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Past Pictures of the Week
November 2003-November 2004

Week of November 22-28, 2004:

U.S. 13 North at U.S. 9 East

U.S. 13 North near Laurel, Delaware, at U.S. 9 East. U.S. 9 connects this intersection to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, and eventually goes through the New York City area before meeting its other end near the U.S.-Canada border near Champlain, New York.

Week of November 15-21, 2004:

Interstate 70 East at Exit 269B - Interstate 76 East

Interstate 70 East in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, at Exit 269B - Interstate 76 East - Ft. Morgan. This interchange marks the western terminus of the western Interstate 76, which meets Interstate 80 at its other end near Big Springs, Nebraska.

Week of November 8-14, 2004:

Interstate 15 South at Exit 179 - CA 58

Interstate 15 South in Barstow, California, at Exit 179 - CA 58 - Bakersfield. CA 58 between here and Bakersfield may become part of a westward extension of Interstate 40. Currently, the interstate ends about five miles behind this picture.

Week of November 1-7, 2004:

U.S. 65 North at U.S. 63/U.S. 79/U.S. 65B North/AR 190

U.S. 65 North in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, at AR 190/U.S. 63/U.S. 79/U.S. 65B North - Downtown exit. Interstate 530 begins straight ahead. U.S. 65 is silently duplexed with Interstate 530 for the interstate's entire 46-mile length.

Week of October 25-31, 2004:

Interstate 196 East at Exits 77A-B - U.S. 131

Interstate 196 East in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Exit 77A - U.S. 131 North - Cadillac, and Exit 77B - U.S. 131 South - Kalamazoo. Downtown Grand Rapids is just ahead.

Week of October 18-24, 2004:

Interstate 77 North at Exit 1 - Interstate 485

Interstate 77 North in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Exit 1 - Interstate 485/Westinghouse Blvd. Interstate 485 will eventually be a full beltway around Charlotte. The southern half of the beltway is almost complete, with the final section scheduled to open soon.

Week of October 11-17, 2004:

Interstate 20 East at Exit 17B - Interstate 49 South

Interstate 20 East in Shreveport, Louisiana, at Exit 17B - Interstate 49 South - Alexandria. A rare traffic jam here was due to an accident about 1/2 mile ahead. Interstate 49 currently has its northern terminus here, but there are plans to extend the interstate northward to Kansas City, Missouri.

Week of October 4-10, 2004:

Interstate 24 West at Exit 178 - U.S. 27 North

Interstate 24 West in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at Exit 178 - U.S. 27 North - Downtown/Lookout Mountain/Market St. This is the southern end of hidden Interstate 124.

Week of September 27-October 3, 2004:

Interstate 10 West at Exit 150A - Interstate 17 North/U.S. 60 West

Interstate 10 West in Phoenix, Arizona, at Exit 150A - Interstate 17 North/U.S. 60 West - Flagstaff. Interstate 17 is the through route for tractor-trailers on Interstate 10 near downtown Phoenix due to the tunnels that it goes through. Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 will meet again in seven miles.

Week of September 20-26, 2004:

Interstate 95 North at Exit 260A - FL 400 East

Interstate 95 North near Daytona Beach, Florida, at Exit 260A - FL 400 East - South Daytona. The eastern terminus of Interstate 4 is 1/2 mile ahead.

Week of September 13-19, 2004:

Interstate 29 South at Exits 144A-B - Interstate 129/U.S. 20/U.S. 75

Interstate 29 South in Sioux City, Iowa, at Exits 144A-B - Interstate 129 West/U.S. 20/U.S. 75 - S. Sioux City/Ft. Dodge/Le Mars. Interstate 129 connects Interstate 29 here to South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Week of September 6-12, 2004:

Interstate 94 West at Exit 1 - WI 35 North

Interstate 94 West near Hudson, Wisconsin, at Exit 1 - WI 35 North - Hudson. The St. Croix River is just ahead. The state of Minnesota is on the other side.

Week of August 30-September 5, 2004:

Interstate 29 South at Exit 84B - Interstate 90 West

Interstate 29 South in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at Exit 84B - Interstate 90 West - Rapid City. Sioux City, which is about 85 miles ahead, becomes the control city on Interstate 29.

