Category Archives: transportation

Ugly two-digit Interstate Highway segments and thoughts on how to improve them

The following list identifies some segments of two-digit Interstate Highways where the aesthetics along the freeway are far less than pleasing. The list represents segments where there is little to impress a traveler and may in fact repel them from … Continue reading

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Working list of continuous flow/displaced left-turn intersections in the USA

Also known as a displaced left-turn intersection, these intersections are meant to improve traffic flow, especially for intersections with busy left turns. That being said, continuous flow seems to be a misnomer, as in most, if not all of the … Continue reading

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Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in the USA

A working list of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) is listed in alphabetical order by full state name under each calendar year. The first DDI in the United States opened in 2009. This style of interchange design cuts down the number … Continue reading

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Restoring the AT&SF’s mighty 2926 Steam Locomotive

We had the privilege this weekend to visit the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society’s workshop near Old Town Albuquerque, to tour the ongoing restoration efforts on the immense 1944 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Steam Locomotive … Continue reading

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American and Canadian Cities with the Most Roundabouts – UPDATED

Guest post by Dan T. – Thank you, Dan! [Note: To most people, the terms traffic circle, rotary, and roundabout are synonyms, but not to traffic engineers. Engineers usetraffic circle as a generic term for all circular intersections, while rotaries … Continue reading

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15.3 million footsteps from Istanbul to Xian!

Over the course of four years (1999-2002), author and retired journalist Bernard Ollivier trekked the ancient Silk Road on foot from Istanbul, Turkey to Xian, China. He accomplished this monumental 7,500 mile (12,000 km) feat by overcoming aches, pains, illnesses, … Continue reading

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Creating LA’s starlit aura – “The Mirage Factory”

What an outstanding book! Perhaps, my favorite the best city biography ever read. Author Gary Krist simply nails it with The Mirage Factory. It’s entertaining, enthralling, infuriating, and thoroughly engaging to read. You will definitely learn some amazing and eye-opening … Continue reading

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Cities Named for Obstacles to River Navigation

Guest post by Dan T. – Thank you, Dan! North America is a land of many rivers. Rivers which served the earlyEuropean explorers, traders, and settlers as highways, just as they hadfor the indigenous people. However, moving along those highways … Continue reading

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Geographical distribution of motor vehicle model names

Back in the day, its seemed many motor vehicles with geographical model names tended to be of places east of the Mississippi, wealthy places, or of European locales. But, today, the largest number of referenced places and geography model names … Continue reading

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North America’s deepest lakes and reservoirs

The following list identifies the deepest natural and human-made lakes on the North American continent. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions for this list are most welcome. Great Slave Lake, NWT = 2,010 feet 2. Crater Lake, OR = 1,949 feet … Continue reading

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