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« on: March 07, 2009, 07:01:05 PM »

Has anyone seen a map that shows Interstate 178 in Allentown besides the New Jersey page of the Rand McNally atlases in the 1960s?
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2009, 11:16:14 PM »

PennDOT/PennDOH maps never showed the alignment, even the mid-1960s editions where they showed all future alignments.  However, it did have an exit list in the margins, but of course it was blank.
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009, 12:56:10 AM »

My apologies for my responses to Alex's questions being too dull.

Since I didn't see them listed, I guess 95 and 99 would stay put.
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 03:06:09 AM »

Green' red lights: Philly gets LED traffic lights

Associated Press August 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia is turning all its traffic lights green.

This winter the city will begin fully converting its 55,000 traffic signals to LED bulbs. City officials say the change will save about $1 million a year once the bulbs are installed.

Officials say the city switched the red bulbs to LED lights 10 years ago when red was the only color available.

City officials say it will cost about $7 million to replace the green and yellow bulbs but they expect federal stimulus money and subsidies to help foot the bill.

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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 09:57:32 AM »

Pittsburgh has been doing this for quite some time now.
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 12:46:03 PM »

...City officials say the change will save about $1 million a year once the bulbs are installed....

That's quite a bill!
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 12:16:40 PM »

Philly airport plans new lot for waiting motorists

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City officials say Philadelphia International Airport will open a 150-space cell-phone lot after a recent crackdown on motorists using the shoulder of Interstate 95 to wait for arriving flights.

Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says the project could be completed by Jan. 1.

Drivers waiting to pick up passengers on arriving flights had long used the shoulders of I-95 and other nearby roads to wait for flights to land. But police began recently ticketing waiting motorists and no parking signs were erected.

Motorists were using the shoulders of Interstate 95, Pennsylvania 291, and the ridiculously long northbound off-ramp to the terminal for years now. I remember heading to the airport in 2005 and seeing a hundred or so cars queued on those shoulders. More recent trips to the airport in 2007 revealed motorists still queuing on the shoulders, despite police ticketing them.

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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 06:39:53 PM »

Philly airport plans new lot for waiting motorists

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City officials say Philadelphia International Airport will open a 150-space cell-phone lot after a recent crackdown on motorists using the shoulder of Interstate 95 to wait for arriving flights.

Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says the project could be completed by Jan. 1.

Drivers waiting to pick up passengers on arriving flights had long used the shoulders of I-95 and other nearby roads to wait for flights to land. But police began recently ticketing waiting motorists and no parking signs were erected.

Motorists were using the shoulders of Interstate 95, Pennsylvania 291, and the ridiculously long northbound off-ramp to the terminal for years now. I remember heading to the airport in 2005 and seeing a hundred or so cars queued on those shoulders. More recent trips to the airport in 2007 revealed motorists still queuing on the shoulders, despite police ticketing them.

It's about time they do this!

I've driven/ridden into the airport on several occasions in the last 5 years and I'm afraid we'll hit one of these yahoo's parked by the road!  :-o
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009, 12:02:57 AM »

Express E-ZPass coming to I-80, I-78 bridges

Associated Press September 23, 2009

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. Express E-ZPass lanes will be constructed on the I-80 and I-78 bridges over the Delaware River.

E-ZPass motorists can pay tolls at higher speeds on their way to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley.

The I-80 bridge carried an average of 53,900 vehicles per day last year. There were an average of 56,100 vehicles a day last year on the I-78 span.

Western New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania are among the fastest-growing areas in the region. Traffic at the toll plazas can come to a standstill in the summer.

The express lanes are expected to be in place by Memorial Day next year.

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Re: Pennsylvania
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2010, 09:05:35 PM »

What's not mentioned is that it was done largely on the backs of Turnpike users, with some stimulus money thrown in...(the stimulus money was mentioned...PTC's "rent payments" weren't)
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2010, 11:37:02 AM »

Philly-to-N.J. Tacony-Palmyra Bridge to get upgrade

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The Burlington County Bridge Commission announced plans to replace the grid deck on the movable span of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge this year.

The $7 million project is the largest capital improvement the commission has undertaken in the past 15 years.

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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2010, 07:34:12 AM »

On my way back from the SEPA meet, I passed through Chester and noticed a new, high elevation, set of ramps being built from US 322 (at the end of the Commodore Barry Bridge) down to PA 291...basically "completing" an interchange on US 322 in this area.  The two loop ramps in particular are eastbound US 322 to PA 291, and PA 291 to westbound US 322 (towards I-95).

Question is...is this a PennDOT project or a DRPA project?  I didn't see anything on either website about the project.
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2010, 11:31:26 AM »

On my way back from the SEPA meet, I passed through Chester and noticed a new, high elevation, set of ramps being built from US 322 (at the end of the Commodore Barry Bridge) down to PA 291...basically "completing" an interchange on US 322 in this area.  The two loop ramps in particular are eastbound US 322 to PA 291, and PA 291 to westbound US 322 (towards I-95).

