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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1650 on: February 14, 2019, 01:57:00 PM »

Potential, new Bay Bridge locations.

Across the peninsulas of western Talbot County?  That is insane.  My dad will have something to say about that as he lives there.  I don't know why MDTA even published them, but they are going to make a lot of people angry.  From the western shore, across to Tilghman Island, then across the Choptank waters to Oxford?
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1651 on: February 14, 2019, 02:01:09 PM »

Beltway, that looks like DC's Big Dig.

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If DC were to have a Big Dig, I-95 should be rerouted off I-495.

Talk to Doug Willinger (I think that’s his name). His website has advocated this for years, though of course it’s a pipe dream.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1652 on: February 14, 2019, 02:09:44 PM »

Potential, new Bay Bridge locations.

Across the peninsulas of western Talbot County?  That is insane.  My dad will have something to say about that as he lives there.  I don't know why MDTA even published them, but they are going to make a lot of people angry.  From the western shore, across to Tilghman Island, then across the Choptank waters to Oxford?
The growth of the area will happen, the feds need the bridge, they will probably build it no matter what anyone says, they just wanna find the right location.


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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1653 on: February 14, 2019, 02:11:49 PM »

It's worth noting that two of the corridors on that Chesapeake Bay map (#4 and #12 specifically) were studied in the past but discarded in favor of building what is now the westbound Bay Bridge span.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1654 on: February 14, 2019, 02:14:13 PM »

It's worth noting that two of the corridors on that Chesapeake Bay map (#4 and #12 specifically) were studied in the past but discarded in favor of building what is now the westbound Bay Bridge span.
I feel like #1, #7 & #14 would be the best choices


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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1655 on: February 14, 2019, 02:23:43 PM »

It's worth noting that two of the corridors on that Chesapeake Bay map (#4 and #12 specifically) were studied in the past but discarded in favor of building what is now the westbound Bay Bridge span.

The State Roads Commission did evaluate all 3 locations in 1964 for where to build the next bay bridge, with the Sandy Point location being the selection, but while I don't know the exact year, the northern and southern crossings remained in long range planning for at least 5 years after the parallel bridge opened in 1973.

http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Bay_Bridge_Loc_Studies_XL.jpg

Those would still be the logical places to build the northern and southern crossings, the width of the bay and connections to existing highways being the factor on the southern, and the problem of crossing military lands on the northern.
 
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1656 on: February 26, 2019, 06:49:49 PM »

Is MD 213 via Liberty St in Centreville going to be permanent, or is this just temporary during construction?
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1657 on: March 05, 2019, 04:21:11 PM »

Saw this for MD-295.  Looks like the original signage will all go away.
https://test-295-triple-bridges.pantheonsite.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/295-Public-Meeting-Pres-2018-11-14_small.pdf





And a look at GSV on US-40 over the Endmonson Ave Bridge shows this sign is gone too and on the contractor website it also says new signage.  So I'm guessing all the button copy associated with the interchange will be gone by the end of 2020.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1658 on: March 05, 2019, 05:11:23 PM »

Is MD 213 via Liberty St in Centreville going to be permanent, or is this just temporary during construction?

This might answer your question...

https://www.townofcentreville.org/liberty-street-commerce-street-construction-project/

https://www.townofcentreville.org/liberty-commerce-street-construction-notices/

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1659 on: March 06, 2019, 10:44:41 AM »

Another intersection to be replaced with a super street setup on US 15 in Emmitsburg. 
https://www.roads.maryland.gov/pages/release.aspx?newsId=3336
There are still some cross-traffic intersections left.  But they are being eliminated over time. 
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1660 on: March 06, 2019, 08:47:52 PM »

Another intersection to be replaced with a super street setup on US 15 in Emmitsburg. 
https://www.roads.maryland.gov/pages/release.aspx?newsId=3336
There are still some cross-traffic intersections left.  But they are being eliminated over time.

This project is near Mt. St. Mary's Univ. and the Grotto of Lourdes.

U.S. 15 already has a j-turn further north at Annandale Rd./College Ln., and one still further north at South Seton Ave./Old Frederick Rd.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1661 on: March 06, 2019, 09:23:51 PM »

A new traffic signal has been installed near the New Carrollton Metro station and an off-ramp from US-50 WB (John Hanson Hwy), and part of it has a function I don't quite understand.

