Bob DeMattia bob.bosra@demattia.net
Tue Nov 24 13:04:16 EST 2009

My favorite interstate story has to be I-99, located in Pennsylvania.  It's
a prime example
of what happens when politicians get involved.

I'm pretty sure that route 128 is signed at most interchanges, though the
signs are often
small signs by the side of the road rather than being on the large overhead

I remember when I got married in '92 that our wedding reception was located
off route
28 in Randolph.  At the time, the south end of 128 was a combination of I-93
1 North/Route 128 South.  I had lived on the south shore for thirty years
and until I had
to write out the directions, I don't think I ever understood how the
I-93/I-95/Route 128
nomenclature worked until I had to write those directions.

I'm not sure how many out-of-town attendees were confused by those

I think maybe having a road labelled both North and South at the same time
may be a reason
why they dropped the "128" designation.


On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Aaron Read <friedbagels@gmail.com> wrote:

> Yeah, the near-miss was in Chemung county, IIRC.  Down near the PA border.
> As for the "specific timetable", I got a good laugh out of that one.  A
> very rueful laugh, I might add, and not directed at you.  It's just that
> Albany does things when it damn well pleases, not when a little thing like
> "the law" says so.  Scott might be less cynical than me, but I think he'll
> back me up here.
> It was especially noticeable when the state senate switched to Democratic
> control, and mostly downstate Democratic control at that. I've no love for
> Republicans but it was amazing how fast funding for anything north of
> Westchester suddenly disappeared eleven months ago.
> --
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> Aaron Read                  |  Finger Lakes Public Radio
> friedbagels@gmail.com       |  General Manager (WEOS & WHWS-LP)
> Geneva, NY 14456            |  www.weos.org / www.whws.fm
> "I don't know all the politics, but given the state's budget crisis and
> how little anyone in Albany ever cares about the Southern Tier, and the
> terrain (in some places it's basically mountain on one side, river on
> the other) I don't think the DOT will *ever* build proper US Interstate
> System interchanges/flyovers there."
> Unless the state legislature modifies the Transportation Equity Act for the
> 21st Century, which was passed in 1998 and which specifically sets out the
> funding and timetable for the project, the entire 381 miles of the east-west
> portion of NY-17 and its seven-mile extension into PA are already slated for
> conversion to I-86.  There are still substantion portions of the upgrade not
> yet finished, including portions of the road in Chemung (exits 56-59),
> Binghamton (the "Kamikaze Curve") and the Catskill Mountains (exits 84-87
> and 97-99).  I'll bet your near-miss was in one of those areas.
> Sid Schweiger
> IT Manager, Entercom New England
> 20 Guest St / 3d Floor
> Brighton MA  02135-2040

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