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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2021, 12:14:49 AM »


IDiOT — An agency not much worse than many others, but it's fun to be snarky

You mean the agency that let's sign installers install a left turn only sign for the right lane don't deserve to be called idiots? I beg to differ.

Mistakes happen. There's a whole bunch in that one thread. Now if every right-turn lane had a left turn only sign, that would be something.
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2021, 12:35:37 AM »

...exclusion of tolls from freeways.
I thought the word "freeway" is meant for toll-free roads, with words like "tollway" or "turnpike" defining toll roads.

"Freeway" has always been meant to imply that traffic flows freely (no at-grade intersections with stops).  Has nothing to do with whether there are tolls.
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #27 on: July 16, 2021, 08:39:59 AM »

A few for Wisconsin . . .

WISDOT: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Corner Cut: The section of US-12 between Whitewater and Elkhorn
Triplex: The I-39/90/94 concurrency between Madison and Portage
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2021, 08:49:02 AM »

Here's three specifically for Ohio:

Dancing Arrows: The state's lazy way of providing APL like information while not using an APL.

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That's not unique to Ohio. Maryland likes to use them too, with the most extreme example likely being this one on I-295.
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2021, 09:10:10 PM »

High-mast lighting: A series of lights suspended from a very tall pole, normally located at urban interchanges and on freeways.

Ramp meter: A device that resembles a traffic signal, but is used at the end of an entrance ramp to regulate the flow of traffic onto the freeway. Used mainly on the West Coast.

Sign bridge: Any freestanding structure that carries one or more signs above a freeway and has posts on both ends. Also known as a gantry.

I-238: The only 3di in the country that does not have a 2di to connect to; in fact, there is no I-38 anywhere.
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2021, 08:55:44 PM »

Here are some commonly talked about gaps in the Interstate Highway System that any roadgeek should at least have a cursory understanding of:

Breezewood: a small gap in I-70 in southern Pennsylvania where it leaves the Pennsylvania Turnpike and travels on surface roads for a short period of time. Commonly gaps in other routes are described as "Breezewood-like".

Bella Vista Bypass: a bypass of Bella Vista, AR on I-49 at the Arkansas-Missouri border that is being constructed now.

I-95/Penn Turnpike Interchange: before 2018, I-95 had a gap in the Trenton, NJ area as there was no direct connection between it and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (today there is a direct connection at the I-276/I-295/I-95 interchange). The interchange is an important American road milestone in the past 10 years.

I-585: In Spartanburg, SC, I-585 currently does not connect to its parent interstate, I-85, as I-85 was rerouted onto a bypass route.


And here are some Texas terms (with examples!) you should know:

Feeder Roads: basically just the Houston word for a frontage road. These run alongside freeways and usually have businesses on them. Example:

Texas U-turns: when feeder roads intersect normal roads, you'll find these letting traffic on the feeder roads make a U-turn without sitting through 2 traffic lights. Example:

Stack Interchange: a high volume type of interchange that is used very much in Texas. Generally has 4 or 5 levels of roads. Example:

"Poor Boy": a four lane road with only a center line separating oncoming traffic. Texas used to love these, as they were cheap to build. Example:
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2021, 05:17:03 PM »

And where do I fall under?
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« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2021, 05:57:25 PM »

And where do I fall under?
Why would you be in it?
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2021, 06:02:45 PM »

And where do I fall under?

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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2021, 12:13:13 AM »

And where do I fall under?

September.
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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2021, 02:21:16 PM »

Daylight Savings Time - Officer, I meant to type Daylight Donuts Time.

Exit Renumbering - A process that's fine for every state except for the states which don't use it.

GPS - Many people swear you'll go blind if you use it too much.

Interstate - The most important thing a town needs, if you set your watch back 50-60 years.

Pop versus Cola - An argument by people who claim to be well-travelled but dig their heels at the suggestion of a synonym.

Radio Stations - Something that still exists if you forgot your phone, favorite MP3 player, passenger, and recorded music.

Renumbering - A great idea for use in all places with no present road maintenance nor level-of-service issues.

Roadgeek Card - Something people swear must be turned in, but was never distributed in the first place.




IDiOT — An agency not much worse than many others, but it's fun to be snarky

You mean the agency that let's sign installers install a left turn only sign for the right lane don't deserve to be called idiots? I beg to differ.

As I said.

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Re: The AARoads Pocket Dictionary [For New Members]
« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2021, 01:28:21 AM »

Some more cranky roadgeek definitions from many years ago: http://www.kurumi.com/roads/bierce.html
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« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2021, 10:03:54 AM »

Some more cranky roadgeek definitions from many years ago: http://www.kurumi.com/roads/bierce.html

I don't remember having seen that before, and yet I specifically remember seeing your definition of Frontage Roads before.

Your best definition on there is Alternative.

Your definition of Pork is good, too.
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« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2021, 10:09:57 AM »

kphoger: The person that is going to prove you wrong, at one point or another.

I should note that I also have this reputation in real life.  My two eldest sons, having grown up in my household, are some of the most literal people you'll ever meet.

Online, however, I should also note that nobody ever actually admits that someone else has proven him wrong.  Instead, he simply doesn't post a reply at all.  Yes, I'm guilty of that too.



I-99 — The Interstate that most enrages numbering purists.
I-180 (WY) — The Interstate that most enrage everyone else on here, except perhaps those who actually know its history.
I-93 — An Interstate with a two-lane section that curiously doesn't seem to enrage anyone.
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« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2021, 10:13:28 AM »

I-238:  CA 238
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« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2021, 10:32:57 AM »

Some more cranky roadgeek definitions from many years ago: http://www.kurumi.com/roads/bierce.html

I don't remember having seen that before, and yet I specifically remember seeing your definition of Frontage Roads before.

Your best definition on there is Alternative.

Your definition of Pork is good, too.

I like his "Eastern U.S." definition of Freeway.
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« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2021, 02:21:15 PM »

US-75 and/or US-287 in Texas — The eventual topic of any discussion of any highway expansion in Texas ever.
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« Reply #42 on: July 21, 2021, 07:36:47 PM »

MTR - once the Parthenon of roadgeekery, now just the non
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« Reply #43 on: July 21, 2021, 07:44:33 PM »

MTR - once the Parthenon of roadgeekery, now just the non

I was thinking a better analogy would be the Western Roman Empire. 
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« Reply #44 on: July 21, 2021, 08:03:52 PM »

I-70 -  The most important roadway that enters Baltimore city limits

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« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2021, 09:15:10 PM »

I-70 -  The most important roadway that enters Baltimore city limits

I was trying to figure out how to work that into the dictionary.

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« Reply #46 on: July 21, 2021, 10:07:38 PM »

I-70 -  The most important roadway that enters Baltimore city limits

Chris

Similarly but also differently, adding on here:
Breezewood: The most important place that I-70 enters.
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« Reply #47 on: July 21, 2021, 10:33:04 PM »

I-99 - Bud Shuster's stupid interstate.
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« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2021, 10:07:15 PM »

Fictional Highways - Where intelligent people go to complain about other people's threads for not being realistic enough despite the name of the board being "fictional".
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« Reply #49 on: July 23, 2021, 09:08:00 AM »

Fictional highways — The sub-forum where any constructive criticism of anyone's idea can be neatly contradicted by retorting, "This is fictional".
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