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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2017, 11:22:38 PM »

The northernmost segment of I-5 in California (north of Redding and Shasta Lake) seems to have a lot of very short exits that lead to tiny roads that go almost nowhere beyond the freeway. They usually provide access to a campsite, hiking trail, rest area, nothing more. Around the Dunsmuir area specifically, there are several of these exits that I'd be surprised if they ever get more than a few cars a day.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2017, 11:41:36 PM »

Exit 53 on I-10 in Arizona has Hovatter Road and Harquahala Road.  I wouldn't attempt either one of those in anything less than a high clearance vehicle if not one that has 4WD.  Hovatter has a interesting back story with a hermit family which the road is named after, it can be used to reach the Kofa Mountains if you know what you're doing.   Exit 320 on I-40 is much of the same with Pinta Road.  Pinta Road is an abandoned section of Route 66, not really much of anything can be reached at either end and it is definitely a 4WD road these days.

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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2017, 11:57:02 PM »

There was an exit off I-10 outside of New Orleans that led to nowhere. I'm pretty sure they have closed that exit down and abandoned it. It'd be in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. If you look on Google Maps you'll be able to see it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0949826,-89.9048455,7728m/data=!3m1!1e3

One of them is still active, one is locked (although Google SV managed a ride though it), but the one in the middle is succumbing to nature.
I noticed that, the WB on ramp is what that would have been. I never could figure out what the purpose of having that exit there. At least with the I-89 one it serves a few businesses from what I can see.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2017, 01:07:00 AM »


Seems there are plenty of them in Jefferson

Exit 793,  Bailey Hill Rd doesn't look to connect to anything
The northernmost segment of I-5 in California (north of Redding and Shasta Lake) seems to have a lot of very short exits that lead to tiny roads that go almost nowhere beyond the freeway. They usually provide access to a campsite, hiking trail, rest area, nothing more. Around the Dunsmuir area specifically, there are several of these exits that I'd be surprised if they ever get more than a few cars a day.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2017, 01:26:09 PM »

Exit 21 off of NJ 55 is about as isolated as you'll get off an exit in NJ.  Going east, you quickly run into a dirt road.  The road had two sets of gates to prevent anyone from using it, and per the aerial views eventually ends across some railroad tracks as what appears to be a unofficial track crossing.  Going west, you pass by a campground that, by judging the aerial views, isn't kept in all that great of shape. 

While the exit isn't truly isolated, it's a strangely barren exit with no real purpose of existence unlike almost any other exit in the state. It does connect with NJ 47, on which there's no signage whatsoever informing you that taking the road will lead you to NJ 55. 


Hilariously coincidental to my contribution, an old grated bridge on NJ 47 just north of Schooner Landing Road is closed due to structural issues.  Schooner Landing Road is the road I referred to in my post, coming off of NJ 55 at Exit 21.  It's normally so unused, the majority of the road consists of narrow pavement without any center lines. Suddenly this almost-isolated exit is now the detour route to get around the closed bridge!
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2017, 01:16:00 AM »

Exits 5B and 11 on I-59 in Louisiana, between the West Pearl River and the Pearl River. There's a decent bit of roads between the two, but to connect to the rest of Louisiana's road network or to Mississippi, you have to get onto I-59.

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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2017, 02:23:26 AM »

There are at least two or three (maybe more) exits like that along the "no services" section of I-70 between Salina, Utah and Green River, Utah. 
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2017, 09:26:10 AM »

Not too many of these in my area.  The only one that comes to mind is the Captree Island exit on the Robert Moses Causeway, which as its name indicates is also an island.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #33 on: September 03, 2017, 09:31:58 AM »

Treasure island in San Francisco?
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #34 on: September 03, 2017, 10:11:17 AM »

There are plenty of them on I-90 in South Dakota. The only thing posted with the exit is just the exit number no town now highway.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2017, 10:16:42 AM »

There are plenty of them on I-90 in South Dakota. The only thing posted with the exit is just the exit number no town now highway.
They're not completely isolated, as most of these are on the section where SD 248 parallels the interstate, so you can drive down the sketchy county road and jump on 248 (which is also pretty sketchy). There's no town posted because we don't have a lot of towns West River and no road name posted because Lyman, Jones, and Jackson counties are really bad at putting up road signs.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #36 on: September 03, 2017, 06:38:39 PM »

The closest thing I can think of locally is the Black Dog Road exit off I-35W in Burnsville. It's an undeveloped road along the Minnesota River that services a local power plant. While it connects to other roads on both ends, it goes extremely out of the way in doing so.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #37 on: September 03, 2017, 07:04:08 PM »

The Interstates in the Mountain West states have numerous "ranch exits"

Do they have blue cheese exits as well? :spin:

I'm assuming there are a few exits in the Thousand Islands region along I-81, right? :D

There actually are 2 exits off of I-81 on Wellesley Island itself. However, they aren't dead-ends per se as you can get between the exits without entering I-81, but I-81/ON Highway 137 are the only ways vehicles can leave the islands. I-190's 3 exits on Grand Island, NY are a similar case- you need to use I-190 to get off the island. The bridges to both originally carried surface roads (NY 324 on Grand Island, Jefferson CR 171 on Wellesley Island) that still parallel the expressways.

And yes, Thousand Island dressing is indeed named after the region, with legend saying that it was developed by a fisherman in the region or George Boldt's maître d (owner of the Waldorf-Astoria and the person who built Boldt Castle).

