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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #75 on: October 23, 2020, 10:40:14 AM »

Good, this will be my new route from NOVA to Pittsburgh.
I HATE route 15.

If you like two lane roads, try US-522 to VA-127/WV-127 to WV-29 to WV-9/MD-51.  For the past 30 years, this was my route from Northwestern Virginia to Cumberland.  It sound convoluted, but it's a relatively straight shot (and should be signed as a US highway).  There's a bunch of great two-lane routes from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, but the easiest way is I-68 to US-40 to Uniontown.
Did it once, do not like it.  I LOVE I-68, love the mountains. 
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #76 on: October 26, 2020, 11:55:50 PM »

Nearly $60 million for construction. Sounds awfully expensive, given the terrain of the area (especially as compared to the rest of the state.)

Despite the "calm terrain" compared to the rest of the state, the bypass will require a lot of excavation, especially at the WV 9 interchange.  Bedrock is also very close to the surface in some areas.
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #77 on: November 15, 2020, 07:15:33 PM »

Some notes from today:

- The new ramp for I-79 SB to US 33/US 48 at Weston is now open.
- I-64's major widening from MP 21 (just east of Mall Road/Barboursville) to the existing six-lane segment at MP 15 (at US 60/East Huntington) is well underway. The segment from MP 18 (WV 192) to MP 21 is much more advanced in terms of construction than the remainder and will essentially be six-lanes for through with an auxiliary lane between MP 18 and MP 20.
- I believe that the I-64 bridge over CR 52/6 and Hisey Fork Fourpole Creek at MP 9 is being widened to accommodate six lanes in the future. Work is underway now. Edit: This contract leads me to believe it's more replacement than widening. The deck was redone several years ago, overlaid with asphalt after it prematurely failed, then redone again. I wonder if it has ongoing structural issues that necessitate replacement.
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #78 on: November 17, 2020, 04:28:29 PM »

Some notes from today:

- The new ramp for I-79 SB to US 33/US 48 at Weston is now open.

What were they doing? Eliminating the weave for traffic entering 79 southbound?
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #79 on: November 17, 2020, 04:43:04 PM »

Some notes from today:

- The new ramp for I-79 SB to US 33/US 48 at Weston is now open.

What were they doing? Eliminating the weave for traffic entering 79 southbound?

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #80 on: November 17, 2020, 07:45:49 PM »

Some notes from today:

- The new ramp for I-79 SB to US 33/US 48 at Weston is now open.

What were they doing? Eliminating the weave for traffic entering 79 southbound?

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.

That's sad, since it was a one-of-a-kind (the only example of double cloverleaf without diamond ramps, southbound lanes only).
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #81 on: November 17, 2020, 10:08:13 PM »

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.

That's sad, since it was a one-of-a-kind (the only example of double cloverleaf without diamond ramps, southbound lanes only).

I-70 Exit #15 on the west side of Washington, PA has the exact same setup as the old Exit #99 configuration. I-376 Exit #67 at the top of Green Tree Hill near Pittsburgh is pretty close, too.

Personally, I think WVDOH's Exit #99 rebuild was a waste of money. The I-79 SB bridge was extra-wide - 58 feet. With a minimal amount of new asphalt on each end, they could have restriped the existing bridge for a collector-distributor setup that would have addressed the weave issues and avoided eliminating free-flowing ramps.
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« Reply #82 on: November 17, 2020, 10:23:10 PM »

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.

That's sad, since it was a one-of-a-kind (the only example of double cloverleaf without diamond ramps, southbound lanes only).

I-70 Exit #15 on the west side of Washington, PA has the exact same setup as the old Exit #99 configuration. I-376 Exit #67 at the top of Green Tree Hill near Pittsburgh is pretty close, too.

Personally, I think WVDOH's Exit #99 rebuild was a waste of money. The I-79 SB bridge was extra-wide - 58 feet. With a minimal amount of new asphalt on each end, they could have restriped the existing bridge for a collector-distributor setup that would have addressed the weave issues and avoided eliminating free-flowing ramps.

Yup.  Never paid attention to the one on I-70, but I've used the Greentree exit many times (including those cloverleafs).
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #83 on: November 17, 2020, 11:37:30 PM »

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.

That's sad, since it was a one-of-a-kind (the only example of double cloverleaf without diamond ramps, southbound lanes only).

I-70 Exit #15 on the west side of Washington, PA has the exact same setup as the old Exit #99 configuration. I-376 Exit #67 at the top of Green Tree Hill near Pittsburgh is pretty close, too.

I-91 Exit 7 in Springfield, VT says hi.
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #84 on: November 18, 2020, 03:38:31 PM »

Some notes from today:

- The new ramp for I-79 SB to US 33/US 48 at Weston is now open.

What were they doing? Eliminating the weave for traffic entering 79 southbound?

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.

Any aerials or diagrams of the new configuration out there? Last time I used that exit was a couple of years ago and work hadn't started yet.
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Re: West Virginia
« Reply #85 on: November 18, 2020, 04:14:55 PM »

Some notes from today:

- The new ramp for I-79 SB to US 33/US 48 at Weston is now open.

What were they doing? Eliminating the weave for traffic entering 79 southbound?

The converted southbound to a folded diamond. The I-79 SB offramp now is a straight-ish leg that meets Mud Lick Road and US 33 at a 4-way intersection. They've also realigned the NB off ramp, I think eliminating the direct EB merge ramps. Traffic signals now at both off-ramps.

Any aerials or diagrams of the new configuration out there? Last time I used that exit was a couple of years ago and work hadn't started yet.

There's a video flyover from August on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/151252694931477/videos/299265814686170/
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