ghost highways

8:21 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Into It: Ghost Highways Of America

A ghost ramp off of a ramp (still existing) conveying US 30 from I-405 via I-5 to the western terminus of I-84 on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.

America's highways are littered with loose ends. In Houston, relics of an incomplete inner city project loom on the east and west ends with nothing in-between. In Portland, ramps built to merge with the Mt. Hood Freeway simply drop off into an overgrown field.

In the 1930s, construction began on a highway that would cross Pennsylvania’s unruly terrain, following a path developed by the railroad magnate William Vanderbilt. But by the 60s, the route had bypassed a long segment and a narrow tunnel in Breezewood, Pennsylvania. The highway is now slowly being recaptured by nature.

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