Re: Hail of a ride for Cleese
- From: rkshullat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 16:38:18 -0500 (CDT)
Michael Benveniste <mhb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Route 66 withered away over a period of about 30 years from
1953 into the early 1980's. It was a victim not of economic
conditions but of the shift to limited access highways. Again,
it was cheaper and easier to build anew rather than to upgrade the
old "Mother Road."
I think it had as much to do with a change in philosophy as cost. There
are plenty of places where the Interstate system replaced the old
highways and used the same route and plenty of others where the old
highway is still present and maintained, although without the old
numeric designation. The main difference was that the Interstates tended
to connect major cities as directly as terrain allowed while avoiding
small towns. Smaller highways and roads linking the Interstates to towns
along their routes replaced the old US Highways snaking through them.
This made travel much faster and kept heavy traffic out of the small towns,
but also cost them virtually all of their potential customers.
It wasn't just the Interstate system that did this. My father owned a
couple of restaruants on state roads in southern Indiana back in the
1950's. He ended up closing both of them when the "new" state highway
adopted the same philosophy as the Interstates and the traffic dried up.
Robert K. Shull Email: rkshull at rosettacon dot com
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