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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1950 on: September 30, 2020, 05:54:10 AM »

Back in June, the State Highway Administration removed the sign for MD 132 and US 40 on APG Road at the turn just before the traffic signal. On Sunday of last week, I was walking toward the pedestrian bridge over the Northeast Region and saw it lying on the ground behind the bus shelter:
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Back in June, the State Highway Administration removed the sign for MD 132 and US 40 on APG Road at the turn just before the traffic signal. On Sunday of last week, I was walking toward the pedestrian bridge over the Northeast Region and saw it lying on the ground behind the bus shelter and now it is on my wall
Hint: read the red text. ;-)
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1951 on: October 05, 2020, 12:59:43 PM »

A drive through of the not yet open exit 12:
https://www.reddit.com/r/MontgomeryCountyMD/comments/h09qpq/driving_the_new_watkins_mill_interchange_bridge/

Now it is expected to open tomorrow.

It's interesting how two of the signals use mast arms and the third uses wire hung.

Aside: The signal at MD 118 and Middlebrook Road is being changed from wire hung to mast arm.
I saw that the temporary signals have been replaced already with the permanent mast arm signals.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1952 on: October 06, 2020, 06:20:58 PM »

Back in June, the State Highway Administration removed the sign for MD 132 and US 40 on APG Road at the turn just before the traffic signal. On Sunday of last week, I was walking toward the pedestrian bridge over the Northeast Region and saw it lying on the ground behind the bus shelter:
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So is it now yours?   :bigass:
Back in June, the State Highway Administration removed the sign for MD 132 and US 40 on APG Road at the turn just before the traffic signal. On Sunday of last week, I was walking toward the pedestrian bridge over the Northeast Region and saw it lying on the ground behind the bus shelter and now it is on my wall
Hint: read the red text. ;-)
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1953 on: October 07, 2020, 10:04:43 AM »

Back in June, the State Highway Administration removed the sign for MD 132 and US 40 on APG Road at the turn just before the traffic signal. On Sunday of last week, I was walking toward the pedestrian bridge over the Northeast Region and saw it lying on the ground behind the bus shelter:


So is it now yours?   :bigass:
No, I didn't take the chance.
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« Reply #1954 on: October 09, 2020, 11:09:50 PM »

This might be the last time I have taken a picture of these signs in Aberdeen, as the traffic signal is being replaced:
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1955 on: October 11, 2020, 05:13:21 PM »

I swear the signs on I-68 are older than other interstate signage across the state (except east of Cumberland). I wouldn't be surprised if some signs were there when this was US 48 or at least date to the 1991 redesignation; it seems MD hasn't done button copy in ages, so I guess smaller text is my intuition that the signs are old.

And like any old alignment there's a surprising amount of remnants when MD 144/old US 40 was the main road. None of the divided highway segments have been removed (ex. east of exit 46/47 (US 220)) and there's businesses like a rusting US 40 Motel thing dating to the glory days. Also notable is a lookout on old US 40 near Sideling Hill, where the signage and structures definitely date to pre-1985.

This was inspired on a trip to Mt. Davis in PA for fall foliage, where I took a mix of MD 144/US 40 Alt and I-68. I've now covered most of 144 between Hancock and Cumberland, and bits of 40 Alt west of Frostburg (most notably the Casselman River Bridge).
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1956 on: October 11, 2020, 07:50:17 PM »

I swear the signs on I-68 are older than other interstate signage across the state (except east of Cumberland). I wouldn't be surprised if some signs were there when this was US 48 or at least date to the 1991 redesignation; it seems MD hasn't done button copy in ages, so I guess smaller text is my intuition that the signs are old.

Maryland is all over the place with text sizing on its BGS. That doesn't really have anything to do with the age of the sign.

SHA has done a full overhaul of brown attraction signage along I-68 in the past 18 months or so. There was also recently a major sign replacement near Cumberland that included replacing overhead sign bridges. I travel the full length of the route several times a year and am hard pressed to think of anything left now that looks really dated or in need of replacement.

Also notable is a lookout on old US 40 near Sideling Hill, where the signage and structures definitely date to pre-1985.

