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Praise for Mike Pettigano and Bergen Record/NorthJersey.com on breaking the Christie GWB scandal

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The allegations that officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration ordered the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to close some lanes of the George Washington Bridge (I-95, US 1 & 9) is disappointing on several fronts. What isn’t disappointing is that my friend and former colleague from my Gannett days (and fellow Penn State College of Communications graduate), Mike Pettigano, has been part of the Bergen Record/NorthJersey.com team breaking the story. Some of you may even remember Mike from when he was running Penn State sports blog Black Shoe Diaries or the preview magazine, We Are Penn State 2013 (He’s doing that again this year).

As for Christie, I’m disappointed the people he selected appeared to have acted in such a vindictive way. I’ll be curious to see what the Record learns about his involvement. I have great affection for the Garden State, having been born there and then visiting family, friends and of course, the Jersey Shore, regularly and I was pulling for Christie to rise in his party. Now, I’m probably not feeling that way.

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Google Maps extends i-99 north of Williamsport, Pa., PennDOT and NYSDOT disagree

Google maps jumps the gun on i-99
"i-99"In the latest of a string of Google Maps errors, interstate 99 has been extended beyond its existing northern terminus near State College all the way into New York State and I-86/NY 17 near Corning.

"US 15"This is an extension that is expected at some point, but i-99 needs high speed interchanges built along I-80 near mileposts 160 and 178. Additionally, multiple sections of US 220 need to be upgraded between Lock Haven and Williamsport. North of Williamsport, US 15 which Google Maps says is now also i-99, is now an interstate quality highway all the way into New York State as of earlier this fall.


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i-99 is a controversial highway in general. For one, the number was legislated by former Rep. Bud Shuster. The bulk of the initial routing was through his district, pork barrel spending. The extension to State College was a disaster as Shuster legislated that it be exempt from environmental testing. That didn’t work out — it turned out the road and all of the earth-moving required for it unleashed pyrite (aka fool’s gold) that contaminated the water supply. Four years and $79 million later, there was remediation in place. The money spent on this highway would have been better directed at improving the US 322 corridor – widening the Lewistown Narrows (which happened eventually) or upgrading the Boalsburg to Seven Mountains stretch which hasn’t happened.

In the future, i-99 will probably be posted along these roads and perhaps replace I-390 to Rochester.

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Google Maps promotes US 209 to an interstate

UPDATE 10.16.2012 – They fixed it. I’m sure my friend Tom is thrilled that his sleepy hometown of Nesquhoning, Pa. now has an interstate highway going through the center of it:


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US Route 209US 209 which goes from PA 147 north of Harrisburg (it should go down to US 22/322 though) to US 9W in Kington, N.Y. (it really should go all the way to US 9 on the other side of the Hudson River) joins the ranks of mis-labled highways that I keep documenting; I guess this is a new hobby. Some parts of the highway are now marked as Interstate 209.

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There are a couple of other places in Pennsylvania that have I-209 signs, but not my friend Fritz’s Elizabethville. I’m sure Tom is thrilled about these bragging rights.

PREVIOUS GOOGLE MAPS SHORTCOMINGS

Arlington Blvd or as Google Maps calls it “US Route 50 in Illinois”

Another Google Map error: “US Route 1 in Rhode Island” on the 14th Street Bridge

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RIP Mickey Mantle’s restaurant

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Game over for Mickey Mantle’s RestaurantNY Daily News
I ate at Mickey Mantle’s several times, including my 19th birthday. I recall having a tasty strip steak for what seemed like a really good price at the time for New York City. Prior to eating there once (if memory serves) we saw a hanson cab run a red light going down 5th Avenue at 59th Street; middle finger — FULL EXTENSION. If you had put that in a movie, people think you would be overdoing it.

That it lasted so many years is somewhat impressive, particularly since the host hasn’t been around since 1995. As you can see, I still have a pint glass from Mickey’s.

That reminds me — I need to get my copy of “The Last Boy” back. I have been meaning to blog about Jane Leavy’s Mantle biography for some time.

The neutrality series is coming Friday…

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