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How Maryland Does its Distance Signs

Since a few of you shared my interest in why Pennsylvania and Maryland have different distances to D.C. and Baltimore on their highway signs, I figured I would ask the Maryland State Highway Administration how they measure the distance, and how it might differ from PA’s method.

Here’s what they sent me:

Good Afternoon Mr. Swift:

This email is in response to your question regarding how Maryland determines the mileage for post interchange distance signs.  In the case of Baltimore City, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) measures from the location of the sign to the Town Hall.  In the case of Washington D.C., the SHA measures from the sign location to the center of the Elipse.   The mileage is generally rounded up so as not to display decimals or fractions, particularly when the distance is great such as the distance from the Maryland / Pennsylvania State Line to the Baltimore and DC destinations.

Interchange guide signs, which do display fractions, are typically rounded down to the nearest ¼ mile so that the motorist is aware that their exit is eminent and that time to make necessary lane changes is limited.

Thank you for allowing the SHA the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

Cheryl Schreiber

Asst. Chief, Traffic Engineering Design Division

A Response from the Government

Driving back from St. Louis this Christmas, I finally bothered a government agency about something that had been bothering me: road signs.

After Breezewood — a town that makes me want to bring back earmarks so it can be paved over into a normal interchange — there are signs listing the distance to Baltimore, and to Washington. The mileage on one particular sign, as I recall (though I was groggy) varies. Normally it’s a two mile difference, but on another sign, it’s three miles.

So I wrote in:

To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing about the mileage distance signs on I-70 after an eastbound driver departs Breezewood.

I understand that, at some point in the future, the road splits and drivers can choose to head towards a variety of places, including Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland.

The first sign says they’re two miles apart, but 20 minutes later, the sign says they’re three/four miles apart. (Not exactly sure here, but point is, the mileage actually varies.)

As a kid, I asked my dad if the two towns were really only X miles apart and he helpfully explained to a 4th grade me that, no, this was the distance on that road system from that particular point, and in fact they were many miles apart.

My question is, why do the PADot signs have varying mileages for them, on the same road, just a few dozen miles apart?

How is this distance calculated? It just seems odd that it would vary on I-70 at one mile marker to another.

Thanks for your attention to my somewhat odd inquiry.

Two days later, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wrote back:

Dear Mr. Swift:

I am responding to your email of Monday, December 28, 2015 concerning the Distance Signs on I-70 Eastbound since this matter falls directly under my area of responsibility.

The distance used on these signs is calculated from the location of the sign to the center city of the destination.  For a destination that is a considerable distance, there can be some variation in the distance depending on the specific route selected and the specific point selected for the center city.  There is no set national procedure for this process.  However, I do agree that once the two variables discussed above have been selected, there should be no variation in the difference in the total distance to each destination.

We have reviewed the sign on I-70 immediately east of the Breezewood interchange and the mileage indicated is South Breezewood 2, Washington D C 127 and Baltimore 129.  Thus, the difference between the distances to Baltimore and Washington D C is 2 miles and this difference should remain constant.  We have further reviewed the four remaining distance signs on I-70 between the first distance sign and the Maryland line, and in fact, found that the difference between the distances to Baltimore and Washington D C remains 2.  As an example, the Distance Sign immediately east of the Amaranth interchange has the mileage indicated as Warfordsburg 4, Washington D C 118 and Baltimore 120.  The last sign in Pennsylvania has the mileage indicated as Hancock 3, Washington D C 106 and Baltimore 108.  Based on the information you have provided, I can only conclude that there are signs you observed in Maryland that have the difference between the distances to Washington D C and Baltimore something other than 2 which may be the result of the Maryland State Highway Administration using different selection criteria than what I have discussed above.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on our transportation system and the possible conflict in our traffic signs.

Robert J. Pento, P.E. | Manager, Traffic Engineering and Permits

It was a great response! Very satisfying. I wrote back to say thanks, having written a few thousand responses to the public in my short tenure as a government employee, and noted that this was a response from a pro. Now I’ll have to find a Google streetview of that Maryland sign and bother them about the sign, assuming I didn’t misremember or am an undiagnosed dyslexic.

