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Corridor L - West Virginia's Gateway to Adventure

Connecting Interstate 79 to the West Virginia Turnpike near Beckley, Corridor L runs nearly 70 through the heart of West Virginia.  It may be the state's most important route as it is the most direct route for residents and transplants of Western Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario to the South, but it also opened up this once isolated area to tourism and adventure seekers everywhere.

Corridor L is a product of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) that is part of the Appalachian Regional Commission.  The Appalachian Development of 1965 put into motion the formation of the ADHS and the funding for the eventual construction of Corridor L.  Construction on Corridor L would begin in 1969 and the route would be completed in 1978. (1) A one mile spur of Corridor L connecting to the West Virginia Turnpike would open in 1980.  From the West Virginia Turnpike north to US 60 - Corridor L was built as four lanes divided.  From US 60 to Interstate 79, the highway was built as a t…

Down in the Tropics: U.S. Virgin Islands

This is second set of photos that I am posting from my twin brother Devin and my sister-in-law Dawn, but this time focusing on the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is a part of group of road photos that they had sent me from excursions from a couple of cruises they took in the Caribbean.

There's one big thin to point out about the U.S. Virgin Islands when it comes to driving around. They drive on the left side of the road, which I believe is the only United States territory where drivers are on the left side of the road, not the right side of the road. Once again, enjoy the photos without annotation.












Down in the Tropics: Bahamas

Usually, my friends and family tell me that they live vicariously through my travels. This is all fine and good, as I've given a chance to introduce those friends and those family members to places they would have not seen pictures of or heard stories about otherwise. In this set of photos, I get the chance to live vicariously through the travels of my twin brother Devin (we're fraternal twins) and my sister-in-law Dawn. This is a group of road photos that they had sent me from excursions from a couple of cruises they took in the Caribbean.

This first set will feature some road photos they took for me while in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. I won't be doing a full set of annotations, but as you may be able to tell from the photos, the Bahamas seems to use a mix of North American and European signage styles, with what I think is more emphasis on the European and British way of signing roads and streets.








Trump's Top Infrastructure Projects potentially leaked?

The Kansas City Star & McClatchy News Bureau today published a story that Trump's team has compiled a list of 50 top infrastructure projects at a cost of at least $137.5 billion.  The projects would be private and public investments.  The article states that it is not known if the list is final or a draft.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article128492614.html

The list includes:
Numerous lock & dam replacement/repair projectsThe Atlantic Coast Pipeline (natural gas)What seems to be the widening all of 95 in North CarolinaReplacement of 15 bridges along I-95 in PhiladelphiaThe I-71/75 Brent Spence BridgeHigh Speed rail from Dallas to HoustonA few projects in DetroitThe Purple Light Rail Line in Metro DCAnd more
The list of projects and some details can be found here:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3409546-Emergency-NatSec50Projects-121416-1-Reduced.html

Commentary:
First thought, hey a subject I can follow and regularly on the blog. For the most pa…

Lost US 9W - Alpine, New Jersey

It seems that the State Line Overlook on the Palisades Interstate Parkway took away part of US 9W between current Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 3 and the New Jersey/New York state line. The roadway that leads into the overlook is part of the historic US 9W. Then at one point (as you will soon see) the road to the overlook pulls away from the old US 9W and the old highway (still in its original concrete grade) is a pedestrian walkway. Once you reach the parking area, you then walk toward the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River to be on the cement pavement that acted as a highway for years. Then it extends about a mile north pulling away from the Palisades (the cliffs not the Parkway) to end up at the current US 9W at the state line.

Photos courtesy of JP Nasiatka, taken in September 2003.







Bigelow Bridge in Springville, New York

Today, we take you to the wilds of Western New York State to the Bigelow Bridge. The Bigelow Bridge is a truss bridge that once carried NY Route 240 over Cattaraugus Creek near Springville between Erie and Cattaraugus Counties. While the bridge is no longer open to vehicular traffic, it remains open to pedestrians and parallels the modern day bridge. Photos taken in October 2008 unless otherwise noted.





Kinzua Bridge, Before and After

Kinzua Bridge was a rail viaduct in northwestern Pennsylvania. Completed in 1882, it was considered to be the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the world at the time of its completion. Partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003, this engineering marvel of a viaduct is now the centerpiece of the Kinzua Bridge State Park.

I have some before and after photos of the viaduct to share.The first group of photos was taken by Bill Symons in August 1985, presenting a view of what the lay of the land was once like...










Now for the photos after the destruction called by the tornado, with a foreword by John Krakoff (who took the "after" photos in August 2004):
On July 21, 2003 an intense line of thunderstorms blew out of Ohio and when it moved in to PA, it became a "bow echo" and kept intensifying, until finally wrapping around and forming an "eye" on the radar screen. Meanwhile, the forward line spawned multiple tornadoes, one of which was in the Mt. Jewet…