This report details some notes from the 2007 New Year's weekend.
Came up to Vermont to spend New Year's with Meaghan. Amongst other events,
this was also my first trip on Amtrak...took the Crescent to NYC then another
train to Albany, NY.
On to the Vermont (and a few eastern NY) notes from the weekend:
- Though we didn't get off the Northway, we did notice the new roundabouts directly associated with the I-87/NY 67 interchange in Malta that Mr. Slater recently video-ed.
- Exit 17N onto US 9 to NY 197 appears to be a better way between I-87 and US 4 north of Glens Falls. Easier turns than those at Exit 20/NY 149, and in the summertime you're not dealing with Six Flags traffic either. This is also the path that NYSDOT signs as the way to Rutland from the northbound Northway.
- Some sort of 4 lane connection between I-87 and US 4 at the state line would be nice. 2003 ADT volumes are right at the start of the threshold suggesting a 4-lane need (around 10K), and I imagine this number spikes during weekends (summer vacation and winter skiing). Though northbound/eastbound traffic was fine between Fort Ann and Rutland, there were several southbound platoons south of Whitehall.
- The traffic signals along US 4/7 in Rutland appear to have signal pre-emption for emergency vehicles. Signal timing wasn't quite as bad as the last time Meaghan was in Rutland.
- Though most Vermonters (Meaghan included) would disagree with me, US 4 between Rutland and I-89 could stand to see some decent improvements. Shoulders and left turn lanes at an absolute minimum. It could also stand to be 4-laned at least from Rutland to VT 100 North...this stretch has over 10K AADT and although the climbing lanes are nice, I think both the through traffic and the left turning traffic are enough to justify a 4-lane divided or 5-lane undivided cross-section.
- The overhead guide signage entering I-89 from VT 62 was in a strange font...I'm not very good with highway sign fonts but it looked like a cross between Arial, Clearview, and FHWA Series D. The I-89 shields on the guide signs also had the state name.
- The distance signs along I-89 were occasionally in kilometers instead of miles. One example was a Waterbury 8KM/Burlington 50KM northbound west of Montpelier.
- Though the Burlington exits on I-89 have exit numbers on the gore signs, no exit numbers were posted on the guide/overhead signage.
- Some national maps suggest construction underway on extension of VT 289. There was *ZERO* indication of VT 289 construction along I-89 east of Burlington. None. Nada. Zilch.
- Goddam moose (to borrow a CCS line). Several "Moose" and "Moose Crossing" signs along I-89.
- For Montpelier-Rutland traffic, taking VT 107/VT 100 between I-89 and US 4 is both a lot shorter and a little faster than staying on I-89 and catching US 4 near White River Jct.
- US 7 is a 4-lane limited-access expressway (engineering definition, not "Northeast" definition) from where US 4 splits off towards Fair Haven southwardto the north edge of Wallingford. There were three traffic signals, at Middle Rd (just south of US 4), Shrewsbury Rd, and VT 103. This segment also had distance/guide signs that used the new FHWA practice of having the first/capital letter of control cities and street names in a larger font size than the rest of the control city/street name.
- South of Wallingford to Manchester, US 7 wasn't bad. Traffic volumes don't justify 4-laning...just one stretch that had narrow shoulders and maybe a couple left turn lanes is all that's needed.
- In Manchester just west of VT 7A, VT 30 still has a very old CT-style route shield (white rectangle) that still stands right next to a "Seth Warner Memorial Highway" granite marker.
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