Oh, Ky, Tn, Ms, Ark, La Roadtrip (Columbus to Baton Rouge)

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Magyar

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Jan 15, 2005, 3:36:28 AM1/15/05
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I did a decent job of dodging raindrops while returning to Baton Rouge from
Columbus (had a downpour near Cincy and again near Nashville, otherwise dry)

Route back was as follows:

Various Delaware County roads and US 36 to I-71 S to I-670 W to Oh 315 S to
I-71 S to Oh 126 (Cross-County Hwy) W to I-75 S to US 60 W to Ky 6 CCW
around Lexington to US 60 W to Blue Grass Pkwy W to I-65 S to I-40 W (stayed
a night in Jackson, Tn) to US 412 W to US 79 S to Tn 76 S to I-40 W to Sam
Cooper Blvd W to E. Parkway S to Union Ave W to I-240 S to I-55 S to Ms 304
W to US 61 S to Ms 4 E to Ms 3 N, turned around in Pritchard and follow Ms 3
& 4 back to US 61 S (stayed a night in Clarksdale) More US 61 S to US 82 W
to US 65 S to US 84 E to US 61 S to I-110 S to I-10 E to Dalrymple Dr. W on
into the LSU Campus.

Notes:
Traveling I-75 S through Cincinnati for the first time that a bunch of the
BGSes for the Exit 1 series had LED cutouts at the top, right below the exit
number tab. What were these for? (sorry no photos)

How did Lexington get green tenth mile markers while Bowling Green,
Louisville, and Cincinnati get blue tenth mile markers?
New Circle Rd/US 60 east interchange is a SPUI (feel free to tell this is
old news Sherman)
What is with the two billboards that say New York and West Virginia,
respectively, are the home for horse racing along New Circle Rd?
Cheapest gas I saw the entire trip was $1.58 at a Flying J on US 31 near
Franklin, Tn (and I-65).

How soon till TnDOT decides to complete the flyover ramp for I-40 WB to
continue....WB at I-240 on the far westside of Memphis?
There are still "blank" BGSes along Sam Cooper with Control cities of Little
Rock & Nashville (waiting for I-40 shields that will never come)
Sam Cooper Blvd has been extended as a surface blvd from it's previous end
at Broad Ave to the eastern border of Overton Park and East Parkway.

What were the plans again for 4 laneing MS 304 east from the Robinsonville
Casinos? (That big swath of graded dirt for a future highway (to I-69
whenever that is completed?) is now covered with grass and almost looks
compatible to the "Goat Path" east of Lancaster, Pa)
What is with the Modified Wye/Traffic circle at the intersection of Ms 4 & 3
west of Savage
Clarksdale is starting to look respectable. All the traffic lights work
(wasn't the case when I visited in 1998 & 2003). There appears to be more
buildings refurbished now from my last visit as well.
I wish there was another entry point into Clarksdale from the "new" US 61/49
bypass between Ms 6 and US 49.
Picked a I-69 info pack at the Clarksdale Tourist & Convention Bureau.
Still no US 278 signs in Mississippi (at least along US 61 & US 82)
Made the mistake of taking a detour through Shaw to trace old US 61. I
don't think anyone has repaved the roads in Shaw since segregation was
deemed illegal.
Work is progressing on the new US 82 bridge over the Mississippi River. The
two channel supports are up to where the roadbed would lay across. The new
road will be higher up than the top of the existing bridge's structure!
I had complained back in October (or November) about construction along US
61 between Vicksburg and the Ms/La state line. Well construction is
completed between Natchez and Woodsville, and the segment from Woodsville
to the State line looks to be in the finishing stages as well.
Within the next two years there will be only a 10 mile segment from St.
Francisville to the Angola Prison turnoff (La 66) that will not be
twined/multilaned along US 61 from New Orleans to Memphis.

I'll hang up now and listen to your replies.

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Sandor Gulyas
Graduate Student - Louisiana St. University
Dept. of Geography & Anthropology

"But when them bright lights go down
Big city ain't my town
Oh' I just want to go home"
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Froggie

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Jan 15, 2005, 9:20:27 AM1/15/05
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> What were the plans again for 4 laneing MS 304 east from the Robinsonville
> Casinos? (That big swath of graded dirt for a future highway (to I-69 whenever
> that is completed?) is now covered with grass and almost looks compatible to
> the "Goat Path" east of Lancaster, Pa)

Waiting for a paving contract. It's advertised for letting next month, with an
anticipated completion date in late 2006.

