Covering a variety of roadtrips from 2016 onward, made a variety of updates to AARoads over the last two weeks. Added/updated content from the Southwestern U.S., Texas and the East Coast. Arizona Interstate 40 Arizona - revamped westbound coverage from Exit 311 / Petrified Forest National Park to Exit 148 / County Line Road. Added photos from April 2017 and reedited photos from November 2016. Arizona Route 24 [...]
Texas continues to expand the Interstate system, with a number of additions to the IH 69 corridor at the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, and the Houston area. Visited the Lone Star State earlier this month and drove all completed/signed sections of IH 69 and its branches. Progress is underway to extend the three suffixed branches, with IH 69E the furthest along with construction underway on a number [...]
Day 2 of the whirlwind trip took us around the Shreveport freeway system, northward along new Interstate 49 to Arkansas, around Texarkana on the new I-369 and AR 549 freeways, and northeast to a revisit of the Little Rock Interstates. Meandering southeastward, we crossed the doomed Clarendon Bridge over the White River toward U.S. 49 through Helena-West Helena into Mississippi. Zigzagging southward, we ended up in Vicksburg. Interstate 220 provides [...]
The new stack at the Dallas North Tollway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway in suburban Dallas is a little more than halfway finished. Construction began in February 2010, and the junction is expected to open in March, 2012. This photo was taken yesterday, looking north. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5773420857_d915346a9f_z.jpg
The newest section of freeway opened in El Paso yesterday, completing Spur 601. http://www.txdot.gov/project_information/projects/el_paso/spur_601/media_kit.htm Originally called the Inner Loop Freeway, Spur 601 was renamed the "Liberty Expressway" and it connects "Purple Heart Blvd" with the "Patriot Freeway" with an exit at "Constitution Avenue" for good measure. If this all sounds like the freeway system of a fictional city in the G.I. Joe Universe, it may have something to do with [...]
Plano, a suburb of Dallas, opened Texas' first "Michigan Left" today. http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/States-first-Michigan-Left-Turn-opens-at-Plano-intersection-99324379.html The newspaper was replete with graphic and map, while the local news had stories from confused locals - who were unable to ascertain how to use the newfangled contraption. Plano is also getting the state's first SPUI, now under construction. Preston and Legacy Michigan Left
Texas State Highway 161 is part of the outer (outer) loop of Dallas currently being constructed all the way around the city, ignoring that pesky Fort Worth. Other parts of the roadway include the planned Loop 9 to the south, and George Bush Turnpike. The latter road is currently being extended east and south of its current terminus. The newest section of SH 161 to open is about 5 miles [...]
Texas has pushed quite a bit of old video to the web, including a few historic road gems. Take a look at this view of construction in Austin in 1965. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image can be found here.