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Author Topic: US 82 in Montrose, AR, or the incompetence of AHTD/ArrrrrghDOT  (Read 509 times)


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This is from the latest AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering agenda which can be found here:


Action: Relocation of a U.S. Route: Between U.S. Highway 82 Business west of the City of Montrose and U.S. Highway 82 Business east of the City of Montrose. Description: The Arkansas Department of Transportation has constructed a new location facility that bypasses the City of Montrose, Arkansas. This roadway segment is designated as U.S. Highway 82. This request is to relocate U.S. Highway 82 to this new location. A separate application is being submitted to re-designate the bypassed portion of U.S. Highway 82 as U.S. Highway 82 Business.

This is all fine and good, but the Montrose bypass opened in 1952! The agenda also lists the US 165 Gillett bypass which opened in 1966, 16 years before it became US 165 (it was originally AR 1.) An agenda from a year or two ago listed the US 71 Waldron bypass, which opened in 1974, so this is apparently just ArrrrrrrrrrghDOT finally getting around to requesting these changes. But 1952? Are you kidding me?
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Re: US 82 in Montrose, AR, or the incompetence of AHTD/ArrrrrghDOT
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2018, 04:21:41 AM »

Clearly someone at AHTD is going through both AHTD and AASHTO's records and fixing the discrepancies they find.

For decades-old bypasses, it's clearly not a problem with current AHTD. If it was 5 years old, then sure - but the people who forgot to submit requests to AASHTO are long gone, and it's the competence of today's AHTD that someone is going and fixing their mistakes even though it's just record-matching.


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