Tag Archives: Interstate Highways

America’s longest freeway capping parks

Below are freeway capping projects that incorporate park land or greenspace atop the deck that have taken place or which are proposed in the United States. They are listed by their known or approximate length (~) using maps.google.com. Unfortunately, there … Continue reading

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Confessions of a recovering freeway nerd

Source: wired.com I’ll admit it. In my younger days, I was a certified freeway nerd. Growing up in Indianapolis, I was in awe of the Interstate Highway System. Lucky for me, Indy had plenty of them, including my teenage and … Continue reading

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The top 100 Interstate Highway truck bottlenecks

Source: scientificamerican.com The map below depicts the location of the top 100 bottlenecks for trucks in the United States on the Interstate Highway System in 2019. Note: Though shown in gray instead of red or pink, Kansas City has one … Continue reading

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Highest mountain passes, gaps, cuts, notches, and saddles on the Interstate Highway System

Below is a list of the highest elevation mountain passes, gaps, cuts, notches, and saddles in the United States on the Interstate Highway System. This blog author has traveled through the ones that are shown in italics. The list represents … Continue reading

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Ugly two-digit Interstate Highway segments and thoughts on how to improve them

The following list identifies some segments of two-digit Interstate Highways where the aesthetics along the freeway are far less than pleasing. The list represents segments where there is little to impress a traveler and may in fact repel them from … Continue reading

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Echoes from a 20th Century ghost town – Glenrio, NM/TX

One typically thinks of ghost towns being worn relics from the 19th Century or of earlier time periods. However, in the case of Glenrio, New Mexico/Texas, the town was founded, prospered, and died during a narrow time span within the … Continue reading

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Longest state segments of three-digit Interstate Highways

RANKINGS (As of 02/24/21 – Minimum of 40 miles in length) Interstate 476 – Pennsylvania = 129.61 miles Interstate 495 – Massachusetts = 121.56 miles Interstate 135 – Kansas = 95.74 miles Interstate 196 – Michigan = 80.65 miles Interstate … Continue reading

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Shortest state segments of three-digit Interstate Highways

  As a follow-up to the previous post on the shortest state segments of one and two-digit Interstate Highways, here is a list of the shortest state segments of three-digit Interstate Highways. RANKINGS (Based on current mileage as of 2/19/21) … Continue reading

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Shortest state segments of one/two digit Interstate Highways

RANKINGS BASED ON CURRENT MILEAGE (02/11/21) Maximum of 75 miles in length Interstate 95 in the District of Columbia = 0.11 miles – co-signed with Interstate 495 Interstate 78 in New York = 0.50 miles Interstate 66 in the District … Continue reading

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Interstate injustice – the human and economic toll

The following raw data tries to put some perspective into the vast extent of destruction that took place in American urban centers during the highway building boom of the late 1940s through the 1980s. ¬†Overall, the number of dwellings lost … Continue reading

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