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@ Jasper
Apparently, you did not notice that in Richmond all I-95 bridges are being replaced. Once you're trough Richmond and on your way to Petersburg, you'll find beautifully new asphalt. I-295 is fantastic for most of the way.

I sure did notice the 500+ million dollar bridge replacement program. I also noticed 3 years prior when the 95 overpasses over Boulevard and Robin Hood were jacked up with hydrolic lifts and then had steel I beams placed under then to keep them from collapsing. While they are tearing up that corridor they should have added a 4th lane in each direction to the 95/64 combo area, and gotten rid of that terrible K shaped intersection with 64 east merging onto 95 and Boulevard traffic exiting. Who ever striped that area should be fired, why 'drop' the merging 64 traffic for 10 feet then create an exit for Boulevard, wouldn't a "Right Lane Exit Only" sign be easier to understand? Let alone that terrible idea where the left lane of 64 and the right of 95 just become one lane with zero actual side by side area to merge properly. The awful pavement started at the Hanover/Caroline line, and continued all the way to at least the Franklin Street Exit, save a small repaved area near Dumbarton Rd overpass and again at Broad Street.

I went to gradschool at VCU and had to leave the area as I was so embarrassed by how terrible the roads are. No streetlights, no shoulder sweeping, they use a narrower further spaced post for guardrails, the only just recently repaved 295 and 64 that were for years asphalt patched concrete highways. I could come up with $1 billion in maintenance, and minor safety upgrades that add no additional capacity short of extending/changing entrance and exit ramp configurations needed just to the north side of Richmond alone up to snuff with the 21st century.

I think the plan that just passed is a drop in the bucket at addressing the transportation maintenance issues in VA, and am amazed that people are more worried about a few extra cents per gallon to the cost of their gas over having a transportation system that is well maintained and something to be proud of.

by Gull on Feb 25, 2013 1:23 pm • linkreport

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