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Bruce:
I figure I should start a separate thread for these historic newspaper snippets that I find.

Today's is about an alternative to SR 522 that would have linked Duvall to Skykomish on the way to Stevens Pass. King County lobbied for it in 1952 but were unsuccessful because of its impact on the Tolt River watershed (where Seattle sourced some of its water).



Source: The Seattle Times (June 15, 1952)

nexus73:
I-82 was originally planned to go to Seattle.  I always wondered about the backstory on that one.

Rick

Rothman:

--- Quote from: nexus73 on July 29, 2020, 06:52:31 PM ---I-82 was originally planned to go to Seattle.  I always wondered about the backstory on that one.

Rick

--- End quote ---
Or the routing?

Bruce:

--- Quote from: nexus73 on July 29, 2020, 06:52:31 PM ---I-82 was originally planned to go to Seattle.  I always wondered about the backstory on that one.

Rick

--- End quote ---

The original plan was Ellensburg to Pendelton, but Washington wanted to add the rest of the US 410 corridor to Tacoma and ultimately Aberdeen in 1959 (see this news report). A key part of the plan would have been a tunnel under Naches Pass, which obviously didn't pan out.

Similarly, Oregon threw out proposals to have I-80N (later I-84) extend up to Astoria.

Bruce:
I totally forgot that we had an existing topic for this.

https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=23146.0

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