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New stoplight on Powers Ferry
« Reply #1450 on: September 14, 2020, 01:35:33 AM »

This driveway on Powers Ferry Road between Delk Road and Terrell Mill Road is proving problematic with the new stoplight put in there:

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.9214584,-84.4676531,3a,75y,206.56h,74.66t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2ZmBbY_eRNpVwrXFVNz3wg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

Just to the south of that driveway is now a stoplight with a Wendy's behind it, so all it takes is 2 cars stopped at the stoplight and they're already starting to block that driveway.  I've seen 4x4 trucks pull out of there and nearly cause accidents.  IMHO that driveway should be closed and a new one that connects to the new road that goes to the Wendy's et al should be opened in its place.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1451 on: September 16, 2020, 10:30:05 PM »

Another update on the I-16/I-95 Interchange project. According to a news story on WSAV, instead of building two flyover ramps, GDOT will be a turbine interchange. It will be the first of its kind in Georgia and will be similar to the I-85/I-485 interchange in Charlotte,NC.

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Renditions show those plans have slightly changed. Instead of replacing existing ramps with flyover ramps, the construction company -- Reeves Construction Company -- is now building a turbine ramp.

It's the first of its kind in the state of Georgia and a way to reduce costs.
https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/exclusive-important-changes-new-artist-rendition-of-i16-i95-interchange-project/1546291473
Is it just me, or does anybody else think it might cost less money to have embankments for those new ramps, so that GDOT won't have to blow a budget maintaining those big, long bridges?
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1452 on: September 18, 2020, 07:31:50 PM »

This driveway on Powers Ferry Road between Delk Road and Terrell Mill Road is proving problematic with the new stoplight put in there:

https://www.google.com/maps/@33.9214584,-84.4676531,3a,75y,206.56h,74.66t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2ZmBbY_eRNpVwrXFVNz3wg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

PLEASE EMAIL EVERYONE AT GDOT YOU CAN AND BRING IT TO THEIR ATTENTION.

Just to the south of that driveway is now a stoplight with a Wendy's behind it, so all it takes is 2 cars stopped at the stoplight and they're already starting to block that driveway.  I've seen 4x4 trucks pull out of there and nearly cause accidents.  IMHO that driveway should be closed and a new one that connects to the new road that goes to the Wendy's et al should be opened in its place.

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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1453 on: September 18, 2020, 07:36:05 PM »

Thank god all the left hand exits are gonna be eliminated, i know all tractor trailer drivers will be thrilled. 

But if we had higher requirements for driving ability in the US like Germany those left side merges would be adequate. I personally haven't ever been scared of them.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1454 on: September 18, 2020, 07:43:26 PM »

Here is a video from GDOT of the proposed rendering of the I-20/I-285 West interchange in Atlanta.

Much needed. That looks like another billion dollar interchange. That what happens when these are only means of going anywhere for 6-8 million people. 3 smaller separate highways would be better because one fender bender doesn't block hundreds of thousands of people from getting to their destination. Precovid 2 hour backups to get home on weeknights was a weekly occurence.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1455 on: September 18, 2020, 07:46:45 PM »

I thought these type of signs with the exit numbers inside the panel were all replaced?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54480415@N08/50048359948/in/dateposted-public/
I love Georgia big fat lettering on the overheads. Now if we could get them to reembrace cantilevered supports rather than single signs held up on both sides of America's widest freeways. It engineering taken back to the stone ages.
I thought the MUTCD requirements made GDOT replace the signs with external tabs aligned to the right.  I guess not then.

The replacement process started about 12 years ago, but isn't finished yet. These old-style signs are probably in the minority now, but by no means rare.
I always loved those signs, because they made GA unique compared to other states in that they were the only ones to use Series D, whereas others used Series E(M), and most recently, Clearview (which the Peach State won't be doing anytime soon, thank goodness).
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1456 on: September 19, 2020, 04:11:01 PM »

Thank god all the left hand exits are gonna be eliminated, i know all tractor trailer drivers will be thrilled. 

But if we had higher requirements for driving ability in the US like Germany those left side merges would be adequate. I personally haven't ever been scared of them.

