Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in Canada

DDI in Regina, SK- Source: cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/diverging-diamond-opens-1.4569583

As can be seen below, adoption of the diverging diamond interchange model has not caught on in Canada like it has in the United States. Additional examples will be added as they are announced/developed.

2017

Macleod Trail & 162 Avenue SE – Calgary, Alberta

2018

Trans Canada Highway 1 & Pilot Butte – Regina, Saskatchewan

2022

Queen Elizabeth Way & Glendale Avenue – Niagara Falls, Ontario

FUTURE

Perimeter Highway & Portage Avenue – Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Places that should be National Parks

Sandia Mountains of New Mexico – photo by author

The photos speak for themselves, but the list below are some of the beautiful and inspiring places in the United States (and one in Canada) that this author believes should be National Parks. Some are already part of the National Park System, but should be upgraded to “National Park” status from national monument, lakeshore, or recreation area status. Others are state parks, national wildlife refuges, or a tribal park. Other suggestions are most welcome. Enjoy!

Arizona:

Horseshoe Bend (currently a National Monument)

Georgia:

Okefenokee Swamp (currently a National Wildlife Refuge)

Okekenokee Swamp in Georgia – Source: brittanica.com

Illinois:

Cahokia Mounds (currently a state park)

Iowa:

Loess Hills

Loess Hills of Iowa – Source: inhf.org

Kansas:

Flint Hills

Michigan:

Sleeping Bear Dunes (currently a National Lakeshore)

Porcupine Mountains (currently a state park)

Navajo Nation:

Monument Valley Tribal Park – should be added only in coordination and support of the Navajo Nation

Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation – Source: tripadvisor.com

New Mexico:

Bandelier – (currently a National Monument)

Jemez – (currently a National Recreation Area)

Rio Grande Del Norte (currently a National Monument)

Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico – Source: tripadvisor.com

Sandia Mountains (currently part of Cibola National Forest) – see photo at the top of the post

Valles Caldera (currently a National Preserve)

New York:

Niagara Falls (both the USA and Canada sides)

Niagara Falls – Source: viator.com

Ohio:

Newark Earthworks (currently a state historic site)

South Dakota:

Custer State Park

Texas:

Guadalupe Salt Flats

Palo Duro Canyon (currently a state park)

Lighthouse Rock in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas – Source: tylerpaper.com

Utah:

Bonneville Salt Flats

Virginia:

Great Dismal Swamp (currently a National Wildlife Refuge)

Washington:

Mount St. Helens (currently a National Volcanic Monument)

Mt. St. Helen in Washington – Source: pdxmonthly.com
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Full city/town-to-city/town anagrams

Source: johncanessa.com

Shown in alphabetical order by larger city (town) by population on the left and smaller one on the right. As there are likely many more examples of full city/town anagrams, please feel free to forward any not listed for inclusion. Enjoy!

Basin (WY) — Sabin (MN)

Belen (NM) — Nebel (Germany)

Benson (AZ) — Bonnes (France)

Cairo (Egypt) — Coria (Spain)

Croydon (England) — Corydon (IN)

Davis (CA) — Vadis (WV)

Durban (South Africa) — Dunbar (WV)

Elroy (WI) — Leroy (MI)

Lander (WY) — Larned (KS)

Laredo (TX) — Lerado (KS)

Lima (Peru and OH) — Mila (Algeria)

Marshall (MI and TX) — Shallmar (MD)

Mesa (AZ) — Ames (IA)

Milan (Italy) — Liman (Azerbaijan)

Minto (NB) — Timon (LA)

Moore (OK) — Romeo (MI)

Napa (CA) — Pana (IL)

Olean (NY) — Neola (WV)

Pella (IA) — Lapel (IN)

Rome (Italy) — Orem (UT)

Rome (Italy) — Omer (MI)

Roseland (multiple states) — Landrose (SK)

Salem (multiple states) — Selma (AL)

Sullivan (IN) — Vinsulla (BC)

Timon (Brazil) — Minot (ND)

Tokyo (Japan) — Kyoto (Japan)

Tonica (IL) — Ticona (IL)

Trail (BC) — Liart (France)

Trona (CA)— Rotan (TX)

Troy (MI, OH, IL) — Tyro (KS and NC)

Tulsa (OK) — Altus (OK)

Tulsa (OK) — Sault (France)

Tulsa (OK) — Sulat ( Philippines)

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Really big, biG, bIG, BIG coin statues!

