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How the upstart US 431 dunked on the established US 241
« on: March 17, 2023, 03:26:40 PM »

I was curious why in the 1950s the new US 431 was allowed to wipe out the long-established US 241, when instead US 241 could have just been extended north, and there would have been no need for the US 431 designation.  Recently I came across several documents in the AASHTO archive that shed some light on that situation.  Among other things, I learned:
     - US 241's circuitous route through Alabama was a result of local towns vehemently protesting ALDOT's attempt to reroute traffic through a more direct corridor.
     - The north end of US 241 wasn't always in Murfreesboro TN.  It was truncated to Huntsville AL for about a year before it was completely decommissioned.
     - The south end of US 431 wasn't always in Dothan AL.  For about four months it went only as far as Fayetteville TN (before it essentially replaced 241).
     - After the dust had settled, US 241 was gone, and in its place stood three new x31 routes.
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Re: How the upstart US 431 dunked on the established US 241
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2023, 09:17:14 PM »

As far as Kentucky is concerned, 241 would have made more sense. The US 431 corridor is much closer to US 41 than to US 31.

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