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Old August 9th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #941
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In the "Local color" department:

I was just out for a drive - Philadelphia, to Bel Air, Maryland, to York, Pennsylvania, and home. The last two times I was on US 30 east of Lancaster, I was stopped for construction (single-lane traffic with flag bearers to stop traffic) so this time I took Pa. 340 from US 30 to Pa. 10. 340 passes through the heart of Amish country, including the town of Intercourse. There were more Amish buggies than cars on the road. Even at 9:30 to 10 p.m. I didn't know the Amish used apparently-electric head- and taillights (and lots of flashing red and orange on the back and on the sides) - I just figured they didn't go out after dark....
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Old August 9th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #942
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In the "Local color" department:

I was just out for a drive - Philadelphia, to Bel Air, Maryland, to York, Pennsylvania, and home. The last two times I was on US 30 east of Lancaster, I was stopped for construction (single-lane traffic with flag bearers to stop traffic) so this time I took Pa. 340 from US 30 to Pa. 10. 340 passes through the heart of Amish country, including the town of Intercourse. There were more Amish buggies than cars on the road. Even at 9:30 to 10 p.m. I didn't know the Amish used apparently-electric head- and taillights (and lots of flashing red and orange on the back and on the sides) - I just figured they didn't go out after dark....
woot! electric lights on an amish buggy! :O

I knew they had reflectors on the corners, red in back and amber in front, but I didn't know they had genuine ELECTRIC lights!
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Old August 9th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #943
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There was a little flap between the Amish and the state, probably in the late 90s, over the reflector requirement. The Amish didn't want to use reflectors, saying it would violate their religious beliefs (which forbid "adornment"), the state said it was a safety matter. The state won, and they're all using reflectors now. Which is why I was very surprised to see electric lights. Even if the state started to require them to use lights as well as reflectors (because they'd need them to go out at night), that wouldn't make them all start going out at night if their habit was not to. There really were more buggies than cars out last night for several miles of that road.

Amish rules about electricity seem to be complicated. Apparently they're allowed to use them in their businesses but not at home. And I've seen Amish people using the touch screens at Sheetz and pulling up to a drive-in ATM....
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Old August 10th, 2010, 12:41 AM   #944
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There was a little flap between the Amish and the state, probably in the late 90s, over the reflector requirement. The Amish didn't want to use reflectors, saying it would violate their religious beliefs (which forbid "adornment"), the state said it was a safety matter. The state won, and they're all using reflectors now. Which is why I was very surprised to see electric lights. Even if the state started to require them to use lights as well as reflectors (because they'd need them to go out at night), that wouldn't make them all start going out at night if their habit was not to. There really were more buggies than cars out last night for several miles of that road.

Amish rules about electricity seem to be complicated. Apparently they're allowed to use them in their businesses but not at home. And I've seen Amish people using the touch screens at Sheetz and pulling up to a drive-in ATM....
I heard somewhere that it depends from which branch of Amish we talking about. Some allow use electricity as long it is not from main but from batteries or generators. Soemthing about not being dependent on the outside world.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 02:54 AM   #945
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I recall an incident about 10-20 years ago when a very conservative Amish guy scored points with a state DOT when, instead of adorning his all-black buggy with an orange 'slow vehicle' triangle placard, he put black Scotchlite™ tape all around the outlines of it. PITCH BLACK during the day, that tape lights up like the Sun when car headlights shine on it at night.

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Old August 10th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #946
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I recall an incident about 10-20 years ago when a very conservative Amish guy scored points with a state DOT when, instead of adorning his all-black buggy with an orange 'slow vehicle' triangle placard, he put black Scotchlite™ tape all around the outlines of it. PITCH BLACK during the day, that tape lights up like the Sun when car headlights shine on it at night.

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Some emergency vehicles have taken to using black reflective stripes. Most notably, the Ontario Provincial Police - they've got black cars with white roofs and front doors, and they've got black reflective stripes on the black sections and white stripes on the white doors, so in the day you only see the high-contrast paint job and the stripes are invisible, but at night you can see the stripes MUCH more clearly than the paint job.

...That coming from someone who's never been farther north than Maryland.


Regardless, retroreflective striping/tape is much better at being reflective than colored plastic prisms.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 12:37 PM   #947
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Amish country, including the town of Intercourse.
Wow! I wonder what is the sexual Amish policy... it seems pretty relaxed
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Old August 12th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #948
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Well, they're not known for being relaxed. Although they do have a year during their teens when they're allowed to live outside Amish rules, so that if they do indeed go back in they can be said to have chosen it.

"Intercourse" used to mean any sort of interaction.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercourse,_Pennsylvania
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Old August 18th, 2010, 11:49 AM   #949
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Thousand Islands Bridge between New York and Ontario turns 72 today.