Just when you thought it was safe to come outside from winter hibernation and Covid lock downs, the Earth is now being overrun by very large coin statues. Will it ever end? Can only cryptocurrencies save us from such a fate? 😱(Check the end of the post for an update.)

Source: emojiterra.com

Thanks to a suggestion from our guest blogger, Dan, here are some (if not all) of the large coin statues found around the planet. No doubt, paper currency fans will likely demand equal time, but for now here are just the coins. As will become increasingly evident, big coins seem to be a really, really big deal in Canada. Apparently there are two official seasons there – hockey season and big coin season.

The coins are presented in increasing face value. Thank you, Dan….I think? As always, any additions, suggestions, or corrections are most welcome. Enjoy!

Wooden coin (value unknown) in Casey, Illinois – Source: tripadvisor.com

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Wooden nickel in San Antonio, Texas – Source: wooden-nickel-museum.com/world-s-largest-wooden-nickel

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Wooden nickel in Iowa City, Iowa -Source: tripadvisor.com

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Big American penny in Woodruff, Wisconsin Source: boards.straightdope.com/t/statuary-coinage-show-me-the-money/961599

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Big Canadian penny in Salmo, British Columbia – Source: boards.straightdope.com/t/statuary-coinage-show-me-the-money/961599

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The famous Sudbury Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario – Source: davidkjoycminerals.com

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Dime in a box in Dime Box, Texas – Source: kernut.com

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Big quarter in Everett, Pennsylvania – Source: boards.straightdope.com/t/statuary-coinage-show-me-the-money/961599

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Two images of 50 pence statue in Stoke-on-Trent, UK – Sources: wunderstock.com and the potteries.org

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Big loonie in Echo Bay, Ontario – Source: boards.straightdope.com/t/statuary-coinage-show-me-the-money/961599

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Big loonie in Churchbridge, Ontario – Source: boards.straightdope.com/t/statuary-coinage-show-me-the-money/961599

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Big toonie in Cambellford, Ontario – Source: boards.straightdope.com/t/statuary-coinage-show-me-the-money/961599

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Five yen statue in Kawagoe, Japan – Source: dreamstime.com

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Silver Peso (8 reales) statue in Jinggangshan, China – Source: coinbooks.org – the Silver Peso was considered legal tender in China until 1935 per wikipedia.

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Million dollar Maple Leaf Gold Coin of Canada – Source: online.kitco.com

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One tonne gold coin on display at the Perth, Australia Mint – Source: perthmint.com

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…and it was bound to happen. Our friend Dan found a Bitcoin cryptocurrency statue in Slovenia.

Bitcoin Crypto Statue in Slovenia – Source: phys.org/news/2018-03-slovenia-inaugurates-world-bitcoin-monument.html

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Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Most of us are familiar with the national fast food burger chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Five Guys, Sonic, and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. But, there are many local, regional, and semi-national burger chains that dot the map and serve tasty sandwiches. In fact, my favorite burgers are produced by regional chains – Braum’s and Whataburger. The list provided below identifies these chains and their geographic location(s). It does not include national chains nor those burger restaurants that provide fast-casual service such as Red Robin or Shake Shack.

Source: freddysusa.com

From the list, one can see there were specific spans of history where fast food burger chains were founded. These time clusters include:

1919-1926: A&W, Halo Burger, Stewart’s, White Castle, and White Tower (now defunct) (5)

1930-1935: Krystal, Steak ‘n Shake, and Swenson’s (3)

1940-1941: B&K Root Beer (largely defunct), Carl’s Jr., Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s (4)

1946-1956: Arctic Circle, Baker’s, Blake’s Lotaburger, Burger Chef (now part of Hardee’s), Burger King, Dick’s, Fatburger, In-N-Out Burger, Jack-in-the-Box, Nation’s Giant Hamburgers, Original Tommy’s, Pal’s, Sonic, Tom Wahl’s, Whataburger, and Zip’s (16)

1960-1969: Bob’s, Braum’s, Burgerville, Hardee’s, Jack’s, and Wendy’s (6)

1981-1987: Back Yard, Burger Time, Checker’s, Culver’s, Farmer Boys, Five Guys, Hot n’ Now (defunct), and Rally’s (8)

2000-2003: Freddy’s and Wild Willy’s (2)

Those burger chain shown above in italics, the author has eaten at.

