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Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« on: May 14, 2017, 10:55:23 AM »

In my area:

Very easy

NH 84, NH 97, MA 108, I-190 MA, MA 213, MA/NH 286, I-290 MA, I-393 NH

Can be done without trying, but not as easy as the first group

NH 33, NH 38, MA 40, NH 88, MA 99, MA 127A, MA 128, MA 129A, MA/NH 150, NH 151, I-293 NH, I-495 MA

Routes in italics are routes I have clinched.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 11:16:00 AM »

WA 519 if you use I-90 to get to downtown Seattle
I-190 (IL) if you go to O'Hare from Chicago Loop via Kennedy Expwy
NY 419 if you enter Watkins Glen SP from NY 329
I-495 (DE) if you follow signs for Philadelphia to bypass Wilmington (and countless other bypasses like I-276)
MT 40 if you're going from Whitefish to Glacier NP
I-370 (MD) if you go from I-270 to the ICC/MD 200 or Shady Grove Metro
NJ 81 if you take Exit 13A from the NJTP
ND 91 if you take 7th St from US 52 into Harvey


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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2017, 12:00:27 PM »

CT 11, CT 40, CT 43, CT 55, CT 78, CT 120, CT 125, CT 131, CT 135, CT 139, CT 152, CT 155, CT 166, CT 343
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2017, 12:10:07 PM »

I-878.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2017, 12:24:26 PM »

I-395 (MD)
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2017, 01:40:12 PM »

In my area:

Very easy

NH 84, NH 97, MA 108, I-190 MA, MA 213, MA/NH 286, I-290 MA, I-393 NH

Can be done without trying, but not as easy as the first group

NH 33, NH 38, MA 40, NH 88, MA 99, MA 127A, MA 128, MA 129A, MA/NH 150, NH 151, I-293 NH, I-495 MA

Routes in italics are routes I have clinched.

Certainly, I-980 through Oakland. You can almost do it without knowing that you are driving on it.
I-305 in Sacramento. It's unsigned and probably goes where you want to go.
CASR-244 in Sacramento. It only has one exit in one directions, so you either take the exit or you clinch it. In the other direction it has no exits, so, if you drive on it, you either clinch it or you break down. The route is either completely unsigned or very poorly marked (only shown on the postmiles).
I-205 in California's Central Valley. It's built to get you from WB I-580 to NB I-5.
I-215 near San Bernardino often looks like a shortcut and, if memory serves, it requires a right exit in order to stay on I-15.
I-380 near San Francisco Airport. It has a couple of exits, but you could easily take a wrong turn out of the airport and be on I-280 before you know that you have done wrong.


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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2017, 01:42:48 PM »

I feel like a majority of the under 5-10 mile 3di's would count, and same goes for the shorter state routes. That being said, I-189 in Vermont is easy because once you take the exit for it off of I-89, you're committed to clinching it as there are no exits on it until you hit its other end at US 7.

In Maine, I-195 in Saco/Old Orchard Beach is an easy clinch since it's under 3 miles long. I-395 is also fairly easy, but it's a bit longer (just under 5 miles) and has more exits. The Millbridge to Harrison section of US 1A is an easy clinch, because it's actually the shorter route for US 1 through traffic since US 1 detours inland to hit Cherryfield. Same goes for ME 90 between Warren and Rockport, because it by-passes US 1 through the traffic-clogged Thomaston and Rockland.

You also have your pick of the litter for short and easy Maine state route clinches, since a lot are short connector routes or short routes that end at the coast. Ones that immediately come to mind are 73, 98, 185, 207, 216, (Formerly) 217, 233, and 238. Unsigned ME 701 (Scarborough Connector) and 703 (Maine Turnpike Approach Road) south of Portland are also easy clinches.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2017, 01:53:05 PM »

Around here, the first one I thought of is VA-400. It's about 1.8 miles long, maybe a little less, and it connects the two separate segments of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, running through Alexandria as Washington Street. It's one numbered route I've never heard anybody refer to by its number, and I'd guess most people don't know it's a numbered state route (although the number is posted). Very easy to clinch it without knowing it, and certainly a lot of people do so twice daily because it's a commuter route.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2017, 03:28:30 PM »

I-381 belongs to the group of "cannot legally drive without clinching"
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2017, 05:34:05 PM »

Also NY 314, ever since it was truncated to US 9.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2017, 06:22:41 PM »

I-295 Maine.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2017, 06:28:56 PM »

Twin Cities: MN 280 might be the only real example of this. It serves as a cutoff between 94 and 35W along the M-SP city line.

