West of Effingham, Illinois, US 40 makes a wide curve and passes over a railroad track. An earlier alignment of the road was left behind when the overpass was built.

Drunken road striping

Here’s what all of this looks like from the air.

Imagery and map data © 2014 Google.
Imagery and map data © 2014 Google.

Humorously, on the ground this alignment looks like this. I can hear the chatter at the highway maintenance garage now: “I know! Let’s get drunk and go stripe some road!”

Drunken road striping

There are a couple houses on this little stretch of road. I wonder what the owners think of the hilarity at the end of their front yards.

Drunken road striping

It’s a time-honored tradition in road realigning to just bury an old alignment under a mound of dirt to build the new alignment.

Drunken road striping

All of these photos are from two visits I made here in 2007.

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9 responses to “Drunken road striping”

  1. Lone Primate Avatar
    Lone Primate

    If I’m stating the obvious here, I apologize in advance. :) My guess is they’re using that stretch to train the stripers. :) Beautiful shots, though. A strange kind of zeitgeist.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh, sure. All I can say is that the OCD runs strong in me, and I would have to move if they did this in front of my house.

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    We used to see something like this when I lived in New York State–paint stripe test–but they also used to label it with a sign.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      No need for a sign when you practice on a little road stub like this one! Only the one family that lives on it, and roadgeeks like me, ever go back there.

  3. Carole Grey Avatar
    Carole Grey

    Yup, it’s undoubtedly a testing/practice road but I sure did enjoy the laugh!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Like I said, I hope the road dept. never does this on any road I live on!

  4. dehk Avatar

    That’s funny. I hope no one is drunk and try to stay between the lines.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Isn’t this how a drunk driver sees the road ahead anyway? :-)

      1. dehk Avatar

        You can’t mix up the mustard and mayo, you have to stay between them :D

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