Source: burgerposter.blogspot.com

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A&W (1919 in Lodi, CA) – AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, IN, KS, KY, MI, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, WI, and WV

Arctic Circle (1950 in Salt Lake City, UT) – UT, ID, OR, NV, AZ, WA, and WY

Back Yard Burgers (1987 in Cleveland, MS)- AR, FL, IL, KY, MO, MS, NC, and TN

Baker’s (1952 in Southern California) – Southern California

Blake’s Lotaburger (1952 in Albuquerque, NM) – NM, TX, and AZ

Bob’s Burgers (1963 in Albuquerque, NM) – 11 locations in the Albuquerque area

Braum’s (1961 in Emporia, KS) – OK, TX, KS, AR, and MO

Burger Time (1987 in West Fargo, ND) – ND, MN, and SD

Burgerville (1961 in Vancouver, WA) – WA and OR – Thank you, Dan (added 4/2/22)

Checker’s (1986 in Mobile, AL) – Coast to coast in 25 states

Culver’s (1984 in Sauk City, WI) – 25 states

Dick’s Drive-in (1954 in Seattle, WA) – Puget Sound area of WA

Farmer Boys (1981 in Perris, CA) – Southern California

Fatburger (1947 in Los Angeles, CA) – Southern California

Freddy’s Steakburgers & Frozen Custard (2002 in Wichita, KS) – Coast to coast in 35 states

Halo Burger (1923 in Flint, MI) – Michigan

In-N-Out Burger (1948 in Baldwin Park, CA) – AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, OR, TX, and UT

Jack in the Box (1951 in San Diego, CA) – Primarily the Western USA

Jack’s (1960 in Homewood, AL) – AL, GA, MS, and TN

Krystal (1932 in Chattanooga, TN) Southeastern USA

Nation’s Giant Hamburgers (1952 in San Pablo, CA) – SF Bay area of CA

Original Tommy’s (1946 in Los Angeles, CA) – Southern California

Pal’s (1956 in Kingsport, TN) – TN and VA

Rally’s (1985 in Louisville, KY) – 16 states

Steak ‘n Shake (1934 in Normal, IL) – Coast to coast in 32 states, but primarily in the Midwest and Southeast

Stewart’s (1924 in Mansfield, OH) – OH, NJ, NY, PA, and WV

Swenson’s (1934 in Akron, OH) – Ohio

Tom Wahl’s (1955 in Rochester, NY) – Six locations in the Rochester area.

Whataburger (1950 in Corpus Christi, TX) – Southeastern and Southwestern USA

White Castle (1921 in Wichita, KS) Midwest, NY, FL, NV, and AZ

Wild Willy’s (2001 in York, ME) – MA, ME, and NH

Zip’s (1953 in Kennewick, WA) – WA and ID

Source: en.wikipedia.org

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The steaming hot market for drive-thru coffee shops

Across the country there is an ongoing boom in freestanding drive-thru/walk-up coffee shops. These units rarely, if ever, incorporate indoor seating, though they may have some outdoor seats. Instead these shops are designed and meant for customers on the go — whether by car, foot, or bike.

Dutch Bros. in Albuquerque, NM with bicycle parking – Source: abqjournal.com

One can point to Dutch Brothers out of Grants Pass, Oregon as an early leader in the drive-the only coffee shop concept. They were founded in 1992 as a push cart coffee service which has morphed into primarily drive-thru shops. However, they are hardly alone, as Scooter’s from Omaha (Bellevue), Nebraska was established in 1998 as a drive-thru only chain and Biggby’s “B Cubed” concept out of Michigan have been popping up in numerous drive-thru locations since 2018.

Scooter’s Coffee in Highland IL – photo by author

Aside from the convenience factor, these quick serve locations have increased in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic, as a way to reduce the risk of exposure to customers and employees alike. They also have the benefit of lower site, development, and overhead costs due to the smaller building and site footprints.

