The End of the Road http://wlrn.org en FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke http://wlrn.org/post/fdot-florida-relatively-good-shape-if-highway-trust-fund-goes-broke <p>While state transportation departments around the country have been scrambling in anticipation of a potential Highway Trust Fund insolvency, Florida officials aren’t sweating quite yet.<br /><br />The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund, which trickles down and helps pay for everything from highways to sidewalks, will run out of money in August. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a bill that would temporarily fix the problem.<br /> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:05 +0000 Kenny Malone 36162 at http://wlrn.org FDOT: Florida In Relatively Good Shape If Highway Trust Fund Goes Broke Why Most Highway Signs Aren't All Caps Anymore http://wlrn.org/post/why-most-highway-signs-arent-all-caps-anymore <p>A drive down I-95 is full of dozens, probably hundreds, of tiny design decisions that are ultimately about driver attention. From the lettering on a road sign to the shape of a road, engineers are constantly trying to find a sweet spot between getting a driver’s attention and distracting them.<br /><br />As part of our End of the Road series we wanted to ask an expert about the thinking behind some of the things drivers see everyday on I-95 but aren’t supposed to pay much attention to.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:39 +0000 Kenny Malone 35015 at http://wlrn.org Why Most Highway Signs Aren't All Caps Anymore What It's Like To Have A Gun Pulled On You On The Highway http://wlrn.org/post/what-its-have-gun-pulled-you-highway <p>Alyce and Neil Robertson were running late to a wedding one day 20 or 30 years ago. Because they were running late, they were arguing in the car, until some maniac on the road did something crazy.</p><p>Naturally, some of the details have slipped over the years. But the two agree they were on their way to a friend’s wedding and Alyce was mad at Neil for making them late.&nbsp;Here’s how they remember the rest...</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:47:14 +0000 Kenny Malone 34586 at http://wlrn.org What It's Like To Have A Gun Pulled On You On The Highway Are "Lexus Lanes" Really Lexus Lanes? http://wlrn.org/post/are-lexus-lanes-really-lexus-lanes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Rick is on a crusade. As a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation he has chewed the ear of dozens, maybe a hundred people -- reporters, friends, anybody who refers to 95 Express as the “Lexus Lanes.”</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:55:33 +0000 Kenny Malone 34289 at http://wlrn.org Are "Lexus Lanes" Really Lexus Lanes? WLRN-ify My Commute: Let Us Give Your Daily Drive The Public Radio Treatment http://wlrn.org/post/wlrn-ify-my-commute-let-us-give-your-daily-drive-public-radio-treatment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spend a lot of time together on the road, you (audience) and us (</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">). If you’re like most of our listeners, we’re with you in the car just about every day -- through your speakers, at least.</span></p><p>But we want to take it to the next level: We want to actually get in the car with your family, your friends, your coworkers.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:09:45 +0000 Sammy Mack & Kenny Malone 34288 at http://wlrn.org WLRN-ify My Commute: Let Us Give Your Daily Drive The Public Radio Treatment I-95: Road Songs With A #@!%ing Twist http://wlrn.org/post/i-95-road-songs-ing-twist <p><em>This story originally ran on February 12, 2014.</em></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">They write songs about roads: "Route 66," "Highway 61 Revisited"."Dusty, old roads with iconic signage that belongs on a pair of blue jeans.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:39:51 +0000 Kenny Malone 27664 at http://wlrn.org I-95: Road Songs With A #@!%ing Twist 95 Express Has Hit New Max Toll At Least 12 Times, But Appears To Be Working http://wlrn.org/post/95-express-has-hit-new-max-toll-least-12-times-appears-be-working <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The maximum possible toll on 95 Express increased from $7 to $10.50 on March </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Two days later at 5:30 p.m., the cost of using the northbound express lanes hit the $10.50 maximum.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rory Santana from the Florida Department of Transportation says a truck jack-knifed and backed up the highway, so people flooded 95 Express and drove the price into the ceiling.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:54:09 +0000 Kenny Malone 32191 at http://wlrn.org 95 Express Has Hit New Max Toll At Least 12 Times, But Appears To Be Working I-95, Road Rage And How The Robertsons Learned Miami Time http://wlrn.org/post/i-95-road-rage-and-how-robertsons-learned-miami-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are details of this story that </span>Alyce<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Neil Robertson don’t quite agree on.