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Updates August 17, 2020 – Minnesota, North Carolina

Made good progress in going through the backlog for North Carolina over the course of August thus far. Finally posted the last of the photos covering North Carolina Interstates, and finished going through everything covered statewide east of I-95, and east of I-77 with the exception to U.S. 421 through Lillington. That leaves just U.S. and State Route coverage in [...]

By |2020-08-17T10:58:11-04:00August 17th, 2020|Minnesota, North Carolina, Updates|0 Comments

Observations from the road: Minneapolis to the Canadian Border and Fargo

Day four saw the end of our sojourn to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as it was time to move onward to our next destinations. On this day we traveled along I-94 to Fargo, North Dakota where we hooked up with I-29 north for Grand Forks and a stop near the Canadian border. Fargo remained on the scope as the resting place for day five. Drivers are afforded panoramic [...]

Observations from the road: Minnesota-Wisconsin Loop

Continuing our week-long travels through the Upper Midwest, day three consisted of a loop from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area south on Interstate 35 to Albert Lea, across I-90 to La Crosse and Portage, north along the I-39 & U.S. 51 corridor to Wausau and a return to the Twin Cities by way of Wisconsin 29 and I-94. The first leg of the nearly 750-mile loop took us south along Interstate [...]

Observations from the road: Duluth, Superior

Concluding our run around Minneapolis St-Paul, we met up with long time contributor and administrator of the Facebook Page Minnesconsin Highways, Patrick Lilja. Pat accompanied us northward from Mounds View to Duluth to check out the northernmost reaches of Interstate 35, and the short two-state Interstate 535. Interstate 35W north at the merge with I-35E. The northernmost reaches of Interstate 35W are surprisingly rural as compared to [...]

Observations from the road: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Day two of our week long travels across the Upper Midwest took us around the Minneapolis and St. Paul area to revisit roads we drove previously in 2007. Several changes were made to area freeways and interchanges. U.S. 10 west at Minnesota 610. U.S. 10 branches west from Interstate 35W at Mounds View as a full freeway through to Anoka to the north of Minneapolis. Minnesota 610 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:55-05:00June 29th, 2015|Highways, Interstate Highways, Minnesota, United States|3 Comments

Observations from the road: Chicago to Minneapolis via I-94

The first of a 4,700 mile eight-day tour of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains kicked off from Chicago, taking us north to Milwaukee and west to Madison, Wisconsin Dells, Eau Claire and St. Paul, Minnesota. Interstate 94 west splits with U.S. 41 to join the Edens Spur of the TriState Tollway. Interstate 41 was approved by AASHTO on November 15, 2012. The newest Interstate in Wisconsin [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:19:56-05:00June 25th, 2015|Highways, Illinois, Interstate Highways, Minnesota, Wisconsin|0 Comments

Interstate 35W Bridge Collapse

As much of the country is aware, the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during the peak traffic hours of August 1, 2007 near downtown Minneapolis. Without any notice, the 1964-built bridge deck plummeted into the waters of the Mississippi 64 feet below, sending drivers and their vehicles into the river in an instant. It remains unclear as to what was the exact cause of the bridge failure, [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:21:41-05:00August 8th, 2007|Interstate Highways, Minnesota|2 Comments

Upper Midwest Trip – Day 4 (more Twin Cities, Iowa)

The final day in the Twin Cities involved a spin around the metropolitan area to clinch the remaining Interstates and a dip into Wisconsin. After a few hours at our friends' apartment that afternoon, we braved peak hour traffic on the return drive to Omaha, Nebraska. Some additional photos and commentary about Twin Cities area roads: Interstate 335 was conceptualized as a connector between Interstates 94 and 35W north of [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:21:53-05:00May 3rd, 2007|Iowa, Minnesota|5 Comments

Upper Midwest Trip – Day 3 (Minneapolis, MN to Fargo, ND)

Spent the morning in west Minneapolis and then headed west to Fargo and south to Sisseton, South Dakota. Heavy rains washed out the majority of the afternoon as I returned east along state highways and U.S. 12. As usual, some highlights and photos are found below. While Minnesota 100 is a full freeway now, elements of its past as a lesser route remain in the form of old [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:21:54-05:00May 2nd, 2007|Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota|0 Comments
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