Scooter’s Coffee location in Sioux Falls, SD with outdoor seating – Source: siouxfalls.business/scooters-coffee-coming-to-northwest-sioux-falls/

As noted above, given the lack of indoor seating, these quick-serve units tend have quite a smaller footprint. Some units are dual drive-thru, while others are drive-thru on one side and walk/bike-up on the opposite side. A typical Dutch Bros. unit occupies 375 to 400 square feet on a 10,000-15,000 square foot site. Meanwhile, a typical freestanding Scooter’s has a footprint of 544 square foot on a 2,000-5,000 square foot site. Both Dutch Bros. and Scooter’s units are constructed on site.

Biggby BCubed unit near Traverse City, MI – photo by author

In the case of Biggby’s BCubed units, the 350-400 square foot facilities are modular structures that are transported to a prepared site and then placed on the building pad. Several exterior color variations are available to select including the orange and blue shown in the photo above. As some communities may not like the bright color scheme, two-tone or single tone gray options with orange trim can also be chosen (see photo below).

Biggby BCubed location in Mt. Pleasant, MI with outdoor seating – Source: ourmidland.com

From a community planning perspective, issues to consider for freestanding drive-thru coffee shops include proper zoning, onsite circulation especially for double drive-thrus and between adjacent uses, site ingress/egress, hours of operation (often 24/7), landscaping, signage, off-street parking, sufficient stacking spaces for the drive-thru(s) windows, and outdoor lighting. If outdoor seating is included, there would be additional considerations, particularly in regards to pedestrian safety.

Double drive-thru Dutch Bros. in Everett, WA – Source: heraldnet.com

All three of these drive-thru coffee chains (Dutch Bros., Scooter’s, and Biggby) are rapidly growing across the American landscape. As they do, other/new competitors will likely join them in establishing freestanding drive-thru shops, including nationally known brands like Starbucks, Dunkin’, and Caribou. Local review officials and community planners should preemptively prepare their applicable ordinances ahead of time to assure they are ready to fully and adequately review a such a proposal.

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Tucumcari – Where signs are art

Buckaroo Motel

A recent trip through Tucumcari, New Mexico on old Route 66 revealed a litany of roadside history, not least of which were some amazing signs. The following photo montage depicts a sample of these structures and reveals the artistry of their design.

Motel Safari

Sadly, modern designs rarely have the curb appeal of the mid-century signs. Thankfully, in places like Tucumcari one can still find them dotting the roadsides. Hope you enjoy viewing these.

Blue Swallow Motel
Tepee Curios
Palomino Motel
Thunderbird Restaurant
Sun ‘n Sand Motel
La Cita

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Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in the USA

A working list of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) is listed in alphabetical order by full state name under each calendar year. The first DDI in the United States opened in 2009. This style of interchange design cuts down the number of potential conflict points for traffic and allows it to flow more smoothly, while reducing the number and severity of accidents.

Source: omaha.com

As is clear from the list, the state of Missouri was an early leader in the development of DDIs. Today, most states have constructed at least one diverging diamond interchange. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions to this list are most welcome.

2009

  • I-44 & MO 13 – Springfield, MO

2010

  • US 60 & National Avenue – Springfield, MO
  • I-270 & Dorsett Road – St. Louis (Maryland Heights), MO
  • US 129 & Middlesettlements Road – Knoxville (Alcoa), TN
  • I-15 & American Fork – Provo-Orem (American Fork), UT

2011

  • KY 4 & US 68* – Lexington, KY
  • I-435 & Front Street – Kansas City, MO
  • I-15 & Timpanogos Highway – Provo-Orem (Highland), UT
  • SR 201 & Bangerter Highway – Salt Lake City (West Valley City), UT
  • I-15 & 500 East – Provo-Orem (American Fork), UT

2012

  • I-285 & Ashford-Dunwoody Road – Atlanta (Dunwoody), GA
  • MD 295 & Arundel Mills Boulevard – Washington (Hanover), MD
  • US 65 & MO 248 – Branson, MO
  • US 67 & MO 221 – St. Louis (Farmington), MO
  • MO 150 & Botts Road – Kansas City, MO
  • US 65 & Chestnut Expressway – Springfield, MO
  • I-580 & Moana Lane – Reno, NV
  • I-590 & South Winton Road – Rochester (Brighton), NY

