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 1 
 on: Today at 01:32:17 AM 
Started by kendancy66 - Last post by Roadgeekteen
UConn dismantled Gonzaga. Starting to think that they might be the clear favorites to win it all.

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 on: Today at 01:31:18 AM 
Started by Alex - Last post by cl94
It's been a while since I traveled to any of the Northway north of Exit 30, and was surprised to see a highest elevation on I-87 sign.  Anyone know if that's relatively new or if I just never noticed it on earlier trips up that way?

That's new in the past 2 years. Probably new in the past 7 months, because I'm not seeing it on August 2022 GSV.

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 on: Today at 01:29:12 AM 
Started by Alex - Last post by Roadgeekteen
I don't know if any of you recall the Taconic State Parkway crash back in the summer of 2009 which killed 8 people. I was of course to young to recall it, but I heard about somewhere and went into a rabbithole.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Taconic_State_Parkway_crash

The minivan was being driven by Diane Schuler, who was allegedly drunk. Her husband denies this, but her husband seems like a bit of a tool so whatever. There was a documentry made about it. Haven't watched it yet but I intend to eventually.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2011325/

I did read Jackie Hance's book (the mother of three of the girls killed and Diane's sister-in-law), and it mostly focuses on her experiences and famiy though it has some details on the crash. Just a warning, I don't cry much at all and this book made me cry.

https://www.amazon.com/Ill-See-Again-Jackie-Hance/dp/147675800X

The reason I bring this up on this forum is I saw many people on reddit blame the Taconic Parkway itself for the crash, as the road isn't super great. But I'm wondering is there an issue with the road or was this just a tragic accident (or not an accident)?

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 on: Today at 01:12:10 AM 
Started by bandit957 - Last post by bandit957
When was the last time you buyed a print newspaper?

For me, it was around 2000. Every day except Sundays, I used to read the Kentucky Post, which was an edition of the Cincinnati Post, one of the big local dailies. I used to buy a copy from a vending machine. By that time, they had an online version, but I still buyed the print version, because it had articles the online edition didn't have. But I got tired of what essentially amounted to front-page editorials, so it just wasn't worth it anymore. The Post had good coverage of things like local crimes and fires, but it wasn't worth wading through the nonsense.

The Post finally went out of business in the late 2000s.

 5 
 on: Today at 12:59:17 AM 
Started by Ian - Last post by Bickendan
Picked up the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, India - both ways - a few weeks ago.
Also got the DND Flyover as well. And both of those increased my AH 1 mileage.

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 on: Today at 12:22:03 AM 
Started by route56 - Last post by route56
There are 17 projects up for bidding on April 19.

Federal-Aid:

73-03 KA 3889-01: Replace bridge #014 over the Walnut Creek Drainage 4.55 miles northwest of the Thomas Road (former K-74) intersection. One-lane traffic through the work zone controlled by a temporary traffic signal.

77-58 KA 3923-01: Replace the bridge over Fawn creek on US 77/K-9 and reconstruct the east approach. One-lane traffic through the work zone controlled by a temporary traffic signal.

27 TE 0492-01: Construct a new Pedestrian/Bike Path along the west side of Grand Avenue (K-14) between Grace Avenue and the Smoky Hill River bridge.

36-77 KA 5987-01: Grading and surfacing on Grant Steet between 5th and 7th in Atwood. (no plans)

40-100 KA 3914-01: Replace the South Fork Smoky Hill River bridge between Sharon Springs and Wallace.;

40-100 KA 3916-01: Replace the bridge over the Union Pacific Limon Subdivision between Weskan and Sharon Springs. Detour via K-27, I-70, and US 385, though local traffic will be diverted onto old US 40 into Sharon Springs.

