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Title: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on January 06, 2019, 09:03:57 PM
I would say the PA Turnpike/I-95 interchange being completed.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on January 06, 2019, 09:46:54 PM
In California it was Prop 6 getting shot down which preserved SB1 road repair funds. 
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Great Lakes Roads on January 06, 2019, 10:07:54 PM
In Indiana, it would have to be completing the I-69 construction between Bloomington and Martinsville...
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: NE2 on January 06, 2019, 10:10:23 PM
I would say it was roadgeekteen's hiatus.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 06, 2019, 10:18:16 PM
Eagles won the Superbowl!

(even better being the OP is from New England!!) 😎😈😛😆
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: sparker on January 07, 2019, 01:44:52 AM
I would concur with the selection of the I-95/PA Turnpike interchange opening to traffic; however, a close second would be the initial section of I-11 also opening in NV. 
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 07, 2019, 02:35:53 AM
Eagles won the Superbowl!

(even better being the OP is from New England!!) 😎😈😛😆

Red Sox won the World Series, and they were 7-1 ON THE ROAD in doing it. :) 
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: ET21 on January 07, 2019, 09:03:26 AM
Mainly Chicago stuff,

-I-55/LSD interchange rebuild was completed early in 2018.
-Circle interchange is gonna take another 4 years to finish.
-I-294 reconstruction began during the summer of 2018 that will take 6 years to complete.
-Early construction of I-490 began in the final month of 2018, which should be fully built in 5ish years.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: webny99 on January 07, 2019, 10:39:08 AM
Mainly Chicago stuff

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago ≠ The World.  :-P

I would say it was roadgeekteen's hiatus.

 :clap:
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on January 07, 2019, 01:09:55 PM
MN:
-Grants awarded to begin to improve 35W/494 interchange, finish US 14 from Owatonna to Rochester
-progress continuing on 35W between 94 and 62
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on January 07, 2019, 02:49:04 PM
Mainly Chicago stuff

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago ≠ The World.  :-P

I would say it was roadgeekteen's hiatus.

 :clap:
Significant in a good or bad way?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: hbelkins on January 07, 2019, 02:52:04 PM
Without a doubt, the I-95 connection/completion.

Wonder in what year we'll be able to say that the biggest event was the connection of I-70 at Breezewood?  :bigass:
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: GreenLanternCorps on January 07, 2019, 03:57:08 PM
Without a doubt, the I-95 connection/completion.

Wonder in what year we'll be able to say that the biggest event was the connection of I-70 at Breezewood?  :bigass:

Earth won't last that long...
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Ben114 on January 07, 2019, 04:38:38 PM
Without a doubt, the I-95 connection/completion.

Wonder in what year we'll be able to say that the biggest event was the connection of I-70 at Breezewood?  :bigass:
Speaking of when things will happen, what year will we be saying MassDOT converted to mile-based exits?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on January 07, 2019, 04:40:33 PM
Without a doubt, the I-95 connection/completion.

Wonder in what year we'll be able to say that the biggest event was the connection of I-70 at Breezewood?  :bigass:
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Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: SectorZ on January 07, 2019, 06:11:58 PM
Without a doubt, the I-95 connection/completion.

Wonder in what year we'll be able to say that the biggest event was the connection of I-70 at Breezewood?  :bigass:
Speaking of when things will happen, what year will we be saying MassDOT converted to mile-based exits?

We can't even get Liddell Brothers to finish signing jobs they started years ago. I fear the conversion to mile-based exits won't happen not due to lack of will, but incompetence and laziness on part of the state.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: GaryV on January 07, 2019, 06:14:43 PM
Mainly Chicago stuff

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago ≠ The World.  :-P

I would say it was roadgeekteen's hiatus.

 :clap:
Significant in a good or bad way?

Do you really want us to answer?

As you grow older, you'll find that you don't want to ask a question if you really don't want to know the answer.

Back on track, I'd nominate the final resolution of the court battles that Matty Maroun brought against the building of the Gordie Howe Bridge.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: bassoon1986 on January 07, 2019, 09:36:48 PM
In the south:

-while not completed, I-49 can now be used between I-10 and I-30 without exiting a freeway/interstate

-completion of I-269 connection in MS

-Ohio River Bridge path for I-69 between KY and IN chosen.


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Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: kphoger on January 07, 2019, 10:39:02 PM
I would say it was roadgeekteen's hiatus.

To be fair...  The OP asked about "the roadgeek world", not "roads", so this might actually qualify as a real answer.  A forum member's hiatus from the forum is something that affects roadgeeks specifically.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on January 07, 2019, 10:40:11 PM
I would say it was roadgeekteen's hiatus.

To be fair...  The OP asked about "the roadgeek world", not "roads", so this might actually qualify as a real answer.  A forum member's hiatus from the forum is something that affects roadgeeks specifically.
Am I that infamous?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: kphoger on January 07, 2019, 10:53:09 PM
Am I that infamous?

