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Re: Washington
« Reply #950 on: December 31, 2020, 09:48:28 PM »

The opposite of the first exits on I-5.  Since Washington is afraid of Exit Zero, we get Exits 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D in Vancouver.   :rolleyes:
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« Reply #951 on: January 05, 2021, 11:36:29 PM »

I thought this was cool. Tacoma is fairly well known for their "Court" alleys: Court A, Commerce, Court C, Court D. They're pretty darn wide, and as this image from 1968 shows (Richards Studio D154000-268, from Tacoma Public Library), Court A was wide enough to be striped as two lanes. It still acted as an alley, with stop signs at the major intersections and no signals or even crosswalks. I'm guessing the southbound left lane was primarily parking. Still, definitely never seen this before!

For traffic geeks, have fun counting all the little differences compared to today: one way streets, different markings, lots of double turns...

EDIT: the alley (Court A in this case) is the road second from the bottom-right in the image, and is one-way going towards the bottom-left of the image. The street on the bottom-right edge parallel with the alley is A St, and the image on the other side of the alley (the two way street) is Pacific Ave.

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Re: Washington
« Reply #952 on: January 06, 2021, 06:12:13 PM »

The opposite of the first exits on I-5.  Since Washington is afraid of Exit Zero, we get Exits 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D in Vancouver.   :rolleyes:
I thought high exit 1 suffixes are common, because of the lack of an exit 0. I-75 in Cincy goes up to 1G and I-170 in St. Louis goes up to 1F.

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« Reply #953 on: January 07, 2021, 11:08:57 AM »

The opposite of the first exits on I-5.  Since Washington is afraid of Exit Zero, we get Exits 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D in Vancouver.   :rolleyes:
I thought high exit 1 suffixes are common, because of the lack of an exit 0. I-75 in Cincy goes up to 1G and I-170 in St. Louis goes up to 1F.
I-277 in Charlotte goes up to 1E, and not only that, every damn exit number on that freeway has a suffix (well, except for 4).
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« Reply #954 on: January 20, 2021, 12:10:45 PM »

State legislature is now debating a $25.8 billion transportation package designed to last 16 years. Would be funded by a few sources, including a gas tax hike of 18 cents per gallon. (Source)

Among the projects on the preliminary list: attempt 2 at the Columbia River Crossing in Vancouver/Portland, hybrid electric ferries, replacement of the westbound US 2 trestle in Everett.

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« Reply #955 on: January 20, 2021, 01:07:52 PM »

Good.  The Columbia River Crossing pretty much has to happen unless we want it to fall into the river at the next earthquake and obstruct shipping.  So's the US 2 trestle.  Too bad it depends so heavily on gas taxes, but it is what it is.
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« Reply #956 on: January 20, 2021, 01:42:30 PM »

I read recently that the 99 tunnel is falling short of its expected earnings and may need to be bailed out. Probably a good indication that tolling isn't necessarily a great plan for major projects.

I am personally fine with a gas tax hike, but only because compared to other sources, it seems to be more reliable.
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« Reply #957 on: January 20, 2021, 03:29:26 PM »

I believe the tolls were implemented to keep the SR 99 tunnel from becoming congested. Depending on how much traffic would use the tunnel if it wasn't tolled, I'm sure it would see more congestion and possibly even gridlock. Of course, I have never been to Seattle and have no idea what area traffic flow is like, but I imagine the tunnel would not be a quick (even if expensive at times) bypass through downtown if it wasn't tolled.
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« Reply #958 on: January 20, 2021, 04:43:15 PM »

At least tolling where there are free parallel routes isn't necessarily a great plan.   :spin:

But the 99 tunnel may start to get more traffic once Covid eases up and the other routes are more congested.

For myself I'd be okay with a gas tax, but there are a lot of not very well off people who are forced into long commutes by high rents in the city or need a truck for their work.
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Re: Washington
« Reply #959 on: January 20, 2021, 09:46:09 PM »

At least tolling where there are free parallel routes isn't necessarily a great plan.   :spin:
*cough* Louisville

 


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