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Argentum Blvd North End Realignment

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Sneaking in a little update . . . some preparations for Highway 261 in Argentum. smiley.gif

Here's a map from before the changes in this update (quite a way back in October . . . haven't found a more recent, accurate one with this city tile included)

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Here's the most recent map of Argentum, showing the changes from this update (and some from the next couple updates--also included in the "big" map):

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And speaking of maps, I know there's some interest in my uploading the big map from Update 32 onto ImageShack . . . however, the sheer size of the image (it's over 10,000px wide and tall) has been problematic with ImageShack . . . I'm looking into alternate methods now . . . possibly splitting the map into little city-tile based units and making a "grid", consisting of a table of regional map segments, but I haven't decided yet. I'll get it figured out somehow, though. smiley.gif

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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Argentum Boulevard Re-Alignment: Isthmus to Palafox/Nywood

This project will re-align an unnecessarily curvy section of Argentum Boulevard, due north of Downtown Argentum, and intersections with Parallel Drive, Meastro Road, Nywood Road and Palafox Street. It is a joint collaboration between TDOT and the City of Argentum's Transportation Office, and in addition to improve safety and intersection geometry along this important surface arterial, it will also be the one of several projects in preparation for the opening of the Central Argentum Beltway (Highway 261).

This is a before shot of Argentum Boulevard looking north at the current overpass over Highway 261. The old (OWR-based) on/off ramps from when this sunken grade carried Highway 4 were still in place.

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The existing intersection between Argentum Boulevard and Parallel Drive (looking north)

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The overpass torn out, with work beginning on the new alignment on the south side of the freeway grade (looking north). The Olive Garden on Parallel Drive, along with approximately 20 homes, had to be demolished in order to make way for the new roadway. (And if there are any Olive Garden fans, no need to worry . . . they've already built a new location.)

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The first home demolitions.

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The former alignment at the Meastro Road intersection (looking north).

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The current intersection with Nywood Road, and the start of construction (looking north), which has resulted in Nywood being closed.

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Due to intersection geometry issues with both the Argentum/Nywood intersection and the Nywood/Palafox intersections, Nywood Road will be closed off at Palafox Street, and Palafox will be extended to an intersection with Argentum Boulevard.

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A look at the east end of the new Palafox/Nywood intersection.

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The City of Argentum is looking at a further study of the Argentum/Caldera intersection just to the north as well.

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More to catch you up on in a little bit . . .

-Alex (Tarkus)

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