Together we can make change and bring consistency to highway distance signs.

UPDATE: Niels Lesniewski has found the offending sign. It’s just outside of Hagerstown. (And pointed out that there is a webpage dedicated to signs!)


I can picture the signs already…


When you cross the bridge into Virginia from Maryland or Washington, D.C. you are greeted by an ominous sign that warns “RADAR DETECTORS ILLEGAL.”

Maryland’s state senate OK’d a bill today that would “ban smoking in cars when there is a passenger younger than age 8.”

Should this bill become law in Maryland, I expect they will put up similar signs to avoid non-residents challenging a ticket. That will give me a chuckle when crossing the Wilson bridge. At this rate, they might as well put up electronic boards informing motorists of all the do’s and don’ts.bsig

Power You Didn’t Get vs. Restoration of Service

Lightning strike

I drove to work today. I don’t normally drive to work these days since getting to DuPont Circle from Huntington is a bit more difficult than driving to Capitol Hill. Today, though, I did because I had to haul in the boxes of stuff my company and our sister company acquired at the Republican and Democratic Conventions.

This morning on the hellish commute — some asshole got into a wreck on 295 — I heard WTOP reporters talking about the recent drive-by storm DC had, and how Maryland was going to allow PEPCO (a much hated public utility) to charge people for electricity they didn’t receive.

Framed this way, I’d understand why people would be mad. On the way home, News Radio 99.1 (a new station and inferior competitor to WTOP) ran a similar report.

However, it doesn’t tell the whole story. People — like Gawker’s Drew Magary — want to make you think that PEPCO execs are lighting cigars off of piles of money and doing lines of blow off of strippers. Yeah, not really. PEPCO’s stock price might be close to Facebook’s, but they’re nowhere near as valuable as a company (Facebook’s volume is 50M to PEPCO’s 1.6M). They’ve been offering quarterly dividends of about $.27 for the past five years. Even some conservative bloggers have jumped on the “I hate PEPCO” bandwagon.

Yes, some of their executives make a lot of money. I’ve heard somewhere CEO’s tend to make bank. Not surprising. But that’s not where all of this money is going. (For a primer on executive pay, please consult Thomas Sowell‘s fine work on the subject.)

And while I don’t live in Maryland (I hate Maryland, for the record), I don’t like PEPCO very much — because they’re Marylanders. I do think, on par, they provide inferior service to Dominion Virginia Power, who powers my home. Part of it is Maryland’s own damn fault for fighting them on tree trimmings, but some of it, I am sure is due to fact that everything in Maryland is inferior to Virginia.

Here’s a theory I haven’t heard being discussed much on the news:

Maybe, just maybe, the fees that are being charged help bring your electricity back faster.

Imagine for a second if Maryland and D.C. instituted laws that said PEPCO can’t pass along the higher costs of hiring out-of-state crews on overtime pay to come in and restore power and fix infrastructure after a Derecho or a Snow Storm. (At the end of the day, consumers bear all of the costs of production and electricity is no different.) If Martin O’Malley and Vince Gray teamed up to pass a pair of stupid laws, if I were PEPCO’s CEO, I’d probably just adjust the rates of Delaware and New Jersey residents to cover the costs.

After all, if I want continued investment in my company, I do have to compete with Dominion and other companies out there for investment. If I project losses or smaller dividends, it would make sense that people would be less inclined to invest in my company.

Now, not to be screwed by the crab cake eaters and Washingtonians, Delaware and New Jersey pass similar laws. What would happen? Would PEPCO be as inclined to spend a lot of financial resources to hire out-of-state crews on overtime pay to fix things? Probably not.

Could it mean longer power outages? That’s very likely. Do Marylanders and Washingtonians want that? No. Ironically, they want PEPCO to bury the lines — something that will cost billions of dollars. (Guess who will pay for that?)