Question is...is this a PennDOT project or a DRPA project?  I didn't see anything on either website about the project.

Appears to be a PennDOT project.  Google search led to this item.  See site link.
http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Penndot/Districts/District6/D6Media.nsf/cd20de0d8cd84b3785256d66005b622b/c8f7ff75ab7fb1ba85257479006ed8b9?OpenDocument
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2010, 11:40:58 AM »

DRJTBC Awards Construction Contract for Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge ORT Project

Yay, more tolls with EZ Pass - Its nice to see the work the guy I am working with in action. For anyone who's curious, I am working on a dedicated plaque at the Portland-Columbia Pedestrian Bridge in honor of its 50+ year bridge tender (during the covered bridge era). Plans are in the works with the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
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1963 article on the removal of U.S. 122
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2010, 04:57:55 PM »

Found this on Google's Timeline, it indicates that signage for U.S. 122 was taken down on May 13, 1963:

"State Plans to Start Removal of Route 122 Signs"

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Winkler listed several reasons for the changes. He said one reason is that traffic numbers can be assigned to the interchanges of Interstate 180 from Morgantown to Reading. Another is that the state desires to eliminate dual signing of nunbered routes and to consolidate traffic routes.

In addition, Winkler said, the state desires to eliminate any U.S. numbered routes that lie wholly within the state and are under 300 miles in length. This elimination is in line with federal policy, and the federal government granted the state permission to make the changes, he added.

Two sign crews consisting of 12 men will make the changes.


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Re: 1963 article on the removal of U.S. 122
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2010, 05:06:39 PM »

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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2010, 10:13:02 PM »

US 15 / I-99 Steam Valley upgrade is complete...
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2010, 10:53:23 PM »

US 15 / I-99 Steam Valley upgrade is complete...

I don't know where Steam Valley is.  But does this mean that 99 is now signed north of Williamsport?  If so, must check it out some time....
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« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2010, 11:08:34 PM »

Steam Valley is north of Williamsport.  I don't think it means I-99 is signed.  Just that one of the checklist items preventing PennDOT from signing it is done.
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2010, 11:22:28 PM »

US 15 / I-99 Steam Valley upgrade is complete...

I don't know where Steam Valley is.  But does this mean that 99 is now signed north of Williamsport?  If so, must check it out some time....

It's basically where PA 184 and US 15 intersect in Lycoming County and no, it is not signed as I-99.

I was just on a piece of US 15 in Tioga County a few weeks back, and the assemblies just have US 15 shields.  There are no spaces for an I-99 shield as there were on the US 220 and US 322 assemblies in Centre County before it was extended to Musser Lane.
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2010, 07:23:23 AM »

US 15 / I-99 Steam Valley upgrade is complete...

I don't know where Steam Valley is.  But does this mean that 99 is now signed north of Williamsport?  If so, must check it out some time....

It's basically where PA 184 and US 15 intersect in Lycoming County and no, it is not signed as I-99.

I was just on a piece of US 15 in Tioga County a few weeks back, and the assemblies just have US 15 shields.  There are no spaces for an I-99 shield as there were on the US 220 and US 322 assemblies in Centre County before it was extended to Musser Lane.

Are they still holding out hope of finishing the three short "missing links" first?  Who knows...

- Fixed quote. -- rmf67
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Re: Pennsylvania
« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2010, 10:02:57 AM »

Major Philly bridge to reopen after $68M repair

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PHILADELPHIA A once-crumbling bridge connecting downtown Philadelphia with the city's University City neighborhood is set to reopen after a two-year, $68 million repair.

The South Street Bridge was closed in December 2008 after years of decay.

Crumbling concrete from the bridge had been falling into the Schuylkill River for years, so the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation decided to tear it down and build a new one.

Since then, motorists have had to use other routes to get from downtown to West Philadelphia - home of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

Mayor Michael Nutter says the project has been completed a month early and on budget and the bridge will reopen Saturday.

Federal funds accounted for about 80 percent of the cost, with 15 percent coming from the state and 5 percent from the city.

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Delaware River Bridge "Geese Signs"
« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2011, 09:33:50 PM »

Found this snippet in a August 25, 1985 article: "ALL SIGNS POINT TO MORE AND BETTER HIGHWAY SIGNS" by the Philadelphia Inquirer:

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There's also serious talk about getting rid of the geese signs to the Delaware River Bridges. One proposal would replace them with drawings of a key, kite and lightning bolt on signs for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, a quill and book for the Walt Whitman, a part of the flag for the Betsy Ross and an arch bridge for the Tacony-Palmyra. The signs, of course, also would carry the names of the bridges, but the drawings would make them a lot easier to follow than the geese.

 


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