Week of August 23-29, 2004:

Interstate 94 West at Exit 349B - Interstate 29/U.S. 81 North

Interstate 94 West in Fargo, North Dakota, at Exit 349B - Interstate 29/U.S. 81 North - Grand Forks. The interchange features a new flyover ramp from Interstate 29 South to Interstate 94 East and each interstate has six lanes passing through the interchange.

Week of August 16-22, 2004:

Interstate 35E North at Exit 107A - Interstate 94 East

Interstate 35E North in St. Paul, Minnesota, at Exit 107A - Interstate 94 East. The two interstates share a very short duplex just ahead. This ramp eliminates the need to switch lanes during the duplex to get to Interstate 94 East.

Week of August 9-15, 2004:

Interstate 135 South at Exit 1B - U.S. 81 South

Interstate 135 South in Wichita, Kansas, at Exit 1B - U.S. 81 South - 47th St. West. Interstate 135 ends just ahead at the Kansas Turnpike. (Interstate 35)

Week of August 2-8, 2004:

Interstate 55 North at Exit 17A - Interstate 155/U.S. 412 East

Interstate 55 North near Hayti, Missouri, at Exit 17A - Interstate 155/U.S. 412 East - Caruthersville/Dyersburg, Tennessee. Interstate 155 connects Interstate 55 to northwest Tennessee.

Week of July 26-August 1, 2004:

Interstate 240 East at Exit 12C - Interstate 40 East

Interstate 240 East in Memphis, Tennessee, at Exit 12C - Interstate 40 East - Nashville. The mainline becomes Interstate 40 West just ahead. Interstate 240 and Interstate 40 make up a beltway around Tennessee's largest city.

Week of July 19-25, 2004:

Interstate 30 East at Exit 44B - TO Interstate 35E South

Interstate 30 East near downtown Dallas at Exit 44B - TO Interstate 35E South - Industrial Blvd. Reunion Arena, former home of the Mavericks and Stars, is visible in the background. Traffic must use Industrial Blvd. to connect to Interstate 35E South from Interstate 30 East.

Week of July 12-18, 2004:

Interstate 64 West at Exit 5A - Interstate 65

Interstate 64 West in Louisville, Kentucky, at Exit 5A - Interstate 65 - Nashville/Indianapolis. The Ohio River runs just to the right. Interstate 64 enters downtown Louisville immediately after leaving this interchange.

Week of July 5-11, 2004:

Interstate 40 West at Exit 387A - Interstate 275 North

Interstate 40 West in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Exit 387A - Interstate 275 North - Lexington. Interstate 275 was originally Interstate 75 through downtown Knoxville before the highway was rerouted along the western half of Interstate 640.

Week of June 28-July 4, 2004:

Interstate 10 West at Exit 23B - U.S. 62/U.S. 180

Interstate 10 West in El Paso, Texas, at Exit 23B - U.S. 62/U.S. 180 - Carlsbad/Paisano Dr. U.S. 62 ends just a couple of minutes to the south at the Mexico border, while U.S. 180 begins a duplex with Interstate 10 here that goes to Deming, New Mexico. The stack interchange with U.S. 54 is one mile ahead.

Week of June 21-27, 2004:

Interstate 20 East at Exits 43A-B - Terry Road, and Exit 44 - Interstate 55 South

Interstate 20 East in Jackson, Mississippi, at Exits 43A-B - Terry Road, and Exit 44 - Interstate 55 South - McComb/McDowell Road. This is the western end of the short Interstate 20/Interstate 55 duplex in Mississippi's capital city.

Week of June 14-20, 2004:

Interstate 35 North at Exit 222A - Interstate 435 East

Interstate 35 North in Lenexa, Kansas, at Exit 222A - Interstate 435 East. Interstate 435 is the second longest beltway in the country, trailing only Interstate 275 in the Cincinnati area, which is 84 miles long compared to Interstate 435's 83 miles.

