Today is the 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing the legislation that established the interstate highway system, the largest public works project of the 20th century. It reshaped America, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Overall, I will say the former more than the latter.
More on Interstate highways:
There are more sites linked from my Transportation section.
For the record, my favorite mainline interstate is I-95, but you could probably guess that already. My favorite 3-digit interstate is probably I-295 in Delaware and New Jersey, though I have soft spots for I-287 (also Jersey) and . My feelings for our own I-495 are love-hate.
My favorite on-ramp is from I-80 EAST to I-81 SOUTH, near the old school. If you hit it at the right speed, you get a nice slingshot effect.
How I would do it
Just for fun, additions I would make to the interstate system, if I could just draw them on the map and make it real
And of course
Rename i-99 to a more sensible number, like I-470. Del. 1 becomes the new I-99
Bring back button copy signs!
Here is fun comment that didn’t get migrated:
“Can’t you people see? This man wants nothing less than utter control of the entire Federal Highway System!”
– quote from the unwritten WFY biopic…or perhaps from the equally unwritten WFY/TWH film collaboration, “The Punxatwany Candidate”
# posted by Blogger T William Harrison : Thursday, June 29, 2006 2:59:00 PM