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RE: Port Townsend WA to I5 Tacoma

You can examine the whole route on Google streetview. WSDOT also has many webcams along the route, but no traffic maps until you get close to Tacoma. I suspect WA3 from the Hood Canal bridge to Poulsbo will feel heaviest, especially in the morning, since it is 2 lane. South of there it is mostly divided highway. Rush hour traffic into Tacoma is bound to be heavy, though I haven't experienced it myself. 101 to Olympia is a long way around, with a long stretch of waterfront driving (scenic, but curvy). And then there's the I5 drive back to Tacoma.
paulj 08/03/21 07:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

colorado Dot and its contractors know how to use front loaders and dump trucks to clear landslides and rock falls. Colorado dot flickr album https://youtu.be/vEUhZts__Gg Other videos show the extend of the damage. It's clear to me that the so-called "stockpiling" photo shows a front loader clearing a lane through the thinnest part of the slide. Videos report 100 people being stranded. So minimal emergency passage was more important than some sort of systematic clearance. With ongoing heavy rain predicted (through tonight), the tractor driver was actually putting himself in some danger.
paulj 08/03/21 12:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

No wonder it’s going to be closed indefinitely… one loader stockpiling material instead of loading it in trucks and removing. ... I believe that's called a front-loader, not an excavator. It can't just swing around and dump the rocks into a waiting truck behind it. But then I've never worked in construction ...
paulj 08/03/21 09:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Highway 66 in Oregon

If headed north you might want to take OR62 and go around the north side of Crater Lake (or though the park from the south).
paulj 07/07/21 04:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Highway 66 in Oregon

66 and Dead Indian to the north have some serious twisties. 140 will be longer, but probably more fun with a RV. Klamath Falls is nearly as high as the Cascade Crest. You can examine these routes in detail on Google Maps.
paulj 07/07/21 02:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Canyon to Yellowstone

Most of the roads in/through Yellowstone will be closed by snow, with W. Yellowstone being the main access point for winter sports.
paulj 06/29/21 06:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

... We have bike trails near our house. Many drivers stop for an approaching bike on the trail. Bikes are not pedestrians. If a driver stops for a bike on a 4 lane road while drivers in the other lane fly by, that causes confusion for everybody. ... JK Multilane trail crossings are a bad idea. A trail that I use regularly has a couple like that, though fortunately the cross traffic isn't too heavy. But they are gradually being converted to single lane crossings, with islands or peninsulas, and warning lights. Busy crossing should have full stop lights, or better be grade separated. Few 'bike' trails are exclusively for bikes. Pedestrians, including parents with kids, strollers, and dogs are as common as bikes.
paulj 06/22/21 10:16am Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

I also don't like that they are very unsafe for pedestrians. People are looking for cars in the circle and not for pedestrians crossing the legs... The WSDOT design guide that I linked on the first page discusses pedestrian and bicycle design issues - where to put the cross walks, how to mark them, etc. It says that crossings on entry legs should should be acar length away from the entrance. That way the pedestrian can cross behind the driver that's focused on cars in the circle. That reminds me of a T intersection I frequently cross as pedestrian. Right turning drivers tend to focus on traffic from their left, and might not see a pedestrian (or bike) coming from their right). A well designed roundabout shouldn't be any worse than a 4 way stop or lights for pedestrians.
paulj 06/21/21 10:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

In the UK, even the canals have roundabouts :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Turn_Junction
paulj 06/17/21 08:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: 93 North out of Vegas

The Google Maps images are bit out of date, but it appears that they've implemented half a diverging diamond interchange. US93 traffic appears to run on opposite sides under the freeway, and then make a switch on the north side. Normally in a diverging diamond that crossing would be controlled by a light. Either that light is still to come, or they think traffic isn't heavy enough to warrant one. I-515 @ Horizon Drive is a full diverging diamond in LV area.
paulj 06/17/21 01:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

It's ok to ride up on the center apron if needed. In WA state the texture is different, but they are designed to accommodate trucks. https://wsdot.wa.gov/publications/manuals/fulltext/M22-01/1320.pdf https://wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/roundabouts/benefits.htm
paulj 06/17/21 12:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: 16% Road incline!

California has a number of state highways that are restricted by length, either total length or 'kingpin' length. It's curvature that's the issue, though curves usually go along with grades. In fact the worst grades are on the inside of sharp curves. I'm thinking in particular of Sonora Pass (108). I know of some city street intersections like that in the Seattle area. Many of those California roads were originally wagon tracks, and due to terrain and usage have not seen much change in route or grade. CA162 (Lone Pine) follows a dry (usually) steam bed, crisscrossing it without bridges or culverts, and minimum of cut and fill. RV posters often worry about switch backs. But as one who grew up in the mountains, a true switchback is one where a pickup has to execute a 3 point (or more) turn, the equivalent of turning around in the middle of a city street. The only paved route that I've encountered like that is in Yoho Nat Park (BC). One pair of curves is signed, telling vehicles longer than 7 meters (21 ft) to back up the middle leg.
paulj 06/15/21 10:00am Roads and Routes
RE: 16% Road incline!

