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Re: Arizona
« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2019, 10:29:23 PM »

Another major project is about to begin on I-15, with work on Virgin River bridges 2, 4, and 5 beginning next month and continuing until 2020. Traffic will be shifted to one side of the freeway, with lane width reduced to 10 feet -- requiring a 224-mile detour for wider vehicles.

(This project apparently does not include the replacement of Bridge 1, which is a separate big deal entirely.)

https://www.azdot.gov/projects/northcentral-district-projects/i-15-virgin-river-bridge-rehabilitation/traffic-alerts



 

That *scrolls up* *squints* 224-mile detour is precisely why Old US-91 between the St. George area and Littlefield still needs to be state-maintained.

Always seemed like Old 91 would be fine for shorter length trucks to me every time I've driven it.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2019, 02:24:17 PM »

Red Arizona US 93 sign with high intensity sheeting on ebay:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-ARIZONA-STATE-U-S-93-Route-Sign-Guaranteed-Authentic/143174827660?hash=item2155e27e8c:g:Og0AAOSw97hcSmYW

This doesn't seem right to me. I know Arizona used colored signs, but surely that was way before this sheeting was invented. So, where the hell did this come from?
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2019, 05:06:03 PM »

Could be orange for an overhead sign -- that's the color Arizona used for north routes.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2019, 04:12:06 PM »

One thing I noticed today is that ADOT is now starting to incorporate shields in overhead street blades. New street blades with SR 347 shields and the name (John Wayne Parkway) were installed in Maricopa.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2019, 05:20:08 PM »

FYI, there is a Skyline color DMS on SR 69 EB in Prescott Valley. It isn't high resolution like the newer Daktronics color DMS, but I just saw it on today an can confirm it is a color DMS.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2019, 12:57:30 PM »

St. George News takes a look at the problems caused by ongoing construction on I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge.
https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2019/10/31/mgk-virgin-river-gorge-construction-zone-tallies-over-40-crashes-is-there-a-best-time-to-travel/

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Starting in May, the Arizona Department of Transportation began work on the rehabilitation and repair of the decks of Bridges 2, 4 and 5 between miles markers 13 and 16. During this time, there have been 43 reportable crashes related to the construction zone, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

... The posted speed through the construction zone is 45 mph and tends to get backed up during times of high traffic volume due to travel being reduced to a single lane in either direction.

Conversely, Bottoms said, some motorists will go half that speed Ė or slower Ė due to being overly cautious or actually wanting to make the driverís behind them ďsuffer and wait in trafficĒ like they had to.

ďIt happens every single day,Ē Bottoms said.

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Re: Arizona
« Reply #31 on: October 31, 2019, 12:59:57 PM »

I wonder how this Sgt. Bottoms knows that a significant number of people go slowly for revenge.  Seems unlikely to me.

And, his name is Bottoms.  That's hilarious.  Sergeant Bottoms... :D
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2019, 08:45:25 AM »

ADOT has expanded its travel times program on I-10 between Phoenix and the New Mexico state line. The data is provided by INRIX.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2019, 06:56:23 AM »

I wonder how this Sgt. Bottoms knows that a significant number of people go slowly for revenge.  Seems unlikely to me.

And, his name is Bottoms.  That's hilarious.  Sergeant Bottoms... :D
It really seems like that is the case half of the time. People take driving too seriously like it is some part time career for them to be road warriors and I donít notice that in other countries. Far too often will be in the fast lane moving past a group of cars only to have a driver in front of me slow down right when there are cars making it impossible to pass less pulling off some insanely reckless maneuver. Then they speed up right after passing the group of cars. I usually donít get as mad when it is older drivers doing it as I figure they are being more cautious when they have vehicles next to them. But anyone under 50 should be able to maintain their speed or move over if they canít/wonít.

I honestly believe that better driving behaviors could fix a lot of traffic issues. Things like cutting left lane camping, better merging, maintaining speed, and stop the rubbernecking BS would go a long way to reducing congestion in many regards.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #34 on: December 23, 2019, 01:47:54 PM »


I honestly believe that better driving behaviors could fix a lot of traffic issues. Things like cutting left lane camping, better merging, maintaining speed, and stop the rubbernecking BS would go a long way to reducing congestion in many regards.

I feel I'm pretty solid on all those things but damn I still sometimes catch myself rubbernecking.  It's like I see the flashing lights on the other side of the freeway and I tell myself, "Don't look, it's not important" but the eyes still begin gravitating that direction.  It's gotta be some primal need to see what is going on. 
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2020, 10:03:42 PM »

Please join me and members of the AARoads community next Saturday (3/21) at 5 PM ET as we profile Interstate 17 through central Arizona and discuss the history and features of this highway, all while enjoying a real-time video trip along the length of the freeway between Phoenix and Flagstaff.

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Re: Arizona
« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2020, 03:09:39 PM »

Looks like ADOT just rolled out its rural travel times on DMS on several highways statewide.  Two years ago a pilot project was started on I-17, followed by I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson last year.  Looks like now it is mostly statewide on the following highways:
  • I-8
  • I-10
  • I-15
  • I-17
  • I-40
  • US 60
  • US 89
  • US 93
  • SR 64
  • SR 68
  • SR 69
  • SR 87
  • SR 89A
  • SR 95
  • SR 260
  • SR 264

Note that I-19 does not have it since there are no DMS on I-19 other than those in the Tucson area, which display local travel times.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2020, 06:25:50 PM »

Looks like ADOT just rolled out its rural travel times on DMS on several highways statewide.  Two years ago a pilot project was started on I-17, followed by I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson last year.  Looks like now it is mostly statewide on the following highways:
  • I-8
  • I-10
  • I-15
  • I-17
  • I-40
  • US 60
  • US 89
  • US 93
  • SR 64
  • SR 68
  • SR 69
  • SR 87
  • SR 89A
  • SR 95
  • SR 260
  • SR 264

Note that I-19 does not have it since there are no DMS on I-19 other than those in the Tucson area, which display local travel times.

