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 on: Today at 07:45:56 AM 
Started by bing101 - Last post by bing101

Update 56 people are reported dead in Butte County fires.

 on: Today at 07:42:08 AM 
Started by agentsteel53 - Last post by Lively
Those look really battered. Love it. Great find, Peter.

 on: Today at 07:39:36 AM 
Started by Grzrd - Last post by edwaleni
Is I-69 in doubt? Louisiana thinks I-369 will drain off the need and get I-69 cancelled in LA and AR by setting up traffic through I-30.


Complaints about Texas and I-369.

Is the future I-69 that could run through Bossier and Caddo Parishes now in doubt of bypassing the area altogether? Bossier City Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker said it’s a possibility.
Walker is the VP for Louisiana, and previous president, for the I-69 Coalition. He said that if the route does skip Louisiana, it would be down to some upgrades made across the border in the state’s neighbor.

The project was divided up into what are known as SIU (segments of independent utility) that can be built by states individually to link up with the overall project. The current segments that run through Louisiana, specifically in Bossier and Caddo Parishes, are SIU-14, from the Arkansas state line to Haughton, SIU-15, from Haughton to Stonewall, and SIU 16, from Stonewall to Tenaha, Texas.

These segments are the priority corridor outlined by the I-69 coalition.
But Texas is ignoring SIU 16 and instead is upgrading I-59, which could prove to be an alternative that could be then designated as the route for I-69.

“My concern is no work is being done on SIU 16 from Stonewall to Tenaha, Texas,” said Walker. “Texas is doing great work but they’re not getting the environmental study done on that section.”

Walker noted that although the last segment starts at Stonewall and runs to the state line, it is Texas’ responsibility. “They have a committee, but they’re not paying attention to that one segment that connects them with the Arkansas and Louisiana segment,” Walker said.
He is also concerned of a developing pattern where commercial traffic is bypassing the approved corridor. Memphis, Tenn., is a major transportation center for freight with traffic coming out of there along I-30 straight into US Hwy. 59 in Texas.

“If that pattern keeps going then it is established and they’ll bypass southeast Arkansas and Louisiana,” Walker explained. “Credit to Texas, they’re putting their money where their mouth is by upgrading to interstate standards.”

“There are signs up in Texarkana that say ‘I-69’ right now,” Walker said.
Moreover, Walker said he fears that the cost of a new bridge over the Mississippi River could cause the route to change.

“The cost of that bridge is $1.2 billion and I can see in the future where, politically, because of the expense, that bridge won’t be built. And then the Arkansas links would be bypassed and it would mess up the Louisiana links,” he explained.

So what can be done to try and ensure Louisiana isn’t frozen out? Walker said the best option would be to build a segment. Specifically, one that would be of use until it can be tied into the project at-large.

He recommended SIU-15 that would run from Haughton to the Port of Caddo-Bossier, saying, “If we could come up with the construction money, we could build SIU-15 from Haughton through the Port, and that segment would be another bridge over the Red River, which would also provide us a tie-in to I-49.”

Mayor Walker sent a letter to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson on June 14 requesting a Record of Decision on SIU-16. Walker also noted the state has completed records of decision for SIU-14 and -15.

However, he noted that the area is fortunate to be included on the corridor. He noted that the state only has to fund 20 percent of the cost, and while vital to the area, the portion is only 95 miles.

“It’s a lot less expensive because we have such a small portion and it still keeps us tied in,” Walker said. With the much discussed infrastructure bill of President Donald Trump’s administration, Walker notes it could help make the project a reality. But he said ominously that the money is a waste if that last segment isn’t given attention.

“No doubt it could benefit the whole program. But if we don’t get our records of decision and environmental studies done, there’s no construction. If we get that done, then we can get some of the money our president is talking about.”

 on: Today at 05:59:54 AM 
Started by 7/8 - Last post by formulanone
1003 - 287 = 716 near Kountze, Texas:

 on: Today at 04:51:28 AM 
Started by jakeroot - Last post by bcroadguy
Found it!


https://www.google.com/maps/@49.2579849,-123.1840422,3a,23.3y,60.57h,88.97t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sm2Wy0W5ygSDGhSaDpL7YrA!2e0!5s20170501T000000!7i13312!8i6656 (Walk signal on)

Other than that Richmond example, the closest thing I've seen in the suburbs is this double left turn where you have to yield to pedestrians: https://www.google.com/maps/@49.2578379,-123.1843362,3a,75y,84.23h,87.65t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sTZSRt0P3pMAvMerqOdhHZg!2e0!5s20170501T000000!7i13312!8i6656

Edit: Juuuuust found this right near the example I posted. I think Richmond's probably your best bet for finding more of these:

 on: Today at 04:42:03 AM 
Started by jakeroot - Last post by jakeroot
There is another one in Vancouver somewhere (with an option lane unfortunately), but I'm not sure exactly which intersection. I'll post when I find it.

Now that you mention it, I do feel like I'm missing something from that list. Are you thinking somewhere downtown, or outside downtown but within city limits? Never would have guessed that anyone besides the City of Vancouver would have the balls to install a double permissive left, but Richmond clearly has proved me wrong. I usually focus my search for these things in urban areas, but there could be some in suburban areas too.

 on: Today at 04:37:59 AM 
Started by Bruce - Last post by jakeroot
I have tickets reserved in the earliest three slots, but I'm going to try and join the media scruff at the ribbon-cutting before joining you guys (one of several groups I want to walk the tunnel with...going to be tough to juggle everything, but this is a challenge worth taking on).

I shall imagine that you probably know, for example, your STB guys a bit better than you know us, so I certainly wouldn't be heartbroken if you joined someone else. But I'm always up for meeting new faces! Even if only for a bite.

 on: Today at 04:34:03 AM 
Started by jakeroot - Last post by bcroadguy
Nah, I almost never go to Richmond. I just happened to find it on Streetview today. I knew about the Main Street one but I never noticed the double left turns at Denman & West Georgia and Cambie & Marine before. There is another one in Vancouver somewhere (with an option lane unfortunately), but I'm not sure exactly which intersection. I'll post when I find it.

Edit: Lol classic Richmond

 on: Today at 04:33:34 AM 
Started by mgk920 - Last post by MantyMadTown
There is traffic that transits the Madison area between US 151 to the northeast and US 151 to the southwest and it is difficult to describe the 'best' routing (the interstate and the Beltline) to some of those drivers, who are unfamiliar with the area.  This is very similar to what the situation WRT US 41 through Milwaukee County was for travelers between Chicagoland and the Fox Valley (Appleton, Oshkosh, etc) before I-41 was marked.  For that reason, I would reroute US 151 to follow that all-freeway routing and give the current through town route a new number.

As for US 141, I'd decommission it south of the Abrams interchange (US 41 split north of metro Green Bay).


And while we're at it, decommission highway 29's routing along US 141 and give the section east of Green Bay a new number! I honestly think the routing of US 141 in Green Bay should become a state highway and WIS 29 should end at Monroe Ave.

 on: Today at 04:29:09 AM 
Started by jakeroot - Last post by jakeroot
This one in Tucson, AZ is pretty gross:

Jesus, no kidding. All that room and that was the best setup they could come up with? Tucson normally has my admiration, but they lost a tiny bit here.

Knowing Arizona drivers, I get the feeling that stop sign is barely acknowledged.

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