Baton Rouge to Pikeville to Columbus

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Dennis S Gulyas

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May 23, 2005, 11:55:05 AM5/23/05
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I guess I won the award for longest commute to Pikeville, 870 miles from
Baton Rouge. So the first 2/3s of my trip was fairly blasse:
Nicholson Dr N. to North Blvd E to some side N to Florida Blvd. E to Baton
Rouge PO, continue on Florida Blvd east to I-110 S to I-10 E to I-12 E to
I-59 N to I-20/59 NE to I-59 N to I-24 E to I-75 N, stayover in Sweetwater,
Tn, I-75 N to I-40 E to I-81 N to I-181/US 23 N to US 23 N to Pikeville.

For a Friday morning, I-12 was fairly quiet from Walker to Hammond then
traffic picked up again around the north shore of Pontchatrain.
I don't know which end of I-59 less traffic, between Hattiesburg and Slidel
(discussed several times on MTR in the last 12 months) or between Gadsdon
and I-24
I was surprised by how many turns there were along I-24 through
Chattanougha.
The blue tenth mile markers for I-40/75 only list I-40.
Interesting that I-40/75 is 10 lanes wide on the western outskirts of
Knoxville, but I-40 is 4 lanes wide closest to downtown Knoxville.
Granted it was early on a Saturday morning, but I was surprised by how quiet
I-81 was in Eastern Tennessee.
US 23 in Virginia is a fun drive!
Saw someone washing down US 23/119 (of dirt it appeared) on one of the
mountains south of Pikeville.

Others have mentioned the actual meet and 119 tour. Several of the rock
cuts along the way are very, very impressive.

From Pikeville to my parents house....
US 23 N, detour around the Grant bridge construction in Portsmouth, US 23 N
to I-270 CW to I-71 N to 315 N to I-270 CW to I-71 N to US 36 E to various
Delaware County roads to my parents house.

I was surprised to be able to see the rock cuts for US 52 (I-73/74
supposedly) bypass around Pritchard from US 23.
I didn't realize that Ashland was 40 miles south of Portsmouth. I thought
they would be closer.
ODOT has designated Oh 348/Oh 104 as Alt US 23 around Portsmouth (besides
the Grant Bridge rebuild, US 23 is being repaved on the northside of
Portsmouth.
I could of swore that US 23/Oh 104 intersection south of Waverly was in the
middle of farmland when I was through there last in October, 2002. Is my
memory playing tricks on me? Has it been "built up" since before 2002?
ODOT has also taken out the half cloverleaf between US 23 and US 22/Oh 56 in
Circleville.
Since Brian asked about it, I-70 west and Oh 315 NB (the through lanes) are
exits 106 A-B from I-71.
Meanwhile, Oh 315 is being resurfaced between I-670 and Lane Ave.

That is all from up here.

Sandor G (posting from Middle of Nowhere, Oh)

Sherman L. Cahal

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May 23, 2005, 12:16:01 PM5/23/05
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Dennis S Gulyas wrote:

> ODOT has designated Oh 348/Oh 104 as Alt US 23 around Portsmouth
(besides
> the Grant Bridge rebuild, US 23 is being repaved on the northside of
> Portsmouth.

It is part of a rebuild project. Before the rebuild, you had four
10-foot lanes and a pavement surface that was one of the worst in the
state. It is being widened to two 12-foot lanes and two 11-foot lanes
with new sidewalks.

> I could of swore that US 23/Oh 104 intersection south of Waverly was
in the
> middle of farmland when I was through there last in October, 2002.
Is my
> memory playing tricks on me? Has it been "built up" since before
2002?
> ODOT has also taken out the half cloverleaf between US 23 and US
22/Oh 56 in
> Circleville.

Are you referring to where the Wal-Mart and the furniture maker is? The
Wal-Mart went in only a few years ago.

fro...@mississippi.net

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May 24, 2005, 4:25:13 AM5/24/05
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> Dennis S Gulyas wrote:
>
> I don't know which end of I-59 less traffic, between Hattiesburg and
Slidel
> (discussed several times on MTR in the last 12 months) or between
Gadsdon
> and I-24

Believe it or not, I-59 between the Pearl River and Hattiesburg never
drops below 12,000 AADT, per MDOT 2004 traffic counts, and that's the
short segment between MS 53 and MS 26. The overall
Picayune-Hattiesburg segment averages about 16K.

IIRC, I-59 at the AL/GA line has somewhere in the 11-12K range, but
that's not the least-used segment. That belongs to part of the route
between Laurel and Meridian...in eastern Jasper and northwestern Clarke
Counties, where I-59's AADT is 10K.

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Dennis S Gulyas

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May 25, 2005, 1:45:03 PM5/25/05
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"Sherman L. Cahal" <she...@cahaltech.com> wrote in message
news:1116864961.8...@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...

If you're talking about Waverly, yes. (If Circleville, then no).

Sandor G


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