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Re: Virginia
« Reply #250 on: January 09, 2012, 02:00:51 PM »

[Emphasis added in quote below]

Following up on my last comment:

The new website for the Beltway project is now operative. Parts of this duplicate what was on the old site, including some of the videos; parts of it are new, especially the parts showing renderings of the signage.

The new website notes that there will be a $1000 fine for anyone caught cutting through the plastic bollards that will separate the Express and local lanes, but I have no doubt—given the overwhelming public ignorance about how this project will work and the unwillingness of many drivers to learn about it—that there will be plenty of squawking from people who don't understand it. Too bad. As I've said before, it looks to me as though Fluor and Transurban are going out of their way to make the signs amply clear.

Heck, many drivers move between the local and express (HOV) lanes in the I-95/I-395 corridor, and I see them regularly using the crossovers (which are clearly signed as being for emergency and official use only).

On the other hand, I have driven the Ca. 91 (Riverside Freeway) express lanes in Orange County, which serve as the model (at least in part) for the I-495 Express Lanes. 

I am not aware that they have had much issue there with drivers (illegally) cutting in and out of those express lanes.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #251 on: January 09, 2012, 06:30:53 PM »

Tom Jackman in the Washington Post: Herndon traffic roundabout causes an uproar
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #252 on: January 10, 2012, 08:22:37 AM »

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #253 on: January 14, 2012, 05:06:51 PM »

Disappointing news...the white border unisign on Arlington Road in Hopewell is no more. There's no replacement; the pole is gone and everything. The last VA 36 cutout (in front of the bowling alley downtown) and the ancient I-95 shield are still there, though.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #254 on: January 20, 2012, 05:28:14 PM »

Another toll bridge on U.S. 17 in Virginia (and this seems like a good improvement).

TOLLROADSnews: Chesapeake City VA launches toll financed bridge replacement/US17-Dominion Avenue
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #255 on: January 20, 2012, 05:39:07 PM »

Another toll bridge on U.S. 17 in Virginia (and this seems like a good improvement).

TOLLROADSnews: Chesapeake City VA launches toll financed bridge replacement/US17-Dominion Avenue

Over $400 million to build?  What will the toll be? 

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #256 on: January 20, 2012, 06:07:49 PM »

The VDOT presentation on this project from their most recent meeting:

http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2012/jan/Pre/Agenda_Item_9_Dominion_Blvd_Presentation_to_CTB_1-12-12.pdf

It breaks down the costs to build this 3.6 mile project but does not suggest what toll would be set...


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Re: Virginia
« Reply #257 on: January 20, 2012, 10:18:02 PM »

The VDOT presentation on this project from their most recent meeting:

http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/resources/2012/jan/Pre/Agenda_Item_9_Dominion_Blvd_Presentation_to_CTB_1-12-12.pdf

It breaks down the costs to build this 3.6 mile project but does not suggest what toll would be set...
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I saw that yesterday, and did not see any projected toll.  Given over $200 million in toll revenue bonds, it sure would seem important to announce a projected toll schedule.  It may be rather high.

Also, is there about 1.5 mile on the south end of the old VA-104, that will not be part of this project?  IOW, will remain 2 lanes until a separate project is developed?
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #258 on: January 25, 2012, 12:45:01 PM »

A dump truck whose bed was in the up position nailed a sign gantry in the Springfield Interchange this morning, shutting the Inner Loop of the Beltway. The road has now reopened. Picture below. Seems pretty pathetic to me, as I've noted that the Beltway work zones have a bunch of orange warning signs specifically directed at the dump truck drivers saying "CAUTION! Make sure your dump bed is DOWN!"

From the picture below this appears to be the sign bridge located just before the exit for I-395 (as the one after that has an "Exit Only" indicator for the ramp to Springfield).

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #259 on: January 25, 2012, 01:49:19 PM »

The greened-out arrow on the far right of the photo is the give-away.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #260 on: January 28, 2012, 01:01:43 AM »

http://www.progress-index.com/news/center-for-disabled-to-close-900-jobs-to-be-lost-1.1263482

VA 357 serves this facility. I'd imagine it would be decommissioned when the place closes.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #261 on: January 28, 2012, 02:01:37 PM »

http://www.progress-index.com/news/center-for-disabled-to-close-900-jobs-to-be-lost-1.1263482

VA 357 serves this facility. I'd imagine it would be decommissioned when the place closes.

