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Jul 29th 2020, 07:06 AM   #1
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  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
Road Construction Blues

Just got home from a 4 day Idaho, Oregon loop ride yesterday and man,,,, road construction everywhere (mostly chipseal work). I really want to bitch about the seemingly lack of concern some construction crews have for motorcycle safety, but what I'm interested in is possibly avoiding it in the future. Anyone have/using an app that tracks rural road construction projects? Ideally like my weatherbug app, it warns you that lighting is in the area and sometimes you can adjust your travel to avoid a bad storm. Anything like that for road construction? I'm going to check, but if someone has some ride history with one, I'd love to hear your reviews. DOT sites have project lists, but hard to understand because it's mile markers, bridges, roads names, etc. that you're not familiar with. Aside from miles of chipseal and Oregon tar snakes it was a great trip, glad to be home before the real hot hot hits. Highly recommend the huckleberry milkshake at Boggan's. When it's 102 down there, you gotta stop.
Jul 29th 2020, 03:24 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Not so much good luck, I use the state DOT sites to get the rough project info, and have also reached out to the phone numbers of the local groups. As you mention, they often just use a start stop project date and you never know what phase you will hit it in. Just roll the dice and go. Sounds like you hit some of my favorite roads.
Jul 29th 2020, 03:46 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

I use the DOT camera websites, they show construction info with a small icon where the work is going on. Its really a crap shoot any who. My fav's like 36/96/299/3/175/20 in CA had delays this year.
Jul 31st 2020, 05:27 PM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Olympia

  2014 KTM 690 / BMW R1150 GS
Whaaaa😂🤣They improved the roads...
Aug 24th 2020, 08:37 AM   #5
 
  Jun 2020
  Everett, WA

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Originally Posted by A2B
Highly recommend the huckleberry milkshake at Boggan's. When it's 102 down there, you gotta stop.
Is Boggan's out near Elk River? They had huckleberry everything in Elk River, ID!
Aug 24th 2020, 09:33 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

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Originally Posted by RoboD
Is Boggan's out near Elk River? They had huckleberry everything in Elk River, ID!
Nope. It sits at the bottom of the Rattlesnake Grade along SR-129, next to the Grande Rhonde River.
Aug 24th 2020, 02:18 PM   #7
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
I've had some time working for DOTs...it usually comes down to manpower / equipment availability for small projects such as chip seal and crack seal. The projects are identified but until foreman can align the planets - get the roller from station X that used it last week, or the grader w/ operator from wherever, no rain forecast for the day, the distributor truck, summer seasonal labor or contractor to do traffic control etc. Often ya don't know till the morning of what's going to happen. Info may not be posted on 511 until things actually happening. They're trying to keep costs down...really.
Aug 24th 2020, 03:05 PM   #8
A2B
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  Jan 2019
  Methow Valley

  ATK Rotax, Buell xb12ss, CL160
I have emailed Lauren with the DOT road conditions dept. . I asked if there was a source or easy way to get real time info for road construction in WA. I totally get what you are saying that there are variables that make planning difficult. My intent ( and I told her this ) isn't to complain, but if there was some way to avoid that area myself and maybe others might do so. Maybe less traffic might speed thing up and less hassles for them. Major chip seal projects are necessary, but for motorcycles it's sorta dangerous, not to mention the rock chip damage issue. We will see, can't hurt to ask.

Also, I now have a serious craving for huckleberry icecream.....
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Aug 24th 2020, 03:08 PM   #9
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
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... trying to keep costs down...really.
Why do they always try to save money on shit that actual people use and depend on, yet they don't give a shit when it's to make Lockheed or Exxon rich?
Aug 25th 2020, 06:54 AM   #10
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
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Why do they always try to save money on shit that actual people use and depend on, yet they don't give a shit when it's to make Lockheed or Exxon rich?
Sorry, guess I need to clarify my point. There are state and federal highway standards that must be met as far as road maintenance and construction. Materials need to meet spec (yeah the chips and and the "glue). There are costs associated with that but if the DOT can save money by sharing equipment, manpower and planning use of same....huge savings. It's not about enrichening big biz but providing decent roads to use. They do wear out...road maintenance isn't performance art
Aug 25th 2020, 08:31 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

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Whaaaa😂🤣They improved the roads...
I am not so sure. There is a road by my house they came and put tar on all the cracks and it looks like a jigsaw puzzle now for at least a mile including a 45 mph sweeper. Could be a 'butt pucker' corner when it is wet. Not sure that is an improvement or not.
Aug 25th 2020, 09:20 AM   #12
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2019 Nada
they just dug up and patched Long Lake in Port Orchard and, well, they fucked it up. I mean, trench patch edges on curves, right in the wheel tracks so that you have to ride the edge of the patch, bumps on curves (thanks, asshole). Also, why is it OK to put tar snakes in wheel tracks ON CURVES?
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Aug 25th 2020, 04:35 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
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Originally Posted by RoboD
Is Boggan's out near Elk River? They had huckleberry everything in Elk River, ID!
I was at Boggan's last Saturday. Tar snakes are vicious on top the North side but it's good for working on your skills!

Edited by Thumperpilot on Aug 25th 2020 at 10:25 PM
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