I didn't say whether it was a good answer or a bad answer, just that it might be a real answer.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: MikieTimT on January 07, 2019, 11:10:06 PM
Securing the funding to complete the last gap in I-49 between I-435/I-470 and I-40 (Bella Vista Bypass).  The days are now numbered for having to deal with 9 traffic lights between I-49 segments in Jane, MO and Bella Vista, AR.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: roadman65 on January 07, 2019, 11:22:20 PM
Completing the long wait for John Young Parkway in Kissimmee, FL widening from US 192 to the CSX/ SunRail bridge.  It was to be done in 2017, but things got pushed back and back.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: formulanone on January 08, 2019, 05:51:27 AM
The Interstate 95 Gap Is No More is probably the most significant roadgeek event of the year, if not decade. It's been 40+ years in the making, and on one of the most significant routes in the nation. It's been one of the most oft-asked questions/debates in the world of roadgeekery, roads scholaring, driving around aimlessly, and staring at maps wistfully. Naturally, if you don't live in the area or never intend to drive there, it seems a little lofty and of little concern. But see it from a bigger perspective based on how much it's been talked about over the years, and it's been completed in the past twelve months.

I seriously don't understand how something "started" or "in progress" is anywhere close to Most Significant, when there's hundreds of incomplete projects that stalled out or lay dormant for a variety of reasons. Wake us when it's done.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: webny99 on January 08, 2019, 08:46:26 AM
I seriously don't understand how something "started" or "in progress" is anywhere close to Most Significant, when there's hundreds of incomplete projects that stalled out or lay dormant for a variety of reasons. Wake us when it's done.

 :clap:

Everybody seems to be just looking at their own areas, and not really at the big picture.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on January 08, 2019, 08:50:38 AM
The Interstate 95 Gap Is No More is probably the most significant roadgeek event of the year, if not decade. It's been 40+ years in the making, and on one of the most significant routes in the nation. It's been one of the most oft-asked questions/debates in the world of roadgeekery, roads scholaring, driving around aimlessly, and staring at maps wistfully. Naturally, if you don't live in the area or never intend to drive there, it seems a little lofty and of little concern. But see it from a bigger perspective based on how much it's been talked about over the years, and it's been completed in the past twelve months.

I seriously don't understand how something "started" or "in progress" is anywhere close to Most Significant, when there's hundreds of incomplete projects that stalled out or lay dormant for a variety of reasons. Wake us when it's done.
Probably because I already said it when I posted this, and people want to contribute different things.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on January 08, 2019, 09:48:36 AM
The Interstate 95 Gap Is No More is probably the most significant roadgeek event of the year, if not decade. It's been 40+ years in the making, and on one of the most significant routes in the nation. It's been one of the most oft-asked questions/debates in the world of roadgeekery, roads scholaring, driving around aimlessly, and staring at maps wistfully. Naturally, if you don't live in the area or never intend to drive there, it seems a little lofty and of little concern. But see it from a bigger perspective based on how much it's been talked about over the years, and it's been completed in the past twelve months.

I seriously don't understand how something "started" or "in progress" is anywhere close to Most Significant, when there's hundreds of incomplete projects that stalled out or lay dormant for a variety of reasons. Wake us when it's done.
Probably because I already said it when I posted this, and people want to contribute different things.

Well to that end Id agree with Sparker about I-11 bypassing Boulder City being pretty up there.  Id say I-11 was a way bigger deal out west than the I-95 gap was.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: inkyatari on January 08, 2019, 09:56:38 AM
To me, it's the completion of the "Missing Link" on the Foothills Parkway of Tennessee.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: jeffandnicole on January 08, 2019, 10:13:52 AM
I seriously don't understand how something "started" or "in progress" is anywhere close to Most Significant, when there's hundreds of incomplete projects that stalled out or lay dormant for a variety of reasons. Wake us when it's done.

 :clap:

Everybody seems to be just looking at their own areas, and not really at the big picture.

Then probably should've locked the thread after the first post. 
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: RobbieL2415 on January 08, 2019, 10:19:18 AM
The completion of the I-84 add-a-lane project in Waterbury.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Henry on January 08, 2019, 11:55:07 AM
Here in Seattle, it would have to be the completion of the WA 99 tunnel.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Max Rockatansky on January 08, 2019, 12:25:41 PM
Here in Seattle, it would have to be the completion of the WA 99 tunnel.

Id say it will be a bigger story this year when it actually opens to traffic. 
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: sparker on January 08, 2019, 12:36:23 PM
If I had to limit the event to something in CA, I'd have to say the progress on the expansion of I-5/Santa Ana Freeway in southeast L.A. county (between Artesia Ave. and I-605); this was the last and arguably the most difficult section of the corridor to upgrade -- probably because the original freeway was simply an overlay of an existing arterial, with commercial development on the frontage roads hemming in the ROW.  But it got done -- that deserves kudos in and of itself. 
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: PHLBOS on January 08, 2019, 02:50:42 PM
I'm surprised that nobody has yet mentioned several brand new high-profile bridges that opened this past year replacing older (60+ years), narrower ones.