2013

  • I-85 & Pleasant Hill Road – Atlanta (Duluth), GA
  • I-86 & Yellowstone Ave (US 91) – Pocatello (Chubbuck), ID
  • I-35 & Homestead Lane – Kansas City (Gardner), KS
  • US 52 & New Olmsted County Road 12 – Rochester (Oronoco), MN
  • SR 15 & SR 120/Stearns County Road – St. Cloud, MN
  • I-494 & 34th Avenue – Twin Cities (Bloomington), MN
  • I-70 & Stadium Boulevard – Columbia, MO
  • I-44 & Range Line Road – Joplin, MO
  • I-70 & Woods Chapel Road – Kansas City (Blue Springs), MO
  • US 60 & MO 13 – Springfield, MO
  • I-70 & Mid-Rivers Mall Drive – St. Louis (St. Peter’s), MO
  • I-270 & Roberts Road – Columbus, OH
  • I-15 & St. George Boulevard – St. George, UT
  • I-25 & College Drive – Cheyenne, WY

2014

  • I-70 & US 6/US 50 – Grand Junction, CO
  • I-69 & IN 1/DuPont Road – Fort Wayne, IN
  • I-435 & Roe Avenue – Kansas City (Overland Park), KS
  • MN 101 & 141st Avenue – Twin Cities (Rogers), MN
  • I-29 & Tiffany Springs Parkway – Kansas City, MO
  • I-77 & Catawba Avenue – Charlotte (Cornelius), NC
  • I-85 & Poplar Tent Road – Charlotte (Concord), NC
  • I-85 & NC 73 – Charlotte (Concord), NC
  • Loop 375 & Spur 601 – El Paso, TX
  • I-15 & UT 130, Cross Hollow Road – Cedar City, UT
  • I-15/US 85 & US 91/1100S – Salt Lake City (Brigham City), UT
  • I-64 & US 15 – Charlottesville (Zion Crossroads), VA

2015

  • US 36 & McCaslin Boulevard – Louisville, CO
  • I-85 & Jimmy Carter Boulevard – Atlanta (Norcross), GA
  • I-57 & Morgan Avenue – Marion, IL
  • I-88 & SR 59 – Chicago (Naperville), IL
  • I-65 & Worthsville Road – Indianapolis (Greenwood), IN
  • I-80 & Grand Prairie Parkway – Des Moines (Waukee), IA
  • KS-10 & Ridgeview Road – Kansas City (Olathe), KS
  • I-75 & University Drive – Detroit (Auburn Hills), MI
  • I-35W & CR 96 – Twin Cities (Arden Hills), MN
  • US 65 & Battlefield Road – Springfield, MO
  • I-10 & Old MS 67/D’Iberville Road – Biloxi-Gulfport (D’Iberville), MS
  • I-515 & Horizon Drive – Las Vegas (Henderson), NV
  • I-26 & Airport Road – Asheville, NC
  • I-485 & Mallard Creek Road Charlotte, NC
  • I-95 & US 301 Fayetteville Road – Lumberton, NC
  • I-40 & NC 66/Union Cross Road – Piedmont Triad (Kernersville), NC
  • I-40 & SR 66 – Knoxville (Sevierville), TN
  • I-35 & University Boulevard (RM 1431) – Austin (Round Rock), TX
  • I-15 & UT 68 – Salt Lake City (Bountiful), UT

