Boston Herald columnist
Robin Washington says
you can't drive by
the numbers in Massachusetts! (8/14/2000)
those SUV blues? We have the solution! Also, a look at piggish
parking by biggish vehicles.
NEW! US 6 sign in Bishop, CA with the mileage
& maroads.com is under
construction, like the Central Artery!
View across Connecticut River to Sunderland as seen
from Sugarloaf Mountain.
Old highway maps of
Driving in Massachusetts, Local oddities:
- Distinctive Highway Signs (coming soon).
- Vehicle and Traffic Law, from the Massachusetts
RMV Driving Manual:
- Thickly Settled. "A 'Thickly Settled'
district is an area where houses or other buildings are located, on average,
less than 200 feet apart." If you find a "Thickly Settled" sign in
Massachusetts, don't think of it as a quaint sign. Consider it as
a 30 mile an hour speed trap because the law states that speeds
over 30 mph in a "Thickly Settled" or business district are not considered
reasonable and proper.
- Trolleys. "If you come to a trolley
letting passengers on or off, you must
NOT drive any closer than within 8 feet of the trolley passenger step."
Memorize this, as it always appears on the written test.
- Rotaries. According to the driver
you approach a rotary (traffic circle), you must yield the right-of-way
to any vehicles already in the rotary. If traffic is heavy in the circle,
stop at the edge of the rotary and wait until you can safely enter. Only
a few states in the U.S. have traffic rotaries, and as a result, many drivers
are not familiar with the right-of-way rules. Be especially careful and
generous when extending the right-of-way to other drivers." In
practice, older cars in worse condition than yours, and other drivers
who fail to make eye contact, always have the right of way in a rotary.
- Paul Schlichtman's road photos from New
Hampshire and Vermont.
Connecticut Roads. A well designed site full of information. Kurumi
also features lots of fun nettoys including
and Me & the Roads.
- The Roads
of Metro New York, Steve Anderson This extensive site also includes highways
in New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Philadelphia metro area.
York State Roads, Doug Kelly
Island Highways and Byways, Chris O'Leary This site includes a listing
of Interstate highway exits in several New England states.
Island Highways, Michael Kendricks. A complete listing of all the highways
in Rhode Island.
U.S. and Interstate Highways of New York, J.P. Wing
Highways, J. P. Kirby (Not neighboring,but Maine was part of Massachusetts
prior to 1820) J.P. also has pages for the Maritimes
Hampshire: Granite State Roads, Mike Moroney
Roads, Mike Moroney.
England Interstate Highways of the 1920, Mike Moroney. A look at the first
attempt to number highways in an interstate system.
Other Massachusetts sites:
Other highway sites:
The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, in Cambridge, Arlington,
Lexington, and Bedford, is the 500th "Rail to Trail" conversion in the United
States. You can visit the home page of the Arlington
Bicycle Advisory Committee.
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This site is in the early stages of development. Comments and corrections
Updated Sptember 14, 2003
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