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 on: Today at 06:19:46 PM 
Started by MantyMadTown - Last post by Alps
You can also make your own shield, or take a photo and upload it as your avatar.

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 on: Today at 06:19:35 PM 
Started by flaroads - Last post by wdcrft63
Correction - The Bonner Bridge opens sometime next week, once the lines are striped correctly. The official ribbon cutting ceremony is on April 2nd.

"Though the Bonner Bridge replacement is slated to open to vehicular traffic within a matter of days, a formal “grand opening” and official ribbon cutting ceremony is set for April 2, with Governor Roy Cooper among the expected guests.

NCDOT Public Relations Officer Tim Haas told the Island Free Press late last week that the bridge will open once traffic lines are painted on the ramps that lead to the bridge structure itself.
“That’s the only thing we’re waiting on, and that should happen in the next few days, assuming the weather holds,” he said."


https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/official-ribbon-cutting-for-new-bridge-set-for-april-2/
We don't know yet what the new bridge will be called; there's a movement to name it for Mark Basnight, the late state senator from Nags Head (he was a powerful figure in NC politics and pushed aggressively for the upgrading of US 64 to a freeway). It's pretty clear it won't be called the Bonner Bridge this time; Herbert C. Bonner was a US senator from 1940 to 1965 and a strong supporter of racial segregation.

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 on: Today at 06:15:33 PM 
Started by Laplace - Last post by US 89
The default anywhere would be the same state if the state is not posted

So to throw out an example: you're saying the control cities from Salt Lake City should be "Reno NV", "Las Vegas NV", and "Cheyenne WY" on every sign? That seems like overkill, especially when there's no confusion about which state the city in question is in.

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 on: Today at 06:14:06 PM 
Started by mass_citizen - Last post by Max Rockatansky
Another incredibly haggard guide sign from the Bay Area, this time off of I-280:

280Ia by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

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 on: Today at 06:09:23 PM 
Started by Plutonic Panda - Last post by US 89
I'd suggest tying the EOC Turnpike directly into SH 9 southeast of Thunderbird Lake, and upgrading SH 9 between I-35 and there, as other have mentioned. That way SH 9 itself can function as part of the southeast beltway.

Although I'll agree it looks tight for SH 9 west of Chautauqua Avenue, it looks doable, although it'll likely take at least a little eminent domain, and it looks to me like any interchange at 24th Avenue would probably take some reconstruction of the I-35 interchange as well. Otherwise, perhaps some tight diamonds or SPUIs could work, like this one. (Either way, SH 9 should be easier to upgrade than the highway in that link, where no ROW was originally preserved!)


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 on: Today at 06:08:02 PM 
Started by kevinb1994 - Last post by kevinb1994
I know we’re now less than a week away from the meet now, but unfortunately the weather forecast looks less than favorable now. Gonna postpone the meet until later this year instead of canceling it outright.

What's your weather forecast telling you? Weather Channel has this Saturday as partly cloudy, 20% chance of precipitation, highs in the low 80s. If that's not good enough, when will it ever be?

As far as your other difficulties, we had a meet go on as scheduled even when the host couldn't make it due to his own serious medical problems. People who wanted to attend on the original date did so, with alternate hosting arrangements (I didn't attend, so I don't remember what the plan B was). When the host was once more up to hosting, he set a second meet date.

Well it depends on which weather source; I go by what it says on the Facebook Events pages. Your mileage may and will vary, of course. I don’t know if that’d work well down here. Got no prior meet hosting experience. Sorry.

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 on: Today at 06:05:32 PM 
Started by Roadgeekteen - Last post by jakeroot
I used to lean on one pretty regularly as a child, both while waiting at the school bus stop, and while hanging out in front of my house (waiting for friends, usually). So no fear for me.

Now, with that said, virtually all telegraph (telephone?) poles around WA are wooden, and those don't naturally conduct electricity...being my practical self, I see no reason to fear a wooden pole.

A metal pole? I could see some fear in that, although the government wouldn't leave active shock risks within reach of everyday humans.

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 on: Today at 05:58:57 PM 
Started by kevinb1994 - Last post by oscar
I know we’re now less than a week away from the meet now, but unfortunately the weather forecast looks less than favorable now. Gonna postpone the meet until later this year instead of canceling it outright.

What's your weather forecast telling you? Weather Channel has this Saturday as partly cloudy, 20% chance of precipitation, highs in the low 80s. If that's not good enough, when will it ever be?

As far as your other difficulties, we had a meet go on as scheduled even when the host couldn't make it due to his own serious medical problems. People who wanted to attend on the original date did so, with alternate hosting arrangements (I didn't attend, so I don't remember what the plan B was). When the host was once more up to hosting, he set a second meet date.

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 on: Today at 05:52:00 PM 
Started by mass_citizen - Last post by jakeroot
Euro-style arrow on a roundabout guide sign along US 1 in Caribou.



That one appears to be particularly *British*, as the corners of the diagram are curved, as is required by the British road sign manuals. Even the style that I'm used to seeing in BC, which is also very similar to the British roundabout diagrammatics, do not use rounded corners.

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 on: Today at 05:50:50 PM 
Started by LM117 - Last post by bob7374
Construction began a month ago to upgrade the US-70 freeway between Dover and New Bern to interstate standards.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-02-14-craven-county-work-interstate-standards.aspx
I see the real possibility to have I-42 fully completed and signed from I-40 to Havelock completed in 10 years. Every section has a planned project, and has advanced further from just a concept.
Perhaps east of Goldsboro. Not all the projects to bring US 70 in Wayne and Johnston Counties to interstate standards will be completed by 2029 according to the Draft 2020-2029 STIP. While the project that will upgrade US 70 to a freeway in Johnston from Business 70 to the Neuse River bridge with interchanges with Swift Creek and Wilson's Mills Roads is to start this year, the project that will upgrade the route from Pondfield Road in Johnson County to the Goldsboro Bypass is to be built in 2 stages, with the second not starting construction until 2028. Neither of these addresses the section through Smithfield including if, and where, there will be an interchange with I-95. Improvements are to be made to the US 70/I-95 interchange in 2020, but this is unrelated to I-42.
Couldn't the section from Princeton (once upgraded) to Havelock be still signed officially as I-42 because it connects to an existing interstate highway (I-795 in Goldsboro)? Or does it have to connect to a mainline?

I-97 connects two 3di's (one unsigned) without intersecting any other 2di, so I don't see why not.

Well looking at Google maps (which can be deceiving) the Goldsboro bypass from US 70 on the East side to NC 903 is both Interstate quality and connected to an Interstate, so If NC wanted, they could sign it as I-42 now. (Unless I am missing something.)
No, you're correct. The US 70 Goldsboro Bypass opened in 2016, and was built to full interstate standards. I wonder why they didn't sign it upon its completion.
Good question. It seems to go against NCDOT's recent practice of putting up new interstate signs as soon as they can on interstate standard routes (I-87 for just I-440 and the Knightdale Bypass, previously I-495 for just a few miles from I-440 to I-540). Perhaps they want to wait until it connects to I-95. If they preferred to sign it only where it connects to a 2di, they could have signed it along the Clayton Bypass.


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