I mean, it still has to be hell for a truck driver to go from the right lane getting on at Campbellton Road and then trying to get over the 4 lanes to the WB 20 exit in 1.5 miles as trucks arent technically allowed over until after Cascade Road. 
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1457 on: September 19, 2020, 10:08:21 PM »

Drove through the 400/285 interchange construction again today. IMO GDOT underestimated how much rock blasting was going to be required. They had to blast rock at the Marta overpass Bridge, At Glenridge, At Roswell Road as well as at the Abernathy interchange for the DDI Construction there, this project wont be completed til 2022. It reminds me of the IH 22/65 interchange in Birmingham. Hopefully this project will open in segments! Because that 400 south to 285 right Circle cloverleaf ramp sucks Arse! I wish they had included gutting the Roswell Road interchange! It's a #### as well
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1458 on: September 20, 2020, 04:48:42 PM »

I'm late to the party. Sorry.

Expensive though it'll be, this isn't a Cadillac of an interchange. The 285 mainlines will stay as they are, as will most of the 20 mainline including the bridges over 285. Most of the original bridges will remain, as will the left-hand entrance for the ramp from westbound 20 to southbound 285.

Here is a video from GDOT of the proposed rendering of the I-20/I-285 West interchange in Atlanta.

Much needed. That looks like another billion dollar interchange. That what happens when these are only means of going anywhere for 6-8 million people. 3 smaller separate highways would be better because one fender bender doesn't block hundreds of thousands of people from getting to their destination. Precovid 2 hour backups to get home on weeknights was a weekly occurence.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1459 on: September 21, 2020, 11:48:36 AM »

Drove through the 400/285 interchange construction again today. IMO GDOT underestimated how much rock blasting was going to be required. They had to blast rock at the Marta overpass Bridge, At Glenridge, At Roswell Road as well as at the Abernathy interchange for the DDI Construction there, this project wont be completed til 2022. It reminds me of the IH 22/65 interchange in Birmingham. Hopefully this project will open in segments! Because that 400 south to 285 right Circle cloverleaf ramp sucks Arse! I wish they had included gutting the Roswell Road interchange! It's a #### as well

SPEAKING OF SEGMENTS... i just hate that GDOT is so blind to good aesthetics. Single flyovers in one curve switch back and forth using straight, precast concrete beams as much as possible and using exposed, curved steel as little as possible. One flyover at 400/285 has 3 different sections of beams, all facing I-285. They shouldn't be expressing curved shapes with straight beams as it just looks cheap. And it's not like they must be thrifty since Georgia has so few new roads over the last 30 years anyway. NC has probably 10 times more interchanges and yet they still use curved steel beams for every flyover in the state. GDOT is uglifying Atlanta's freeways which used to be somewhat pleasant and attractive. Today I-85 through Gwinnett and I-75 in Cobb are clusterf*cks of ugly and crooked structures.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1460 on: September 21, 2020, 11:53:33 AM »

Thank god all the left hand exits are gonna be eliminated, i know all tractor trailer drivers will be thrilled. 


But if we had higher requirements for driving ability in the US like Germany those left side merges would be adequate. I personally haven't ever been scared of them.

I mean, it still has to be hell for a truck driver to go from the right lane getting on at Campbellton Road and then trying to get over the 4 lanes to the WB 20 exit in 1.5 miles as trucks arent technically allowed over until after Cascade Road. 
I was just speaking about left-handed merges in general. I haven't really studied this West I-20 interchange, but I do know that it is the narrowest, most dangerous interstate in metro Atlanta. GDOT doesn't like to spend money on the Southside, and their discrimination is evident and it should be ended once and for all.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1461 on: September 23, 2020, 02:31:52 PM »

Thank god all the left hand exits are gonna be eliminated, i know all tractor trailer drivers will be thrilled. 


But if we had higher requirements for driving ability in the US like Germany those left side merges would be adequate. I personally haven't ever been scared of them.

I mean, it still has to be hell for a truck driver to go from the right lane getting on at Campbellton Road and then trying to get over the 4 lanes to the WB 20 exit in 1.5 miles as trucks arent technically allowed over until after Cascade Road. 
I was just speaking about left-handed merges in general. I haven't really studied this West I-20 interchange, but I do know that it is the narrowest, most dangerous interstate in metro Atlanta. GDOT doesn't like to spend money on the Southside, and their discrimination is evident and it should be ended once and for all.