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Thousand Islands Bridge between New York and Ontario turns 72 today.

Chris, you put this one in the wrong thread! The bridge in that image is entirely in Canada. There is another 'Thousand Islands Bridge' (a high arching suspension bridge) that crosses the Seaway (south channel of the Saint Lawrence River) a bit to the south, and that one is an interstate (I-81).

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Old August 18th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #951
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Chris, you put this one in the wrong thread! The bridge in that image is entirely in Canada. There is another 'Thousand Islands Bridge' (a high arching suspension bridge) that crosses the Seaway (south channel of the Saint Lawrence River) a bit to the south, and that one is an interstate (I-81).

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I took that back in 08' , on my way back to the US and theres a few points where I-81 is 1x2 with a double yellow.
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New Hood Canal Bridge (WA 104):

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Old August 28th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #954
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US 15 South near Frederick, Maryland.
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Entrance Ramp


Near 7th Street

Near Rosemont Avenue

Near West Patrick Street

Approaching the Jefferson Street exit where the highway splits between I-270 and US 15


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Old September 25th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #955
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Here's a Few Photos i took form the Train and on Foot

Form the Bergen County line

Garden State Parkway

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Route 17

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Broadway & Houston Street

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Thompson Bypass, Thompson, GA. This is part of Georgia's "Expensive, Crushingly Boring Four Lane Highways In The Middle Of Nowhere" program, the particular segment being GA 17 from Wrens to Toccoa. As you'll see, this bypass is unusual in that it crosses I-20 but has no interchange with it. I suppose they could do a split diamond there, but I drove past it yesterday on I-20 and there was no sign of such a thing.

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...38409&t=h&z=15
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US 45 (Oshkosh, WI area) tidbit

No links handy, but WisDOT held a PIM in Oshkosh, WI on Wednesday, 2010-10-06 on a proposal to upgrade the last section of US 45 between US 41 at Oshkosh and the US 10 Winchester Interchange to full freeway standards.

This covers the north-south part between County 'G' just north of WI 116 at Winneconne and the existing County 'II' interchange at Winchester and will include building three cross-road overpass bridges and a complete 'through' frontage road on each side. County 'G' is already bridged over the highway and this section was upgraded from two to four lanes in 2009.

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Construction is scheduled for the 2011-2012 timeframe (FAR SOONER than I was expecting!).

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Public hearing planned on Hwy 29 future freeway designation
Public hearing planned on the WIS 29 freeway designation and conversion study in Clark County
Email Address:
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PRESS RELEASE FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region in Eau Claire is announcing a public hearing as provided by law to consider the location, environmental and State Statute Section 84.295 (10) for future freeway designation and conversion aspects of the WIS 29 project between Bruce Mound Road and the east county line in Clark County.
The hearing is scheduled from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 in the cafeteria of the Owen-Withee High School, 832 W. 3rd Street, Owen, Wis.
The proposed action would designation WIS 29 as a freeway for approximately 23.2 miles from the Bruce Mound Avenue intersection near Thorp to the Clark County line near WIS 13 in Abbotsford. The conversion process would include the ultimate and future closure of 18 at-grade public roadways and 27 at-grade private access points.
A slideshow summarizing the project will be presented at 6 p.m. Exhibits of the proposal will also be on display. All interested persons are invited to attend the hearing and to present relevant oral and/or written testimony concerning the proposed project.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, or would like more information, contact Jeff Abboud at (715) 855-7661. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Jeff Abboud, WisDOT, 718 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701, postmarked no later than Oct. 26, 2010. Citizens who are hearing-impaired and who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Jeff Abboud at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).

Find this article at:
http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/104302414.html

courtesy of WisDOT
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My only concern on this one is that I would develop a 'through' frontage road along the north side of WI 29 between the stub end of the 'old' highway at Abbottsford and Curtiss. That part of WI 29 was the routing of the Yellowstone Trail http://www.yellowstonetrail.org and there is an active promotion of the YT between about Curtiss and the Eau Claire area. The Yellowstone Trail was an early 20th century 'auto trail' that was developed before state highway departments and route numbering and many of those who partake in it use antique vehicles that are not advised to be used on modern interstate-compatible highways. A through frontage road would satisfy that need and also provide access to those existing properties along the highway's north side.

I'll be firing off a communication to WisDOT on this.

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Just digging around the WisDOT site and thought I should post some links to some very informative and easy to understand plans for rebuilding the western half of the Madison Beltline (USH 12, 14, 18, and 151).

Rebuild of the Verona Road area

The Beltline itself (additional lanes, new ramp meters etc.)

Interchanges (including new overpasses and SPUI's etc.)
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