Duluth/Superior: I-535. It's a bridge with one useless mainline exit. Easy clueless clinch.

Others: MN 45 (connector between Duluth-based traffic and the extremely popular Jay Cooke State Park), MN 33 (shortcut between Twin Cities and eastern Iron Range cities), MN 371 (entire route is part of the Twin Cities-Bemidji route)
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2017, 07:07:43 PM »

The exit on I-535 is great for July 4th festivities.  Watch the fireworks from between the grain elevators.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2017, 07:34:38 PM »

MD's I-595 is probably clinched by hundreds if not thousands every day who have no clue they're actually on that route. However, it shouldn't be clinched "by accident" by anybody who follows this forum.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2017, 08:42:11 PM »

Here in the Appleton, WI area, that would be WI 125.  Its entire length is straight shot on College Ave between I-41 on the area's west side and downtown Appleton.

Elsewhere, a couple of ones that I can think of right away include WI 30 (a freeway spur that runs between the I-39/90/94 Badger Interchange and Johnson St/US 151 in Madison) and WI 119 (fly into or out of MKE, you'll almost certainly clinch it).  Also, except on Brewers' home game days, WI 341 is a certain clinch for all of its users.

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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2017, 09:08:48 PM »

Apparently FL 393....did that one yesterday and it didn't occur to me until I finished it, very short route.

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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2017, 09:09:11 PM »

In Alabama, SR-151 can be clinched in roughly two minutes, less if there's no traffic.  It's a 1/2-mile long connector in northeast Jefferson County between SR-75 and SR-79.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2017, 09:29:33 PM »

I-475 for anyone in the Atlanta area bound for Florida, and if you live in the eastern part of the metro, throw in I-675 also.

People living in certain parts of Gwinnett County can probably clinch either GA 84 or GA 264 without any effort (probably not both, though).

I also wouldn't be that surprised if a number of people clinch I-575 on the way to work every morning.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2017, 09:29:55 PM »

In Detroit, BS-375 would fit the bill, as it is only 2 blocks from the end of I-375 to the end of M-10 and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. BS-375 is also unsigned.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2017, 09:30:46 PM »


I also wouldn't be that surprised if a number of people clinch I-575 on the way to work every morning.

Or heading to North Carolina...like today:

http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=20228.msg2226795#new

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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2017, 10:06:35 PM »

I-175 and I-375 in St. Pete.  They are both glorified off ramps rather than freeway.

Also, how about I-587 in NY?  It has no interchanges so you have to drive its entirety especially using NY 28 east of I-87.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2017, 12:59:04 AM »

I-295 Maine.

Not necessarily.  A lot of traffic diverts at US 1 in Bath.  Now,  silent I-495 (Falmouth Spur) is easy.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2017, 04:50:00 AM »

Since Caltrans has decommissioned the surface-street Hollywood section, CA 170 is a relatively easy clinch, as it simply connects two principal arterial freeways (US 101, I-5, with CA 134 as a feeder as well).  As the 101 shift to the Ventura Freeway involves a TOTSO, it's likely that it's been clinched unknowingly more than once! 
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2017, 08:14:56 AM »

I-295 Maine.

Not necessarily.  A lot of traffic diverts at US 1 in Bath.  Now,  silent I-495 (Falmouth Spur) is easy.
I-395 in Maine to.
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Re: Routes that are easy to clinch by accident
« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2017, 08:40:57 AM »

NJ Route 59 in Cranford, NJ.  Its route is not only short, but is mostly under the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line just connecting NJ 28 to parallel South Avenue and continuing Lincoln Avenue.
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