High Bar road descending into the Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, has 23% grade sign at the top. https://xpedbc.com/2017/08/27/time-travel-in-the-cariboo/ Half way down I stopped for a breather. The front wheels (on my suv) were too hot to touch. The Hill to Bella Coola is only 10-11%, but longer. I've seen a pickup camper with a brake fire at the bottom. Rennell Sound road on Haida Gwaii has 24% grade at the bottom http://britishcolumbia.com/plan-your-trip/regions-and-towns/northern-bc-and-haida-gwaii/rennell-sound/ Long Canyon in Utah (near Dead Horse State Park, Moad) is a good for testing your brakes or low-range. https://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/6502-long-canyon-road-pucker-pass.html
paulj 06/14/21 04:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho Boise to Challis

The route using US93 is generally flat and straight. The alternatives get into the mountains. One is 55 to Banks, then 17 to Lowman, and 21/75 through Stanley. Most of that follows rivers, with a gentle pass between Lowman and Stanley. 55 north from Boise has reputation of fast busy traffic, with weekend vacationers heading from the lakes and maountains, especially the McCall area. 21 from Boise cuts off a corner, but with a higher pass and signficant curves.
paulj 06/07/21 01:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Idaho/Montana Route 200

From Sandpoint to US93 (north of Missoula) 200 runs in a broad river valley. It's an easy drive. Not a lot in terms of tourist activities. One state park with camping, Thompson Falls. I'm guessing there are forest service camp grounds in the surrounding mountains.
paulj 05/24/21 07:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pt Townsend Coupeville Ferry Seattle Area

This is how the ride can be. The ferry skipper is amazing. That's probably the classic case of a stiff west wind against the outgoing tidal current, producing short choppy waves.
paulj 05/09/21 10:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Pt Townsend Coupeville Ferry Seattle Area

https://wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/sailing-schedules/low-tide Port Townsend is not one of the runs with a low clearance warning. Cancellations later in August (19+) are due to currents (at the Coopeville end). Strongest cross current occurs somewhat before low tide https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/when-the-ferry-quits-dredging-begins-at-keystone-harbor/
paulj 05/08/21 07:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: IH-5 through Seattle options?

WSDOT has a lot of good informaton, maps, times and cameras. Google Maps also handles the area well. You can choose a future travel time; future times are a range, since exact conditions will vary. But it highlights common tight spots. I5 won't have the heavy downtown oriented traffic (unless there's a game), but Saturday thru traffic can still be heavy. 405 isn't much different. There is a freeway alterternative using 167 that bypasses the core Tacoma traffic, though it still hits a tight spot around Renton. For minimal traffic, you could take 101 north to Port Townsend, and then the ferry. That ferry is short, but reservations are strongly recommended.
paulj 05/08/21 12:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV trip to Squim WA

I90 all the way to the Seattle area is an obvious choice. But from there, you have several options, depending on your taste for urban freeways, streets, and ferries. Sequim is on a peninsula, so getting there requires crossing a large body of water, or going around. US101 follows a coastline all the way from Olympia. While level, it's somewhat curvy and slow, but pretty. I84, I5 skirting Portland might be better for this than I90. WA16 and 3 to 101 crosses 2 major bridges. I think Tacoma Narrows is toll-free north bound. But traffic through Tacoma can be slow (take WA18 from I90). There may also be rush hour traffic in the Bremerton/Silverdale area. I'd be inclined to take I90/405 to Lynnwood, and then WA104 to the Edmonds ferry. But that involves a ferry cost, which is much more for RVs. And depending on the time of days 405 can be slow. A north route, WA20 all the way to Port Townsend (with a ferry ride) is most scenic, and avoids all the urban freeway driving, but I think the overall time will be more. Washington DOT, WSDOT, has good travel information, times, traffic maps and cameras. They also run the ferries. In my experience Google Maps travel times and route suggestions are also good, at least for this area.
paulj 05/07/21 12:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: West Yellowstone to Grand Tetons

33/22 is Teton Pass, one of the higher and steeper ones in the area. Fine for a car, but questionable for an RV. If going `outside`, go the long way around, US26 and 89.
paulj 05/05/21 09:45am Roads and Routes
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