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Old 11-19-2007, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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(1) Was just doing some reading online about the city of Anchorage, and I thought I read that speed limits were 25 mph? Is that correct? Everywhere in that city?

(2) Was reading about the bridge that is to be built extending the Gene Snyder over the river and continuing on into Indiana. They're not thinking about any kind of "toll" thing are they? Additionally, am I correct in thinking that the L'ville area does not have any toll roads?

Thanks one and all.
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Old 11-19-2007, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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The actual speed limit of Anchorage and most other small burgs in the area is always 5mph below the speed you were driving.

The word "Toll" is now being spoken again because the cluck-clucks of Jefferson County fired a 5 term US. Rep who just happened to be a ranking member of the House Appropriations committee.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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Anchorage is almost more of a subdivision than a "real" city. So 25 is actually not that unusual.

And yes, their police have a reputation for over-enthusiastic enforcement. I know someone who was given a ticket for doing 4 miles over the limit. In fact, the only ticket I've ever gotten in over 35 years of driving was in Anchorage, although in all fairness, I deserved it.
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Well, boohoo! With regards to the toll roads, guess only time will tell if they start springing up in that area.

With regards to Anchorage and its speed limit, there is a small little city in my neck of the woods called Vienna, VA, with its own police force and fire department and 25-30 mph speed limit (like Anchorage). Their police force is very much into monitoring traffic with their radar equipment and mechanical speed detection devices. Personally, I'm not a fan of Vienna and don't like driving thru that town with their never-ending stop signs; so I was wondering if Anchorage was kind of similar to Vienna. They sound kind of close - both seem to have separate identities from the surrounding areas - sort of their own little islands.

Thanks much! Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble.
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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Well, boohoo! With regards to the toll roads, guess only time will tell if they start springing up in that area.

With regards to Anchorage and its speed limit, there is a small little city in my neck of the woods called Vienna, VA, with its own police force and fire department and 25-30 mph speed limit (like Anchorage). Their police force is very much into monitoring traffic with their radar equipment and mechanical speed detection devices. Personally, I'm not a fan of Vienna and don't like driving thru that town with their never-ending stop signs; so I was wondering if Anchorage was kind of similar to Vienna. They sound kind of close - both seem to have separate identities from the surrounding areas - sort of their own little islands.

Thanks much! Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble.

yes...and there is a similar independent city located very close to downtown-it is called Audubon Park, and it is a historic streetcar suburb founded in the early twentieth century. It has its own police force with about 3 cruisers no joke and all they do is cite people for going 29 in a 25 zone. The neighbors are having fits over some of the condo infill in the area, especially this 6 story condo building

Audubon Woods
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Okay. Thanks for the info about Anchorage and other 25 mph areas.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:44 AM
 
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virgo -

Hey, I know both Vienna and Anchorage (I am from McLean, now in Lexington). To me, Anchorage seems more self-contained, but I'm probably just thinking of Vienna in terms of 123 and/or 7. From my limited time in Anchorage (which I looooove), it just seems that it would be somewhat difficult to really drive too fast there anyhow. I mean, I could see driving a little bit above the speed limit, but it just seemed like pretty small roads, etc.

Oh, I also love Vienna. Of course.

Incidentally, I had my share of speeding tickets in VA, mainly in the 90s. Petty traffic tickets of any kind make me crazy. I always see people who really deserve tickets not getting them and then the second I go down a hill a little bit too fast, they get me.

No tickets in 7 years anywhere, knock on wood.
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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virgo -

Hey, I know both Vienna and Anchorage (I am from McLean, now in Lexington). To me, Anchorage seems more self-contained, but I'm probably just thinking of Vienna in terms of 123 and/or 7. From my limited time in Anchorage (which I looooove), it just seems that it would be somewhat difficult to really drive too fast there anyhow. I mean, I could see driving a little bit above the speed limit, but it just seemed like pretty small roads, etc.

Oh, I also love Vienna. Of course.

