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GPS Discussion / MOVED: Cycling from Utah to ACA HQ
« on: August 17, 2016, 12:11:44 pm »

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Routes / Southern Tier Sec 1, California and I-8 - Summer 2016-2019
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:58:59 pm »
We recently received the press release below regarding a long term construction project on I-8 in Imperial County, California.

While this doesn't impact the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route directly, it will affect cyclists who alter the route by riding I-8. Caltrans has asked us to help spread the word to cyclists that if they want to avoid the shuttle and ride the entire distance, they should stick with the published Adventure Cycling Southern Tier Bicycle Route across Imperial County on SR 78 through 2019.

Jennifer


PRESS RELEASE

Date:                          Monday, July 25, 2016
District:                     District 11 - San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact:                    Carmen Sandoval
Phone:                      (619) 688-2556
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Imperial County Bike Shuttle
To Begin on Interstate 8
 
EL CENTRO, Calif. - Beginning Monday, Aug.1, bicyclists traveling on Interstate 8 (I-8) through Imperial County will have a new option to assist in completing their trips as major construction continues on the I-8 Update Project. The shoulders of I-8 and segments of Evan Hewes Highway will be temporarily closed to bicyclists and a shuttle will be provided to carry cyclists in both directions.  Touring cyclists are encouraged to use an alternate route such as State Route 78 to Blythe/Interstate 10 to Arizona.
 
Bicycling enthusiasts can plan ahead and call to schedule a shuttle pickup at four locations along I-8. The four pickup locations are: State Route 115, State Route 98, Ogilby Road and 4th Avenue in Winterhaven. The free shuttle service will operate from 7 a.m. to noon, seven days a week.  Pickups can be scheduled by calling (760) 337-1759 at a minimum of one hour before.
 
Cyclists are encouraged to be safe and not enter construction zones.  “The safety of cyclists is a very high priority for Caltrans,” said Laurie Berman, District 11 Director, “This shuttle service will ensure they can complete their trips through the Imperial County during the construction.”
 
The I-8 Update (http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/8CRCPavementProject.pdf) is a multi-year project that will construct 48 miles of Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement and replace asphalt shoulders. The project, to be constructed in five segments, will provide a smoother ride and significantly extend the life expectancy of the roadway. Completion of the project is expected in 2019.
 
More information about the I-8 Update Project can be found at: www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/.
 
Follow @SDCaltrans on Twitter and visit CaltransDistrict11 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CaltransDistrict11) to keep current on transportation information in San Diego and Imperial counties. Motorists are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert and to Move Over a lane when safe to do so, or slow when highway workers are present with amber lights flashing.
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For about 11 miles, SR 14 out of Cedar City is being chipped sealed this month. It will take some time for it to settle. It may be advisable to get a ride across this stretch until then.

Jennifer

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Due to a landslide in August 2015, FR 227 between Featherville and and Ketchum east of Skeleton Creek has a washed out section. There are Road Closed signs posted at this washout. It does not apply to cyclists. The Fairfield District of the Sawtooth National Forest has built a path for cyclists use. It is rough and you will likely need to walk your bike and equipment. The path is less than half a mile in length.

It is unknown if this road will be repaired further in the near-term.

Jennifer



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We have received word that O'Neil Hwy./SR 370 is going to be chip sealed this summer. The process is slated to begin in early June. It will leave heavy gravel on the shoulders and on the roadway until it has been compacted by automobile traffic. It is advised that cyclists should avoid this road until that time.

To detour around it, use US 97 between Terrebonne and Redmond and SR 126 between Redmond and Prineville. SR 126 can be heavily trafficked so ride with caution. The detour is 5.6 mi. longer.

Jennifer

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Beginning in March 2016, we started hearing from locals that this year's snowpack was heavy, perhaps the highest in 10 years. While some has begun melting, there is still a lot of snow up there.

As of 5/25 Dollarhide Summit, west of Ketchum on the Main Route, is still snowed in. It is predicted it won't be open until late June. It is advised that trips begin no earlier than the 3rd or 4th week in June and even then expect to encounter snow on the ground.

This is directly from the local source:

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And to be clear I don't mean it would be difficult, I mean it would be a dangerous, wet, cold snow shoe hike for miles and miles. The danger part is from an unstable snow pack (snow that is moving and sliding as it melts) , isothermic snow pack that is bottomless (even with snow shoes you would sink to your waist).    As the snow continues to melt the creeks and rivers are running deep and they too are dangerous.  That also means that many of the hot springs are underwater and inaccessible.

While the online 'snotel' websites may be good for reporting overall conditions in the region, they may not be representative of what the road conditions are specifically.

If you have further information, please post it here.

Thanks,
Jennifer

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We have just been alerted to a chip seal project taking place on the TransAmerica Trail in Oregon. It is on US 26 from the junction with SR 19 to the town of Mount Vernon.

