Just another day on the road
Posted 06 May 2011 - 12:03 AM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:12 AM
UPDATED STORY: Thursday, 4 p.m. - Traffic is moving again on Interstate 81 in northern Rockbridge County after the right lane reopened earlier this afternoon. However, massive backups continue on both the interstate and on U.S. 11 from Lexington north.
Susan Hammond with the Virginia Department of Transporation said it will still be several hours before work at the sinkhole site at mile marker 196.9 northbound will be completed and both lanes reopened. Backups on the interstate have stretched for up to 15 miles today. Travelers should still expect significant delays in the area.
The left lane was closed late afternoon on Wednesday following the discovery of the sinkhole in the median and left lane. Both lanes were closed after midnight on Thursday. This location is just north of the Timber Ridge exit.
Motorists have been detoured at exit 195 and are traveling north on U.S. 11 and reentering I-81 at exit 213 north of Greenville. However, many motorists have been getting off the interstate before then and traveling on the Lexington bypass.
The sinkhole location is within the truck climbing lane project.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s on-call contractor for these repairs is General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton. VDOT and contractor crews have been working around the clock to fix the sinkhole. Pavement was cut away from the sinkhole area and excavation is complete. The sinkhole was then backfilled with stone and earth material to stabilize the hole and now pavement is being applied to the area.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s on-call contractor for these repairs is General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton.
Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:46 AM
Posted 08 May 2011 - 01:21 AM
He was across the highway in the tower. I said, no son. He, asked where I was from, I said I was a 45 year old from CT. He said have a nice day.
Posted 08 May 2011 - 11:39 AM
Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:00 PM
today, like so many others, began early. I had parked at a truckstop in downtown Nashville. 5am local time, leaving around 5:40 to ge4t to a nearby 6am appointment. Got there and...heyyyyy...nobody there to unload me! I waited 10 hrs at their front gate and then returned to the truckstop...a big 10 mile day! And the good news is I will probably get to deliver the (load of beer) on monday..
My husband is a trucker too. He spent all day Friday in Kansas waiting for his load. He finally got it at 11PM.
At least now he is headed east. Maybe I will see him for a minute this week.
The life of a trucker is not fun!
Posted 09 May 2011 - 01:59 AM
ever notice any arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on main street, piedoh?
yeah, saw them, been there...
I'll try to post some pics...Today: sat all day in Nashville...kind of in limbo cause the weekend staff really can't do anything that anything to do with actual decisions...
So, I got some extra sleep (always nice) and did a laundry.
Dinner was the soup bar...cream of broccoli with cheese...thick and tasty.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 12:50 AM
I often think of you and Red when I pass truckers on the entrance ramp asleep in my neighborhood!
it's nice not to mention it...I mean to the authorities. Some states go out of their way to bother/fine truckers for using the ramps....sometimes it's the only choice.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:40 AM
the BP gas station is there at the top of the ramp
and I stop there for my morning coffee......
and chat with state highway patrol....
apparently "our" authorities don't care who is sleeping where in my neighborhood
Posted 14 May 2011 - 06:20 PM
So....three stops in Michigan with Office Smax onboard...and ending up in Petoskey, Mi....nice northern lake Michigan place...Came south to pick up 1071 40# bags of salt for water softeners....
And now, I wait....tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock....
Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:06 PM
There is always a rest stop and a hot meal waiting for you in NH PieDoh!
Ooohh...NOW yer Talkin' ....
406 so far today...and waiting on a swap to get me closer to home.
A classmate drove a nice red GTO with the three speed, 389 pontiac..
And I knew guys who had: 409 impala, and a 327 '57 chevy.. The chevy caught on fire when we went for a spin.....
Posted 17 May 2011 - 03:40 AM
prob, oh, 285....
lost my court case today...(would've helped if I could have been there in person)....$$$
Opened a bottle of bordeaux... a nice '08...
sauteed me some chickin'.....
listenin' to jazz on the radio....
got an appointment for a massage on Wednesday......
have written $1100 in bills so far.....off to mail them now......
Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:37 PM
I enjoy your stories too.. I love to drive, but I couldnt imaging driving so much and being gone for long periods of time. so I have a LOT of respect for truck drivers.
PieDoh, you plannin on going to vibes this year?
Sure thinkin about it...best year since my last one ...'05
Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:55 PM
So....I'm headed eastbound in Pennsylvania on I-80 and it's pouring cats and dogs out...I knew, because I stopped for a break and when I got out of the truck, I stepped into a poodle!
All of a sudden! I see vehicles brake lights coming on and dozens of cars and trucks are all slamming on the brakes and swerving. It's pretty rare that you actually see this sort of thing. I was going slower than the speed limit, and it was a good thing, cause if I was going 5mph faster I might have hit the truck in front of me. To our left on the shoulder was a car that had gone off the road and flipped over...maybe once, maytbe twice...and the driver and passenger were just getting out of the accident, no injuries I assumed and they were already on a cell phone calling who knows.
You have to appreciate how fast something like this occurs...vehicles doing a brainspeed ballet to avoid each other...as I came to a near halt, I looked in my rearview mirror..(west coast...the big ones on the side) to see that a pickup truck had perceived the mayhem a second too late and had lost control of his vehicle and went off the road, onto the shoulder and into a wall of rock. Crunch!..... My first impression was "travelling too fast for conditions"....and probably what the State Police officer would have told him too....
Please, people, if it's raining out, don't travel at the speed limit. Just because a sign says you can do 65, doesn't in anyway mean that you should. Slow down , even as much as 15-20 mph less than the posted limit.
On the other hand, don't use your four-ways unless you actually have an emergency....in some states it's against the law to travel with your emergency lights on...