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Western Louisiana
« on: August 27, 2010, 12:42:37 AM »

Signs are not one of my primary interests, but I know that they are for many in the Forum.  I could not find a general "Louisiana" thread for the western part of Louisiana here, so decided to start one for various topics in the western part of the state.

While perusing the "Projects To Be Let in the Next 6 Months" page on the LaDOTD website (searching for upcoming I-49 North lettings), I noticed that there are many resigning projects currently scheduled to be let in October re Interstates 10, 20, 49 and 220. http://www.dotd.la.gov/lettings/lets8220.asp  I believe details will only be announced when the projects will be announced for bidding.

I have no idea whether these projects will include shield replacement.  Just wanted to provide a "headsup".

Any "keepers" at risk?

I know SE La is discussed on "Southeast" page, but I am just posting here.
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 01:24:41 AM »

The state name is supposed to be brought back to Interstate shields in the state. Any guide sign related replacements will likely feature Clearview, as LADOTD is now using that type-face.

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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010, 10:21:30 AM »

The state name is supposed to be brought back to Interstate shields in the state. Any guide sign related replacements will likely feature Clearview, as LADOTD is now using that type-face.

That's interesting...because none of the I-shields being replaced along I-49 between Lafayette and Opelousas as part of the signage update ongoing there have "Louisiana" stamped on them.  Or, maybe that's because I-49 for now is still an "Intra-state" Interstate??


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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2010, 11:24:41 PM »

In Louisiana part of AASHTO presentation in Little Rock today, Sherri Lebas sets forth LADOTD's "high priority wish list" (with no apparent priority of importance)(http://expandingcapacity.transportation.org/unlocking_freight/states/LA_Unlocking_Freight_0610.pdf)
for the next reauthorization bill:

- Extension of Interstate 49 from Shreveport to the Arkansas Border
- Extend I-49 south of Lafayette to New Orleans
- I-10 in Baton Rouge (Mississippi River Bridge to the I 10/12 split)
- I-10 from Texas border to Lake Charles
- I-10 in New Orleans (Williams Boulevard to Causeway Boulevard)
- I-12 from Walker to Slidell
- I-20 in Monroe and Shreveport

I have not driven enough of these routes to have an informed opinion, but I just wanted to ask those who have to provide a ranking of priority of importance.  There has already been a similar, smaller in scale, discussion at Replies 5-21 on "I-49 in LA" thread (particularly good discussion re I-49 vs. maintenance of existing interstates), (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=3124.0) but I thought broader question seems more appropriate for this thread.
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 01:10:38 PM »

In Louisiana part of AASHTO presentation in Little Rock today, Sherri Lebas sets forth LADOTD's "high priority wish list" (with no apparent priority of importance)(http://expandingcapacity.transportation.org/unlocking_freight/states/LA_Unlocking_Freight_0610.pdf)
for the next reauthorization bill:

- Extension of Interstate 49 from Shreveport to the Arkansas Border
- Extend I-49 south of Lafayette to New Orleans
- I-10 in Baton Rouge (Mississippi River Bridge to the I 10/12 split)
- I-10 from Texas border to Lake Charles
- I-10 in New Orleans (Williams Boulevard to Causeway Boulevard)
- I-12 from Walker to Slidell
- I-20 in Monroe and Shreveport

I have not driven enough of these routes to have an informed opinion, but I just wanted to ask those who have to provide a ranking of priority of importance.  There has already been a similar, smaller in scale, discussion at Replies 5-21 on "I-49 in LA" thread (particularly good discussion re I-49 vs. maintenance of existing interstates), (http://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=3124.0) but I thought broader question seems more appropriate for this thread.

I can say that all of I-12, I-10 from the MS River to the I-10/12 split, and I-10 in Metairie need to be widended.

BTW Mods, there are two Louisiana threads, which one should we keep?
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010, 12:46:16 AM »

All postings about Louisiana in the Mid-South group are to be limited to areas of the state west of the Mississippi/Atchafalaya Rivers.

In the Southeast group, all Louisiana threads are posted separately and not in a jumbo Louisiana thread and deal with SE Louisiana only.
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010, 11:51:55 AM »

So...what does that mean for discussions of I-49 South, then??

It mostly runs in Southeast/South Central Lousisana, but it is mostly on the West side of the Mississippi.   So...where should the relevant posts go?? Just clarifying things.  :confused: :confused:


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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 12:31:07 PM »

So...what does that mean for discussions of I-49 South, then??

It mostly runs in Southeast/South Central Lousisana, but it is mostly on the West side of the Mississippi.   So...where should the relevant posts go?? Just clarifying things.  :confused: :confused:


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Post them in either regional forum (whichever you prefer), the regional separation is not that rigid really.

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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010, 01:06:49 PM »

I was thinking more of a US 165 or US 167 divide.
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2010, 09:43:48 PM »

Any guide sign related replacements will likely feature Clearview, as LADOTD is now using that type-face.

I think that clearview is a district wide thing since it's only showing up in one area. They've been replacing signs around New Orleans lately and none of them are in clearview.
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US 171/ LA 8/28 Roundabout Construction to Start in October
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2010, 11:04:27 AM »

U.S. 61 and Causeway Boulevard, one of my all time favorite interchanges

Although not designed to be as dramatic as its Louisiana cousin, the Leesville Roundabout (US 171/ LA 8/28) construction is scheduled to begin in October.  LADOTD has a page devoted to the Leesville Roundabout project (with videos, etc.):

http://www.dotd.la.gov/administration/public_info/projects/LeesvilleRound/
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2010, 12:22:51 PM »

In regard to the signing projects mentioned in the OP, they have not yet been advertised and plans are not available for any of them.  I will continue to monitor the situation.  Judging by the dollar ranges quoted, it looks like they intend to do some heavy-duty sign panel replacement in all but one or two districts.  The amounts are much greater for Districts 61 & 62, which I assume are splinters of a former District 6 covering the New Orleans area and would therefore have a considerable amount of urban mileage with closely spaced exits.

