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AASHO rejected US 70 extension to Hawaii (really!)

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Mapmikey:
AASHO frequently received route requests from advocacy groups (various route associations, chambers of commerce and even private citizens).  In nearly all cases AASHO says thanks but you have to go through official state highway departments to get it on their docket.

Some of the crazier ones they would respond with never gonna happen.

Then there was a May 1960 request from the US 70 Hwy Association that requested US 70 be extended to Hawaii and run from Kailua to Honolulu.  There was no suggestion to somehow physically link Hawaii to California by ferry or bridge or anything in the future, but instead "...a gesture of friendship and unity between the 49 states on the main land and our new state of Hawaii"

Because AASHO thought more proposals like this might be forthcoming, they did meet as a whole to discuss and rejected this and any similar proposal like it.  This included reaching out to Hawaii who responded no thanks.  Arizona however at least supported the idea.

Found in the AASHO database under CORRESPONDENCE US 70 AZ 1960.

ozarkman417:
The Owl must have been behind this one..

1:
70 is mathematically a weird number. This also explains Breezewood.

oscar:

--- Quote from: Mapmikey on September 26, 2020, 02:15:00 PM ---Then there was a May 1960 request from the US 70 Hwy Association that requested US 70 be extended to Hawaii and run from Kailua to Honolulu.  There was no suggestion to somehow physically link Hawaii to California by ferry or bridge or anything in the future, but instead "...a gesture of friendship and unity between the 49 states on the main land and our new state of Hawaii"

Because AASHO thought more proposals like this might be forthcoming, they did meet as a whole to discuss and rejected this and any similar proposal like it.  This included reaching out to Hawaii who responded no thanks.  Arizona however at least supported the idea.
--- End quote ---

Funny thing is there was a pending proposal to establish Interstates on Oahu, including one between Honolulu and Kaneohe (next door to Kailua) which was approved in August 1960 as Interstate H-3, and completed after major controversies in 1997.

Also, there was a temporary wartime highway system on Oahu during World War II, with U.S.-style route markers for its primary routes. Honolulu and Kailua were connected by primary routes 13, 1, and 16. That numbering system was abandoned soon after the war -- Hawaiians just aren't that into route numbers -- though some of the old signage lingered into the 1950s. The temporary system was replaced by a new numbering system by the time Hawaii became a state, but the only similarity between the systems is  the "teardrop" wartime secondary route markers became with some tweaks the new state's route markers.

Did the US 70 Hwy Association letter, the state's comments on that proposal, or AASHO's response mention the former route system or the pending proposed Hawaii Interstates?

Max Rockatansky:
And I thought my US 70 theory on Pines-to-Palms Highway was weird...

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