Continuing work to revise pages across the site, shifted eastward from the West Coast to New England and updated the guide for Interstate 91. The Mixmaster Interchange at the south end in New Haven was recently overhauled as part of the Q Bridge project along Interstate 95. We are in need of updated photos from that exchange and may try to take a trip to Connecticut later this year to cover it among other things. Otherwise updated coverage of the north end at Derby Line with photos from 2014 and 2015 by Shaun Ganley.
An equally older page needing work was the guide for Interstate 93. Replaced dated photos of both ends with pictures shot in 2014 and 2015 by Shaun Ganley. Numerous sign updates have been made in the Boston area as MassDOT changes out older assemblies, so our coverage of I-95 south at I-93 is incomplete. With the statewide conversion of exit numbers from a sequential to a mile based system beginning in late Summer 2020, further changes will be made at not only the south end of Interstate 93, but across all Interstates with the exception of I-291 and I-391. I-95 north at Interstate 93 will be renumbered from Exit 12 to 26.
Rounding out site updates for New England, replaced photos at both ends of Interstate 89 with pictures taken in October 2014.
Some road news out of St. Louis this week with the start of construction for the new Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium announced. The stadium will be built in the foot print of the once proposed North-South Distributor (Missouri Route 755) adjacent to Interstate 64/U.S. 40 west of Downtown. Although occasionally referred to online and on articles as Interstate 755, the North-South Distributor was an urban loop proposed north from the exchange where I-44/55 meet at Lafayette Square to I-70 (Mark Twain Expressway) at Old North St. Louis.
Ultimately cancelled by 1980, like many other urban freeways planned during the 1960s and 70s, the construction of Route 755 would likely have made adverse impacts to established neighborhoods and displaced many residents. Despite the opposition, some elements of the proposed freeway loop were built, including the ramp system joining I-64/U.S. 40 with 20th and Market Streets at Downtown West. With a wide portion of unused right of way, this location was selected for the new soccer stadium set to open in 2022. As a result, the ramp system from I-64/U.S. 40 at Exit 38B eastbound and Exit 39 westbound will close permanently on February 3, 2020.