Scenic 40 over Sideling Hill is a county-maintained route. Washington County is responsible for those signs, not SHA. County route signage quality in Maryland is often variable, especially in rural areas.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1957 on: October 12, 2020, 11:18:53 PM »

I swear the signs on I-68 are older than other interstate signage across the state (except east of Cumberland). I wouldn't be surprised if some signs were there when this was US 48 or at least date to the 1991 redesignation; it seems MD hasn't done button copy in ages, so I guess smaller text is my intuition that the signs are old.

Maryland is all over the place with text sizing on its BGS. That doesn't really have anything to do with the age of the sign.

SHA has done a full overhaul of brown attraction signage along I-68 in the past 18 months or so. There was also recently a major sign replacement near Cumberland that included replacing overhead sign bridges. I travel the full length of the route several times a year and am hard pressed to think of anything left now that looks really dated or in need of replacement.

Also notable is a lookout on old US 40 near Sideling Hill, where the signage and structures definitely date to pre-1985.

Scenic 40 over Sideling Hill is a county-maintained route. Washington County is responsible for those signs, not SHA. County route signage quality in Maryland is often variable, especially in rural areas.


Think there is one BGS sign EB near Exit 19 without an exit number, almost from when it wasn’t an Interstate.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1958 on: October 13, 2020, 12:24:01 AM »

I swear the signs on I-68 are older than other interstate signage across the state (except east of Cumberland). I wouldn't be surprised if some signs were there when this was US 48 or at least date to the 1991 redesignation; it seems MD hasn't done button copy in ages, so I guess smaller text is my intuition that the signs are old.

Maryland is all over the place with text sizing on its BGS. That doesn't really have anything to do with the age of the sign.

SHA has done a full overhaul of brown attraction signage along I-68 in the past 18 months or so. There was also recently a major sign replacement near Cumberland that included replacing overhead sign bridges. I travel the full length of the route several times a year and am hard pressed to think of anything left now that looks really dated or in need of replacement.

Also notable is a lookout on old US 40 near Sideling Hill, where the signage and structures definitely date to pre-1985.

Scenic 40 over Sideling Hill is a county-maintained route. Washington County is responsible for those signs, not SHA. County route signage quality in Maryland is often variable, especially in rural areas.


Think there is one BGS sign EB near Exit 19 without an exit number, almost from when it wasn’t an Interstate.

Yes, the 1-mile sign eastbound for MD 495 lacks an exit tab. The rest of the sequence has them, and the legend of the sign is just "1 Mile" rather than "Exit 1 Mile" so it's clear this one was intended to have the exit tab as well.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1959 on: October 13, 2020, 08:11:07 PM »

So a project is starting to improve the intersection of White Marsh Blvd and Honeygo Blvd just off I-95 in the Baltimore area.  Right now, the light is subject to significant congestion due to the shopping center.  The project includes third left turn lanes in two approaches.

Sadly, they are not putting in an interchange like they did just off I-95 in Bel Air.  To me, an interchange is sorely needed.

https://mdot-sha-md43-intrs-at-honeygo-blvd-ba9035176-maryland.hub.arcgis.com/
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1960 on: October 13, 2020, 09:27:33 PM »

So a project is starting to improve the intersection of White Marsh Blvd and Honeygo Blvd just off I-95 in the Baltimore area.  Right now, the light is subject to significant congestion due to the shopping center.  The project includes third left turn lanes in two approaches.

Sadly, they are not putting in an interchange like they did just off I-95 in Bel Air.  To me, an interchange is sorely needed.

https://mdot-sha-md43-intrs-at-honeygo-blvd-ba9035176-maryland.hub.arcgis.com/

All of MD 43 between I-695 and I-95 needs to be fully grade separated, and the roadway itself upgraded with proper outside shoulders. It has outgrown its original intended purpose and needs to be equipped with the road features needed for traffic to flow properly.
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« Reply #1961 on: October 14, 2020, 12:07:13 PM »

Three things complicating an interchange at 43/Honeygo:

  • Proximity to the 43/95 interchange
  • Proximity of Marissa Ct
  • The high tension power lines along the south side of 43 there

