I remember reading an article in the Terre Haute paper on the umpty-umpth birthday of I-70 in Indiana. A person who owned a business in Brazil, IN, said of the day that I-70 opened, and I paraphrase: It was as if someone had turned off a faucet, and the cars stopped running on US 40.
Jim, without doubt those roads changed the face of America and the way Americans do business.
That act revolutionized and modernized a nation. So I say, too, Happy Birthday to it!
It did make huge changes in our country. And it makes long distance travel and trucking much better.
Shelly, the system made a vast difference in our society!Chuck, the problem of upkeep is exacerbated by increased usage. Some of the pavement goes back to the inception, almost. Example: I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock was terrible for a long time, has finally been pretty much upgraded; but not I-30 from Little Rock to Texarkana is rougher than a cob.We can't keep up with what we have, and the demand for "more" doesn't go away.
It's a great system. However, I choose back roads whenever I have time.
Shark, I am totally with you; I prefer the lesser travelled but more interesting byways. I am happy, though, that the truckers who are bringing my stuff have the I-system.
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