Add SR 90 to your list.  Usually will display times to I-10 and Tucson.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #38 on: March 22, 2020, 01:58:41 PM »

Also, it looks like ADOT will be retrofitting all their Skyline DMS with new SES America control boards and full color displays statewide.  Apparently there was an issue with the Skyline DMS losing connectivity with the ADOT network (requiring reboots), possibly due to a compatibility issue with ADOT's DMS Cameleon control software.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2020, 07:59:05 AM »

For this upcoming weekend's Webinar presentation, we'll be taking a look at the freeway system in and around Phoenix, AZ, one of America's largest cities and a cultural crossroads of the nation. Coverage will begin on Saturday (5/9) at 6 PM ET and will feature live contributions from members of this forum; we hope to see you there!

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Re: Arizona
« Reply #40 on: May 06, 2020, 11:30:00 AM »

For this upcoming weekend's Webinar presentation, we'll be taking a look at the freeway system in and around Phoenix, AZ, one of America's largest cities and a cultural crossroads of the nation. Coverage will begin on Saturday (5/9) at 6 PM ET and will feature live contributions from members of this forum; we hope to see you there!


Nice throwback with the colored shields graphics.  Iím just missing a brown 202 for my sign collection, the black and white just doesnít pop IMO.  Too bad Iím on again for this Saturday, Phoenix is my home city. 
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2020, 09:53:18 PM »

For this upcoming weekend's Webinar presentation, we'll be taking a look at the freeway system in and around Phoenix, AZ, one of America's largest cities and a cultural crossroads of the nation. Coverage will begin on Saturday (5/9) at 6 PM ET and will feature live contributions from members of this forum; we hope to see you there!


Nice throwback with the colored shields graphics.  Iím just missing a brown 202 for my sign collection, the black and white just doesnít pop IMO.  Too bad Iím on again for this Saturday, Phoenix is my home city.


Unfortunately, ADOT was rather quick to eliminate most of the brown shields since they faded fairly quickly.  I think the only remaining survivors are at SR 87/Country Club Drive and the 202 Red Mountain (and they are badly faded).
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #42 on: May 07, 2020, 10:25:20 PM »

For this upcoming weekend's Webinar presentation, we'll be taking a look at the freeway system in and around Phoenix, AZ, one of America's largest cities and a cultural crossroads of the nation. Coverage will begin on Saturday (5/9) at 6 PM ET and will feature live contributions from members of this forum; we hope to see you there!


Nice throwback with the colored shields graphics.  Iím just missing a brown 202 for my sign collection, the black and white just doesnít pop IMO.  Too bad Iím on again for this Saturday, Phoenix is my home city.


Unfortunately, ADOT was rather quick to eliminate most of the brown shields since they faded fairly quickly.  I think the only remaining survivors are at SR 87/Country Club Drive and the 202 Red Mountain (and they are badly faded).

There was still a couple approaching AZ 202 from AZ 101 southbound back in late 2016.  Ditto with Blue 101 shields on Shea Boulevard and McDonald Drive in Scottsdale.  I picked up a blue AZ 101 and black AZ 303 a couple years back:

IMG_5251 by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

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Re: Arizona
« Reply #43 on: May 08, 2020, 11:39:58 AM »

For this upcoming weekend's Webinar presentation, we'll be taking a look at the freeway system in and around Phoenix, AZ, one of America's largest cities and a cultural crossroads of the nation. Coverage will begin on Saturday (5/9) at 6 PM ET and will feature live contributions from members of this forum; we hope to see you there!


Nice throwback with the colored shields graphics.  I’m just missing a brown 202 for my sign collection, the black and white just doesn’t pop IMO.  Too bad I’m on again for this Saturday, Phoenix is my home city.


Unfortunately, ADOT was rather quick to eliminate most of the brown shields since they faded fairly quickly.  I think the only remaining survivors are at SR 87/Country Club Drive and the 202 Red Mountain (and they are badly faded).

There was still a couple approaching AZ 202 from AZ 101 southbound back in late 2016.  Ditto with Blue 101 shields on Shea Boulevard and McDonald Drive in Scottsdale.  I picked up a blue AZ 101 and black AZ 303 a couple years back:



Those approaching 202 from L-101 SB are now gone. I think they were removed as part of a mass sign replacement in 2017.
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #44 on: May 08, 2020, 11:57:26 AM »

^^^^

That might explain my blue 101 then, I got it back in 2017 from a scrap guy. 
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Re: Arizona
« Reply #45 on: May 13, 2020, 09:14:01 PM »

Our next installment in the *weekly* live broadcast over on 'roadwaywiz' will be this double-header Virtual Tour presentation, where we dissect and enjoy a full-length trip along the belt highway encircling Phoenix, AZ and the infamous 405 Freeway around Los Angeles in real time, complete with commentary and contributions from admins/moderators/members of this forum.

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Re: Arizona
« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2020, 07:05:43 AM »

Our next installment in the "Virtual Tour" series is scheduled to take place on Saturday (5/23) at 6 PM ET. Come join me and members of the AARoads community as we profile US Routes 163 and 160 across southern Utah & northern Arizona and discuss the history and features of these highways, all while enjoying a real-time video trip across one of the most scenic areas of the desert southwest.

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