Monday, July 02, 2018

Oops! I did it again.

Late in 2017, ARDOT rebuilt the I-49/ US 71B/AR 112 interchanges at Fayetteville.  Two separate exits that were too closely spaced were rebuilt as a multi-level, multi-ramp complex with multiple exit and enter ramps. What had been two exits was now one exit that split into two

The exit is posted EXIT 67A/ 67B.  67A veers left and follows AR 112, while  67B veers right to US 71B. At a glance, this would almost seem to be backwards since you eventually go left for 71B and right for 112.

In January, I asked ARDOT if maybe the exit could use supplementary signage showing which ramp is 112 and which is 71B, so drivers wouldn't be confused?
Answer: The engineers don't think it's needed. (Well, of course, professional engineers know better than some amateur Road Enthusiast.)

Forward to April when I'm again in Fayetteville and driving by Exit 67 A/B.

ARDOT decided they DID need route signs at the exit (they have since been moved to the top of the exit sign). Nice to see someone listened (though they will probably never admit I had a good idea.)

UPDATE September 2018

ARDOT is now adding pavement shields pointing to I-49,  AR 112 and US 71B, plus additional arrows. So tell me again how motorists won't be confused? 
At the very least, I think they owe me a surplus AHTD hat, don't you think?

Friday, June 29, 2018

With Friends Like These

With friends like these, who needs enemies? It used to be if someone disagreed with me, they would simply "agree to disagree", but that is sadly no longer the case. Now I am bad/evil/burning in Hell if I refuse to follow in lockstep behind a certain orange Narcissist.
Several people in the road enthusiast community have now told me my opinions are wrong/unwelcome and I am "unworthy" of their respect. Funny, there was never a problem before the last election, yet now they have found God and their "God" tells them to hate me.

I've noticed the same behavior in the once-tolerant & welcoming SCA, often someone hiding behind  "rank" or "authority" to tell me I'm not welcome.

Well, I don't need their "acceptance" to explore the roads. I'll simply have more time to do it.

Speaking of roads, two weeks ago, I spent the weekend crisscrossing Oklahoma and Texas in pursuit of the old Ozark Trail. I documented 4 different markers and have plans to locate 2 more.
This one is in Wellington, Texas

Tulia, Texas

Tampico, Texas

Dimmit, Texas

So, yeah, I don't need you to chase roads. I do quite nicely on my own, thankyouverymuch. You can take your "holier than thou" attitude and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

Thank you, and have a nice day.  :)

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

90 Days

A judge has given a group trying to save the old Clarendon Bridge  90 days to figure out how to save it from destruction. A new bridge was open in 2016 (without much fanfare, apparently), so ARDOT wants to tears down the old bridge. 

I guess no one cares about history? Does everything that's over 50 years old have to be torn down? I am hopeful, yet fearful for this old bridge. ARDOT likes to spend money, then claim there's no does that work? Never enough money to maintain what you have, but plenty of money to build new. 

UPDATE August 2018
Everything appears to be on hold.  ARDOT is in a hurry to tear down the bridge, but there appear to still be some negotiations trying to turn it into a pedestrian bridge.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Another One Gone

ARDOT in their infinite wisdom (?) has decided to replace the Lee Creek bridge on AR 59 near Natural Dam. Why? Because it's old. Built in 1934, this road was originally part of Hwy 45, but became Temporary US 59 from 1934 to 1936 before become Arkansas Hwy 59. Long story, ask me later.

So, ARDOT has built a new bridge and is in the process of dismantling the old one. It was going to be donated to the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, but they back out of the deal. Could it have been preserved in place as a pedestrian bridge? Yes, but ARDOT didn't want to be responsible / liable if someone fell off the bridge or otherwise had a problem. So, they are demolishing it.

By my calculations, this was one of the oldest bridges on Arkansas highway that was still in service. 

I'm disappointed, I'm sad, I'm angry but I can't do anything about it. It'a another ARDOT "pet project" to waste money on.