I’m not saying PEPCO is a saint, or provides the best service. I just wanted to throw it out there that consumers will bear the costs of restoring their power and fixing the infrastructure that brings them the juice. Nobody likes to admit that, but it’s the way of the world. It’s not unreasonable.

So, rather than looking at it as “paying for electricity you didn’t receive” maybe you should look at it as your share of restoring the system. Power outages suck. Nobody disagrees with this, but we really should put a little more thought into it — and the unintended consequences of well intentioned but ultimately bad proposed laws — before we rant and rage. 

Maryland’s Buy Local Mandate

I was paging through my google reader earlier today when I noticed a Washington Post story about how Maryland is struggling to catch up with Virginia in microbreweries.

The story was titled: Maryland beer: New law is a license to swill (onsite). How cool, I thought, that Maryland was finally playing some catch up on this.

That is, until I scrolled down and read this paragraph:

They [the breweries] don’t actually have to be on farms, according to the legislation. But they do have to use Maryland-grown ingredients — grains, hops or fruit — in their beers. (No minimum percentage is specified, however.)

Wait, what? Let me see if I can get this straight.

Maryland is allowing breweries — who use its water, pay its property and income taxes, employ its citizens, pay a mortgage/rent, utilities, sales taxes, sin taxes — to sell beer on premise ONLY IF they use a Maryland grown ingredient in the beer?  If true, that is a horrible, no good, backwards-ass policy. Could it be true?

I looked up the bill and what did I discover? It’s true!

See for yourself on page three. Well, limiting what ingredients a beer can have is a dumb way to limit the choices of Marylanders who want to support local breweries. It’s anti-competitive, too.

Readers, this is what happens under the cult of buy local. It could happen in a state near you. If you don’t speak up about it, it’s going to get worse.

Maryland Senate Bill 579

Teenage Prom Hotel Parties… the Outrage!

And they [television news] treat every story with the same level of importance. They’ll be like “Pachoo! Are your kids having sex at the mall?” I don’t even have kids, but I’m like, Are they? I gotta make sure they’re not having sex at the mall. Like fun are they having sex at the mall! And then the next story will be like, “Pachoo! Terrorists blow up bus.” And I’m like, Wow, that really puts the mall sex in perspective. That is much worse.

– Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk with me

Tonight, after watching some hockey and Diners, Drive ins and Dives, I decided to watch the local news. Until I was about 17, I cared about the local news on television. But only because my high school was dominating Cleveland sports and I wanted to revel in the replays.

Because I was flipping channels, I was attracted to tonight’s WUSA9 report because they (read: Gannett) used FOIA to publish the payroll of administrative agencies. Apparently, bureaucrats aren’t happy about that. As a former Hill staffer, whose salary history is public, I think they should go fly a kite.

As an adult, I think local television news is mostly just reactionary craziness. Thus, the appropriate Mike Birbiglia lede.

If I want local news that’s reported seriously, I’ll tune into WTOP and listen to Neal Augenstein. That guy is a serious reporter, and his tweets are quite good. We’ve even become semi-frequent twitter pals. Neal’s level headed, the kind of guy you’d chill with at a dive-y watering hole. Among DC radio journalists, he has the most distinctive voice, hands down.

Back to the point: After the well-reported story on federal salaries and bonuses, they flipped to the following story: Police Sting: Teens Order Alcohol Through Hotel Room Service. WUSA teamed up with the Montgomery County (MD) police department to get a 17 and 19 year old to order wine at hotels in Maryland. If the server didn’t ask for ID, the cops came out from the closet and gave them a citation. At one hotel, the woman took the ID to her manager, but left the wine in the room. That hotel got their third citation in four years.

To that, I say big deal. College bars knowingly serve underage people every night. It doesn’t make it right, but 3 citations in 4 years isn’t a terrible record. Special note: To admit my blatant hypocrisy, I drank underage, and later served as a bouncer (yes, you read that correctly) who denied underage drinkers. Personally, I think States should be able to set drinking ages without fear of losing highway funding (thanks, fellow Republicans!). Either way, the law’s the law.