The Lynchburg (VA 334) and Hillsville (VA 392) facilities are also on the closure list.  Target dates for these facilities to close are 2014-2020


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Re: Virginia
« Reply #262 on: January 30, 2012, 06:31:50 AM »

Mecklenburg Prison is scheduled to close in May 2012.    I'm guessing VA 386 is on the chopping block...

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Re: Virginia
« Reply #263 on: January 30, 2012, 07:55:11 AM »

Mecklenburg Prison is scheduled to close in May 2012.    I'm guessing VA 386 is on the chopping block...

Not directly road-related, but here is a Washington Post article about the planned closure of the prison in Boydton.
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« Reply #264 on: January 30, 2012, 09:37:44 AM »

Hmm, I'll have to go see it before it gets axed.
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« Reply #265 on: January 30, 2012, 12:43:29 PM »

Somebody submitted the following link to Dr. Gridlock's online chat today. It's a picture of Tysons looking north from the car park outside where Woodies used to be at the mall. You can see the elevated Metrorail line in the back and the new Westpark Bridge Beltway express lane exit in the foreground.

Certainly a very different view than you get passing through on the surface.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #266 on: January 30, 2012, 05:01:37 PM »

Nice photo.
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« Reply #267 on: February 04, 2012, 04:49:04 PM »

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54480415@N08/6819058447/in/photostream/

Is this particular sign a bit overkill?  Why not have a simpler tab on top that reads Exits 50A to 50D? 
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« Reply #268 on: February 04, 2012, 06:24:50 PM »

I've always thought the exit tab was fine, but the BGS portion is outdated, as mainline US 460 eastbound is on I-95 south here. That's now US 460 Business. Petersburg has a good amount of wacky signage in it.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #269 on: February 05, 2012, 09:09:46 AM »

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« Reply #270 on: February 05, 2012, 09:41:14 AM »

I've always thought the exit tab was fine, but the BGS portion is outdated, as mainline US 460 eastbound is on I-95 south here. That's now US 460 Business. Petersburg has a good amount of wacky signage in it.

I would like to know how Washington and Whythe Streets got to be Exit 50 D when the actual streets are north of Exit 51.  True the ramps bypass that of I-85, but before the tolls were lifted on the old Richmond- Petersburg Turnpike the exit was actually north of the 85 merge.  You had to pay the toll then before reaching the exit.  Now, of course, with more traffic causing weaving it was good to have a long c/d roadway, but nonetheless it is still an exit north of Exit 51 and south of Exit 52.
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« Reply #271 on: February 05, 2012, 11:05:26 AM »

I think they based it off the exit from the "main" C/D road. From what I can tell, they decided all the exits from it would be part of Exit 50.
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« Reply #272 on: February 05, 2012, 11:14:19 AM »

Washington Post: Consulting commuters on I-66 needs

That article noted the status of "spot improvements" to I-66 inside the Beltway.  Those included the new auxiliary lane on westbound I-66 in Arlington between the Glebe Rd. and Sycamore St. exits, that very, very quietly opened in December without (AFAIK) any mention in the Post.  There are two similar spot improvements in the pipeline, but those are on hold pending an I-66 "multi-modal" corridor study scheduled to be done in June.  I would not bet the ranch on either one going forward.
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #273 on: February 05, 2012, 06:38:28 PM »

Oh looky here. Police pulling people over on the interstate in Virginia is making others angry. Who saw that coming?

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2012/feb/05/tdmain01-legislative-scrutiny-increases-on-traffic-ar-1665059/
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Re: Virginia
« Reply #274 on: February 05, 2012, 10:52:26 PM »

Oh looky here. Police pulling people over on the interstate in Virginia is making others angry. Who saw that coming?

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2012/feb/05/tdmain01-legislative-scrutiny-increases-on-traffic-ar-1665059/

"Anderson said about 99 percent of the speeding citations issued are for driving more than 10 mph over the speed limit. More than 500 motorists were cited for driving 90 to 99 mph, and 19 for driving 100 mph or more."

Those miscreants deserved to be ticketed.

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