GRA wrote:Maybe more important for you, did you notice that they're going (we hope) to infill I-84, shortening some of the legs that we talked about? Burley/Rupert, plus I'm guessing Mountain Home and probably Ontario, OR; all are obvious, and needed.
No, I didn't notice that, thanks for mentioning it. That would be helpful for my old slow charging S60; I make the trip to Portland and Seattle once a year (in 2017 I plan to do it in August for the eclipse).
I'd really like to see them in both Cortez (gateway to Mesa Verde, and a good distance from both Moab and Kayenta) and Durango, plus do something about U.S. 50 (Montrose & Gunnison plus Poncha Springs/Salida), and/or move the Montrose one down to Ridgway, although I'd think that would make GJT to Gunnison (127 miles + elevation) difficult in winter. Montrose - Durango strikes me as a bit far (107 miles) in winter given the passes, but you'd have a better handle on that than I do. I do think it would benefit from an SC in Silverton or maybe Ouray if Ridgway isn't available, but given the option I always prefer putting SCs at junctions, as that's generally the most convenient as well as the least expensive choice.
Montrose to Durango is actually pretty easy because the speeds between Ouray and Silverton are very low and lead to great range despite the huge elevation changes. I could easily do Farmington to Montrose in my S60, for example. But Durango is too near to Farmington to make a Supercharger Station worthwhile until they are really filling in secondary routes. I do like the idea of one at Cortez since Mesa Verde NP is difficult from Blanding or Farmington without destination charging, due to the long access road inside the park.
I know that Montrose would like to host a Supercharger Station (I know the guy who got the L2 EVSE installed there) but it seems rather close to Grand Junction. Gunnison might be better for US 50 over Monarch Pass: although a bit long at 126 miles, Gunnison to Grand Junction would be fairly easy. But Montrose is a crossroads and Montrose to Salida, at 129 miles plus Monarch Pass, is doable. Ridgway would open up Telluride and Lizard Head Pass, especially with Cortez on the other end. But my local town of Ridgway is a tiny place; some amenities and places to visit but no chain restaurants or stores or things like that. Ouray is also small but would be a very attractive place for a Supercharger Station: it is gorgeous with lots of places to visit and explore but it isn't a crossroads, as you say.
These are all designated scenic highways, as you know, and get a lot of tourist traffic in summer. But they seem a bit lower on the priority scale than other major routes elsewhere.