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Scott5114

Quote from: pderocco on June 19, 2024, 12:29:10 AMMaybe they should just let them get stolen.

Zombie NV-589 signs (including the entire BEGIN/END assemblies at the former western terminus!) have made it for years still standing...Perhaps I-515 signs are more likely to be stolen because the media has drawn attention to the fact that it is no longer considered an active designation by NDOT, though.
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cl94

Quote from: Scott5114 on June 19, 2024, 10:34:21 PM
Quote from: pderocco on June 19, 2024, 12:29:10 AMMaybe they should just let them get stolen.

Zombie NV-589 signs (including the entire BEGIN/END assemblies at the former western terminus!) have made it for years still standing...Perhaps I-515 signs are more likely to be stolen because the media has drawn attention to the fact that it is no longer considered an active designation by NDOT, though.

There are zombie shields in Reno for truncated routes that have been up for 20+ years since truncation, and multiple routes are represented. Notably SR 430, but SRs 653 and 667 have standing examples. Even former SR 121 has signs remaining along US 50 despite being demoted to "frontage road" 3 years ago.
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roadfro

Mod Note: Moved 5 posts from 6/20/2024 about an I-11 public meeting and ensuing discussion to the appropriate thread. —Roadfro
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roadfro

Mormon crickets have apparently been a big problem this year in northeastern Nevada...

NDOT crews use snow plows to clear droves of Mormon crickets from state highways
Mick Ackers, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/10/2024
QuoteSnowplows are used on roads to clear winter snows, but they also come in handy in the summer to deal with another nuisance on northeast Nevada roads — hordes of Mormon crickets.

Seasonal cricket swarms near the Elko area are covering some highways, leading to dangerous driving conditions along affected stretches, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Rain can add to the problem because crickets on wet roads create slick driving conditions.
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Crews are using snowplows and sanding the roads to clear the crushed insects. After plowing occurs, maintenance workers use high-pressure hoses to clean crickets from the plows and other state vehicles.

Crews began to notice the insects on state roads in May on a portion of Interstate 80 near Emigrant Pass and the Osino interchange east of Elko. As of this week, Mormon crickets also have been seen on state Routes 225, 227, 228 and 278, according to the transportation department.
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NDOT has placed temporary electronic signage on Elko-area highways to alert drivers to slow down in areas of cricket infestation. The signs are routinely moved to be near where bands of crickets are located at a given time.

With this year's invasion particularly heavy, various road preservation projects in the area are being placed on hold, Larkin-Thomason noted.

"They're going to have to be delayed to another year," she said, "simply because they are not part of our mix design and we can't clear them enough to keep them off the roadway."

I LOL'd on that "crickets aren't part of our mix design" bit at the end. :-D

This image from the article, of SR 225 covered in crickets, is kinda wild!
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cl94

That's about what SR 225 looked like when I drove it on June 1. My car was caked in the bastards after I was done. Even I-80 had a ton of them east of about Lovelock.
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pderocco

I just drove up US-93 a little over a week ago, which passes about 50 miles from Elko, and didn't go through any clouds of insects. Or were they all just wandering around on foot? That pic looks like there were enough to alter the surface traction. I wonder if they make the road slippery or sticky.

cl94

Quote from: pderocco on July 08, 2024, 06:42:51 PMI just drove up US-93 a little over a week ago, which passes about 50 miles from Elko, and didn't go through any clouds of insects. Or were they all just wandering around on foot? That pic looks like there were enough to alter the surface traction. I wonder if they make the road slippery or sticky.

Slick. Not quite as bad as driving on ice, but same idea. And I think that picture was from early June.
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Sub-Urbanite

I drove through a herd of them (they're actually katydids!) a few years ago on NV 893. It was the damndest thing, where the road looked like it was "moving," almost like an old staticky television. And then I realized it was a flock of Mormon crickets and I just kind of moved slowly through it because it was... just... icky and weird.

Even though I was in a rental, I felt obligated at the end of my roadtrip to go to a car wash and power wash all the bug guts and carcasses.

Quote from: pderocco on July 08, 2024, 06:42:51 PMI just drove up US-93 a little over a week ago, which passes about 50 miles from Elko, and didn't go through any clouds of insects. Or were they all just wandering around on foot? That pic looks like there were enough to alter the surface traction. I wonder if they make the road slippery or sticky.

cl94

Quote from: Sub-Urbanite on July 08, 2024, 11:20:22 PMEven though I was in a rental, I felt obligated at the end of my roadtrip to go to a car wash and power wash all the bug guts and carcasses.

You want to wash those things off ASAP if remaining in cricket country because they're cannibals. Mormon crickets are attracted to the guts of dead Mormon crickets, so a car covered in them will just attract more.

They'll also cake onto your tires, affecting traction long after you have passed.
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FredAkbar

Quote from: cl94 on July 08, 2024, 11:25:23 PMaffecting traction long after you have passed.

At first I interpreted "passed" with a darker meaning, as if you were warning that the tires would be forever caked with the insects for centuries to come.

ClassicHasClass

Even the frontage roads near I-80 were lousy with them when we drove through in early June.

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