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Obscure in Punsylvania

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Obscure in Punsylvania

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In PA, exit numbers are not assigned sequentially- they're assigned by mile marker. Over here in NY, Kingston is exit 19, Albany is exit 23. Which tells us that they're four exits apart (except they're not- there's six exits, because there's a 21, 21A and 21B). In other words, NY's unique-key exit system is kinda useless.

PA's mile-marker based system is a lot cleaner (mind you, this is the only way in which PA highways surpass NY ones- in all others they suck). It also means that you'll see much large exit numbers- on a cross state trip like the one we took this week, we saw some pretty big ones. One of which prompted me to quip, "Exit 256 bytes."

256 happens to be 28, which is the exact number of unique values you can hold in eight bits (ie. a byte). I chuckled, and so did Minna.
  • *grins*


  • I didn't giggle because at four in the morning, a meek smile is all I can afford. But I got it. I DO remember back in 99-2000, though when the exit numbers were the same as new york, and they phased it in over a few year (exactly how many, I don't know) I hold out hope that NY will follow suit...

    Sadly, though, there would be no exit 256 on the NYS thruway.
  • yeah, throughway exits seem to be pretty much like that everywhere except for parts of the east coast. It really does make it easier when you're traveling to have it labeled by miles -- and then you don't end up with silliness like the aforementioned 21, 21A, and 21B.
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