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 on: Today at 02:57:42 AM 
Started by sp_redelectric - Last post by JasonOfORoads
Maybe move the connection south to Elhen/McKay road for full freeway?

I'm actually researching and writing a blog post that goes over that alignment. This is the "regional bypass" corridor has been kicked around for about 50 years now; it was included in Yamhill County's 1972 Formal Comprehensive Plan, for example. It would be a 2-lane limited access expressway, possibly a super-2, from an intersection (eventually an interchange) with OR-99W across a new Willamette River bridge to an interchange with OR-219 near the McKay Road intersection. It would become 4 lanes at the interchange and be grade-separated to the junction of I-5 near present day Exit 278.

I and many roadgeeks would love getting this built. However, we might be the only people who would. It was considered as a possible routing for the Newberg-Dundee Bypass in the 1990s, but the corridor was rejected in the 2001 Tier 1 EIS for many reasons:

  • It would not have decreased traffic through Newberg and Dundee, and some models projected an increase in traffic.
  • It would be ridiculously expensive:
    • It would require a new 2-lane Willamette River bridge, elevated portions over a floodplain, and at least two interchanges.
    • Eventually it was slated to be upgraded to 4 lanes between 99W and 219, which would've required a second Willamette River bridge and likely an additional elevated carriageway.
    • The initial cost estimate (which I'm still trying to suss out of my research) also included widening 99W to a 2+1+2 lane configuration through Dundee and 4 lanes south of there to McDougall Junction
    • However, that estimate did not include the costs of upgrading the highways and roads it connected to. 219 would need to be upgraded to 4 lanes between Newberg and the bypass, adding either a bridge widening -- essentially a third Willamette River bridge -- to the tab. I-5 would have needed at minimum one additional lane between Exit 278 and I-205. Numerous county roads would probably also need to be upgraded, realigned and widened to a certain degree.
    [li]It would negatively impact 500 acres of farmland and 30-50% more farmland than other Newberg-Dundee Bypass alignments, more than what state and federal agency could justify.
  • It would increase the risk of disturbance to significant cultural sites like Champoeg State Park.

As such, Marion County -- through which most of the bypass would be routed -- passed this resolution in 2001:

It is resolved that the Marion County Board of Commissioners opposes efforts to locate the regional bypass in Marion County and urges that all consideration of locating the bypass in Marion County be immediately discontinued.

If life were Sim City, I'd enter some cheat codes and build the damn thing anyway. However, considering the state was spending money on the Bend Parkway and Eddyville Bypass, the Regional Bypass routing was dropped.

Also I agree with the TSR being OR 18 until further notice considering it is signed as a truck route and about 20,000 AADT at least in Sherwood. Maybe get 124th/basalt creek parkway extended to I-5 and use that?

I would love to see Basalt Creek Parkway extended to I-5. Here's how I'd do it:

This configuration would reduce traffic on both Grahams Ferry Road and Boones Ferry Road, especially the latter. Day Road and Boones Ferry would now meet at a signalized intersection. I also toyed around with adding a flyover ramp for northbound traffic coming from Wilsonville. It would depend on the AADT and light wait times, I imagine.

This is the only part of the long-discussed Westside Bypass that's being built. It probably should have a highway and route number once it got to I-5. Tualatin-Wilsonville Highway #145 or whatever. Not sure what a good route number would be. Maybe OR-243 or something. I think OR-18 would be more appropriate on T-S Road, at least until the so-called "I-5 Connector" gets built just south of Sherwood to relieve that road.

 on: Today at 12:56:13 AM 
Started by jbnv - Last post by oscar
Leavenworth Rd. => Hip Roof Road (Church Creek MD):

 on: Today at 12:46:18 AM 
Started by kurumi - Last post by kurumi

Criticism of New Orleans geography from the POV of a game map designer, with a few road comments.

 on: Today at 12:34:15 AM 
Started by jbnv - Last post by jflick99
Tropical Dr. --> Leavenworth Rd. (Kansas City, KS)

 on: Today at 12:25:09 AM 
Started by BigMattFromTexas - Last post by Android
It's not really back until it's passed both houses and is signed by Trump...right?


I'm curious as to who decided this section needed to be added to this bill, however, and why.

Uhh, yeah, I wonder if they had some kind of a "dimview", eh?

 on: Today at 12:12:12 AM 
Started by empirestate - Last post by chays
March 23, 2018 - A progressive challenge showing increasing number of exits on "Next X Exits" on BGSes.

The first one is your standard "Next Exit" sign.  Up next would be a BGS with "Next 2 Exits", and so on.  How high can we get in one day?

Interstate 5 Southbound West Side Freeway approaching Exit 407 - State Highway Junction Route CA-33 Santa Nella - Gustine + trucking services next exit with this roadside sign located at Merced County - Santa Nella, California. by Raymond Yu, on Flickr

 on: Today at 12:02:42 AM 
Started by andy3175 - Last post by Max Rockatansky
Part of CA 132 washed out near Coulterville during heavy rain today:


CA 120 in Groveland was flowing like a river:


 on: March 22, 2018, 11:55:03 PM 
Started by 02 Park Ave - Last post by kkt
Or a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California edition?  ;)

No fucking way I'd touch that car.

If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away?

Neither would I.

Look, we're not like the valets in Ferris Bueller. I like my job and wouldn't want to risk it by doing something stupid.

Now, with that in mind, our route from the garage to the hotel is about 4 blocks, so I would thoroughly enjoy it for that distance. Assuming it's not painfully confusing to operate.

I know, I got nothin' to worry about, you're a professional.  ;)

 on: March 22, 2018, 11:54:01 PM 
Started by peperodriguez2710 - Last post by chays
396 km to Wilcannia

Found here: http://www.expressway.online/gallery/roads/nsw/numbered/decommissioned/nationalroutes/nr75/index.html

 on: March 22, 2018, 11:52:21 PM 
Started by paulthemapguy - Last post by chays
FM-1614.  Bmcdonau again

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