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passing zones on the way out?

The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
was striped for passing zones.

Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

It figures, then, doesn’t it, that I would have been stuck behind a
car going about 40 MPH on my way back to the office…

Traffic on this road is very heavy at rush hour, but not too bad at
other times of the day.  I myself have used the passing zones before
without thinking that they were overly dangerous.

nate

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16 Responses to “passing zones on the way out?”

  1. admin says:

    In article <1190740930.203652.222…@50g2000hsm.googlegroups.com>, N8N wrote:
    > The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    > MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    > close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    > has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    > got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    > been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    > was striped for passing zones.

    Most two lane roads I find that still have passing zones are of the sort
    that haven’t been resurfaced in three decades or more.

    > Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    To build a better moron of course. This is why there are
    left-turn-on-arrow only lights on roads with perfect visibility and even
    on some side streets as they intersect with arterials.

    > It figures, then, doesn’t it, that I would have been stuck behind a
    > car going about 40 MPH on my way back to the office…
    > Traffic on this road is very heavy at rush hour, but not too bad at
    > other times of the day.  I myself have used the passing zones before
    > without thinking that they were overly dangerous.

    Any plans for nearby toll roads? The only alternative to build-a-better
    moron is problem-reaction-solution. In other words someone has an agenda
    that is helped by creating more congestion.

  2. admin says:

    On Sep 25, 2:06 pm, tetraethylleadREMOVET…@yahoo.com (Brent P)
    wrote:

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    > In article <1190740930.203652.222…@50g2000hsm.googlegroups.com>, N8N wrote:
    > > The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    > > MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    > > close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    > > has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    > > got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    > > been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    > > was striped for passing zones.

    > Most two lane roads I find that still have passing zones are of the sort
    > that haven’t been resurfaced in three decades or more.

    > > Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    > To build a better moron of course. This is why there are
    > left-turn-on-arrow only lights on roads with perfect visibility and even
    > on some side streets as they intersect with arterials.

    > > It figures, then, doesn’t it, that I would have been stuck behind a
    > > car going about 40 MPH on my way back to the office…
    > > Traffic on this road is very heavy at rush hour, but not too bad at
    > > other times of the day.  I myself have used the passing zones before
    > > without thinking that they were overly dangerous.

    > Any plans for nearby toll roads? The only alternative to build-a-better
    > moron is problem-reaction-solution. In other words someone has an agenda
    > that is helped by creating more congestion.

    No, although the Dulles Toll Road is nearby, this road is basically a
    shortcut from US-50 to Sterling/Dulles.  It gets congested enough as
    it is during rush hour that if there were a viable alternative people
    would already be using it.

    nate

  3. admin says:

    N8N wrote:
    > The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    > MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    > close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    > has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    > got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    > been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    > was striped for passing zones.

    > Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    someone going 5 mph slower than you?  Only a loony like you would get
    unglued over that.

  4. admin says:

    Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS wrote:

    > N8N wrote:

    >> The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    >> MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    >> close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    >> has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    >> got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    >> been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    >> was striped for passing zones.

    >> Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    > Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    > someone going 5 mph slower than you?  

    About a mile and a half, and 15 MPH slower.

    > Only a loony like you would get
    > unglued over that.

    I didn’t say I was "unglued," just that last week I would have legally
    and easily passed the slower driver and been on my way.  Today I could
    not.  I fail to see how this is efficient use of the road.

    nate


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  5. admin says:

    On Sep 25, 12:20 pm, Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS

    <xeton2…@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > N8N wrote:
    > > The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    > > MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    > > close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    > > has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    > > got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    > > been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    > > was striped for passing zones.

    > > Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    > Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    > someone going 5 mph slower than you?  Only a loony like you would get
    > unglued over that.

    Were you there to see it? What time of day was it? What direction were
    the cars going? What color and make was the lead car?

  6. admin says:

    In article <fdc21i01…@news2.newsguy.com>,
     Nate Nagel <njna…@roosters.net> wrote:

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    > Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS wrote:
    > > N8N wrote:

    > >> The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    > >> MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    > >> close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    > >> has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    > >> got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    > >> been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    > >> was striped for passing zones.

    > >> Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    > > Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    > > someone going 5 mph slower than you?  

    > About a mile and a half, and 15 MPH slower.

    > > Only a loony like you would get
    > > unglued over that.

