Roadscapes Wednesday: Several Quintard Avenue Traffic Lights Are Still Malfunctioning


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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I wanted to update the progress on the Quintard Avenue paving project, and the screwed up traffic signals.  Because they had to install ramps on the sidewalks and tear up the traffic light loops months before the repaving was done.  The repaving is finished!  And the permanent paint lines are going down.

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It looks like all of the traffic light loops were re-installed.

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BUT, all the lights are still not acting right!  For example, this light at 22nd Street is still malfunctioning.

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And the light at 17th Street is still malfunctioning.

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And the left turn signals at 18th Street, 12th Street, and 10th Street are still malfunctioning.

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So Anniston, when are you going to go to the boxes that controls the traffic lights and correct these problems?  Drivers have grown tired for almost a year now with mistimed traffic lights!  The lights are on a state highway, but I believe the city of Anniston maintains the traffic lights.  I mean, it’s not just the traffic signal loops being broken, there are several nearly burned out ped signals that needs to be fixed too!

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And sadly, some of the ped signals have been burned out for months, or even years!

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Come on Anniston, this is showing people that Anniston is some kind of run down city.  For the busiest road in Anniston and Calhoun County, this needs to be fixed ASAP!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Nathan’s Ultimate Go-Kart Track Design


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday, I present a birthday week special!  I drew four different road drawings and put them together in a design of what my ultimate go-kart track would be!  Everything from many curves, straightaways, tunnels, bridges, and more would be included!  Here are the four separate go-kart design drawings.

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And here are all four drawings put together into one!  Man, I would love to drive on something like this below, how about you?

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Roadscapes Wednesday: Google Doodle Honor’s The First Traffic Light


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This was some great timing for this Roadscapes Wednesday!  Today, Google has a new Google Doodle out celebrating the 101st anniversary of the first electric traffic signal system.  The doodle has cars with the letters of “Google” racing on a green light but screeching to a halt with a red light!

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In case you were wondering, the first electric traffic light was developed in 1912 by Lester Wire, a policeman in Salt Lake City, Utah, who also used red-green lights. On August 5th, 1914, the American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.  The new traffic lights offered police officers some rest because they had to do the job of directing cars and horse-drawn wagons in the middle of crowded streets.

Before the electric traffic signal came along, the United Kingdom tried gas-lit traffic signals, but they often proved ineffective, especially since they were known to spontaneously explode.  But where is the yellow light in the doodle above?  Doodle illustrator Nate Swinehart did not include the yellow light because the yellow or amber light did not come along until after 1920.  In that year, bells were added to traffic light systems to alert motorists when the lights were about to change, they were later placed with the amber light now seen on all traffic light systems today.

The doodle clearly shows the jerky and chaotic traffic flow of a century past, a feature intentionally added by the illustrator.  I love it!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Six Spanking New Road Drawings


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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am featuring six new road drawings!  The road drawings range from an interesting interchange, lane controls for a tunnel, center lanes and passing zones, highway at an interchange, one interesting traffic light intersection, and a partial interchange.

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: YouTuber Eluko79 Is Back


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One of the best time-lapse road video makers on YouTube is eluko79.  It has been over two years since this channel put out its last road video.  Now the channel is back with a new video highlighting the Blatnik and Aerial Lift Bridges in Duluth, MN.  What a great way to come back, enjoy!