The signal serves a simple T-intersection between a road leading to/from a new office building adjacent to the station, and a one-way section of Garden City Drive.  But there's also a twist -- there are also signal heads facing the tight-curve off-ramp from US-50, and these seem to only flash yellow.  And it's the center yellow lens that flashes, not a R-Y-FY setup.  (It appears to have the usual R-Y-G lenses present.) The off-ramp has two continuous lanes, and they don't appear to interfere with the T-intersection, so does anyone know what that signal face is there for?
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1662 on: March 06, 2019, 10:10:04 PM »

A new traffic signal has been installed near the New Carrollton Metro station and an off-ramp from US-50 WB (John Hanson Hwy), and part of it has a function I don't quite understand.

The signal serves a simple T-intersection between a road leading to/from a new office building adjacent to the station, and a one-way section of Garden City Drive.  But there's also a twist -- there are also signal heads facing the tight-curve off-ramp from US-50, and these seem to only flash yellow.  And it's the center yellow lens that flashes, not a R-Y-FY setup.  (It appears to have the usual R-Y-G lenses present.) The off-ramp has two continuous lanes, and they don't appear to interfere with the T-intersection, so does anyone know what that signal face is there for?
I wouldn't know because I'm not there, but from what you described, my guess would be a future signal currently in flash mode. It could become active in the future with that new office building.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1663 on: March 10, 2019, 07:29:54 PM »

Beltway, that looks like DC's Big Dig.

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If DC were to have a Big Dig, I-95 should be rerouted off I-495.

Talk to Doug Willinger (I think that’s his name). His website has advocated this for years, though of course it’s a pipe dream.

I guess you mean http://wwwtripwithinthebeltway.blogspot.com/2007/09/washington-dc-big-dig.html

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1664 on: March 10, 2019, 09:28:36 PM »

Beltway, that looks like DC's Big Dig.
If DC were to have a Big Dig, I-95 should be rerouted off I-495.
Talk to Doug Willinger (I think that’s his name). His website has advocated this for years, though of course it’s a pipe dream.
I guess you mean http://wwwtripwithinthebeltway.blogspot.com/2007/09/washington-dc-big-dig.html

Does he still run the Takoma Park Highway Design Studio?
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Re: West Delaware
« Reply #1665 on: March 23, 2019, 07:56:33 AM »

The weekend of Mar. 30/31 will be the first of several weekends when this will happen on MD 213...

https://www.myeasternshoremd.com/kent_county_news/spotlight/route-bridge-in-centreville-to-close-for-weekend-of-march/article_8d83801a-d7a5-5a1e-b4b4-4f1d3c60230f.html

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The first weekend closure of state Route 213 at Gravel Run on the north end of Centreville is set for March 29, weather permitting.

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The closure is necessary to assemble and place the temporary “jump bridge” that will keep traffic moving while crews repair the bridge substructure and replace the bridge deck this spring, said Bob Rager, SHA community liaison. The March 29-April 1 closure is the first of four possible weekend closures needed at the Gravel Run location.

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Re: Baltimore
« Reply #1666 on: April 05, 2019, 06:04:56 PM »

According to the project page the widening of MD 32 between MD 108 and Linden Church Road is scheduled for completion this summer. Once this is done, the next big project to the north is already in progress and will hopefully not be delayed any further.

I will be curious to see how backed up MD 32 north becomes at MD 144/I-70 once the current widening is completed.
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Re: West Delaware
« Reply #1667 on: April 05, 2019, 09:03:21 PM »

The weekend of Mar. 30/31 will be the first of several weekends when this will happen on MD 213...

https://www.myeasternshoremd.com/kent_county_news/spotlight/route-bridge-in-centreville-to-close-for-weekend-of-march/article_8d83801a-d7a5-5a1e-b4b4-4f1d3c60230f.html

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The first weekend closure of state Route 213 at Gravel Run on the north end of Centreville is set for March 29, weather permitting.

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The closure is necessary to assemble and place the temporary “jump bridge” that will keep traffic moving while crews repair the bridge substructure and replace the bridge deck this spring, said Bob Rager, SHA community liaison. The March 29-April 1 closure is the first of four possible weekend closures needed at the Gravel Run location.

