Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Interstate 92

I-92 was proposed, but never built. There were (and I suppose, are) several proposed routes from somewhere in NY to somewhere in ME which cut across NH and VT.  The expectation was that it would be a spur to prosperity, especially to the interior of ME, but somehow the numbers never worked out.  I recall hearing years ago that VT increasingly objected, ostensibly for environmental but actually for aesthetic reasons, and this was what had driven the final nails in the idea.

Yet still, if you look at a map of the Northeast, it just makes sense.

I thought the suggestion that the old Yankee joke "you can't get there from here" is based on the absence of E-W routes was silly at first, but on reflection, it might be so.  The whole site at the link is interesting, though more so around Boston roads than NH ones.


Gringo said...

Yup. Albany and Rochester to Bangor will generate an awful lot of prosperity. Or Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo to Bangor. Even more. It's a veritable Silk Road.

The main reason for such a road would have been to bypass the Boston bottleneck, but 495 does tahat.

Sponge-headed ScienceMan said...

At the library today and picked up The Big Roads, the Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by Earl Swift. I haven't started it yet, but I have a little suspicion that this author is pro highway building.