experience some delays in the summertime, although nothing like what it used to see without the Express lanes.

Quote from: 1995hoo on July 17, 2024, 10:16:55 AMThe bigger problem I've had at toll plazas is when traffic is heavy and a cash-payer blocks the E-ZPass Only lane either deliberately (trying to cut the line for the adjacent cash lane) or supposedly by mistake ("supposedly" because I tend to think you'd have to be unbelievably stupid to think people just don't realize that lane is available).

It doesn't happen as much now as it used to, but people are oblivious to signage.  It was daily when I worked the toll plazas where I would have a motorist enter a EZ Pass Only lane then yell over there's no attendant in the booth, or ask me what "EZ Pass Only" means.  A few of them would want me to leave my booth to help them enter my lane, which, nope, I'm not leaving my booth and my money.  Regardless of signage and lighting, the only thing many motorists paid attention to was if there was a cone in the lane.  No cone:  They would enter.  Cone: they stayed away.  It was truly amazing what the power of a cone blocking a lane does.
#75
Off-Topic / Re: How much cash do you usual...
Last post by hbelkins - July 17, 2024, 04:40:56 PM
Typically between $5 and $150.
#76
Southeast / Re: SC: I-95 widening projects
Last post by Mapmikey - July 17, 2024, 04:32:52 PM
Quote from: fillup420 on July 17, 2024, 03:54:53 PM
Quote from: Plutonic Panda on May 24, 2023, 03:33:34 PMIs that bridge to the NW of the I-95 twin bridges open for walking and biking?

It wasn't the last time i drove past, which was about 6 years ago. Fully gated off on both ends.

It was closed to pedestrians in 2017 and reopened to them in 2023
https://maps.app.goo.gl/2cRKciDiwufRfMGF9
https://maps.app.goo.gl/WBRuuVf3k6K5GhjM9
#77
Off-Topic / Re: How much cash do you usual...
Last post by TheHighwayMan3561 - July 17, 2024, 04:26:20 PM
I'll typically have cash for two specific reasons:
-the Minnesota State Fair
-when I go to Grand Marais to tip the motel as well as if I want to eat at the cash-only greasy spoon there (which I don't always do)

I'll also keep a couple hundred bucks of emergency cash hidden on a road trip.
#78
Off-Topic / Re: How much cash do you usual...
Last post by 1995hoo - July 17, 2024, 04:15:15 PM
I usually have more than $100, but not for purposes of worrying about towing. If I'm about to travel, I go to a bank whose ATM dispenses $5s so that I can get a supply of $5s for tipping hotel housekeeping. I also always pay, and tip, the barber in cash, but I just changed barbershops and I don't remember how much the new place charges.
#79
Great Lakes and Ohio Valley / Re: Indiana Notes
Last post by ITB - July 17, 2024, 04:08:24 PM
It's official. INDOT has awarded the contract to widen and reconstruct I-70 in Wayne County to a Walsh Construction/Crider & Crider/Rieth Riley joint venture. The winning bid was $377,839,225.91. More specifically, this contract covers the stretch of I-70 from the Ohio state line to .8 mile west of US 35. According to the bid results, Porous Hot Mix Asphalt (PHMA) will be the material of choice for the I-70 mainline, rather than Portland Cement Concrete (PCC).

This is the first of three proposed contracts of INDOT's Revive I-70 program. INDOT has not yet indicated when the second contract will be let. Nor have they committed to widening I-70 further in Wayne County beyond the first contract.

See the official bid results here, page 12.
#80
Southeast / Re: US 321 Direction in NC
Last post by fillup420 - July 17, 2024, 03:58:53 PM
Quote from: hbelkins on July 16, 2024, 05:35:52 PMHow about changing US 321's direction from N-S to E-W at US 19E at Elizabethton? That would be similar to the way beltways change directions.

I think the most logical spot for a cardinal direction change would be in Boone at 421. The route of 321 is nominally east-west from that point "north".

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