Incidentally, I had my share of speeding tickets in VA, mainly in the 90s. Petty traffic tickets of any kind make me crazy. I always see people who really deserve tickets not getting them and then the second I go down a hill a little bit too fast, they get me.

No tickets in 7 years anywhere, knock on wood.

Well, hello to you!

Can you explain what you mean by Anchorage is more self-contained and then the connection to Rte. 7 and Rte. 123? Do you mean that Anchorage has no major arteries running thru it the way Vienna does (Rte. 123) or the City of Falls Church (Rte. 7)?

Sorry about your tickets. I've been fortunate/blessed - no tickets for anything at all. There are only a few occasions (once or maybe twice a year) where I put myself in a position to get ticketed in Vienna, and that is when there has been some major accident on the Dulles Toll Road or on the outer loop of the Beltway at Tyson's Corner. The cars on the toll road bail out and drive thru Reston and the Hunters Mill area trying to get down to Rte. 123, and we inch and inch along two-way lanes. By the time I finally make it down to cross thru Rte. 123, I am two breaths away from spontaneous combustion (), and wrongly, I'm ready to do 35 mph in Vienna's 25 mph zone. And there they are. I've gone approximately two blocks, crested a hill, and there the police are with radar guns below the hill. For some reason, they can't get a lock on my white car (this has happened twice). They look at their radar gun, shake it, and then look at me, but they don't wave me over. Whew! In general, I don't go more than 29-30 mph in Vienna. I just howl and moan "Stop signs, stop signs, could I possibly get thru the town of Vienna ... TODAY!!!!!!"
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Old 11-25-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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Well, hello to you!

Can you explain what you mean by Anchorage is more self-contained and then the connection to Rte. 7 and Rte. 123? Do you mean that Anchorage has no major arteries running thru it the way Vienna does (Rte. 123) or the City of Falls Church (Rte. 7)?

Sorry about your tickets. I've been fortunate/blessed - no tickets for anything at all. There are only a few occasions (once or maybe twice a year) where I put myself in a position to get ticketed in Vienna, and that is when there has been some major accident on the Dulles Toll Road or on the outer loop of the Beltway at Tyson's Corner. The cars on the toll road bail out and drive thru Reston and the Hunters Mill area trying to get down to Rte. 123, and we inch and inch along two-way lanes. By the time I finally make it down to cross thru Rte. 123, I am two breaths away from spontaneous combustion (), and wrongly, I'm ready to do 35 mph in Vienna's 25 mph zone. And there they are. I've gone approximately two blocks, crested a hill, and there the police are with radar guns below the hill. For some reason, they can't get a lock on my white car (this has happened twice). They look at their radar gun, shake it, and then look at me, but they don't wave me over. Whew! In general, I don't go more than 29-30 mph in Vienna. I just howl and moan "Stop signs, stop signs, could I possibly get thru the town of Vienna ... TODAY!!!!!!"

Too funny that they can't detect your car. Mine is white as well, maybe my recent luck?

Anyhow, I've never lived in Vienna; so I just drive through either on 123 or going down route 7. So I don't quite think of Vienna as being self-contained. If I were cutting through more, I might say "gee, I don't even feel like I'm in Northern Virginia" - like going through Clifton, Fairfax Station, or Great Falls (where I tend to be more often).

Anchorage is just something different. To me it seems very small (in a good way) and is mainly just small roads without dividing lines going through the neighborhood streets. I know there are some arteries cutting through, but still, nothing like 123 or 7. More like Clifton Road or maybe (hmm, what is an analogy over there, like Lawyers Rd?). The closest analogies that come to my mind might be closer to Middleburg or The Plains. Very sedate.

Everyone I've brought there has started to make moving plans.

Two houses dropped into my price range about a week or two after I bought my house here in Lexington - we're talking pretty big drops. You can buy a much bigger house in the same zip code slightly west (like Owl Creek), but I would still pick Anchorage.

PS - I just re-read your initial post - I thought you lived in Vienna, which is why I keep saying nice things - not that I have a bad impression, I just hadn't wanted to insult your town ...
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