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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #25 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #26 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.

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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2019, 09:56:38 AM »

To me, it's the completion of the "Missing Link" on the Foothills Parkway of Tennessee.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #28 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. 
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2019, 10:19:18 AM »

The completion of the I-84 add-a-lane project in Waterbury.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2019, 11:55:07 AM »

Here in Seattle, it would have to be the completion of the WA 99 tunnel.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #31 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. 

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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #32 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. 
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #33 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)
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2019, 06:02:49 PM »

In Oklahoma they repaired a freeway ramp.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #36 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2019, 12:39:59 PM »

The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #38 on: January 09, 2019, 02:36:11 PM »

The Craig County sign got replaced!!!!

Totally forgot about that one!
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #39 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. :(
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #40 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?
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #41 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.

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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #42 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?
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #43 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #44 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #45 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?
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #46 on: March 05, 2019, 02:00:51 PM »

For Ohio it would be the completion of the Portsmouth Bypass
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #47 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #48 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.
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Re: Most significant event that happened in the roadgeek world in 2018
« Reply #49 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).
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