    > I didn’t say I was "unglued," just that last week I would have legally
    > and easily passed the slower driver and been on my way.  Today I could
    > not.  I fail to see how this is efficient use of the road.

    Why not call the department who regulates that sort of thing in your
    community and ask about that decision? Nothing may change, but at least
    you get the satisfaction of knowing you registered a complaint. If
    enough people complain, they may decide to allow passing there again.

  7. admin says:

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    Shawn Hirn wrote:
    > In article <fdc21i01…@news2.newsguy.com>,
    >  Nate Nagel <njna…@roosters.net> wrote:

    >>Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS wrote:

    >>>N8N wrote:

    >>>>The road in front of my office is a semi-rural 2-lane, signed at 55
    >>>>MPH.  It does have a fair amount of heavy truck traffic due to the
    >>>>close proximity of a steel vendor and a large concrete business.  It
    >>>>has been partially milled and repaved over the past few days.  I just
    >>>>got back from lunch and found that one of the completed sections has
    >>>>been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    >>>>was striped for passing zones.

    >>>>Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    >>>Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    >>>someone going 5 mph slower than you?  

    >>About a mile and a half, and 15 MPH slower.

    >>>Only a loony like you would get
    >>>unglued over that.

    >>I didn’t say I was "unglued," just that last week I would have legally
    >>and easily passed the slower driver and been on my way.  Today I could
    >>not.  I fail to see how this is efficient use of the road.

    > Why not call the department who regulates that sort of thing in your
    > community and ask about that decision? Nothing may change, but at least
    > you get the satisfaction of knowing you registered a complaint. If
    > enough people complain, they may decide to allow passing there again.

    I may, although the stretch of road in question is two counties away
    from my residence (I live just outside one county border, and this road
    is just outside another) so I doubt my opinion will count for much.

    I do have to say though, that living in VA I am quite impressed with the
    road maintenance.  It seems that September was Official Road Maintenance
    Month; they seemed to get as much done in a month as PennDOT would do in
    a year.

    nate


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  8. admin says:

     Nate Nagel:

    > I didn’t say I was "unglued," just that last week I would have legally
    > and easily passed the slower driver and been on my way.  Today I could
    > not.  I fail to see how this is efficient use of the road.

    SFB doesn’t care about efficient use of the road. Only in getting more
    people into prison so it can have more potential mates, if you get my
    drift…..



    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to
     purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve
     neither Liberty nor Safety."
                      –Benjamin Franklin

  9. admin says:

    In article <1190740930.203652.222…@50g2000hsm.googlegroups.com>,

    N8N  <njna…@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >been striped; the center line is now a double yellow where before it
    >was striped for passing zones.

    >Why on earth would anyone want to do this?

    Passing zones have been vanishing for years.

    >It figures, then, doesn’t it, that I would have been stuck behind a
    >car going about 40 MPH on my way back to the office…

    The double yellow line presents no more a barrier to your car than the
    speed limit sign.


      There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
      result in a fully-depreciated one.

  10. admin says:

    The vile and infidel scum, "Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS,"
    left this blasphemous prose in rec.autos.driving:

    > Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    > someone going 5 mph slower than you?  Only a loony like you would get
    > unglued over that.

    May you be eternally stuck behind someone going 15MPH below the speed
    limit in a never ending no passing zone with no inetrsections or
    turnouts.

    BTW, have you ever driven a far faster than the posted speed limit? You
    are still evading this issue.

    Imam Widdershins

  11. admin says:

    In article <srhi-8DB810.20590425092…@newsgroups.comcast.net>,
    Shawn Hirn  <s…@comcast.net> wrote:

    >In article <fdc21i01…@news2.newsguy.com>,
    > Nate Nagel <njna…@roosters.net> wrote:

    >> I didn’t say I was "unglued," just that last week I would have legally
    >> and easily passed the slower driver and been on my way.  Today I could
    >> not.  I fail to see how this is efficient use of the road.

    >Why not call the department who regulates that sort of thing in your
    >community and ask about that decision? Nothing may change, but at least
    >you get the satisfaction of knowing you registered a complaint. If
    >enough people complain, they may decide to allow passing there again.