40-100 KA 4067-01: Replaced the bridge over the Union Pacific Sharon Springs Subdivision west of Wallace. Traffic to be carried on a shoe-fly detour

69-11 KA 6619-01/400-11 KA 6620-01: 1/2-inch milling and 1.5-inch Overlay on US 69A/US 400 from K-66 north to US 69-160 and continuing north on US 69-160-400 to K-171. (US 69A segment is non-FA)

15-87 KA 5793-01: Upgrade of the traffic signals at Southeast Boulevard and 31st Street in Wichita

Federal-Aid, Local Projects:

16 C 5074-01: Replace a wood bridge on a driveway off of old US 50 about 1 1/2 mile east of Old Beto Junction.

30 C 5114-01: Replace the Osborne Road bridge over Eight Mile Creek

87 N 0738-01: Repair the Zoo Boulevard bridge over the Big Ditch in Wichita

Non-FA:

106 KA 6913-01: Mudjacking work in KDOT District 1

23-32 KA 6904-01: Patching on K-23 between MM 136-139 in Gove County

70-98 KA 6859-01: Lighting upgrades at the I-70 Rest areas east of WaKenney

15-87 KA 6903-01: HMA Patching and a 2-inch overlay on the east Frontage Road of Southeast Boulevard from 47th Street to Clifton Avenue in Wichita.

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 on: Today at 12:17:56 AM 
Started by kphoger - Last post by Rothman
Nah.  This new marketing gimmick of "Detroit-style pizza" is stupid.

Is it a marketing gimmick of the style of pizza dates back to 1946?
Like I said, gimmick.

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 on: Today at 12:00:34 AM 
Started by mass_citizen - Last post by thenetwork
D 5/8 Road in Grand Junction for your viewing pleasure.




Oh yeah, those are all over GJ.  For example, here is the intersection of 28 Road and B Road.

Not weird enough?  How about B4/10 Road?

When our car overheated near Naturita and we took it to the mechanic in GJ, we walked through the intersection of 27 Road and C Road to pick it up later.
It makes you wonder, if they have to ever use decimals - I mean what if it's G 29/53 Road or something?
D 5/8 Road in Grand Junction for your viewing pleasure.




Oh yeah, those are all over GJ.  For example, here is the intersection of 28 Road and B Road.

Not weird enough?  How about B4/10 Road?

When our car overheated near Naturita and we took it to the mechanic in GJ, we walked through the intersection of 27 Road and C Road to pick it up later.
It makes you wonder, if they have to ever use decimals - I mean what if it's G 29/53 Road or something?

Usually the fractions.are either s, s or tenths of a mile.   In the 1/10th mile category they do one of 3 ways:

G-1/10 Road
G.1 Road
G Road

And.on the outer North and South Fringes of Mesa County, you can have:

AA Road (once you've exhausted single-letter roads beyond Z Road)

BS Road -- and yes, there IS a road by that name in Glade Park -- (With the 'S' denoting the southern half of the county, or "B South Road")

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 on: March 25, 2023, 11:59:25 PM 
Started by rickmastfan67 - Last post by jakeroot
I once found a murder scene on the satellite photos. I have no idea where it was now.

Was it related to the murder of Kevin Barrera in Oakland, California?

https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/google-maps-captures-scene-of-richmond-murder/

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 on: March 25, 2023, 11:52:05 PM 
Started by MCRoads - Last post by jakeroot
And that is a recommendation (should), not a standard (shall). But it is genuinely puzzling to me why so many traffic agencies ignore that recommendation and install them AT such intersections.

I assume it's because, in general, more people cross a road where there's a cross-street than where there isn't one.

Exactly, and it's why (IMO) it's an idiotic recommendation. Very few pedestrians are likely to detour mid-block towards a HAWK unless they ultimately have to go that way.

I would much rather the HAWK design were modified to be placed more effectively at intersections rather than attempting to prohibit it altogether. And/or the MUTCD being less mental about half-signals.

If there is an intersection, a regular traffic signal is supposed to be used instead of a HAWK.

Half signals are just plain wrong. They confuse side road drivers.

To my knowledge, the HAWK was created specifically to be a beacon, and the warrants for beacons are much easier to meet, compared to full traffic signals.

Half signals are unique; don't mistake that for confusing. Drivers who do not drive in areas where they are common (such as Seattle) may find them unusual, but I shall imagine almost all drivers are able to work out what is happening within a few moments, and can successfully maneuver through them. The point, though, is to improve pedestrian safety, and I think half signals in this way have actually proven to be very successful in reducing pedestrian crashes. Don't look at them as being tools for helping drivers, but tools for helping pedestrians. They may be an oddity for drivers, but they are mostly to aid pedestrians.


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