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We were on our way to a wedding on a Saturday afternoon,” recalls&nbsp;</span>Alyce<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“A Sunday, yeah,” recalls Neil, “we were on our way to a wedding.”</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:13:42 +0000 Kenny Malone 31606 at http://wlrn.org I-95, Road Rage And How The Robertsons Learned Miami Time If You Thought The Driving Was Crazy, You Didn't Know About I-95's Drug-Smuggling Years http://wlrn.org/post/if-you-thought-driving-was-crazy-you-didnt-know-about-i-95s-drug-smuggling-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like many born in the '</span>50s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Interstate 95 had some </span><i style="line-height: 1.5;">pretty </i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wild days in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:11:13 +0000 Kenny Malone 30663 at http://wlrn.org If You Thought The Driving Was Crazy, You Didn't Know About I-95's Drug-Smuggling Years On The Miserable Road: The Poetry of I-95 http://wlrn.org/post/miserable-road-poetry-i-95 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Interstate 95 inspires more than just four-letter words, it turns out.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty five years ago, poet A.R. </span>Ammons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his wife were driving home from a visit with family in South Miami. Somewhere north of Dade County -- on I-95 -- </span>Ammons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> looked out his window and there it was: one of South Florida’s infamous mountains of trash.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:02:52 +0000 Kenny Malone 30386 at http://wlrn.org On The Miserable Road: The Poetry of I-95 PHOTOS: Highway Landscaping May Have Squelched Your Road Rage http://wlrn.org/post/photos-highway-landscaping-may-have-squelched-your-road-rage <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There’s a good chance you’ve seen the work of Elisabeth Hassett and an equally good chance you didn’t really notice it. Hassett is the landscape architect for the Florida Department of Transportation’s District 4, which includes Broward and Palm Beach Counties. When there’s a need for highway-side landscape design, Hassett has almost definitely had a hand in choosing the plants and the layout -- a far more complicated art than you might imagine.</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:26:47 +0000 Kenny Malone 29918 at http://wlrn.org PHOTOS: Highway Landscaping May Have Squelched Your Road Rage We Want Your I-95 Ire And Art http://wlrn.org/post/we-want-your-i-95-ire-and-art <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you wrote a play about road rangers or made a quilt from fallen mattress, or glued together a </span>Fabergé-style<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> egg from pieces of shattered headlights, then for the love of highway <em><strong>please contact us</strong></em>.</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:22:28 +0000 Kenny Malone 29585 at http://wlrn.org We Want Your I-95 Ire And Art Here Is What It Looks Like When Traffic Engineers Design Highway Signs http://wlrn.org/post/here-what-it-looks-when-traffic-engineers-design-highway-signs <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">If North Carolina had its way, the interstate system would look very different today.</span></p><p>Before President Dwight D. Eisenhower had even signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the American Association of State Highway Officials was discussing the need for “a distinctive interstate route marker.”&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Highway System already had the iconic shield you see along U.S. 1, AASHO decided the fledgling 40,000-mile superhighway needed its own brand.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:39:29 +0000 Kenny Malone 28877 at http://wlrn.org Here Is What It Looks Like When Traffic Engineers Design Highway Signs Trying To Free Up 95 Express, FDOT Prices 'Lexus Lanes' At Lamborghini Rates http://wlrn.org/post/trying-free-95-express-fdot-prices-lexus-lanes-lamborghini-rates <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:17:35 +0000 Kenny Malone 28580 at http://wlrn.org Trying To Free Up 95 Express, FDOT Prices 'Lexus Lanes' At Lamborghini Rates How Madonna Shaped My Romance With I-95 http://wlrn.org/post/how-madonna-shaped-my-romance-i-95 <p>In 1990, when we were both 22 years old, my friend Clark and I drove from New Jersey to the Canadian border, bought a box of donuts, turned the car around, and drove the entire length of the southbound Interstate 95 non-stop, as quickly as possible.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was what we called a “high-velocity vacation."</span></p><p>For reasons unclear we decided to only listen to one song the entire way: Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.”&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We had the </span>cassingle<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:54:42 +0000 Mark Hedden 28203 at http://wlrn.org How Madonna Shaped My Romance With I-95