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Old 07-13-2012, 04:22 PM
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I have always thought that if I was king of the united states, I would not have grass on the sides or middle of interstates. I would make that space was wide enough so a farmer could lease it from the states and grow crops on it. Stuff like soy beans and corn or Cotten. that way the tax payer would make money not spend it to cut grass or plant dam flowers. Most places are already great for that. Look at hwy 70 from kinston to newburn in north Carolina. I bet it would be safer than grass too because a plowed field would slow you down faster.

Or I am missing something.
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I've thought the same thing.
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I know you would have to put up with farm equipment, but the grass cutting tractors are about the same. Government needs to look for ways like that to make money not spend it.
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Now now, the dam flowers are from the revenue from the customized plates started by Jim Harrington when he was NC transportation director. Pretty neat idea if you ask me. He is one of those who helped bust Easley which moves him up my list.

I've always wondered why the median on I-77 heading into Charlotte is so damned narrow. They are widening the road and crying about a transit system at the same time. Hint: Make the median a little bigger on I-77 and leave room for rail. Duh.

BTW, if you can actually run off the road on 70 between Kinston and New Bern you don't need to be driving.
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They should plant pot in the median.

Think of the revenue they could make from the vending machines at the rest area's.

If everybody is driving 40MPH, how much fuel do we save?

It's eco-friendly gold baby.
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They should plant pot in the median.

Think of the revenue they could make from the vending machines at the rest area's.

If everybody is driving 40MPH, how much fuel do we save?

It's eco-friendly gold baby.
Then we would never get anywhere - just always "stop and smell the roses".
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Originally Posted by lodel View Post
Then we would never get anywhere - just always "stop and smell the roses".
Clearly, there would need to be some adjustment (no pun intended) for travel time.
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Originally Posted by Marlin009 View Post
They should plant pot in the median.

Think of the revenue they could make from the vending machines at the rest area's.

If everybody is driving 40MPH, how much fuel do we save?

It's eco-friendly gold baby.
You have been hanging out with snappahead wayy too much.

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Originally Posted by falkon View Post
I have always thought that if I was king of the united states, I would not have grass on the sides or middle of interstates. I would make that space was wide enough so a farmer could lease it from the states and grow crops on it. Stuff like soy beans and corn or Cotten. that way the tax payer would make money not spend it to cut grass or plant dam flowers. Most places are already great for that. Look at hwy 70 from kinston to newburn in north Carolina. I bet it would be safer than grass too because a plowed field would slow you down faster.

Or I am missing something.
This all sounds great but selling it to our so call elected officials would be a nightmare. I cast my vote that you will speak with Perdue before she leaves office. You know she needs just one thing to make her look good before leaving.
In listening to her on TV I believe she may be president of the CRS Club
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There would be someone that would get sick or have died.
Their lawyer will prove that they ate food from the "Median Farm Land" and there is a link between the constant vehicle exhaust and how it was directly (or indirectly) responsible for poisoning the "Food" they ate.

The further north you get, where there is snow and or freezing temps, the chemicals and salt used in the winter would drain directly into the planting soil.

Law suites abound.

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i suppose a farmer earning money from this would be considered in the Median Income bracket
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i suppose a farmer earning money from this would be considered in the Median Income bracket
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My house is pretty close to a double yello line road and the amount of dust (brake dust...tire dust....or dust stirred up from the road.....who knows) is alot. Like we can clean our white windowsills on the porch and they get filthy dirty right away. Good idea though.....just let a meadow grow or trees, like the section on i85 south of richmond that has trees in the median for a hundred miles.
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Then we would never get anywhere - just always "stop and smell the roses".
Forget smelling the roses, I`d be cutting the roses. Other than flowers or regular grass, doesn`t Brazil grow switch grass in the medians to supply the energy needed for the country? I might have the country wrong but I think that`s a great idea.
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Originally Posted by falkon View Post
I have always thought that if I was king of the united states, I would not have grass on the sides or middle of interstates. I would make that space was wide enough so a farmer could lease it from the states and grow crops on it. Stuff like soy beans and corn or Cotten. that way the tax payer would make money not spend it to cut grass or plant dam flowers. Most places are already great for that. Look at hwy 70 from kinston to newburn in north Carolina. I bet it would be safer than grass too because a plowed field would slow you down faster.

Or I am missing something.
I don't think i'll be farming on the interstate
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Originally Posted by falkon View Post
I have always thought that if I was king of the united states, I would not have grass on the sides or middle of interstates. I would make that space was wide enough so a farmer could lease it from the states and grow crops on it. Stuff like soy beans and corn or Cotten. that way the tax payer would make money not spend it to cut grass or plant dam flowers. Most places are already great for that. Look at hwy 70 from kinston to newburn in north Carolina. I bet it would be safer than grass too because a plowed field would slow you down faster.

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They've been doing this for years in some places in the West.
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Hay is made on lots of roads out west....
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Hay is made on lots of roads out west....
That's what I would do. They could use it as erosion control for road work. That's what we sell our hay for from our property in MS.
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In Minn. the farmers are so powerful that they grow their crops right up to street side at times, (in this case corn) my nephew (via common law marrige) was in a car that was heading toward an intersection (1,18 YO, 2, 17 YO's) and the stop sign was covered by corn crops, they blew through the sign and got broadsided by an uncoming car that had the right of way. My nephew died in the crash, I don't know what happened in the case of the sign being blocked and all the details but there is a down side to the idea.
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