[Talk-us] Schizophrenic highway

Kristian M Zoerhoff kmz at lavabit.com
Sat Sep 15 02:08:41 BST 2012


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On 2012-09-14 18:02, Charlotte Wolter wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> I'm working on US 50 near Trenton, Ill. Here's the location: 
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/edit?lat=38.61248&lon=-89.68529&zoom=16
>
> 
It looks like, at one point there were plans to turn this into a
> motorway. In two spots in a 25-mile stretch, intersections have
> been turned into cloverleafs and the highway divided. In other
> locations, roads that used to intersect US 50 have been turned into
> overpasses. There are even a couple of bridges for a second lane
> but no evidence of any construction work actually to build that
> lane. The vast majority of the highway is still two-lane blacktop. 
> So how does one tag this, as a primary road that just has a couple
> of cloverleafs?

A similar situation with US 20 in Freeport, IL is tagged trunk, and
I'd go with that here as well, though primary is not an incorrect
choice. IDOT has been building these staged bypasses for years now;
they start out 2 lanes, but with 4 lanes' worth of ROW reserved for
future construction of an at-grade expressway (and overpasses sized to
match, as you noted).

Motorway would be an incorrect choice, in my opinion.


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