Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fictional Highways

First, I have finished writing captions from last weekend's trip to NE Oklahoma.

Second, I have created a new collection on the OKRoads Flickr page. This collection is called Fictional Highways, and will, you guessed it, be about fictional highways that come to my mind for one reason or another.

The first highway I have created is Interstate 344. Fictional Interstate 344 runs along OK 3 from U.S. 81 to OK 74, then NW Expressway (former OK 3A) from OK 74 to Interstate 44. It is about 27 miles long. This interstate would ease the traffic woes that plague NW Expressway at most hours of the day and would separate long-distance travel from short-distance travel.

I used Kurumi's SignMaker (located at http://www.kurumi.com/roads/signmaker/signmaker.html) to create these signs. SignMaker does use the old circle shields for state highways, and it doesn't use Clearview (which is what new Oklahoma signs would use, but I prefer the old font anyway), but otherwise, these are what I propose the signs to look like.

Exit list (with proposed interchange type & other notes)

Exit 1 – U.S. 81 South – Concho/El Reno (mm 0.0) - currently a trumpet interchange & would stay the same

Exit 2 – Alfadale Rd (mm 2.2) - there isn't much between U.S. 81 & OK 4, but I didn't want there to be 13 miles between exits. This would be a simple diamond. Plus, this would probably be the only exit in the country with the word "Alfadale" on it.

Exit 8 – NW 164th StPiedmont (mm 8.4) - this would provide access for eastbound travelers to downtown Piedmont without using OK 4. Piedmont would not be signed on westbound because motorists would exit at OK 4. Another diamond interchange.

Exit 11 – Frisco Rd (mm 11.2) - another exit that could provide access to Piedmont. Diamond.

Exit 13 – OK 4 – Yukon/Piedmont (mm 13.4) - SPUI due to anticipated growth in this area

Exit 14 – Mustang Rd (mm 14.6) - diamond

Exit 16A – Hefner Rd WB/Morgan Rd (mm 16.5) - diamond, some ramps would be weaved with the ramps for Exit 16B...

Exit 16B – Kilpatrick Turnpike (mm 16.7) - stack interchange

Exit 17 – Hefner Rd EB (mm 17.2) – EB only - Y-interchange inside the Kilpatrick Stack

Exit 18 – County Line Rd (mm 18.0) - Diamond

Exit 19 – Council Rd/Britton Rd (mm 19.1) - Diamond

Exit 20 – Rockwell Ave (mm 20.3) - Diamond

Exit 21A – Wilshire Blvd (mm 21.2) - Diamond

Exit 21B – MacArthur Blvd (mm 21.5) - Diamond

Exit 22 – Meridian Ave/Lake Hefner (mm 22.7) - Diamond

Exit 23A – N.W. 63rd St (mm 23.3) - Diamond

Exit 23B – Portland Ave (mm 23.8) - Diamond

Exit 24A – OK 3 East/OK 74 (mm 24.1) - Stack

Exit 24B – Independence Ave/Baptist Medical Center (mm 24.4) - Diamond

Exit 25 – May Ave (mm 24.9) - SPUI

Exit 26A – Penn Ave/Penn Square Mall (mm 26.0) - SPUI

Exit 26B – Classen Blvd (mm 26.8) - SPUI

Other notes:

  • Frontage roads would be built between Exit 18 (County Line) and Exit 24B (Independence)
  • Texas turnarounds would be built for all interchanges between Exit 18 & Exit 24B (except for the Exit 24A stack)
  • The freeway would be 4 lanes (2+2) between U.S. 81 & Kilpatrick Turnpike, and 6 lanes (3+3) from the Kilpatrick to I-44

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