> Work is progressing on the new US 82 bridge over the Mississippi River. The
> two channel supports are up to where the roadbed would lay across. The new
> road will be higher up than the top of the existing bridge's structure!

The Mississippi approach to the new Greenville bridge will also be let next
month, anticipated completion spring 2008.

> Within the next two years there will be only a 10 mile segment from St.
> Francisville to the Angola Prison turnoff (La 66) that will not be
> twined/multilaned along US 61 from New Orleans to Memphis.

A lot more than that. US 61 between Redwood, MS and US 82 near Leland, MS is
still 2 lanes, and will remain 2 lanes for awhile.

Froggie | Virginia Beach, VA | http://www.ajfroggie.com/roads/


Sherman Cahal

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Jan 15, 2005, 11:35:56 AM1/15/05
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Magyar wrote:
> How did Lexington get green tenth mile markers while Bowling Green,
> Louisville, and Cincinnati get blue tenth mile markers?
> New Circle Rd/US 60 east interchange is a SPUI (feel free to tell
this is
> old news Sherman)

Detailed here:
http://www.ohiovalleytransit.com/travelguides/ky/ky4/ky4.php3#WinchesterRoadInterchange

> What is with the two billboards that say New York and West Virginia,
> respectively, are the home for horse racing along New Circle Rd?

The billboards are by a large group of horse owners in the Lexington
vicinty that are complaining because they are paying tax on the items
they buy for their horses. The horse owners in New York and West
Virginia, for example, do not pay taxes for their horses, hence the
billboards. Lexington's slogan is "The horse capital of the world" and
the billboards read "New York, horse capital of the world."
> Sandor Gulyas

Magyar

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Jan 15, 2005, 12:58:25 PM1/15/05
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"Froggie" <fro...@mississippi.net> wrote in message
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>> Within the next two years there will be only a 10 mile segment from St.
>> Francisville to the Angola Prison turnoff (La 66) that will not be
>> twined/multilaned along US 61 from New Orleans to Memphis.
>
> A lot more than that. US 61 between Redwood, MS and US 82 near Leland, MS
> is still 2 lanes, and will remain 2 lanes for awhile.

I realized I forgot about that when I woke up this morning.
Duh!

> Froggie | Virginia Beach, VA | http://www.ajfroggie.com/roads/

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Eric Opperman

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Jan 16, 2005, 4:48:41 PM1/16/05
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Magyar wrote:
> How soon till TnDOT decides to complete the flyover ramp for I-40 WB to
> continue....WB at I-240 on the far westside of Memphis?

IIRC this summer or fall.

H.B. Elkins

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Jan 17, 2005, 12:46:18 AM1/17/05
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On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 02:36:28 -0600, Magyar wrote:

>How did Lexington get green tenth mile markers while Bowling Green,
>Louisville, and Cincinnati get blue tenth mile markers?

Lexington's green markers were installed several years ago. On I-64 east,
however, they were replaced
with blue markers when that road was widened to three lanes.

>New Circle Rd/US 60 east interchange is a SPUI (feel free to tell this is
>old news Sherman)

If you came all the way to Winchester Road and then in, you went well out of the
way. Closest route
would have been to Exit at KY 922 and go around, or cut off I-75 at Georgetown
and take US 62 to
Versailles.

>What is with the two billboards that say New York and West Virginia,
>respectively, are the home for horse racing along New Circle Rd?

I haven't seen them, but I read about them in the Lexington paper. It's a horse
industry lobbying
group's efforts to get tax breaks from Kentucky state government.

>Cheapest gas I saw the entire trip was $1.58 at a Flying J on US 31 near
>Franklin, Tn (and I-65).

Do you mean Franklin, Ky?


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Magyar

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Jan 17, 2005, 10:28:39 AM1/17/05
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"H.B. Elkins" <hbel...@mis.net.restrictorplate> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 02:36:28 -0600, Magyar wrote:
>
>>New Circle Rd/US 60 east interchange is a SPUI (feel free to tell this is
>>old news Sherman)
>
> If you came all the way to Winchester Road and then in, you went well out
> of the
> way. Closest route
> would have been to Exit at KY 922 and go around, or cut off I-75 at
> Georgetown
> and take US 62 to
> Versailles.

Well yeah. But I've been there and done that, so I wanted to do something
different
(and I get to cover 5 more miles of I-75 and and a couple for US 60 as well)

>>Cheapest gas I saw the entire trip was $1.58 at a Flying J on US 31 near
>>Franklin, Tn (and I-65).
>
> Do you mean Franklin, Ky?

Yes, I meant the Kentucky version.

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