View Three Short Videos On Trains, Fire Trucks, And Georgina The Dog


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On this post, I have got three short video clips that I have uploaded to YouTube.  The first clip is two Norfolk Southern Locomotives with the Operation Lifesaver message on the side.  The second video is a fire truck wondering what to do at a traffic light that was out because of a power outage.  The last video is me playing with Georgina the dog and her peanut butter cookies, enjoy!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Alabama Needs To 6-Lane A Lot Of Interstates


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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, let’s talk about why more Interstates in Alabama need to be 6-laned. Right now, ALDOT has fallen further behind in keeping up with the massive traffic count growths on all of the freeways in this state. They are moving way too slow in upgrading freeways where traffic bunches up which causes delays and accidents. For example, a stretch of I-65 in Shelby and Chilton counties has already seen over 100 wrecks, and we are only halfway through 2015.

If I was planning highways in Alabama, all of I-65 between Birmingham and Montgomery would be 6-laned. The biggest reason, major traffic delays from people coming back from the beach. It’s not uncommon to see 90+ miles of traffic backups on the final day of a major holiday weekend on I-65. It’s not just I-65 though, ALDOT is moving way too slow on 6-laning I-20 from Birmingham to the Georgia state line. When is the Lincoln stretch going to be 6-laned, before another deadly accident happens?

How about I-20/59 heading towards Tuscaloosa, it’s begging for a 6-lane expansion! I-59 NE of Birmingham needs to be widened and now! And the stretches of I-20, I-59, and I-459 in Birmingham that are 4-lanes needs to be expanded, why has this not happened yet? I would also 6-lane all of I-85 in Alabama, and start in the Auburn and Opelika area. I-10 across Baldwin and Mobile counties should have been widened years ago. I-65 north of Birmingham towards Huntsville needs to be widened. Especially around the Cullman area. Who was that brilliant person who thought only two lanes going up Lacon Mountain was smart?

Not all Interstates need to be 6-laned in Alabama for now. I-59 NE of Gadsden has low traffic counts, as well as I-20/59 SW of Tuscaloosa. Also I-65 south of Montgomery and north of Mobile has not enough traffic counts for 6-laning, at least for now. But, if you look at this map below which I created. Stretches in blue have already been 6-laned or does not need to be 6-laned. The orange lines are stretches of Interstate in Alabama that needs to be 6-laned. You are looking at over 300 miles of Alabama Interstate that needs to be widened, and soon! Or in comparison, about all of I-65 in Alabama that needs an additional travel lane.

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So ALDOT, how long are you going to wait on that federal check to get the widening done? Or are you too busy spending billions on a freeway around Birmingham that could go to reliving traffic issues instead? Man ALDOT, you have some messed up priorities!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Videos Of The Autostrada Del Sole


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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I wanted to showcase more videos from the Italian Autostrada network, and this week let’s showcase the A1 or Autostrada Del Sole through the Tratto Appenninico.  The YouTube channel astey highways showcased this 1960’s built highway both ways!  And soon, this highway will be updated with a new modern 6-lane autostrada.

In both videos, you see construction of the new autostrada.  The construction project is called the Variante di Valico, and it will include a 8.6 km tunnel, other tunnels, and plenty of new modern viaducts.  The older autostrada will stay in service after the new road is opened, hopefully by the end of this year!  Enjoy both directions of this classic A1 autostrada, filled with plenty of traffic!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Five New And Awesome Road Drawings


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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am featuring five brand and spanking new road drawings!  Yep, all five of these road drawings feature something different.  The first drawing is a lane control setup coming to an end.  The second drawing features a freeway border inspection and checkpoint.  The third drawing features an unique intersection where the main road does not interact with the side road.  The fourth road drawing features crossing a railroad track and being at a freeway junction.  And the final road drawing features a freeway interchange on a curvy and mountain road.

I hope you enjoy my handy work.  And if you want to know how I draw these, just click on the road drawings tab up top!

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Roadscapes Wednesday: My New Handcrafted Roadscapes Signs


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On this Roadscapes, on a Thursday.  I am showing off my new road signs I designed to be used in future roadscapes videos.  All of the signs are blue, and all the signs are logo based, with hardly any words.  Because most of the world used logo based signage.  As you can see, it took me a few weeks to put this together!  Enjoy!