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Author Topic: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom  (Read 25045 times)

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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #50 on: August 26, 2009, 07:21:44 PM »

If you like "wrong way" sections of road, here are two others I can think of right off the top of my head: I-5 just north of Castaic, California, and Arizona 87 about midway between the Phoenix metropolitan area and a town called Payson.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #51 on: August 26, 2009, 07:39:50 PM »

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If you like "wrong way" sections of road, here are two others I can think of right off the top of my head: I-5 just north of Castaic, California, and Arizona 87 about midway between the Phoenix metropolitan area and a town called Payson.

I-95 and I-695 interchange, Rosedale, MD.

Though, that one will soon be gone.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #52 on: August 26, 2009, 09:06:04 PM »

The interchange between I-65 and I-20/59 in Birmingham, AL is almost exactly the same as the I-95 and I-695 interchange.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #53 on: August 26, 2009, 11:20:35 PM »

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If you like "wrong way" sections of road, here are two others I can think of right off the top of my head: I-5 just north of Castaic, California, and Arizona 87 about midway between the Phoenix metropolitan area and a town called Payson.

I-95 and I-695 interchange, Rosedale, MD.

Though, that one will soon be gone.

I-77 in Charlotte, NC @ the I-85 interchange as well.

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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #54 on: August 27, 2009, 02:29:55 PM »

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The interchange between I-65 and I-20/59 in Birmingham, AL is almost exactly the same as the I-95 and I-695 interchange.

Yeah, that's one crazy interchange (I-20/59 @ I-65). I drove it for the first time three years ago or so, and was transfrerring from I-20 West to I-65 South. I didn't know it was a left exit and had to shoot across from the right to he left. There's a lot of weaving there, anyway.


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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #55 on: August 27, 2009, 03:22:07 PM »

I'm not talking about things an average tourist might want to see, like the Golden Gate Bridge or a scenic route, but attractions that would probably only be sought out specifically because someone in the car is a roadgeek.

US 1 from Florida City to Key West.

Given Scott5114's criteria, US 1 to Key West does not qualify.  It is not just of interest to Roadgeeks but to Railfans as well.  The original bridges of the highway of which some survive as Fishing Piers, etc. were constructed by the Florida East Coast Railroad in the 1920s.  They were converted to highway use after the FEC abandoned the route after a hurricane.

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It's not about the scenery. More of traversing a string of islands, connected by one road, to the southernmost point of the US (not including Hawaii). Plus, with quite a few old alignments, most notably one covered up by Key West NAS....and the seven-mile bridge, but that's not part of the criteria. If we stick with the criteria, there's at least one (maybe more) other bridge(s) mentioned in this thread that wouldn't fit.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #56 on: August 27, 2009, 08:22:09 PM »

It's not about the scenery. More of traversing a string of islands, connected by one road, to the southernmost point of the US (not including Hawaii). Plus, with quite a few old alignments, most notably one covered up by Key West NAS....and the seven-mile bridge, but that's not part of the criteria. If we stick with the criteria, there's at least one (maybe more) other bridge(s) mentioned in this thread that wouldn't fit.

I was simply talking about that US 1 to Key West is of interest to another and probably larger group of transportation aficionados. (i.e. rail fans)  And, Scott's criteria said that it would only be of interest to Road Geeks.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #57 on: August 27, 2009, 08:22:40 PM »

uh oh, terminology fight!   :ded:
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #58 on: August 27, 2009, 08:30:26 PM »

Every roadgeek should go see the wooden bridges that make up the Keystone Wye (US16@US16A), AKA the turnoff to Mount Rushmore from Rapid City.

Also, SD87 (Needles Highway) is a must-drive, especially going through the barely one-lane tunnels. The story of how Needles Highway was built is a rather fascinating one.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #59 on: August 27, 2009, 08:33:11 PM »

I'd also like to add the bridge over the Big Cotton Indian Creek, in Rex (GA).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k85Jjre2mSk

The bridge has been recently bypassed.


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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #60 on: August 27, 2009, 10:30:03 PM »

uh oh, terminology fight!   :ded:

 :-D  It will stop, we both have differing opinions about it and it's not good to keep clogging the thread up.   ;-)
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #61 on: August 27, 2009, 10:35:35 PM »

uh oh, terminology fight!   :ded:

 :-D  It will stop, we both have differing opinions about it and it's not good to keep clogging the thread up.   ;-)

No problem here. I've made my point and I understand the other one.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #62 on: August 28, 2009, 11:33:50 AM »

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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #63 on: August 28, 2009, 05:02:32 PM »

Every roadgeek should go see the wooden bridges that make up the Keystone Wye (US16@US16A), AKA the turnoff to Mount Rushmore from Rapid City.
The Keystone Wye is cool!  I searched Flickr and found pictures and info.  Check out all the results!  There's only six, so don't worry!

Also, SD87 (Needles Highway) is a must-drive, especially going through the barely one-lane tunnels. The story of how Needles Highway was built is a rather fascinating one.
That's crazy!  I looked at this gallery of photos.
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #64 on: August 29, 2009, 03:36:23 AM »

The "Yellow Book"
1926 Rand McNally map of the US
George Stewart's book on US 40/National Road
Lincoln Highway Tour Guide
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #65 on: September 03, 2009, 11:53:19 PM »

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Zanesville, OH (Y-Bridge on the National Road, now I-40)

Maybe I had a bad day, but I don't recommend visiting that one during the evening rush; there seems to be a signal coordination issue in that area.

My list, some of which probably have been previously posted:
* The Dallas High Five interchange
* The Oakland Bay Bridge before the new east span opens
* I-70 between Denver and Grand Junction
* Any state with an 80 mph speed limit
* A speed limit free section of the Autobahn
* Any country that drives on the left
* Old US 66 (now Rte Z) around Devils Elbow/St. Robert, MO (seen it already)
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #66 on: September 04, 2009, 12:44:59 AM »

Me?  (and ones that I have done)

-US 129 'Dragon's Tail' section at the NC/TN state line
-Blue Ridge Parkway (entire length)
-Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago (best urban street drive - period!)
-US 41 (Lake Shore Drive) in Chicago
-I-93 Francona Notch section, New Hampshire
-Mackinac Bridge
-The 'Big Dig' tunnels in Boston
-I-70 Glenwood Canyon and Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado
-Ayd Mill Rd in Saint Paul, MN
-I-180 in IL

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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #67 on: September 04, 2009, 01:42:29 AM »


-Ayd Mill Rd in Saint Paul, MN

is that a loop ghost ramp???
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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #68 on: September 04, 2009, 04:20:43 AM »

I don't think it is, both ramps from Jefferson connect to northbound Ayd Mill.  Not entirely sure why, I don't think Jefferson was ever that busy of a street. 
Kind of related: What is the proper term for something like Ayd Mill Road?  Besides a waste of space, that is.

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Re: The Holy Grails of Roadgeekdom
« Reply #69 on: September 04, 2009, 06:26:56 AM »

The Sea to Sky Highway in BC.
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