I do have a serious problem, though, with WUSA9’s reporting: They tried tying the report to the Prom season, and suggested that tons of high schoolers will rent out a room and will get drunk because of the hotel. This is unlikely, but we’ll get to that later. Unless their parents don’t mind potential criminal charges, hotel parties are likely to happen. However, the story’s point was to suggest that post-Prom, high schoolers would pile into a room and order a bunch of alcohol and get drunk. Even their story’s lede opens with:

This prom and graduation season, 9 Wants You To Know about yet another way teenagers are sneaking alcohol into their celebrations

This is disingenuous, and it’s poor reporting.

At my all-boys Catholic High School in Cleveland, there was a receiving line you had to introduce your date to. It included the President of the School (priest), the Principal and his wife, the Dean of Students and his wife, and a few other administrators. The goal was to catch drunks.

Pretty much, it was the Catholic version of a field sobriety test for teenagers. For the most part, teenagers are stupid and easy to catch. Breathalyzers were on hand, but they were seldom used. Why? Our brothers and friends’ brothers told us about it. The tactics weren’t very reactive. As a result, the parties happened afterwards, an unintended consequence of a smart tactic to catch drunk promgoers. But it did deter pre-prom drunkery.

Why I think WUSA9’s reporting on this story is poor because of the following:

  1. There is all the difference in the world comparing two 17 and 19 year old girls ordering one bottle of wine in daylight, and a room of well dressed teens ordering massive amounts of alcohol at midnight. They aren’t comparable.
  2. Even the most aloof of hotel employees might go, “Oh, room 818 ordered 10 bottles of wine, 60 bottles of beer, and 5 bottles of alcohol and a few two liters of pop. That’s strange.” I highly doubt they’d just oblige and serve the party, especially after opening the door and seeing a bunch of teenagers.
  3. If teens are going to drink after prom, they are going to get alcohol from one of three sources: a.) their parents b.) siblings c.) friend’s parents or siblings. Getting it from a legitimate purveyor of alcohol, even with a fake ID, is far riskier than a, b, or c.

Am I concerned about local hotels serving minors? Sure. But does WUSA’s reporting lead me to believe that after prom parties are crazy binge drinking fests fueled by unconcerned hoteliers? No. Not at all. It’s about making a non-story into a story. It’s about ratings.

As I learned earlier in the program, some federal employees are getting $60,000 bonuses. To paraphrase Birbigs, “Wow, that really puts the underage drinking of one bottle of wine in perspective. The big bonuses are much worse.”


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Super Tuesday Links

Metro car

Atlantic: Is Josh Mandel the Next Marco Rubio?

 Mandel, who is Jewish, has the air of a precocious, recently bar mitzvahed student, or perhaps a studious, slightly cocky frat boy. (As an undergraduate at Ohio State, Mandel was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity; he went on to earn a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.) And while he is undeniably skilled at rattling off his familiar lines, he quickly turns evasive or just blank on unfamiliar ground.

I disagree with Molly Ball’s description of Josh here. For full disclosure, I know Josh. He is a great person and will make a great U.S. Senator from Ohio. I’ve never known him to be cocky or evasive. And who would blame anyone for being “blank” on unfamiliar ground? Smart people don’t make dumb statements about topics on which they are not experts. It’s an interesting article, but you can tell Molly doesn’t like Mandel, and it shows. I’m confident that Mandel will make his case to the voters in November, and they’ll choose him over Sherrod Brown.

One commenter, presumably a Democrat (who identifies as a Marine, the branch of service of Josh Mandel) hits the nail on the head:

I’m of a different political persuasion than Mr. Mandel, but good grief Molly Ball, this article is dripping with disdain, down to the Mandel’s waitress with ” bad skin and dyed-black hair.”

Why drag poor Amanda into your hit piece???

Report to Mr. Fallows’ office immediately…

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Get your business online

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Marcy Kaptur’s hit on Dennis Kucinich

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Seems my poll workers have a sense of humor

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Wonkette back-alley trash operative “Jim S.”

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Tuesday Links

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