#1 means you either need all the ramps on the west side of Honeygo, or you'd need a complex and costly bridged ramp solution.
#2 means any ramps in the northwest corner would require right-of-way acquisition.
#3 all but guarantees that 43 would have to be bridged over Honeygo.  It would also complicate ramp placement along eastbound 43.
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« Reply #1962 on: October 28, 2020, 09:06:14 PM »

Looks like the viaduct north of the Harbor Tunnel is getting closer to completion.  Traffic will be shifted back onto the southbound side (newly completed) so final work can be finished on the northbound side.

https://mdta.maryland.gov/blog-category/mdta-traffic-advisories/upcoming-bridge-traffic-switch-moves-895bmore-replacement
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« Reply #1963 on: October 29, 2020, 12:35:55 AM »

Looks like the viaduct north of the Harbor Tunnel is getting closer to completion.  Traffic will be shifted back onto the southbound side (newly completed) so final work can be finished on the northbound side.

https://mdta.maryland.gov/blog-category/mdta-traffic-advisories/upcoming-bridge-traffic-switch-moves-895bmore-replacement

For the few that care, the reconstructed ramp from I-895 northbound to Holabird Avenue will also be closed while all I-895 traffic is using (what will be) the southbound side of the reconstructed Canton Viaduct.

More details from the MDTA via MDOT: UPCOMING BRIDGE TRAFFIC SWITCH MOVES #895BMORE REPLACEMENT PROJECT CLOSER TO COMPLETION Maryland Department of Transportation sent this bulletin at 10/28/2020 09:05 AM EDT

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« Reply #1964 on: November 05, 2020, 01:39:34 PM »


Think there is one BGS sign EB near Exit 19 without an exit number, almost from when it wasn’t an Interstate.

Yes, the 1-mile sign eastbound for MD 495 lacks an exit tab. The rest of the sequence has them, and the legend of the sign is just "1 Mile" rather than "Exit 1 Mile" so it's clear this one was intended to have the exit tab as well.

I contacted SHA about the missing tab. They said they looked through their records and couldn't find that the sign ever did have a tab, although they acknowledged it is non-standard and should. They said they will fix it at some point in the future, but that they can't right now because their sign budget got cut.
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« Reply #1965 on: November 06, 2020, 12:33:05 AM »

WTOP Radio: ‘Disaster’: Prince George’s Co. leader decries latest delay for decadeslong road project

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The intersection of Maryland Route 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue) at the Suitland Parkway is plagued by traffic congestion that only promises to worsen with added area development.

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“This has been a disaster,” Prince George’s County Councilman Derrick L. Davis said of the project, pausing between each syllable of the word “disaster” for added emphasis.

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Davis said the project concept extends back to March 1996. It moved through environmental assessment in 2000, planning was done in 2004, design plans completed in 2007, and construction was scheduled to start in 2008. The new intersection was supposed to be ready for traffic by 2011.

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The timeline for completion now is projected to be the fall of 2023, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration website that said the project is 30% done.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1966 on: November 07, 2020, 06:28:42 AM »

This might be the last time I have taken a picture of these signs in Aberdeen, as the traffic signal is being replaced:

As of yesterday the span wires are gone and the mast arms are operational.
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Re: Maryland
« Reply #1967 on: November 07, 2020, 08:34:58 AM »

Three things complicating an interchange at 43/Honeygo:

  • Proximity to the 43/95 interchange
  • Proximity of Marissa Ct
  • The high tension power lines along the south side of 43 there

#1 means you either need all the ramps on the west side of Honeygo, or you'd need a complex and costly bridged ramp solution.
#2 means any ramps in the northwest corner would require right-of-way acquisition.
#3 all but guarantees that 43 would have to be bridged over Honeygo.  It would also complicate ramp placement along eastbound 43.


Perhaps an interchange like US 29 and Rio Rd in Charlottesville would work here with MD 43 using bridges and the through lanes being on the outside instead of inside, so that the I-95 interchange can be reached from Honeygo without weaving.  Can even be done this way with Honeygo having just 1 signal in the interchange.

Not sure if there is enough ROW between the power lines and the residential areas to do this either.

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