As far as true dead-ends in New York, there are a couple on/around Long Island for state parks. One is on the Robert Moses Causeway for Captree State Park, another is on WB NY 27 for Connetquot River State Park (directly opposite Exit 46A). One in New York City is I-278 Exit 46A for Randall's/Wards Islands in the middle of the Triboro Bridge. I don't think there are any others.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #38 on: September 03, 2017, 11:17:46 PM »

There was an exit off I-10 outside of New Orleans that led to nowhere. I'm pretty sure they have closed that exit down and abandoned it. It'd be in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. If you look on Google Maps you'll be able to see it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0949826,-89.9048455,7728m/data=!3m1!1e3

One of them is still active, one is locked (although Google SV managed a ride though it), but the one in the middle is succumbing to nature.
It was probably more active when Six Flags New Orleans was still open.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2017, 02:13:53 AM »

Exit 1 off I-15 in Nevada comes to mind as a noteworthy example of this - three casinos, a shopping mall, two power plants, an apartment complex, a quarry, a dirt racetrack, and several gas stations and restaurants are all located off of this exit. Collectively all of this forms the community of Primm.

However despite being a non-trivial locale, there is no way out for an ordinary car except via I-15 (there are dirt trails which can get you elsewhere that are probably passable to a pickup or SUV. And a rail line, but no train station).
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #40 on: September 04, 2017, 03:17:46 AM »

In between the exit I was originally talking about and the Michoud exit is another abandoned exit. The ramps have been removed but the overpass is still there leading to nowhere. I found that by looking at a satelite image of the area. The exit I was originally talking about has had it's exit ramps removed as well, that's at mile marker 251. The other one is in between mile marker 249 and 250.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #41 on: September 05, 2017, 04:52:12 AM »

Vail, CO.  The only way in and out by motor vehicle is via I-70.

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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #42 on: September 05, 2017, 05:29:56 AM »

Also, I agree with the one who posted 'Treasure Island' in California - the only way in and out for a motor vehicle is via I-80.

Also, HI 93 - currently, the only way for a motor vehicle to access anything on HI 93 beyond the west end of I-H1 is via I-H1.  The lack of a driveable road around Ka'ena Point dead-ends this road.  This will change if/when a Ka'ena Point bypass tunnel is ever drilled or a fairly short street connection is developed between Ali'inui Dr and Kapolei Parkway (much more likely in the near term, IMHO).

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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #43 on: September 05, 2017, 08:27:06 PM »

Exits 199 (Floriston) and 201 (Farad) on I-80 in California near the Nevada border certainly qualify.

Also, I-84 in Oregon has a slew of them through the (now on fire) Columbia River Gorge:
  • Exit 25 - Rooster Rock State Park
  • Exit 29 - Dalton Point
  • Exit 30 - Benson State Recreation Area
  • Exit 31 - Multnomah Falls
  • Exit 40 - Bonneville Dam
  • Exit 41 - Eagle Creek
  • Exit 55 - Starvation Creek State Park
  • Exit 56 - Viento State Park
  • Exit 58 - Mitchell Point
  • Exit (near MP 60) - Service Rd.
  • Exit (near MP 61) - Ruthton Cove

The last two on I-84 are unnumbered, and the Ruthton Cove one doesn't even have a BGS announcing it. It's been that way for at least 20 years.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #44 on: September 05, 2017, 08:42:31 PM »

Depending on how willing you are to violate private property rights, I-70 exit 421A in Kansas City, KS might qualify. It's marked "RR Yard - No Outlet - Railroad Use Only". Legally, from there the only place you can go is to make a U turn and go back the way you came on I-70. If you continue onward, you're connected to a maze of one-lane roads that snake around the Union Pacific rail yard, some of which do come out on the other side and connect to various other Kansas City streets. But it's quite clear from the No Trespassing signs that's not something the general public is supposed to be doing.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #45 on: September 05, 2017, 09:28:17 PM »

The Bazaar Cattle Pens exit on the Kansas Turnpike.

I have a friend who claims he has taken that exit and followed one of the trails to the end. He says it's about five miles of very bumpy trails but you will end up at a county road. From there, it's about 10 miles to a highway (I guess it would be K-99).
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #46 on: September 06, 2017, 12:36:24 PM »

I-90 in South Dakota has many unnamed exits
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #47 on: September 06, 2017, 03:41:52 PM »

There was an exit off I-10 outside of New Orleans that led to nowhere. I'm pretty sure they have closed that exit down and abandoned it. It'd be in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. If you look on Google Maps you'll be able to see it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0949826,-89.9048455,7728m/data=!3m1!1e3

One of them is still active, one is locked (although Google SV managed a ride though it), but the one in the middle is succumbing to nature.
It was probably more active when Six Flags New Orleans was still open.

Not as much as one would otherwise think...the main entrance to Six Flags was off Lake Forest Blvd, and thus I-510.
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #48 on: September 06, 2017, 11:09:35 PM »

There was an exit off I-10 outside of New Orleans that led to nowhere. I'm pretty sure they have closed that exit down and abandoned it. It'd be in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. If you look on Google Maps you'll be able to see it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0949826,-89.9048455,7728m/data=!3m1!1e3

One of them is still active, one is locked (although Google SV managed a ride though it), but the one in the middle is succumbing to nature.
It was probably more active when Six Flags New Orleans was still open.

Not as much as one would otherwise think...the main entrance to Six Flags was off Lake Forest Blvd, and thus I-510.
I see that.  The entrance on Michoud Blvd. was for busses and RV's only according to the sign at said entrance.

Oddly enough, going through the GSV images, the light for the entrance at Lake Forest Blvd was still running, in FYB/FYA mode, as of 2013.  https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0476405,-89.9331448,3a,75y,231.87h,92.78t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s7ofXLIZj3ydzYpBTI89Zbg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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Re: Isolated exits
« Reply #49 on: October 08, 2017, 11:03:45 AM »

The fishing access exit from US 22/322 East in the Lewistown Narrows.  Can't even be accessed from WB.

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