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Author Topic: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)  (Read 12780 times)

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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2016, 11:44:00 PM »

It has to do with the fact that they use regular sized banners with the oversized shields. I always wondered why they couldn't have oversized banners made that would fit across both posts, because the issue seems to be that the standard banners simply aren't wide enough to stretch across both posts, so they simply affix it to the one closest to the roadway.
Here's an example of where 2 regular-sized banners are placed above (& side-by-side) an oversized shield.

I'll also add that today I obverved several shields on the southern part of I-495 and all of MA-25 that used a crossbar to center a banner over the oversized shield. I had never paid attention to this I guess but I definitely now recall seeing it in other places.

The problem with such a mounting is that the crossbar piece may prevent the support posts from properly yielding if struck by a vehicle.  This is one of the reasons that the cardinal direction plates are normally mounted to the left post of such installations, and not centered over the shield.

Note that, on Interstates and freeways, MassDOT has begun phasing out the use of the twin telescopic posts in favor of single slip-base mounted steel beams to support route markers, as this support method is more robust in wind.  The route assemblies recently installed on the I-95 (128) between Wellesley and Lexington are an example of this newer mounting method.

Very interesting, thank you for the insight as always. The new design looks good, and of course it's great that it's safer in case of accident.
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2016, 12:48:56 AM »


Note that, on Interstates and freeways, MassDOT has begun phasing out the use of the twin telescopic posts in favor of single slip-base mounted steel beams to support route markers, as this support method is more robust in wind.  The route assemblies recently installed on the I-95 (128) between Wellesley and Lexington are an example of this newer mounting method.

The I-93 Boston to Randolph project also has these supports
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #27 on: June 06, 2016, 11:45:07 PM »

I was just on this stretch the other day.  Exits 1-4 are completely done; Exit 5 is on hold due to the exit's closure; Exits 6-8 are spotty...no diagrammatic installed for the left Exit 8B to 24 North yet.  I believe most of Exits 9-11 are done, but I haven't been down that way in a while.
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2016, 10:47:27 AM »

Does anyone know if they will be re-opening the southbound rest area in Swansea?  According to GSV, MASSDOT has been using it as a staging area for sign replacement.
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2017, 11:54:55 AM »

Regarding the Pawtucket Ave. accelerated bridge project in East Providence:
Does anyone know if they are going to replace those decrepit non-reflective BGSs that were once affixed to the bridge for Exits 7 and 8 in this project?  I'm assuming RI is going to follow suit with current practice and not re-attach BGS to bridges.
UPDATE 4/29/18:  These signs were replaced, which means that the NB moldy oldies for Exits 6 and 7 are the last vintage pair standing.  Still no permanent BGS for Exit 8.  In true RI style, they are using the LGS as the "good enough" replacement.
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2018, 02:29:48 PM »

OK, WHAT IS GOING ON with this sign replacement project on I-195?  Two years in and we still have an entire truckload of signage still waiting in a closed rest area waiting to be erected.  That includes sign bridges for the Fall River area, especially the MA 24 overlap.  Don't these contractors have a time limit, and don't they get fined if they exceed that time limit?  Delays are understandable, but this is getting to be ridiculous.
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2018, 05:02:51 PM »

^ Update Dec 2018:  NO PROGRESS on this sign replacement project.  Have they all but given up?  Does MASSDOT find this to be acceptable?  What can possibly justify this kind of delay?  How can the contractors be rewarded for not completing the job?
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #32 on: December 07, 2018, 11:21:35 AM »

^ Update Dec 2018:  NO PROGRESS on this sign replacement project.  Have they all but given up?  Does MASSDOT find this to be acceptable?  What can possibly justify this kind of delay?  How can the contractors be rewarded for not completing the job?

How can you “give up” on a project after spending thousands on signs and gantries, especially after starting? The signs have probably lost reflectivity just sitting there. I wonder if it’s a manpower shortage, because otherwise to do no work during the warm summer months is inexcusable
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Re: Interstate 195 (RI/MA)
« Reply #33 on: December 07, 2018, 11:57:16 AM »

^ Update Dec 2018:  NO PROGRESS on this sign replacement project.  Have they all but given up?  Does MASSDOT find this to be acceptable?  What can possibly justify this kind of delay?  How can the contractors be rewarded for not completing the job?
How can you “give up” on a project after spending thousands on signs and gantries, especially after starting? The signs have probably lost reflectivity just sitting there. I wonder if it’s a manpower shortage, because otherwise to do no work during the warm summer months is inexcusable
The MassDOT project status report still lists this project as under construction, 95% complete, and due to be complete in the fall of 2015.

 


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