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Dear NC Department of Transportation: Just what the hell did you do… 
6th-May-2008 01:14 pm
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Dear NC Department of Transportation:

Just what the hell did you do to 40? And furthermore, how can I be "40", get off on the road that goes into town, go straight north, and intersect with "40" again? Inquiring minds are confused.

Also, your signs, they suck.

no love,

6th-May-2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
the last time i went to see my parents, I-40 confused me so bad that i was actually scared that i went the wrong way. considering i've been driving that road for how many years now? yeah, that's not cool.
6th-May-2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
ME TOO. And I'd been up since 8 am and was driving back at midnight and honest to gods thought I'd lost my mind or driven into the twilight zone or something. I ended up calling my parents and essentially saying "what the fuck?" to which my dad responded to the effect of, "damn, I meant to warn you."

It wouldn't be so bad if I hadn't been driving that route practically in my sleep for about a decade.
6th-May-2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
You want to hear Twillight Zone? I came home, and looked at Google Maps to figure out what the heck I'd done, and the loop... isn't on Google maps. I had to pull up transit plan maps from DOT's website to convince myself I hadn't imagined the road I'd taken.
6th-May-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
God, I'm so glad I was too tired to do that when I got home... it'd have freaked me out completely.
6th-May-2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried the new 40 bypass around Greensboro yet, as I generally just take the route I've been driving for the past 13-14 years...
6th-May-2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
But that's the problem... 40-through-Greensboro, whatever it's named now, is not well marked, so depending on where you are, you can end up on 40-around-Greensboro, whatever it's called, without realizing it. I'm a smart person, and I can't figure out what I did this afternoon looking at a map. :p
6th-May-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I thought they'd had okay signage to begin with, but when I was thru there a month or two ago they appeared to have removed some of the new signage, so I can see the problem.
6th-May-2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ugh! We got so messed up the last time we drove through there. I've been driving that route for what, 13 years? I've never gotten lost trying to stay on 40 through G'boro before. The new way sucks!
6th-May-2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
The new I-40 is abysmal. All of the interchanges are changed so you can't just go the way you always go. Thats what got us in trouble last time we were through there.

You can get on but you can't get off.

Going east you get off on old-40, just the way you used to, then get back on old-40 where you would expect to be.

Going west, you get on new-40/85, but then I-40 is mysteriously gone. No signs, no familiar sights. We ended up on the other side of High Point before we figured out where to go. We only new we were lost because we recognized High Point.
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