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2016 Capital District Meet - September 24
« on: December 21, 2015, 05:24:29 PM »

This roadmeet focuses on the Albany area in upstate New York. The tour will include the Twin Bridges, a former railroad bridge over the Mohawk River, the NY 2 tunnel in Troy, the Mid-Crosstown Expressway, the Dunn Memorial Bridge (meet photo location), the former Thruway rest areas on the Berkshire Spur, I-787 (downtown) and the South Mall Arterial, the Northway stub, the Washington Avenue Extension/Fuller Road interchange, and Railroad Avenue. There is also a pre-meet at 9:30 AM at the Albany Rail Trail off NY 32 to view the Thruway and US 9W bridges over the Normans Kill; we would also drive on NY 85 on the way to the meet restaraunt.

Tour notes: http://www.nysroads.com/files/cap16.pdf

Meet Date/Time/Location: September 24, 2016, 11:00 AM, Latham '76 Diner 722 New Loudon Rd, Latham, NY 12110
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/206670216371779/
Premeet: 9:30 AM, Albany County Rail Trail, NY 32
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2015, 05:43:40 PM »

November and December are two months that are open...you can also do January 2017 if it comes it.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2015, 09:11:33 PM »

New Haven is still TBD whether it still be summer or fall.  Schedule the Albany meet whenever it works for you, and I'll make sure we don't conflict when I schedule the New Haven meet.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2015, 12:46:11 PM »

I'm leaning towards staying with Columbus Day, which would be October 8-9.  The long weekend works well for a two day meet.  I'll edit the OP with the dates at some point before the end of the year if nobody objects.

November and December are two months that are open...you can also do January 2017 if it comes it.
Snow and roadmeets don't mix well, especially when the weather becomes less predictable.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2015, 01:30:15 PM »

I suppose I could show up. :D
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2015, 03:52:45 PM »

A meet in upstate NY and a meet in Bamalama shouldn't offer too many conflicts among potential attendees. Meets with a significant distance between them have occurred on the same date before -- an example being Lawrence, Kan. and the most recent Columbus, Oh. meet.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2015, 05:49:46 PM »

November and December are two months that are open...you can also do January 2017 if it comes it.
Snow and roadmeets don't mix well, especially when the weather becomes less predictable.
2010 Detroit roadmeet? From pictures it was snowing, and there was snow present.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2015, 06:55:52 PM »

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but that would appear to be off the table due to the Birmingham meet.

HB hit on this before I did (and I also mentioned this on Facebook), but the likelihood of direct conflicts between Albany, NY and Birmingham, AL on the same day is pretty darn small.  There are only a small number of people who would have the means and the time to attend both meets.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2015, 10:07:27 PM »

A meet in upstate NY and a meet in Bamalama shouldn't offer too many conflicts among potential attendees. Meets with a significant distance between them have occurred on the same date before -- an example being Lawrence, Kan. and the most recent Columbus, Oh. meet.
Columbus both started before Lawrence (time zone difference) and ended after. We hit around 27 different sights and just kept deciding to press on until nightfall. Unforgettable.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - Date TBD
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2015, 10:16:46 PM »

Being as I'll be living there, I'd be interested, especially if it's on a holiday weekend where I wouldn't be leaving town.

Has a meet done the Bennington Bypass extension or the covered bridges in Shushan and along VT 313? That's not too much of a hike.

Except for Glenridge Road and the new Round Lake roundabouts, there's little "new" stuff that hasn't been mentioned.

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but that would appear to be off the table due to the Birmingham meet.

HB hit on this before I did (and I also mentioned this on Facebook), but the likelihood of direct conflicts between Albany, NY and Birmingham, AL on the same day is pretty darn small.  There are only a small number of people who would have the means and the time to attend both meets.


My thoughts exactly.

November and December are two months that are open...you can also do January 2017 if it comes it.
Snow and roadmeets don't mix well, especially when the weather becomes less predictable.
2010 Detroit roadmeet? From pictures it was snowing, and there was snow present.