Week of June 7-13, 2004:

Interstate 95 South at Exit 4B - DE 7/DE 58 North

Interstate 95 South near Newport, Delaware, at Exit 4B - DE 7/DE 58 North - Stanton/Churchmans Corner. The northern terminus of DE 1 is 1/2 mile ahead.

Week of May 31-June 6, 2004:

Interstate 64 West at Exit 121 - Interstate 77 South

Interstate 64 West in Beckley, West Virginia, at Exit 121 - Interstate 77 South - Bluefield. Interstate 64 West begins a 61-mile duplex with Interstate 77 at this interchange. Interstate 77 in this area is also the West Virginia Turnpike, connecting U.S. 460 near Princeton to U.S. 60 in Charleston.

Week of May 24-30, 2004:

Interstate 540 North at Exit 2A - U.S. 64 West

Interstate 540 North in Van Buren, Arkansas, at Exit 2A - U.S. 64 West - Van Buren. Interstate 40 is about 1/2 mile ahead. Interstate 540 heads east on Interstate 40 for five miles, but no signage up to this point reflects that, however, it is mentioned at the actual interchange.

Week of May 17-23, 2004:

Interstate 15 North at Exit 42A - U.S. 95 North

Interstate 15 North in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Exit 42A - U.S. 95 North - Reno/Martin Luther King Blvd. This interchange, known as Spaghetti Junction, is located near downtown Las Vegas and marks the northern terminus of Interstate 515.

Week of May 10-16, 2004:

Atlantic City Expressway North at Garden State Parkway North

Atlantic City Expressway North near Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Garden State Parkway North - New York. (unmarked Exit 7N) The Atlantic City Expressway connects Atlantic City to Philadelphia, while the Garden State Parkway connects Cape May to New York City.

Week of May 3-9, 2004:

Interstate 15 North at Exit 132 - Interstate 70 East

Interstate 15 North near Cove Fort, Utah, at Exit 132 - Interstate 70 East - Richfield/Denver. This interchange marks the western end of Interstate 70. The left sign is still in its original button copy, while the right sign has been replaced in the past few years.

Week of April 26-May 2, 2004:

Interstate 64 West at Exits 25A-B - Interstate 270

Interstate 64 West in St. Louis, Missouri, at Exit 25A - Interstate 270 South - Memphis, and Exit
25B - Interstate 270 North - Chicago. This is the final interstate junction on Interstate 64 West before the highway's current western terminus at State Secondary Route K, which is 16 miles ahead. Eventually, the highway will go as far west as Interstate 70 near Wentzville, where it will connect to the Avenue of the Saints, which connects St. Louis with St. Paul, Minnesota.

Week of April 19-25, 2004:

Interstate 70 East at Exit 282 - Interstate 225 South

Interstate 70 East in Aurora, Colorado, at Exit 282 - Interstate 225 South - Aurora/Colorado Springs. Interstate 225 connects Interstate 25 to Interstate 70 as the highway goes southeast of downtown Denver. This is the final interstate junction on Interstate 70 East until Interstate 135 in Salina, Kansas, which is only 418 miles ahead!

Week of April 12-18, 2004:

Interstate 64 Outer Loop at Exit 291B - VA 168

Interstate 64 Outer Loop (West) in Chesapeake, Virginia, at Exit 291B - VA 168 - Great Bridge/Nags Head. This interchange also marks the southern terminus of Interstate 464, which connects Interstate 64 and VA 168 to downtown Norfolk.

Week of April 5-11, 2004:

Interstate 20 East at Exit 76 - Interstate 77

Interstate 20 East in Columbia, South Carolina, at Exit 76 - Interstate 77 - Charleston/Charlotte. Sixteen miles to the south and west, Interstate 77 ends at Interstate 26 southwest of South Carolina's capital city.

Week of March 29-April 4, 2004:

Interstate 695 East at Exit 5 - MD 648, and Exit 4 - Interstate 97 South

Interstate 695 East in Baltimore, Maryland, at Exit 5 - MD 648/Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. - Ferndale, and Exit 4 - Interstate 97 South - Annapolis/Bay Bridge. Interstate 97 is the shortest two-digit interstate in the country at a length of just 17 miles.

