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Vulindlela
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Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:56 am

This weekend me and a friend drove up to D.C. from Georgia, on I-95. There are several stretches of highway where the mileage is marked every 1/5 of a mile, and even every 1/10 of a mile! For example, some signs say I-95, then the mile, then .2, .4, .6, etc... Why is this necessary? It got really annoying-we couldn't help looking at them the whole way. The only explanation we could think of was that the governors' cousin owns the sign company. Anybody know why?

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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:04 am

There are several areas around the country where this is happening. This is promarily for emergency services. It is a whole lot easier to locate a wreck when you can tell the 911 folks "mile marker 10.1, northbound I-95", rather than northbound I-95, somewhere between exit 10 & 12 (if you can even get that much.

Also to be used by the emergency folks themselves when calling in air ambulance. Again, alot easier and more accurate.
 
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:04 am

These come in handy if reporting emergencies along the road. You can say you are at milepost 172.3 (or whatever), and they will know exactly where you are, even if you haven't been paying attention to exit numbers, nearby towns, etc.
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:49 am

Ok-thanks. It seemed weird that it was only in certain places. I had never seen it in other states. Maybe just in high accident areas?

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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:55 am

In the Toledo, Ohio area; both I-75 & I-475 have similar style mileage markers.

I've also seen them on the New Jersey stretch of I-76 from I-295 to the the Walt Whitman Bridge approach; and in New York state along I-84 & I-684.

Edited to add:

I do believe in that I also saw these style markers along I-40 & I-24 when I last visited Nashville.

So it's not a just a Virginia thing, it might be a USDOT experiment that could lead to a modification to its MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) standards.

[Edited 2005-08-15 21:15:11]
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:05 am

I-95 is a death trap . . . . IMO the worst parts are between Baltimore and Richmond, through the DC area.

Quoting Bezoar (Reply 2):
These come in handy if reporting emergencies along the road.



Quoting Air2gxs (Reply 1):
Also to be used by the emergency folks themselves when calling in air ambulance. Again, alot easier and more accurate.

Exactly the reason . . . .

When I commuted between DC and CLT I'd see an accident every time, somewhere, between DC and RIC. It's also heavily patrolled by the Virginia State Police - excellent department by the by.
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:19 am

I heard those signs cost something like $100 each to install (at least here in TX). Somewhere between AZ and CA I noticed that they made up each mile marker with individual numbers and simly left off the bottom part if the number was less than 100. I'm assuming this is to save money. I've yet to see any highway with partial mile markers through, so that's a new one on me.
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:43 am

Quoting SATX (Reply 6):
I've yet to see any highway with partial mile markers through, so that's a new one on me.

Partial mileage markers have been around in some states for quite some time, although not every state uses them.

In Massachusetts, the partial mileage markers are actually marked in small (either grey or yellow) diamonds the list the 0.1 mile in black lettering. For a brief period during the late '80s, the then-DPW/now-MassHighway erected green-&-white mileage placards on many of its bridges and overpasses that listed to the (no joke here) .001 mile. Many of these can still be seen today.

I first stated seeing the more standard green MUTCD-style partial mileage markers while driving through Delaware in 1990.

The first Pennsylvania highway I saw partial mileage markers being used was along I-476 (the Blue Route) when it opened in late 1991.

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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:45 am

I just saw that either in Mich or PA, can't remember which. Well, I'm off to Delaware for the week so if it's PA I'll find out in about 2 hours!
 
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:52 am

Quoting N766UA (Reply 8):
I just saw that either in Mich or PA

While riding w/my father along I-75, I-94, & I-275 in MI, coming from DTW; I do remember seeing the more elaborate mileage markers (that include the route number) along the above-mentioned highways.

In PA, the only partial mileage markers (w/out route numbers) I've seen are along I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway), the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76, I-276 & I-476 sections) and the earlier-mentioned freeway section of I-476 (Blue Route). I don't believe that I-95 through PA has any partial mileage markers erected along it yet. The Northeast Philly section may get them once that construction project gets completed. I'm not sure whether PennDOT modified their sign specs. to include partial mileage markers yet.
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:54 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 9):
While riding w/my father along I-75, I-94, & I-275 in MI, coming from DTW; I do remember seeing the more elaborate mileage markers (that include the route number) along the above-mentioned highways.

We were on 75 last month so it musta been Michigan. I also love their smiley faces (or frowny faces) along the construction zones. I laughed for like 5 mins the first time I saw those.
 
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:58 am

Quoting N766UA (Reply 10):
I also love their smiley faces (or frowny faces) along the construction zones. I laughed for like 5 mins the first time I saw those.

At the time (either last November or December), we didn't go through any construction zones; so I didn't see the signs that you speak of. I would've definitely remembered something like that.
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:05 am

Keep an eyes out next time! As you get closer and closer to the end of construction the faces become happier and happier!  silly 
 
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:17 am

Quoting N766UA (Reply 12):
Keep an eyes out next time! As you get closer and closer to the end of construction the faces become happier and happier!

Faces on the signs or of the workers?  silly 

Unfortunately, since my father moved from Toledo to Nashville earlier this year, I don't see myself heading out to Michigan anytime soon.
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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Tue Aug 16, 2005 10:58 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 5):
Exactly the reason . . . .

When I commuted between DC and CLT I'd see an accident every time, somewhere, between DC and RIC. It's also heavily patrolled by the Virginia State Police - excellent department by the by.

DC get some of the worst traffic jams in the country becuase of wrecks and it happens everyday during rush hour. I commute from Virginia Beach to Arlington, VA just about every Friday nights and probably see at least one or two speed traps from Richmond to DC, but just passing Quantico, VA, I'll see maybe 3 or 4 state troopers on the road. I always go 75-8 mph on the drive and luckily only got pulled over once and got a warning for going 80mph on a 65 mph.

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RE: Mileage Signs In Virginia?

Wed Aug 17, 2005 12:08 am

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 14):
I always go 75-80 mph on the drive and luckily only got pulled over once and got a warning for going 80mph on a 65 mph

Yuppo, the rest of the traffic is moving as fast or faster and asshole to elbow . . . no room to maneuver if there's an accident in front of you.

You're right just past Quantico - where there is a wide median full of trees - those Troopers hide back in there prtty effectively. Again just north of Richmond . . .

When I did that commute to CLT, I was happy to hit I-85(S) out of RIC at Petersburg . . . rarely any enforcement there. Roll right along.  biggrin 
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