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Why Does Business I-40 in Glenrio Exist?

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kphoger:

--- Quote from: rte66man on November 15, 2022, 08:25:12 AM ---I am guessing but I believe TxDOT had a policy that any town that was bypassed by I-40 got a BL40 as a consolation.

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That's the most likely scenario I've heard suggested so far.

Rothman:

--- Quote from: JayhawkCO on November 15, 2022, 08:04:41 AM ---
--- Quote from: US 89 on November 14, 2022, 11:55:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Scott5114 on November 14, 2022, 11:39:17 PM ---
--- Quote from: Avalanchez71 on November 14, 2022, 09:35:56 PM ---Could they possibly been trying to entice interest in the area?  A business route to place a business on?  Maybe they thought there would be more excitement with US 66 tourism?

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US 66 tourism wasn't as much of a thing when actual US 66 was still a thing. If anything, the brand new shiny Interstate was more interesting.

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I always think of the "Welcome Interstate Travelers!" banner that the citizens of Radiator Springs put up in Cars. The interstates were fun until they started serving their purpose and bypassing towns along the way.

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And I'm sure you know this, but the motel in Cars was modeled after the abandoned one in Glenrio.

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Or was it Seligman?

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: Rothman on November 15, 2022, 09:28:22 AM ---
--- Quote from: JayhawkCO on November 15, 2022, 08:04:41 AM ---
--- Quote from: US 89 on November 14, 2022, 11:55:31 PM ---
--- Quote from: Scott5114 on November 14, 2022, 11:39:17 PM ---
--- Quote from: Avalanchez71 on November 14, 2022, 09:35:56 PM ---Could they possibly been trying to entice interest in the area?  A business route to place a business on?  Maybe they thought there would be more excitement with US 66 tourism?

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US 66 tourism wasn't as much of a thing when actual US 66 was still a thing. If anything, the brand new shiny Interstate was more interesting.

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I always think of the "Welcome Interstate Travelers!" banner that the citizens of Radiator Springs put up in Cars. The interstates were fun until they started serving their purpose and bypassing towns along the way.

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And I'm sure you know this, but the motel in Cars was modeled after the abandoned one in Glenrio.

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Or was it Seligman?

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Cars has a crap ton of homages to a lot of 66 locales.  The backdrops of Amboy, Oatman and Hackberry are all more also incorporated into the design of Radiator Springs.

Tell me this doesn’t look like a certain truck based character in the Cars movies:

https://flic.kr/p/QQ3gyo

US 89:

--- Quote from: rte66man on November 15, 2022, 08:25:12 AM ---
--- Quote from: US 89 on November 14, 2022, 07:45:23 PM ---
--- Quote from: kphoger on November 14, 2022, 06:50:50 PM ---Had US-66 already been relocated off of this road by 1972?  I don't see anything in the AASHTO database for US-66 in Texas from before 1975, and that was for a relocation onto I-40 at the Oklahoma line.

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The USGS topo dated 1971 shows US 66 still going through Glenrio with no bypass. Per that map, I-40 had not yet been built around there in New Mexico, and began in Texas immediately east of Glenrio.



So it makes sense that Spur 504 was created for TxDOT to keep track of its old mileage as 66 was being transferred over to I-40. It is curious why it was renumbered to a business loop, though...

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I am guessing but I believe TxDOT had a policy that any town that was bypassed by I-40 got a BL40 as a consolation. I can't think of a town that was bypassed that didn't get one at that time (mid 70's). IMO, that is an enticement for certain drivers to exit there looking for services and food.

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Except Glenrio didn’t get one at the time. The interstate bypass was completed in 1975, but it appears the old road was known as Spur 504 until 1990 when it was renumbered to the current BL-40.

kphoger:
I still can't find anything in the AASHTO archive about either the establishment or elimination of US-40-BL in Glenrio.  Or the relocation of US-66 onto I-40 in the area either.

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