2016

  • I-25 & CO 38/Fillmore Street – Colorado Springs, CO
  • DE 1 & DE 72 Wrangle Hill Road – Wilmington (Wrangle Hill), DE
  • I-35 & W 95th St – Kansas City (Lenexa), KS
  • I-70 & US 77 – Manhattan (Junction City), KS
  • I-96 & Cascade Road – Grand Rapids, MI
  • I-49 & MO 291 – Kansas City (Harrisonville), MO
  • I-49 & 211th Street – Kansas City (Peculiar), MO
  • US 65 & MO CC – Springfield (Ozark), MO
  • I-94 & MN 75 – Fargo (Moorhead), MN
  • I-80 & NW 48th Street – Lincoln, NE
  • I-25 & Cerrillos Road – Santa Fe, NM
  • US 17/74/76 & NC 133 – Wilmington (Leland), NC
  • I-73 & West Gate City Boulevard – Piedmont Triad (Greensboro), NC
  • I-40 & US 21 – Statesville, NC
  • I-5 & Fern Valley Road – Medford (Phoenix), OR
  • I-70 & PA 19 – Pittsburgh (Washington), PA
  • Sam Rayburn Tollway & South Colony Drive – Dallas-Fort Worth (The Colony), TX
  • I-581 & Valley View Blvd – Roanoke, VA
  • I-90/39 & Avalon Road – Rock Valley (Janesville), WI

2017

  • I-75 & University Parkway – Sarasota, FL
  • I-95 & GA 21/30 – Savannah (Port Wentworth, GA)
  • I-75 & Windy Hill Rd – Atlanta (Cumberland), GA
  • I-75 & Wade Green Road – Atlanta (Kennesaw), GA
  • I-90 & Elmhurst Road – Chicago (Des Plaines), IL
  • I-69 & Campus Parkway/Greenfield Avenue – Indianapolis (Fishers), IN
  • US 52 & Research Parkway – Piedmont Triad (Winston-Salem), NC
  • I-475 & OH 25 – Toledo (Perrysburg), OH
  • US 460 & Southgate Drive – Blacksburg, VA
  • I-66 & US 15/VA 55 – Washington (Haymarket), VA

2018

  • AK 1/Glenn Highway & Muldoon Road – Anchorage, AK
  • FL 836 & NW 27 Avenue – South Florida (Miami), FL
  • KS 18 & KS 113 – Manhattan, KS
  • I-35W & MN 97 – Twin Cities (Forest Lake), MN
  • MO 291 & US 50 – Kansas City (Lee’s Summit), MO
  • I-40/85 & US 119 – Burlington (Mebane), NC
  • US 10 & WI 441 – Appleton, WI

2019

  • Loop 202 & Desert Foothills Parkway – Phoenix, AZ – half DDI – added 3/21/22
  • Loop 202 & 17th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ – half DDI – added 3/21/22
  • FL 836 & NW 57 Avenue – South Florida (Miami), FL
  • I-95 & Viera Boulevard – Melbourne (Brevard County), FL
  • I-80 & Alice’s Road – Des Moines (West Des Moines), IA
  • I-24 & US 60 – Paducah, KY
  • I-86/NY 17& NY 32 – New York City (Woodbury), NY
  • MoPac/TX 1 & Slaughter – Austin (Round Rock), TX
  • FM 2818 & FM 60 – Bryan-College Station, TX
  • I-215 & Redwood Road – Salt Lake City (North Salt Lake), UT

2020

  • I-10 & AL 181 – Mobile (Malbis), AL
  • I-17 & Happy Valley Road – Phoenix, AZ
  • CA 120 & Union Road – Stockton (Manteca), CA
  • I-95 & FL A1A – Jacksonville (Yulee), FL
  • I-285 & GA 6/Camp Creek Parkway – Atlanta (East Point), GA
  • I-35 & First Street – Des Moines (Ankeny), IA
  • US 169 & MN 41 – Twin Cities (Jordan), MN
  • I-75 & Union Centre – Cincinnati (West Chester), OH
  • I-40 & OK 6 – Oklahoma City (Elk City), OK
  • I-5 & WA 210 – Olympia (Lacey), WA

2021

  • I-65 & Lakeshore Drive – Birmingham (Homewood), AL
  • I-10 & Houghton Road – Tucson, AZ
  • CA 11 & Enrique Fermi Drive – San Diego (Otay Mesa), CA
  • I-70 & IN 39 – Indianapolis (Monrovia), IN
  • I-75 & Big Beaver Road – Detroit (Troy), MI
  • I-75 & 14 Mile Road – Detroit (Troy), MI
  • I-440 & Western Boulevard – Research Triangle (Raleigh), NC
  • I-75 & CR 99 – Findlay, OH
  • I-70 & PA 51 – Pittsburgh (Belle Vernon), PA
  • I-83 & PA 851 – York (Shrewsbury), PA
  • I-77 & Gold Hill Road – Charlotte (Fort Mill), SC
  • I-26 & Boones Creek Road – Johnson City, TN
  • I-24 & Hickory Hollow Parkway – Nashville, TN
  • I-35 & Palmer Road – Austin, TX
  • I-80 & 5600W – Salt Lake City, UT