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It was put off until tonight (4/5) thru 0500 on Mon. (4/8)

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1668 on: April 07, 2019, 11:08:33 PM »

In Baltimore, there is an I-95 spur numbered "I-395" that runs a little over 1 mile from I-95 to downtown Baltimore. Why is it signed as an interstate, why not just have it as a ramp and have overheard signs on I-95 saying "Downtown Baltimore"? Im not annoyed at it, Im just curious at why it was given an Interstate number
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1669 on: April 07, 2019, 11:20:29 PM »

In Baltimore, there is an I-95 spur numbered "I-395" that runs a little over 1 mile from I-95 to downtown Baltimore. Why is it signed as an interstate, why not just have it as a ramp and have overheard signs on I-95 saying "Downtown Baltimore"? Im not annoyed at it, Im just curious at why it was given an Interstate number
The Interstate number makes sense - spur route into downtown. Why sign that one, where many others go unsigned? I don't think there's a great answer for that. MD even signed I-170 for the few years that lived. The only one they don't sign is I-595 due to route concurrencies (50/301), so maybe it's just MD policy to sign every route they have.

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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1670 on: April 07, 2019, 11:30:04 PM »

In Baltimore, there is an I-95 spur numbered "I-395" that runs a little over 1 mile from I-95 to downtown Baltimore. Why is it signed as an interstate, why not just have it as a ramp and have overheard signs on I-95 saying "Downtown Baltimore"? Im not annoyed at it, Im just curious at why it was given an Interstate number

That is the nature of Interstate spur routes, they connect a mainline Interstate route to a local destination such as a central business district in this case.

It was part of the original Interstate highway system and by its inclusion it got 90% federal funding at a time that almost no non-Interstate project got more than 50%.  It was justified to be an Interstate project by the fact that it connects I-95 to the CBD.  Very expensive construction to build an elevated bridge structure like that, it's good that it got that level of funding to better help the state to afford to build it.
 
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1671 on: April 07, 2019, 11:31:53 PM »

In Baltimore, there is an I-95 spur numbered "I-395" that runs a little over 1 mile from I-95 to downtown Baltimore. Why is it signed as an interstate, why not just have it as a ramp and have overheard signs on I-95 saying "Downtown Baltimore"? Im not annoyed at it, Im just curious at why it was given an Interstate number

That is the nature of Interstate spur routes, they connect a mainline Interstate route to a local destination such as a central business district in this case.

It was part of the original Interstate highway system and by its inclusion it got 90% federal funding almost no non-Interstate project got more than 50%.  It was justified to be an Interstate project by the fact that it connects I-95 to the CBD.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1672 on: April 09, 2019, 05:16:06 PM »

In Baltimore, there is an I-95 spur numbered "I-395" that runs a little over 1 mile from I-95 to downtown Baltimore. Why is it signed as an interstate, why not just have it as a ramp and have overheard signs on I-95 saying "Downtown Baltimore"? Im not annoyed at it, Im just curious at why it was given an Interstate number
The Interstate number makes sense - spur route into downtown. Why sign that one, where many others go unsigned? I don't think there's a great answer for that. MD even signed I-170 for the few years that lived. The only one they don't sign is I-595 due to route concurrencies (50/301), so maybe it's just MD policy to sign every route they have.

They don't sign *every* route (I've driven part of all of them, and all of many of them), but most are signed, even ones that don't need signage.  That said, I suspect that signing I-395 is more of a touristy thing, since many people like to follow those red, white and blue interstate shields. Following the most main highway to downtown is likely what is desired, so signing it as I-395 likely encourages this.  Its probably not as necessary in the GPS-on-your-phone era, but now, why bother changing it...
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1673 on: April 09, 2019, 05:22:52 PM »

They don't sign *every* route (I've driven part of all of them, and all of many of them), but most are signed, even ones that don't need signage.  That said, I suspect that signing I-395 is more of a touristy thing, since many people like to follow those red, white and blue interstate shields. Following the most main highway to downtown is likely what is desired, so signing it as I-395 likely encourages this.  Its probably not as necessary in the GPS-on-your-phone era, but now, why bother changing it...

I think it is no more complicated than that it was part of the 3-A Interstate and Boulevard System that was approved in 1968 and was funded and designated as a spur Interstate route I-395 from that point onward until it was completed in 1982.  It used some of the right-of-way that was already acquired for I-95 in the previous 10-D Expressway System concept. 

If I-70 and I-170 had been completed then they would have had those two designations.  They were also part of the 3-A Interstate and Boulevard System.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1674 on: April 12, 2019, 07:56:58 PM »

Cashless toll conversions are beginning in Maryland this fall, starting with the Hatem & Key Bridges.  Both have 80% or higher E-ZPass usage.

https://mdta.maryland.gov/blog-category/mdta-news-releases/key-hatem-bridges-begin-cashless-toll-collection-october-2019
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