2010-03-29 18:34:38 UTC
Nevada on Sunday night. There wasn't any apparent cause, other than
volume (no construction or accidents). Nevada 511 system and Google
Maps for the iPhone showed traffic congestion as "red" southbound until
the California line, where it turned green again. Is California's ITS
system not as responsive to reporting congestion there or does somethig
change at the border to free up capacity?
Also, looking at Google Maps, I, as well as some other drivers, exited
at Jean and went south along a parallel road marked (on the map) as
Nevada 604. We were flying along just fine until we reached the one
lane underpass which would have taken us from the northbound to
southbound side of I-15. The road literally stopped there and became
impassible beyond the underpass. Was this once a thru route? Is
Nevada keeping it unimproved to keep thru traffic on I-15?
I also took Nevada 161 up from Jean north and west to Spring Valley, NV.
At the border of Clark County, NV and San Bernandino County,
California, the road name changes to Kingston Road and continues into
Calfornia as a rough, unpavrd gravel road. I didn't take it as I was in
a new rental car and didn't want to risk paint damage etc.
This apparently was once a toll road back in the early automotive age.
Yet, why is it left unimproved today? It would seem prudent to have an
alternative route in this corridor should something force the closure of