2022

  • I-49 & US 71B – Fayetteville-Springdale (Bentonville), AR
  • Research Parkway & Powers Road – Colorado Springs, CO
  • FL 202 & San Pablo – Jacksonville, FL
  • I-75 & FL 56 – Tampa (Wesley Chapel), FL
  • I-95 & Glades Road – South Florida (Boca Raton), FL
  • I-380 & Tower Terrace Road – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • I-94 & US 127 – Jackson, MI
  • I-40 & NC 42 – Research Triangle (Clayton), NC
  • I-475 & US 20A – Toledo (Maumee), OH
  • US 222 & US 322 – Lancaster (Ephrata), PA
  • I-85 & Thurbers Avenue – Providence, RI

TO BE COMPLETED IN 2023

  • I-5 & Louise Avenue – Stockton (Lathrop), CA
  • I-75 & Clark Road – Sarasota, FL
  • I-4 & CR 532 – Orlando (Osceola County), FL
  • I-80 & Houbolt Road – Chicago (Joliet), IL
  • I-80 & First Avenue – Iowa City (Coralville), IA
  • I-71/75 & KY 338 – Cincinnati (Richwood), KY
  • I-71/75 & KY 536 – Cincinnati (Richwood), KY
  • I-10 & Loyola Drive – New Orleans (Kenner), LA
  • I-40 & Airport Road – Research Triangle (Morrisville), NC
  • I-75 & OH 725 – Dayton (Miamisburg), OH
  • I-90 & LaCrosse Street – Rapid City, SD
  • I-29 & 41st Street – Sioux Falls, SD
  • I-75 & TN 131/Emory Road – Knoxville, TN
  • I-65 & Buckner Road – Nashville (Spring Hill), TN
  • I-35 & Williams Drive – Austin (Georgetown), TX

UNDER DEVELOPMENT OR PLANNED FOR 2024 AND BEYOND

  • I-10 & AZ 347 – Phoenix, AZ
  • I-580 & International Parkway – Stockton (Tracy), CA (2024)
  • CA 99 & Mitchell Road – Modesto (Ceres), CA (2024)
  • I-10 & Cherry Valley Road – Inland Empire (Calimesa), CA (2025)
  • I-215 & University Parkway – Inland Empire (San Bernardino), CA
  • I-70 & Kipling Street – Denver (Wheat Ridge), CO
  • I-75 & NW 49th Street – Ocala, FL (2024-25)
  • First Coast Expressway & Henley Road – Jacksonville (Clay County), FL
  • I-75 & Colonial Boulevard – Fort Myers, FL (2024)
  • First Coast Expressway & Fl 16 – Jacksonville (Clay County), FL
  • I-10 & Nine Mile Road – Pensacola, FL
  • I-10 & Pine Forest Road – Pensacola, FL
  • I-75 & GA 20 Atlanta (McDonough), GA
  • I-185 & US 80/GA 22 – Columbus, GA
  • US 80/GA 22 & Bradley Park Drive – Columbus, GA
  • I-16 & Dean Forest Road – Savannah, GA
  • US 20 & ID 33 – Rexburg, ID
  • US 20 & University Boulevard – Rexburg, ID
  • I-74 & John Deere Road – Moline, IL – added 4/16/22
  • I-270 & IL 111 – St. Louis (Pontoon Beach), IL
  • I-55 & IL 59 – Chicago (Shorewood), IL
  • I-75 & 12 Mile Road – Detroit (Madison Heights), MI
  • US 422 & Harper Road – Cleveland (Solon), OH
  • OH 82 & OH 46 – Youngstown (Howland Township), OH
  • Creek Turnpike & US 64/Memorial Drive – Tulsa, OK
  • I-5 & Ehlen Road NE – Salem (Aurora), OR
  • PR 30 & PR 189 – Caguas (Gurabo), PR – added 4/16/22
  • I-29 & Benson Road – Sioux Falls, SD
  • I-90 & SD 11 – Sioux Falls (Brandon), SD
  • I-29 & 85th Street – Sioux Falls, SD
  • I-40 & TN 255/Donelson Pike – Nashville, TN
  • Loop 360 & RM 2222 – Austin, TX
  • I-35 & Wells Branch Parkway – Austin, TX
  • Loop 1604 & Blanco Rd – San Antonio, TX – added 4/20/22
  • US 281 & Jones-Maltsberger Rd (South) – San Antonio, TX – added 4/20/22
  • I-37 & SE Military Dr – San Antonio, TX – added 4/20/22
  • I-89 & US 2 – Burlington (Colchester), VT (2025)
  • I-43 & Brown Deer Road – Milwaukee, WI (2025)
  • I-41 & Ballard Road – Appleton, WI
  • I-41 & Richmond Street – Appleton, WI
  • I-41& Northland Avenue – Appleton, WI
Source: abc10.com