    Ha,ha,ha.  First you’ll get the runaround.  If you do find someone who
    actually admits to making the decision (very unlikely), they’ll claim
    it’s required by some law standard (but not give specifics).  It’ll
    never get reversed — it’s a ratchet, it only goes one way.


      There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
      result in a fully-depreciated one.

  12. admin says:

    In article <fdcb7s12…@news2.newsguy.com>,
    Nate Nagel  <njna…@roosters.net> wrote:

    >I do have to say though, that living in VA I am quite impressed with the
    >road maintenance.  It seems that September was Official Road Maintenance
    >Month; they seemed to get as much done in a month as PennDOT would do in
    >a year.

    Hey, don’t diss PennDOT.  It’s official Road Maintenance Month here,
    too.  That’s where they do construction on a bunch of basically
    parallel routes (all at once), then leave temporary pavement in place, then
    repave, though aside from the extra bump where the new paving begins,
    it is hard to tell (because they sure as heck don’t fix problems with
    the base material!)


      There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
      result in a fully-depreciated one.

  13. admin says:

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    Imam Widdershins wrote:
    >The vile and infidel scum, "Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS,"
    >left this blasphemous prose in rec.autos.driving:

    >> Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    >> someone going 5 mph slower than you?  Only a loony like you would get
    >> unglued over that.

    >May you be eternally stuck behind someone going 15MPH below the speed
    >limit in a never ending no passing zone with no inetrsections or
    >turnouts.

    >BTW, have you ever driven a far faster than the posted speed limit? You
    >are still evading this issue.

    >Imam Widdershins

    Praise be to Allah!

    "Speeders And Drunk Drivers Are MURDERERS" brags of it’s homosexuallity:
    the guys at the bath-house stopped laughing at my 3 inch weenie.
    : http://groups-beta.google.com/group/rec.autos.driving/msg/168e8e621dd

    "Speeders And Drunk Drivers Are MURDERERS" brags of it’s ability to operate a vehicle:
    I must be doing something right to go 3 1/2 years without a fatal crash.
    : http://groups.google.com/group/misc.transport.road/msg/a376114ee8a618

  14. admin says:

    On Sep 25, 9:54 pm, Imam Widdershins <i.w….@joseph-bartlo.net>
    wrote:

    > The vile and infidel scum, "Speeders & Drunk Drivers are MURDERERS,"
    > left this blasphemous prose in rec.autos.driving:

    > > Sounds like a good idea to me. So you get stuck for 30 seconds behind
    > > someone going 5 mph slower than you?  Only a loony like you would get
    > > unglued over that.

    > May you be eternally stuck behind someone going 15MPH below the speed
    > limit in a never ending no passing zone with no inetrsections or
    > turnouts.

    And on a road posted 20.  Stuck at 5…would be priceless.  That
    reminds me of the hotel commercial with the guy stuck on a road with a
    100-mile no-passing zone, behind a driver moving so slowly that no
    engine sound could be heard.

    > BTW, have you ever driven a far faster than the posted speed limit? You
    > are still evading this issue.

    > Imam Widdershins

    SADDAM is blatantly ignoring your fatwa, good Imam.

  15. admin says:

    Matthew T. Russotto wrote:
    > In article <1190740930.203652.222…@50g2000hsm.googlegroups.com>,
    > N8N  <njna…@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> It figures, then, doesn’t it, that I would have been stuck behind a
    >> car going about 40 MPH on my way back to the office…
    > The double yellow line presents no more a barrier to your car than the
    > speed limit sign.

    Except when it comes to passing cyclists, for some odd reason.

  16. admin says:

    In article <iDkKi.17619$B25.16…@news01.roc.ny>,
    Arif Khokar  <akhokar1…@wvu.edu> wrote:

    >Matthew T. Russotto wrote:
    >> In article <1190740930.203652.222…@50g2000hsm.googlegroups.com>,
    >> N8N  <njna…@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >>> It figures, then, doesn’t it, that I would have been stuck behind a
    >>> car going about 40 MPH on my way back to the office…

    >> The double yellow line presents no more a barrier to your car than the
    >> speed limit sign.

    >Except when it comes to passing cyclists, for some odd reason.

    I’ll pass cyclists on the double yellow.  I just think that cyclists
    who put me in the position of breaking the law or driving at cyclist
    speeds are being assholes.

    (but of course you’re just trolling)

      There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
      result in a fully-depreciated one.