Week of March 22-28, 2004:

Interstate 94 East at Exit 34 - Interstate 196/U.S. 31 North

Interstate 94 East near Benton Harbor, Michigan, at Exit 34 - Interstate 196/U.S. 31 North - Holland/Grand Rapids. Interstate 196 connects Interstate 94 near Benton Harbor to Interstate 96 in Grand Rapids, a distance of 81 miles.

Week of March 15-21, 2004:

Interstate 10 West at Exit 144 - Interstate 25 North

Interstate 10 West in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at Exit 144 - Interstate 25 North - Albuquerque. This interchange marks the southern terminus of Interstate 25, which connects to Interstate 90 near Buffalo, Wyoming at its other end.

Week of March 8-14, 2004:

Interstate 77 South at Exit 13B - Interstate 85 South

Interstate 77 South near Charlotte, North Carolina, at Exit 13B - Interstate 85 South - Spartanburg. The interchange is being reconstructed to add lanes and ease the flow of traffic throughout this interchange.

Week of March 1-7, 2004:

Interstate 64 West/Interstate 75 North at Exit 118 - Interstate 64 West

Interstate 64 West/Interstate 75 North in Lexington, Kentucky, at Exit 118 - Interstate 64 West - Frankfort/Louisville. Interstate 75 heads toward Cincinnati while Interstate 64 goes toward Frankfort (Kentucky's state capital) and Louisville.

Week of February 23-29, 2004:

Interstate 40 West at Exit 153B - Interstate 30 West

Interstate 40 West in North Little Rock, Arkansas at Exit 153B - Interstate 30 West/U.S. 65/U.S. 67/U.S. 167 South - Little Rock. This interchange is the eastern terminus of Interstate 30, which connects Fort Worth and Dallas to Texarkana and Little Rock. Interstate 40 through traffic is reduced to one lane in less than 1/2 mile, as the right lane becomes exit only at Exit 153A for AR 107 North.

Week of February 16-22, 2004:

Interstate 90 East at Exit 21 - Interstate 94/U.S. 6/IN 51

Interstate 90 East near Portage, Indiana, at Exit 21 - Interstate 94/U.S. 6/IN 51 - Detroit/Lake Station. The sign makes no mention of Interstate 80, which is duplexed with Interstate 94 from here west. Interstate 80 joins Interstate 90 at this interchange and they begin a long duplex that doesn't end until just west of Cleveland, Ohio. The first travel plaza of the Indiana East-West Toll Road is one mile ahead.

Week of February 9-15, 2004:

Interstate 80 East at Exit 452 - Interstate 480 North/U.S. 75

Interstate 80 East in Omaha, Nebraska, at Exit 452 - Interstate 480/U.S. 75 North - Eppley Airfield/Downtown, and U.S. 75 South - Bellevue via Kennedy Freeway. Interstate 480 connects Interstate 80 in Omaha and Interstate 29 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Omaha's airport.

Week of February 2-8, 2004:

Interstate 40 West at Exits 159B-C - Interstate 25

Interstate 40 West at Exit 159B - Interstate 25 South - Las Cruces, and Exit 159C - Interstate 25 North - Santa Fe, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This interchange is known as the "Big I" and was completely reconstructed in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

Week of January 26-February 1, 2004:

Interstate 676 West in downtown Philadelphia

Interstate 676 West in downtown Philadelphia, about 1/4 mile to the west of the PA 611/Broad St. exit. Interstate 676 is depressed throughout the downtown area. Interstate 676 ends in one mile at Interstate 76. Also notice the all-text sign for PA 611 instead of a PA 611 shield.

Week of January 19-25, 2004:

Interstate 90/94 East at Exit 53 - Interstate 55

Interstate 90/94 East at Exit 53 - Interstate 55/Stevenson Expressway - St. Louis/Lake Shore Dr., near downtown Chicago. This stretch of highway is one of the busiest in the country. Traffic was bumper-to-bumper in the westbound lanes. (Which made me very glad that I wasn't going that way!)

