First off, thanks for your patience between updates . . . RL's been beating up on me pretty good, but I seem to have emerged victorious from it, fortunately. :thumbsup: I'd also like to thank everyone who nominated Tarkusian Cities during the Trixies over at ST . . . it ended up winning Best Roadgeek CJ for 2011, which was a very pleasant surprise.
Without further ado, the update:
Phase 3B of the Chemeketa Parkway project will continue the construction of the Chemeketa Parkway (Highway 215), access-controlled freeway, from Bushnell Road NE to Ashcroft Street NE. As part of the project, some nearby transportation facilties will also be upgraded, including widening of Ashcroft St between 82nd Avenue NE (the former southern segment of Bushnell Road NE) and the interchange at Chemeketa Parkway.
This is where Ashcroft Street will meet Highway 215 (facing west).
A temporary alignment of Ashcroft has been built, to facilitate construction of the new overpass (facing west).
Construction getting further underway (facing west).
The freeway itself is starting to go in now (facing west).
The new 4-lane Ashcroft St overpass has opened (facing west).
This farm access road is in the way of the new freeway alignment. It will be disconnected, with the southern segment being connected into the 82nd/Ashcroft intersection (facing east).
Construction on the new southern connection (facing east).
You can see Ashcroft Street (and 82nd Ave NE) here. This segment of Ashcroft is still getting widened (facing east).
The completed new roadway, with a fresh layer of asphalt (facing east).
The road now split by Highway 215 (facing east), which, as you can see, has a deceleration lane.
And a look at partially folded diamond interchange at Highway 215/Ashcroft Street (facing east).
Well, that does it for this edition of Tarkusian Cities. I'll be back next time to finish off Phase 4 of the Chemeketa Parkway, where it'll finally be connected into Highway 15. After that, we'll look at a few other little construction projects around Chemeketa, and then we might move onto a new region--a complete reboot of Argentum.