The first thing I saw when I looked at it was that the tight loop ramp from I-20 East to I-285 North would be replaced with a flyover.  Traffic ends up slowing to a crawl navigating that ramp and backs up traffic on I-20.  It is that reason that when I am in the Atlanta area, I will take I-20 all the way to the Downtown Connector and get on I-85 that way.

My dad told me that this interchange has been a problem for as long as he could remember (we have family in Georgia and he had to go to Atlanta for work as well).
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1462 on: September 23, 2020, 08:25:11 PM »

I seriously hope that all the interchange improvements at interchanges along 285 include street or high mast lighting? Its beyond me as to why there is little overhead lighting along one of the most dangerous interstates in the Country!
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1463 on: Today at 10:47:42 AM »

I seriously hope that all the interchange improvements at interchanges along 285 include street or high mast lighting? Its beyond me as to why there is little overhead lighting along one of the most dangerous interstates in the Country!
Lighting is the sole choice and responsibility of whatever town the highway is running through. So if it's unincorporated or the towns haven't thought about lighting as being needed or they don't want to pay for it, You know GDOT isn't going to make any effort to rally support for lighting on I-285.

I'm ok with no lighting. In theory, it should make other cars more visible and glare can blind some people who can't process lots of visual stimuli very well.

It is time for the lighting on atlanta's freeways to be converted to LED though.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1464 on: Today at 11:13:43 AM »

I have only seen the LED Lighting on the rollercoaster and the 75 south toll lanes at the entrance and exit ramps. I dont think GDOT will make that conversion with the lighting I.T.P. ( Inside the Perimeter)
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1465 on: Today at 12:21:48 PM »

I have only seen the LED Lighting on the rollercoaster and the 75 south toll lanes at the entrance and exit ramps. I dont think GDOT will make that conversion with the lighting I.T.P. ( Inside the Perimeter)
It's probably up to the cities that pay for the specific lights. I mean eventually they must be replaced, because they are so dim and ineffectual compared to the white LEDs that now have completely replaced all of Georgia Power's street lights.

One day on an AJC forum I scolded former mayor SHirley Franklin for turning off the freeway lights during the recession to save money. She blasted back that the state should have paid for them, but I'd implement pay cuts before turning off the lights which affect everyone in the city.
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1466 on: Today at 05:30:10 PM »

I have only seen the LED Lighting on the rollercoaster and the 75 south toll lanes at the entrance and exit ramps. I dont think GDOT will make that conversion with the lighting I.T.P. ( Inside the Perimeter)
It's probably up to the cities that pay for the specific lights. I mean eventually they must be replaced, because they are so dim and ineffectual compared to the white LEDs that now have completely replaced all of Georgia Power's street lights.

One day on an AJC forum I scolded former mayor SHirley Franklin for turning off the freeway lights during the recession to save money. She blasted back that the state should have paid for them, but I'd implement pay cuts before turning off the lights which affect everyone in the city.

Easy to say when it's not your pay being cut
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Re: Georgia
« Reply #1467 on: Today at 10:32:33 PM »

GA 316 UPDATES

The GA 81 interchange is almost complete. The overpass has opened to traffic, as have the westbound off-ramp and eastbound on-ramp. Carl-Bethlehem Road is the temporary detour for eastbound GA 316 traffic to access GA 81, and southbound GA 81 traffic to access GA 316, while the final pieces of the eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp are completed. Oddly, the interchange has been numbered Exit 5. Why not Exit 24?

It appears that the Harbins Road interchange will involve collector/distributor lanes. A set of bridge piers have been built in the median of GA 316, but another set of bridge piers has been built off the outer shoulder of the eastbound lanes, with the retaining wall another 30' or so beyond them.

A LOT of trees have been cleared in the vicinity of GA 11, and a large embankment has been built on the eastbound side of GA 316. The clear-cutting has exposed a small frontage road on the westbound side that follows the lay of the land, apparently named Wise Men Lane. The plan is to extend Exchange Boulevard east from Harry McCarty Road to GA 11 as a frontage road.

Not much seems to have happened at GA 53 in recent weeks, though gravel has been put down where the eastbound off-ramp will go.

GDOT really needs to build overpasses for Carl-Bethlehem Road and Harry McCarty Road. It'd allow for fully-controlled access on GA 316 between Kilcrease Road to the west and Harrison Mill Road to the east, a distance of about eight miles.
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