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A few old pictures, including a pic of the Slade Toll Plaza on the Mountain Pkwy, has been posted on the Freewayjim FB page by one of its members.

seicer:
That's me  :sombrero:

This is a direct link to the =AZWBx6x-ml_kSP8E3F3x-G9dRLA6QlUgLruUPKB5Q7kJ6zNSV3EvacPSscqpZK2htuFGB05qxJ2cw_-vPdOHi57_f06HIu16qHtf2-WrSja14eeBfkD80CDLs0HwaGSl9OVv6ZjOgyLOzWHTaxYXmTZd&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R]image gallery. I find it cumbersome to share images on here directly (notably, there isn't a good way to do that).

hbelkins:
Some notes on those pictures:

I threw many a quarter into the westbound on-ramp and eastbound off-ramp at the Slade exit, both as a back-seat passenger as a child and as a driver from 1979 until the tolls were removed in 1985.

When the tolls were removed and the interchange was converted to a diamond, the decision on what to number the parkways was in flux. The Mountain Parkway was originally numbered KY 114 (an extension of the numbering of the route from Prestonsburg west to Salyersville) and then KY 402, but neither number was ever posted except ... contractors posted KY 402 signage at that exit when it was rebuilt, and the signs were up only briefly before they were changed to the old-style round Mountain Parkway logo signs. i regret to this day not getting pictures of the KY 402 signs.

The interchange construction was completed in 1988. In 2001 or 2002, I was the editor of the newspaper in Powell County. We had a story about some leftover dynamite that was used to blast the on-ramp from KY 11 to the eastbound Mountain Parkway being found there. Making the story more interesting was the fact that the Powell County highway department superintendent who got called out after hours to the discovery was charged with DUI in his state vehicle. The PIO for the highway district at the time was my cousin. Thankfully I haven't had to deal with anything like that during my tenure as PIO.

As for the US 27/68 signage, that unknown shield says "Formerly Exit 17." For years, the only exit numbers posted on I-75 in Kentucky were sequentially-numbered exits for KY 418 (Exit 15), US 60 (Exit 16), US 27/68 (Exit 17), and KY 922 (Exit 18). There was no exit number for I-64 east since it wasn't considered a Lexington exit. When Kentucky adopted mileage-based exit numbers and posted them at all interchanges, the Lexington exits briefly had "Formerly..." signs to denote the old exit numbers.

plain:

--- Quote from: seicer on December 06, 2022, 10:52:58 AM ---That's me  :sombrero:

This is a direct link to the =AZWBx6x-ml_kSP8E3F3x-G9dRLA6QlUgLruUPKB5Q7kJ6zNSV3EvacPSscqpZK2htuFGB05qxJ2cw_-vPdOHi57_f06HIu16qHtf2-WrSja14eeBfkD80CDLs0HwaGSl9OVv6ZjOgyLOzWHTaxYXmTZd&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R]image gallery. I find it cumbersome to share images on here directly (notably, there isn't a good way to do that).

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Thanks for those!

I usually use Tapatalk to post pics (mobile)

plain:

--- Quote from: hbelkins on December 06, 2022, 12:46:36 PM ---
As for the US 27/68 signage, that unknown shield says "Formerly Exit 17." For years, the only exit numbers posted on I-75 in Kentucky were sequentially-numbered exits for KY 418 (Exit 15), US 60 (Exit 16), US 27/68 (Exit 17), and KY 922 (Exit 18). There was no exit number for I-64 east since it wasn't considered a Lexington exit. When Kentucky adopted mileage-based exit numbers and posted them at all interchanges, the Lexington exits briefly had "Formerly..." signs to denote the old exit numbers.

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That is very interesting. That's the first time I've heard of former exit numbers being posted in a shield like that.

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