You don't want to be doing a lot of driving in the area if it's snowing. Detroit is flat. Albany is anything but and it can get quite cold.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2015, 10:26:15 PM »

I've decided to stick with Columbus Day weekend.

Being as I'll be living there, I'd be interested, especially if it's on a holiday weekend where I wouldn't be leaving town.

Has a meet done the Bennington Bypass extension or the covered bridges in Shushan and along VT 313? That's not too much of a hike.

Except for Glenridge Road and the new Round Lake roundabouts, there's little "new" stuff that hasn't been mentioned.

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but that would appear to be off the table due to the Birmingham meet.

HB hit on this before I did (and I also mentioned this on Facebook), but the likelihood of direct conflicts between Albany, NY and Birmingham, AL on the same day is pretty darn small.  There are only a small number of people who would have the means and the time to attend both meets.


My thoughts exactly.

November and December are two months that are open...you can also do January 2017 if it comes it.
Snow and roadmeets don't mix well, especially when the weather becomes less predictable.
2010 Detroit roadmeet? From pictures it was snowing, and there was snow present.

You don't want to be doing a lot of driving in the area if it's snowing. Detroit is flat. Albany is anything but and it can get quite cold.
I plan on hitting the major three construction projects that are going on now/soon: I-890 exit 4, Washington Ave Extension, and NY 85 (a natural consequence of including the Slingerlands Bypass).  Meet photo at the Dunn (given the circle interchange, can't really have it anywhere else).

And of course, if it's snowing in Albany, it's guaranteed to be snowing worse on the roads to/from Albany.  It's a consequence of being in a valley.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2015, 11:02:34 PM »

To answer cl94's question, yes the Bennington Bypass was the focus of a meet hosted by Doug Kerr.

As for VT 313, there is only one covered bridge along that route, IIRC.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2015, 11:10:39 PM »

To answer cl94's question, yes the Bennington Bypass was the focus of a meet hosted by Doug Kerr.

As for VT 313, there is only one covered bridge along that route, IIRC.

Correct. I was referring to the bridge just off NY 313 in Shushan.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2015, 12:40:51 AM »

I'll consider this. I can't make promises though.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2016, 12:59:50 PM »

Given the draw of the Birmingham meet, I'm looking at moving this one a couple weeks and switching to a 1 day tour.  September 24 is the likely date but September 17 works for me as well.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2016, 01:03:53 PM »

Rules me out.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2016, 01:15:41 PM »

Whatever. :D
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2016, 02:39:14 PM »

9/24 would work great for me since I plan to be in central PA around that time
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2016, 05:17:38 PM »

I could maybe come to this if it was one day.  By that time, I will probably want to avoid hotels for awhile.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - October 8-9
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2016, 05:33:23 PM »

I've pretty much decided on one day at this point.  I'll update the OP.  Leaning towards September 24, but I'll let the comments come in a little while longer.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - September 24
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2016, 10:58:38 PM »

I settled on September 24 and added a link to the Facebook event in the OP.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - September 24
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2016, 11:25:56 PM »

Sweet, I am a "maybe" but will more then likely change to going getting closer to the time since I will be in central PA that weekend, also my wife may come too if she can get time off from work.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - September 24
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2016, 08:25:03 AM »

By the way, what's special about Railroad Ave?  I just took a tour of the Coca-Cola facility there, but at least between Target and Fuller, there's not much going on there, is there?
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - September 24
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2016, 10:45:15 AM »

I'm not on the Facebook event, but I'm an almost certain "will attend".

By the way, what's special about Railroad Ave?  I just took a tour of the Coca-Cola facility there, but at least between Target and Fuller, there's not much going on there, is there?

Other than the rail line that once ran down the middle, nothing I can think of.

If the speed bumps were still in front of Joe Bruno's house, I'd suggest driving through there to show how politics can influence roads, but the Town of Brunswick finally took them out.
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Re: 2016 Capital District Meet - September 24
« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2016, 12:46:02 PM »

It's the rail line.  Not major, but we're going to be in the area anyways, so might as well.  It's at the end of the tour anyways, so if something runs long it can easily be cut.
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