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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #221
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Thanks for the Penn. roads pictures!
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Old February 11th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #222
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Thanks!

Some more driving around...This time I stayed very close to Harrisburg. Down Front Street which runs alongside the Susquehanna River. Then across the river, onto US Route 15 and then back home via the Pennsylvania Turnpike which is also I-76.

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The first part of Front St. is two way- a bit later it goes to one-way.
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Crossing the Susquehanna River- It's about a mile wide at this point.
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On the other side of the river- a tree trimming operation...
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A bit further on, I'm on route 15 approaching the Pennsylvania Turnpike...
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Entering the Turnpike.
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A Pennsylvania State Police car:
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On the Penn Pike- a narrow interstate for sure
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Coming upon my exit...
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Entering the new Turnpike Bridge over the Susquehanna River- with the Turnpike's newer sign supports...
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Old February 11th, 2009, 10:11 PM   #223
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Nice report, Billpa, I guess this was on your day off

By the way, is it an American habit to change the German names they use? I mean, Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky, and in this report there is an "Erford Road" (though they also changed the t with a d )
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Old February 11th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #224
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Yes I was off today .
There are certainly a lot of spellings that are just a bit off from the "Olde Country".
There are likely good stories behind those changes- but I sure don't know 'em
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Old February 11th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #225
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Great report and pictures! Thanks very much

I drove PA turnpike between Scranton and Philly and I must admit it looks more or less the same: narrow with concrete barrier and not very good pavement for a toll road. Although comparing it still looks very good in Harrisburg area.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #226
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Interesting pictures.

"Harrisburg East". Is that the name of a road or exit?

I'm not too happy with "Carlisle" being the only control city for I-81 south. First, it's a small town, and kind of dwarfed by Harrisburg on maps probably. They should pick something further away, problem is the first really large city is quite far to the south, probably too far to make sense already near Harrisburg. I mean Knoxville. And Knoxville is not along I-81. Roanoke is also a bit too far away to sign yet. Maybe Hagerstown.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 11:21 PM   #227
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"Harrisburg East". Is that the name of a road or exit?
It is an interchange name. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has used interchange names in this general style since it opened in 1940.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 11:21 PM   #228
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Thanks again! Pennslilvania seemes to be nice!
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Old February 11th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #229
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It is an interchange name. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has used interchange names in this general style since it opened in 1940.
I really like it. It's also easy to refer to in traffic information. As you probably know, several European countries have official names for all exits.
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Old February 11th, 2009, 11:46 PM   #230
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I'm not too happy with "Carlisle" being the only control city for I-81 south. First, it's a small town, and kind of dwarfed by Harrisburg on maps probably. They should pick something further away, problem is the first really large city is quite far to the south, probably too far to make sense already near Harrisburg. I mean Knoxville. And Knoxville is not along I-81. Roanoke is also a bit too far away to sign yet. Maybe Hagerstown.

The bigger towns along 81 after Harrisburg are Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hagerstown, Md Martinsburg, WV and Harrisonburg and Roanoke, VA. Not exactly Boston, NY, Philly, Baltimore and DC
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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:12 AM   #231
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Carlisle is there because there are some pretty big car events there every year.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:23 AM   #232
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@ Billpa

Little technical question.
How do you take such great pictures while driving? Do you hold camera in your hand or have some sort of device to fix it to the windscreen/windshield?

I'm planning big driving tour of western USA this May/June and I would like to take some pictures. But I don't want to manipulate my camera while driving.
Where can you buy mounting for cameras which you can use inside a car?
I mean something like holder for GPS unit.
Best Buy?
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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:27 AM   #233
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Carlisle is there because there are some pretty big car events there every year.
'Carlisle' is also the well-known official name of a major interchange on the PA Turnpike.

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Old February 12th, 2009, 03:32 AM   #234
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Haha thats probably the main reason, I just know Carlisle from the auto events there.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 04:09 AM   #235
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Great pictures. Thanks for posting those!
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Old February 12th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #236
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@ Billpa

Little technical question.
How do you take such great pictures while driving? Do you hold camera in your hand or have some sort of device to fix it to the windscreen/windshield?

I'm planning big driving tour of western USA this May/June and I would like to take some pictures. But I don't want to manipulate my camera while driving.
Where can you buy mounting for cameras which you can use inside a car?
I mean something like holder for GPS unit.
Best Buy?

I should do a better job but I just adjust the zoom to where I like it and pick the camera up when I want to shoot- I hold it at the top of the steering wheel- and I never shoot when I'm passing someone or if I'm getting passed.
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Old February 13th, 2009, 06:31 AM   #237
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Nice shots of the "new PA turnpike" , Now if you Pennsylvanians could just update the whole length then i would feel safe on driving or riding on it. On Tuesday I'll be on it , as i go on Winter Break Vacation to my Ant's 48 acre Farm in Chester County and take 2 day visit to Lancaster, where i spent my Childhood at on Vacations!
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Old February 13th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #238
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OK, we'll get right on that.
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Old February 14th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #239
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I made this post for another forum, but it suits here too;

I noticed Wyoming has an extreme amount of concurrencies along US Highways. Some road numbers are running concurrent for over 2/3rds of their route.