Week of January 12-18, 2004:

Interstate 70 East at Exit 99A - Interstate 71 South

Interstate 70 East in Columbus, Ohio, at Exit 99A - Interstate 71 South - Cincinnati. The signage in this area has been around for a long time, as you can see here. Interstate 71 duplexes with Interstate 70 for the next 1 3/4 miles just south of downtown Columbus.

Week of January 5-11, 2004:

Interstate 15 North at Exit 184A - Interstate 40 East

Interstate 15 North in Barstow, California, at Exit 184A - Interstate 40 East - Needles. The interchange marks the western terminus of cross-country Interstate 40. The other end of the highway is in Wilmington, North Carolina, near the Atlantic Ocean. The greenouts on each sign cover up shields from the days when a U.S. highway was duplexed on both interstates; Interstate 15 was duplexed with U.S. 91, and U.S. 66 was duplexed with Interstate 40. U.S. 91's southern terminus has since been moved further to the north, and U.S. 66 was fully decommissioned in 1985.

Week of December 29, 2003-January 4, 2004:

Interstate 75 North at Exit 268 - Interstate 575/GA 5 North

Interstate 75 North in Marietta, Georgia, at Exit 268 - Interstate 575/GA 5 North - Canton. Interstate 575 connects Interstate 75 to Canton and Nelson and is 31 miles long.

Week of December 22-28, 2003:

Interstate 24 West at Exit 53 - Interstate 440 West

Interstate 24 West in Nashville, Tennessee, at Exit 53 - Interstate 440 West - Memphis. Interstate 40 is one mile ahead.

Week of December 15-21, 2003:

Interstate 75 South at Exit 274 - Interstate 275 South

Interstate 75 South at Exit 274 - Interstate 275 South - Tampa/St. Petersburg, located north of Tampa, Florida. I took the Florida Trip during this week.

Week of December 8-14, 2003:

Interstate 10 East at Exit 159 - Interstate 12 East

Interstate 10 East in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Exit 159 - Interstate 12 East - Hammond. Interstate 12 bypasses New Orleans to the north while Interstate 10 heads directly through Louisiana's largest city. Interstate 12 is 85 miles long and connects back to Interstate 10 at its other end in Slidell. I began the Florida Trip during this week.

Week of December 1-7, 2003:

Interstate 380 North at Exit 65 - U.S. 20 East

Interstate 380/IA 27 North at Exit 65 - U.S. 20 East - Dubuque. Interstate 380 curves to the west at this interchange, located about three miles to the east of Waterloo, Iowa.

Week of November 24-30, 2003:

Interstate 20 East/Interstate 59 North at Exit 124A - Interstate 65 South

Interstate 20 East/Interstate 59 North at Exit 124A - Interstate 65 South - Montgomery, in Birmingham, Alabama. Exit 124B departs for Interstate 65 North and Huntsville at the next sign gantry, partially visible past the curve.

Week of November 17-23, 2003:

Interstate 40 West at Exit 195 - Interstate 17 South/AZ 89A

Interstate 40 West at Exit 195 - Interstate 17/AZ 89A South - Phoenix, and AZ 89A North - Flagstaff. The interchange serves as the northern terminus of Interstate 17, which connects Phoenix to Flagstaff.

Week of November 10-16, 2003:

Interstate 40 East at Exit 181 - U.S. 177/U.S. 270/OK 3W

Interstate 40 East at Exit 181 - U.S. 177/U.S. 270/OK 3W - Shawnee/Tecumseh. The three highways multiplex as a freeway on the west side of Shawnee. The ramp in the background carries U.S. 177 North, U.S. 270 West, and OK 3W West traffic to Interstate 40/U.S. 270/OK 3 West. The interchange is also the western end of the OK 3E/OK 3W split, which runs from Shawnee to Ada.

Week of November 3-9, 2003:

Creek Turnpike East at Muskogee/Tulsa exit

Creek Turnpike East at Muskogee/Tulsa exit. This particular sign uses just the control cities instead of OK 51 West for Tulsa and the Muskogee Turnpike East for Muskogee. The ramp leads to a collector/distributor lane, and the exits off of that lane mention the Muskogee Turnpike and OK 51.