Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mar 31

A dose of thoroughly useless data

The east-west part of Chicago’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway, aka “the Ike” or I-290, which turns into Congress Parkway in downtown, is about one mile north of the Monona/Harrison-to-Linn/Johnson county line. (About 41°51′N.) In fact, if you add five to … Continue reading

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Mar 31

Photos by the numbers: 150

April 18, 2006: Guidance on I-280 approaching I-74. At a cloverleaf interchange on the south side of the Quad Cities, US 6 leaves I-74, then turns east at the airport, and then intersects US 150. US 150 used to go … Continue reading

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Mar 30

Photos by the numbers: 149

October 13, 2006: South English. Keokuk County has seven state numbers — 1, 21, 22, 23, 78, 92, and 149 — but no US routes. (It also had IA 77 until 2003.)

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Mar 29

Photos by the numbers: 148

August 21, 2006: Sign at the Missouri state line, 13 miles north of its south end near Maryville. Even-numbered highways in Missouri conventionally run east-west, but this is an exception because it was created to continue from an Iowa number. … Continue reading

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Mar 28

March’s US 63 news

This was in one of the links of the map post, but I thought I’d break it out: The House approved a bill that would add the segment of US 63 between Ottumwa and Waterloo to the Commercial and Industrial … Continue reading

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Mar 28

Photos by the numbers: 147

September 1, 2009: Rochester makes an appearance on this sign heading north out of Luxemburg. I am not sure it is the first. For the rest of its route in Iowa, US 52 will run through, out of, and around … Continue reading

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Mar 27

Map Day!

The 2012 map went live online today. Assorted sources report that the number of maps printed was cut nearly in half this year. This is not necessarily a bad thing as long as there are still enough. GPSs and smart … Continue reading

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Mar 27

License plate countdown — ZGH

In addition, a Tama County YPK was printed in blue, meaning that YQA was the likely beginning of the black printing. UPDATE 4/22: I was wrong. All it meant was that it was somewhere between YPK and YQA. Now I’ve … Continue reading

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Mar 27

Photos by the numbers: 146

May 13, 2002: North end of IA 146 in Le Grand, pre-bypass. The straight-through alignment of US 30 through Le Grand existed throughout the second half of the 20th century. Between the intersection here and Montour, though, there is some … Continue reading

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Mar 26

Photos by the numbers: 145

June 24, 2003: West end of IA 145, one of three state highways in Fremont County killed off in the Second Great Decommissioning. Originally a spur to Thurman, after 1980 it connected US 275 and I-29.

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