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Re: 3 Major Northern Virginia parkways (*NOT* NPS) now primary routes.
« Reply #100 on: August 24, 2012, 04:35:30 PM »

The Washington Post is (finally) reporting the number change (not really news for anyone in this forum).

Why change the numbers of the Fairfax, Prince William and Franconia parkways? Here’s why

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The route number for the Fairfax County Parkway may have been odd — Route 7100 — but at least you could remember it. Same with the Prince William Parkway. Route 3000. Who ever heard of Route 3000? But for road signs or GPS or map use, they at least were memorable, if odd.

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Now, they’re changing. The Fairfax County Parkway is becoming Route 286. The Prince William Parkway is becoming Route 294. The Franconia-Springfield Parkway, formerly Route 7900, is becoming Route 287. None of these should be confused with the Dulles Toll Road, which is Route 267.

See text bolded and underlined. Typical sloppy reporting from your average Post reporter.

I don't see what's so difficult about it. Aside from radio traffic reporters, I've never heard anyone refer to those roads by number.
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Re: 3 Major Northern Virginia parkways (*NOT* NPS) now primary routes.
« Reply #101 on: August 24, 2012, 05:03:19 PM »

The Washington Post is (finally) reporting the number change (not really news for anyone in this forum).

Why change the numbers of the Fairfax, Prince William and Franconia parkways? Here’s why

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The route number for the Fairfax County Parkway may have been odd — Route 7100 — but at least you could remember it. Same with the Prince William Parkway. Route 3000. Who ever heard of Route 3000? But for road signs or GPS or map use, they at least were memorable, if odd.

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Now, they’re changing. The Fairfax County Parkway is becoming Route 286. The Prince William Parkway is becoming Route 294. The Franconia-Springfield Parkway, formerly Route 7900, is becoming Route 287. None of these should be confused with the Dulles Toll Road, which is Route 267.

See text bolded and underlined. Typical sloppy reporting from your average Post reporter.

I don't see what's so difficult about it. Aside from radio traffic reporters, I've never heard anyone refer to those roads by number.

I suggested on Facebook to someone that they should send Jackman  an e-mail or leave a comment on the blog about this error.

EDIT:  I see you did comment to him.  Let's see if he reads the comments.

EDIT II:  Fixed typo.
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Re: 3 Major Northern Virginia parkways (*NOT* NPS) now primary routes.
« Reply #102 on: August 24, 2012, 05:53:37 PM »

I didn't read all the comments, but I did notice that I was far from the first person to make the point about him getting the number wrong.

Some Post bloggers are pretty good about reading the comments and either replying or making corrections. Others seem never to read the comments, which kind of makes me wonder what the point of blogging is.
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Re: 3 Major Northern Virginia parkways (*NOT* NPS) now primary routes.
« Reply #103 on: August 24, 2012, 08:56:35 PM »

The Washington Post is (finally) reporting the number change (not really news for anyone in this forum).

Why change the numbers of the Fairfax, Prince William and Franconia parkways? Here’s why

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The route number for the Fairfax County Parkway may have been odd — Route 7100 — but at least you could remember it. Same with the Prince William Parkway. Route 3000. Who ever heard of Route 3000? But for road signs or GPS or map use, they at least were memorable, if odd.

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Now, they’re changing. The Fairfax County Parkway is becoming Route 286. The Prince William Parkway is becoming Route 294. The Franconia-Springfield Parkway, formerly Route 7900, is becoming Route 287. None of these should be confused with the Dulles Toll Road, which is Route 267.

See text bolded and underlined. Typical sloppy reporting from your average Post reporter.


This is par for the course for the Washington comPost.
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Re: 3 Major Northern Virginia parkways (*NOT* NPS) now primary routes.
« Reply #104 on: August 26, 2012, 02:05:23 PM »

More from WTOP Radio: Answer Desk: Why did the signs change on 3 NoVa roads?

Looks like WTOP got the route numbers right, too, though how does VDOT "ease confusion?"

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All the roads will keep their names, but the numbers change. New signs show the Fairfax County Parkway as Route 286 rather than 7100, the Prince William Parkway as Route 294 rather than 3000, and the Franconia-Springfield Parkway as Route 289 rather than 7900. The changes were announced this winter, but the signs are rolling out now, including some noting the roads' old designations to ease confusion.

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"Ultimately, making these roads primary routes means we're talking about more money and a higher priority for maintenance," says Virginia Department of Transportation spokewoman Jennifer McCord says.
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Re: 3 Major Northern Virginia parkways (*NOT* NPS) now primary routes.
« Reply #105 on: August 26, 2012, 03:58:38 PM »

More from WTOP Radio: Answer Desk: Why did the signs change on 3 NoVa roads?

Looks like WTOP got the route numbers right, too, though how does VDOT "ease confusion?"

Like it says below, "signs ... noting the roads' old [route number] designations ...".   Keep them in place for about a year until people get used to the new numbers, then remove them.

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All the roads will keep their names, but the numbers change. New signs show the Fairfax County Parkway as Route 286 rather than 7100, the Prince William Parkway as Route 294 rather than 3000, and the Franconia-Springfield Parkway as Route 289 rather than 7900. The changes were announced this winter, but the signs are rolling out now, including some noting the roads' old designations to ease confusion.
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