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A generation comes to a close…

Today, the last living member of my parent’s generation passed away. Uncle Ralph was 97 years young and despite his age, died much too early. He was active and filled with vigor throughout his life, even until just a couple of months ago when he became ill. Just last summer we visited him in Missouri and he was raring to go and full of fun!

Perhaps, the hardest part of knowing he’s gone, is that his passing brings his entire generation to an end in our family. It’s difficult to imagine a planet where neither of my parents, my stepfather, nor any of my aunts and uncles are alive. Even today, I can vividly recall all of us sitting at the dining room table (or the kid’s table) at my grandparents home laughing and talking during the holidays. I can remember the joy of them arriving at Christmas or Thanksgiving, usually the two times a year we could all gather due to distances. I can recall bits and pieces of the stories they told, wishing today that I had written them down. And most of all, I can recall the comfort as a kid in knowing that we had such a great extended family.

His death also means my generation is now the oldest living one. And it’s rather hard to think that any of my siblings, cousins, or I can begin to fill the same shoes that our parents did. Personally, I feel like an imposter in such a role. I’m not supposed to be the seasoned elder or the wise old grandpa. That’s supposed to be their job! But, they are no longer here…except in our hearts and in our individual and collective memories.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, Uncle Tom, Uncle Ned, Aunt Gerry, Aunt Nina, Jim (stepdad), Uncle Bill, Aunt Jean, and Uncle Ralph. All of you were very special in your own individual way. You forged an impressive trail throughout life. My hope is that our generation can begin to replicate your many achievements.

Love, Rick

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Restoring the AT&SF’s mighty 2926 Steam Locomotive

The mighty 2926!

We had the privilege this weekend to visit the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society’s workshop near Old Town Albuquerque, to tour the ongoing restoration efforts on the immense 1944 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Steam Locomotive (#2926). This monumental effort has been going on since the locomotive was acquired from the City of Albuquerque in 2000 for $1.00.

Gears, gears, and more gears

The 2926 operated between 1944 and 1956, logging more than one million miles of service before retiring to Albuquerque’s Coronado City Park. Sadly, time, vandalism, and the elements were not kind to the locomotive over the 44 years it sat in the park.

The 2926 in its heyday – Source: newmexicomagazine.org

Thankfully, the love, hard work, and dedication of the society’s members has brought this magnificent machine back to life – to the point were it was briefly operated under its own power for the first time in 65 years last summer (July 2021). The society “hopes” to eventually run limited excursions using the locomotive, if they can successfully negotiate the sea of red tape and hurdles that it takes to do so.

Here are a few fascinating facts about this muscular engineering marvel and the effort to restore it:

View of the tender

If you are interested in contributing to this impressive restoration effort, here is the contact information for the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society:

Website: http://www.nmslrhs.org

Address: NMSLRHS; P.O. Box 27270; Albuquerque, NM 87125-7270 

Phone: (505) 246-2926  (Wed. & Sat. 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Mountain Time) 

Email: nmslrhs@nmslrhs.org

Hopefully, the dedication and countless volunteer hours will help lead to the 2926 becoming a preeminent tourist attraction in Albuquerque and New Mexico for many years to come. It is truly a magnificent engineering marvel and an important part of New Mexico’s transportation history!

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