New Whittier Bridge: I-95 crossing the Merrimack River in MA (Newburyport/Amesbury)

New Goethals Bridge: I-278 Elizabeth, NJ/Staten Island, NY

New Tappan Zee Bridge (officially named Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge): I-87/287/NY Thruway (Nyack/Tarrytown)
Weather permitting: the remnants of the old truss bridge will be detonated this Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Plutonic Panda on January 08, 2019, 06:02:49 PM
In Oklahoma they repaired a freeway ramp.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: formulanone on January 08, 2019, 06:42:36 PM
In Oklahoma they repaired a freeway ramp.

I called up my County Works Department and got three potholes filled and a missing street blade installed.

I may have caused a 10% increase in Alabama's transportation budget for 2019. :P

New Goethals Bridge: I-278 Elizabeth, NJ/Staten Island, NY

Didn't hear much about that one; the previous one was on the narrow side.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Plutonic Panda on January 08, 2019, 07:20:39 PM
If I had to limit the event to something in CA, I'd have to say the progress on the expansion of I-5/Santa Ana Freeway in southeast L.A. county (between Artesia Ave. and I-605); this was the last and arguably the most difficult section of the corridor to upgrade -- probably because the original freeway was simply an overlay of an existing arterial, with commercial development on the frontage roads hemming in the ROW.  But it got done -- that deserves kudos in and of itself.
I think the most difficult part, if it ever gets done, will be the section from SR-134 to I-605.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: hbelkins on January 09, 2019, 12:39:59 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: kphoger on January 09, 2019, 02:36:11 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

Totally forgot about that one!
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Gnutella on February 24, 2019, 03:57:49 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

That makes me sad. I wanted to see the old sign for myself. :(
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on February 24, 2019, 05:00:43 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

That makes me sad. I wanted to see the old sign for myself. :(
Just wondering, what's the big deal about this sign?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: signalman on February 24, 2019, 05:36:15 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

That makes me sad. I wanted to see the old sign for myself. :(
Just wondering, what's the big deal about this sign?
See the first page of The Worst of Road Signs.  For the record, I wanted to see that sign in person too.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Roadgeekteen on February 24, 2019, 09:23:47 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

That makes me sad. I wanted to see the old sign for myself. :(
Just wondering, what's the big deal about this sign?
See the first page of The Worst of Road Signs.  For the record, I wanted to see that sign in person too.
It took that long to get replaced?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: MCRoads on February 25, 2019, 12:27:35 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

That makes me sad. I wanted to see the old sign for myself. :(

Just wondering, what's the big deal about this sign?

See the first page of The Worst of Road Signs.  For the record, I wanted to see that sign in person too.

It took that long to get replaced?

I really hope ODOT preserved that, as a monument of shame. But knowing DOTs, it is probably in an aluminum cube somewhere, if it hasnt been melted yet.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on February 25, 2019, 02:24:40 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

And it was found by someone outside the USA (me). That day back in May I noticed Big Rig Steve was going North on US 69 through Mayes County and quickly turned into the livestream expecting to see the Absolute Worst of all Signs as he rolled past it, only to find it was gone. He also drove past the site of the former Concessions sign last year.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Gnutella on February 28, 2019, 04:46:48 AM
But seriously, who the hell in ODOT fabricated those signs, and how did they ever get posted in the first place?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: Buck87 on March 05, 2019, 02:00:51 PM
For Ohio it would be the completion of the Portsmouth Bypass
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: MantyMadTown on March 06, 2019, 05:52:30 PM
For Wisconsin it would have to be WISDOT completing the "core" of the Zoo Interchange. The busiest interchange in the state was reconfigured, and after several years all the mainline ramps have been reconstructed and they're now open. The north leg of the interchange isn't expected to be completed until around 2023.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: ET21 on March 07, 2019, 09:46:22 AM
For Wisconsin it would have to be WISDOT completing the "core" of the Zoo Interchange. The busiest interchange in the state was reconfigured, and after several years all the mainline ramps have been reconstructed and they're now open. The north leg of the interchange isn't expected to be completed until around 2023.

It's sad when it's hard to remember a time the Zoo wasn't under construction.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: DeaconG on March 07, 2019, 11:39:43 AM
The i-95/PA Turnpike connection would be very high on my list; also I-4 Ultimate, the I-4/Selmon Connector and HOT lanes on toll roads (Veterans Expressway in Tampa).
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: PHLBOS on March 07, 2019, 11:49:13 AM
The i-95/PA Turnpike connection would be very high on my list
The OP already stated such.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: US71 on March 07, 2019, 11:59:28 AM
For Arkansas, 6-laning I-49 and rebuilding the 49/Bus 71 interchange.

or designating US 67 north id Little Rock as Future I-57
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: bugo on March 12, 2019, 11:20:38 PM
The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!
I should have driven there one night and "borrowed" the sign.
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: webny99 on March 13, 2019, 02:48:55 PM
For Arkansas, 6-laning I-49

Which parts of I-49 got six laned?
Title: Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
Post by: US71 on March 13, 2019, 03:47:00 PM
For Arkansas, 6-laning I-49

Which parts of I-49 got six laned?

Exit 62 to Exit 88 (except for Exit 85 which is being SPUI'd first)