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A road by many other names

As the owner of an automobile GPS unit, I’ve taken notice of route numbers during my trips about town. I first noticed that the route numbers on the Lake County signs did not match the route numbers in my GPS unit.

Notably, my GPS refers to Gilmer Road as County Route (CR) 26, yet the signs I see along the road refer to it as CR-V76.

I initially viewed this as the GPS unit’s error. Disappointed with this apparent inaccuracy, I blamed the computer, as blame is the heritage bestowed upon all computers worldwide (it is always the computer’s fault, after all).

I then checked the Gilmer Road map on a different GPS unit for verification and, alas, Gilmer was again numbered as CR-26. Whaaaa? Are these the markings of a conspiracy of confusion?

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A hole new way to drive

Listeners to WBBM‘s traffic reports were treated to a litany of pothole sightings, many more than usual. Potholes were sighted along Route 12, Fairfield Road near Route 176, and others that unfortunately I do not recall. Sadly, I doubt that any were as honorable as this one.

The evening slog, though less sponge-like, included a generous amount of icy sleet and accidents of varying severity. Lake County Passage radio AM 1620 reported accidents on Route 60 near Route 176,and Peterson Road and Route 45. I suspect that the resulting traffic slowdowns squeezed motorists onto the other roads, as there truly was no speedy route home tonight for drivers. Your mileage, of course, may have varied.

And still – snowfall is expected to continue through Wednesday, laying a fresh coat of precipitation over the pothole grid.

[Update] Tragic Tuesday:
Head-on crash in Volo Tuesday morning injured two motorists.

Be careful out there, everyone.

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