A specific start date has not yet been specified only that it is slated for "Summer 2016". Once the project has started, updated information will be available via http://www.tripcheck.com/.

Due to the size of the chip seal being used, a shuttle will be run for cyclists to avoid riding through it.

Jennifer

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A local called to let us know about a paving project on SR 125 between the towns of Middlebury and Hancock in Vermont. The area is very torn up and potentially not safe for a cyclist to attempt. Please avoid the construction altogether and ride the Brandon Gap instead.
From East Middlebury eastbound, use US 7 south to SR 53 southeast to SR 73 east to rejoin the route about 1 mile south of Rochester on SR 100.

V Trans says:
Of notable concern is the potential hazard for bicyclists along this route, and as a result of the unsuitability of the road surface for travel by bicycle, it is strongly recommended that cyclists find an alternate route of travel until crews have paved the road surface within the project limits.
Work on this project will occur in the daytime. Daytime work hours are typically 6:00 AM-6:00 PM.

This project is slated to continue through September 2016. The VT Agency of Transportation website may have more current information:

http://vtrans.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?appid=2b310c475274402bb9a03eadd69991bf

Jennifer

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Good morning!

It's official, we now have high resolution digital data available for the TransAmerica Trail for sale! To see the details, check out my blog post on the release:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/transamerica-trail-digital-data-now-available/

Viva la TransAm data!

Jennifer

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We received this notice:

The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to temporarily close the Camp Pendleton Bike Path—the only bike access between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. along Interstate 5 (I-5)— for military operations between this Monday, Mar. 28 and Friday, April 1, 2016.  Under normal bike path closure circumstances Caltrans would open the freeway shoulders in this segment to bicyclists, however there is a construction project that has closed the shoulders of I-5 in that segment.  Caltrans will provide a 24/7 on-call shuttle to carry bicyclists through the closures in the I-5 corridor between Oceanside and San Clemente.  The phone number for the shuttle is (619)385-3267.  Pick-up/drop-off locations are at Oceanside Harbor in the east parking lot (NW corner of the lot), at the park and ride lot at Las Pulgas Rd., and Basilone Rd.(at the south end of the Trestles bike path, where it meets Old Hwy 101).  Signs at these locations will include the shuttle phone number.

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Earlier this week we started distributing an updated version of our digital data. It's not as feature rich as the coming digital data product but this interim data will give you a peek into the future and should be easier to use. We have a series of support pages on the website to help you get started and understand how the data works, not only with a gps unit but on mobile devices as well.

For more information, see today's blog post:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/moving-gps-map-data-forward-for-adventure-cycling-routes/

It is exciting to have taken in this step in the process.

Let us know what you think and how it's working for you.

Jennifer

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From PA.gov:

"Kansas Road [labeled Kansas Ave. on Map A] will be closed and detoured between Redstone Drive and Forsythia Drive from Monday, March 7 through June 2016 while crews replace the deteriorated bridge deck and beams. During construction, Kansas Road through traffic will be detoured over Route 611 (Easton Road), Titus Avenue and County Line Road."

For more information see: http://www.penndot.gov/RegionalOffices/district-6/Pages/details.aspx?newsid=311#.Vt7ey5MrIUF

In addition, there is a second closure on this map:

"Through Summer 2016, the Keith Valley Rd Bridge in Horsham Twp will be CLOSED & DETOURED between County Line and Horsham Rd for bridge reconstruction."

There should be a signed detour for this closure. It expected to last from approximately mid-March through May.

Jennifer

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Routes / I-90 Lookout Pass - Idaho/Montana border 2016
« on: February 26, 2016, 02:05:32 pm »
An early heads up. Idaho Transportation Department will be resuming work on I-90 between Mullan and Lookout Pass on April 11. This project is extensive and closes I-90 to cyclists. They will have a shuttle system like they did in 2015.
The Idaho Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator offered a couple of alternative routes to avoid the shuttle and the construction on I-90:
 
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Northern Route (going westbound)
Exit I-90 at Regis, MT.  Go east on Hwy. 135 to Hwy. 200.  Go north to Thompson Falls.  Turn west onto MT Secondary Hwy. 471 to Thompson Pass.  Continue over the pass into Idaho passing through Murray, Prichard, Enaville and Kingston.  Rejoin I-90 at Exit 43.  The road is paved all the way, very scenic and frequently used by cyclists.
 
Southern Route (going westbound)
Note:  There is no viable southern option for road cyclists.
 
However, if bicycles are set up for gravel, i.e., a mountain bike or a bike with at least 700x32c tires; there is a much shorter detour—only 11.5 miles.  It is the NorPac Trail.  Details can be found at http://friendsofcdatrails.org/maps/for_all/09_NorPac_Trail.pdf
Going westbound the trail starts at the Lookout Pass Ski Area on I-90.

For more information see this blog post from June 2015 on the first half of the project:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/road-construction-impacts-bicycle-travel/

Jennifer

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