Number: total length: concurrent: percentage:
US 14, 451 miles, 280 miles, 62%
US 16, 468 miles, 296 miles, 63%
US 18, 98 miles, 88 miles, 90%
US 20, 524 miles, 436 miles, 83%
US 26, 471 miles, 369 miles, 78%
US 30, 449 miles, 345 miles, 77%
US 85, 255 miles, 65 miles, 25%
US 87, 356 miles, 356 miles, 100%
US 89, 247 miles, 147 miles, 60%
US 189, 202 miles, 71 miles, 35%
US 191, 354 miles, 193 miles, 55%
US 287, 491 miles, 306 miles, 62%

As you can see, most routes are over 60% concurrent with another USH or IH, and US 87 is even completely concurrent with I-25 and I-90 throughout the state. Especially the Yellowstone National Park area is a mess, with sometimes 4 US Highways running concurrent.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 06:17 PM   #240
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WA-26

Two weeks ago my wife and I made a trip to Seattle, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some pictures along the non-motorway stretch which consists of WA-195 (25 km) and the entire length of WA-26 (214 km). This is the fastest way to get to Seattle from Pullman, although more than half of the way consists of 2x1 highways. So, here we go



Here, it is still Pullman. We are heading toward WA-195 which is 3 km away:


This is WA-195. This is the main road that connects Lewiston, Pullman and Spokane. The land is used exclusively to grow wheat. Hence, the county name Whitman. This landscape persists almost throughout the entire way to Spokane. The speed limit is 100 km/h:


Now, we are entering Colfax - a small conservative city with one Main street. The speed limit drops to 72 km/h on approach and then to 40 km/h past the city limit boundaries. As a word of advise, you better slow down exactly to 40 km/h because local police is vigorously enforcing the speed limit:


After turning left on WA-26 past Colfax city centre, here is what we see. The start of the damned road. Why "damned"? Because there I received 2 traffic citations and my car broke down once at 22:00. The traffic density is pretty low there, and it is not uncommon to see 1-2 cars in 15 minutes at that time. Plus, it is extremely boring to drive there for 2-2.5 hours. Technically, this is the end of WA-26, but for us it's only the beginning...


For some reason, in Oregon and Washington, two solid centre lines are set farer apart unlike in California and Nevada. After moving to WA, it seemed weird to me, but then I got used to it.


Pretty much self-explanatory...


The speed limit increases to 105 km/h. Not bad for a 2x1 highway, I must say. However, Montana and Nevada (maybe Texas?) have even higher speed limits of 112 km/h for 2x1 roads.




Washtucna is one of the two villages that are located on 214-km stretch of WA-26. If your car breaks down somewhere in between, good luck to you. Vantage is the end point of WA-26, so we still have 188 km to go...


As you can see, the destination signs on this highway are not very consistent because every other sign shows every other city, but Seattle (the final point of destination) is shown quite often.


Our GPS unit was not very helpful in terms of giving us the fastest route, but it was nice to check our speed with it. Still 415 km to go till Seattle...




This type of landscape is very typical to the entire Eastern Washington (East of the Cascade Mountains, that is)


Here, we are approaching the US-395 interchange. It is a motorway that connects Tri Cities with Spokane. US-395 starts near Los Angeles and runs all the way up to Canada through California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.


On the overpass. The directional signs in Washington are quite clear and well-understood unlike in California.


"Go Cougs" is meant to cheer up the fans of the Washington State University whose official symbol is cougar. Never mind that the university is 150 km away


An interesting forest formation near Othello


This road also leads to Pasco (Tri Cities) and serves Othello residents because the US-395 is quite far from here


Othello is easily recognisable by its water tower which is the tallest building in the city. The speed limit drops from 105 km/h to 100 km/h and then to 80 km/h in Othello.


Some roadside services in Othello.


Petrol station in Royal City. Foreigners might be amused by the gigantic American flag at the ordinary petrol station, but it is a usual sight in this neck of the woods. In conservative parts of America (aka Jesusland), people are very proud of their country. The more middle of nowhere they live in, the more proud they are, hence the bigger flag


The secondary road on the right is often used as the hideout of the Washington State Patrol because they can easily observe the uphill traffic on this 2+1 road. They caught me here driving 115 km/h and gave me my third (and last) ticket in Washington back in May last year.


This lake is actually Columbia River widened by the dam downstream. This is almost the end of WA-26, and behind the corner you will see the I-90.






To take the I-90 West, we keep left.


These pictures were taken at the same place on our way back from Seattle. The time of the day was very good for photographing. The landscape reminds Wild West in Hollywood movies a bit.


Not a bad-looking bridge that carries I-90 over Columbia River.


The beginning of WA-26. We still have 240 km to go to get back home...


As I said, this road is very boring, and yet the majority of motorists drive at or below the speed limit due to very strict police enforcement. In Washington, all police agencies - state patrol, sheriff and local police - use WA-26 as a source of budget income, and I see at least one stopped car every time I drive on this road. Radar detectors, although legal in WA, will not help much because the traffic density is very low, so police will turn radar on when you are too close to slow down. Very often, state patrolmen drive in unmarked Chevy and Dodge, so you can only recognise them when the radar detector starts beeping 50 metres away. You are guaranteed to get a ticket if you are driving 10+ km/h over the limit.
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