Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Making Progress

Let's see if I can start getting caught up here.

Back in June, I made my annual trek to Smithville Lake for an SCA gathering. To do this required taking US 71 up to Kansas City...not that it's a bad thing ;)

The trip gave me an opportunity to check the progress of the US 71/I-49 upgrade. For those who haven't been following: US 71 from near Pineville, MO to the Three Trails Crossing (Grandview Triangle) is being upgraded to I-49. MoDOT has been working hard on upgrading &/or eliminating at grade crossings to prepare for this. Latest word it 49 may become official as soon as mid-December.

But to make all that happen, you also need ...signs (!). As I've mentioned before, MoDOT in the process of erecting signs for I-49. I posted back in March that milesposts were beginning to appear north of I-44 and a few exit signs.

By June, that had expanded to almost the entire length of Future I-49. The first sign heading north is for Pineville , followed by the first 49/71 overhead sign (though 49 is blanked out until it becomes official):

The first independent signage is just north of Route H, though again, 49 is missing until it becomes official.
I won't clutter the blog with tons of signs since you can to to Flickr for that. As I've noted previously, Exit 39 A-B-C is  MO FF, I-44 and MO 249.

Exits 46 A-B  will be MO 59 South and I-44

Exit 56 will be Routes V D north of Carthage

Exit 66 will be Routes H K near Jasper.

There is no exit sign yet, but judging by mileposts, Bus 71 at Nevada will be Exit 100.
(correction: it will be Exit 101)

Based on the milepostsI-435/I-470 at Three Trails Crossing will likely be Exit 183, though it's not posted as of yet.

There seems to be a little bit of confusion as to where I-49 will actually end. The END sign is just past Three Trails Crossing, but mileposts continue to Bannister Road
I guess we'll find out.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

RIP Scenic 412

After Oklahoma built the Cherokee Turnpike in the 1990's it was quickly co-signed as US 412. Old 412 (formerly OK 33) from near Kansas, OK to just east of Chouteau was renamed Scenic US 412 and sported brown and white signs. Most maps, though, labeled it as Alternate 412
Acting on a tip on the AARoads Forum I drove to Oklahoma yesterday to investigate the possibility that Scenic 412 had been decommissioned in favor of Alternate 412.

In a word, yes. All the Scenic 412 signs have been removed and replaced with Alternate 412. Or, more precisely, 412 ALT.
Exit signs, however. refer to it as Alternate 412
OK, so I'm being a little nit-picky over its official designation. Call it 412 Alt or Alternate 412, it's still the same road. ;)

In related news, 412 is receiving new gantry signs at the west end of the Cherokee Turnpike and at US 69. 

I wonder: since ODOT is upgrading exit signs (the Cherokee Turnpike has all new signs, as well) did they finally decide to remove the confusion between Scenic 412 and Alternate 412?