In my experience it is fairly unusual for LaDOTD to do freeway sign replacements as district-wide jobs (the 737 project codes signify district-wide jobs).  In my collection of pattern-accurate LaDOTD signing sheets, I have just one 737 project, which was done about four years ago to provide I-10 alternate route signing on US 190 etc.  The more usual approach for LaDOTD is to carry out sign upgrades at the corridor level, with Interstate guide sign replacements having 45X project codes (450 = I-10, 454 = I-12, 455 = I-49, etc.).

There might be pattern-accurate sign layout sheets but I am not optimistic.  Sign design sheets--forget it.
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Re: Louisiana
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2010, 01:37:57 PM »

The amounts are much greater for Districts 61 & 62, which I assume are splinters of a former District 6 covering the New Orleans area and would therefore have a considerable amount of urban mileage with closely spaced exits.

New Orleans is District 02
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 12:07:11 AM »

Finishing I-49 NORTH:  #1 priority

I-10 to I-12/MS River:  #2

I-12 Walker-Slidell:  #3

I-20 in Monroe and Shreveport:  #4

The rest I can't rank because I've never driven there.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2011, 09:08:14 AM »

Finishing I-49 NORTH:  #1 priority

I-10 to I-12/MS River:  #2

I-12 Walker-Slidell:  #3

I-20 in Monroe and Shreveport:  #4

The rest I can't rank because I've never driven there.



My priorities:

1) Finish I-49 North of I-220

2) I-49 Connector/ I-49 South through Lafayette/New Iberia

3) I-10 through Baton Rouge

4) I-12 from Walker to Slidell (including upgrading of the I-12/I-55 interchange)

5) I-49 Inner City Connector through Shreveport (I-20 - I-220)

6) Finish upgrade of US 90 to Morgan City (including Patterson/Bayou Vista/Berwick section)

7) Widen I-20 in Shreveport and Monroe

8) Widen I-10 in Lafayette


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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2011, 11:48:28 AM »

I noticed that there are many resigning projects currently scheduled to be let in October re Interstates 10, 20, 49 and 220.
Interstate signage upgrade projects for District 02 (I-10, 310, 510 & 610) and District 03 were let today:

http://www.dotd.la.gov/lettings/ebidresl/bwhq20110202.asp

District 04 (I-20 & I-49) & District 05 (I-20) Interstate signage upgrade projects are scheduled for February 23 letting:

http://www.dotd.la.gov/lettings/bidsinfo/bihq20110223.asp
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2011, 11:42:10 PM »

Any guide sign related replacements will likely feature Clearview, as LADOTD is now using that type-face.

I think that clearview is a district wide thing since it's only showing up in one area. They've been replacing signs around New Orleans lately and none of them are in clearview.

the I-12/US 11 interchange has Clearview signage.  However, it's on the ramps and US 11... NOT THE INTERSTATE.  But if you get off there you'd be able to see "Pearl River" and "Slidell" in Clearview. 
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2011, 05:35:21 PM »

Oh yay.   :meh:  I'm so looking forward to seeing that when I go down there in May.  I'm not a clearview fan.  X-(
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2011, 05:38:59 PM »

Oh yay.   :meh:  I'm so looking forward to seeing that when I go down there in May.  I'm not a clearview fan.  X-(

in better news, you can check on a brand new state-named I-10 shield in the town of Iowa!
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2011, 06:54:30 PM »

Oh yay.   :meh:  I'm so looking forward to seeing that when I go down there in May.  I'm not a clearview fan.  X-(

in better news, you can check on a brand new state-named I-10 shield in the town of Iowa!

Other than the fact that Iowa and Slidell are as close to one another as San Diego and Los Angeles are to one another.
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Re: Western Louisiana
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Other than the fact that Iowa and Slidell are as close to one another as San Diego and Los Angeles are to one another.

I'd drive 130 miles out of my way and 130 miles back to check on a state-named shield. 
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Re: Western Louisiana
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Other than the fact that Iowa and Slidell are as close to one another as San Diego and Los Angeles are to one another.

I'd drive 130 miles out of my way and 130 miles back to check on a state-named shield. 

Suit yourself.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2011, 08:04:17 PM »



Suit yourself.

this one we have a good picture of, courtesy of Jeff Royston.  if all we had were lousy pictures then I'd easily do 260 miles round trip to get a good one.
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Re: Western Louisiana
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2011, 10:53:17 PM »

A couple of years ago, I found a non-neutered, fairly new I-20 shield in Shreveport at the Linwood Ave. exit.  It was pointing the way to I-20 westbound to traffic travelling south on Linwood Ave. (at least I think it was Linwood. May have been Fairfield Ave.)  :confused:
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« Reply #24 on: March 21, 2011, 11:19:51 PM »

A couple of years ago, I found a non-neutered, fairly new I-20 shield in Shreveport at the Linwood Ave. exit.  It was pointing the way to I-20 westbound to traffic travelling south on Linwood Ave. (at least I think it was Linwood. May have been Fairfield Ave.)  :confused:

I know which one you are talking about.  that, and one like it in the same area, are both dated 1993 if I recall correctly.  that was about the last of the state-named shields LA issued.
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