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MISSOURI/MIDWESTERN U.S.
Nov. 27-28 2009
PART 1

This automobile jaunt let us see the great free-bargaining U.S. and A. in all its glory. The highlight of this trip was the discarding of a Mountain Dew can to the detriment of a particular business. But, good gravy, were there some good Roads Scholaring photos - covering not just parts of Missouri but also other exciting regional action!






Although this is primarily a road site, the first 3 photos in this 5-part batch are just cityscapes and rail bridges. And this is the skyline of Louisville. (We're talking Kentucky here!) This is from the ramp from the end of I-71 to I-64 west.




By all accounts, this rail span over the Ohio River must be the 14th Street Bridge, which connects Louisville with Clarksville, IN. This despite the fact that 14th Street appears to be nonexistent: The rail line runs where 14th would be. Construction began on this bridge in 1867, and it is in fact a drawbridge.




A train seems to be crossing the K&I Bridge, which connects Louisville with New Albany, IN. This span opened in 1886 and features narrow roadways on each side, which carried US 150 before the roadways were closed in 1979 because they began caving in. The old roadways were supposed to open to pedestrians by 2010.




I-64/US 150 uses the double-decker Sherman Minton Bridge from Louisville to New Albany. Here we're going west over the top deck. (I'm doing an upper-decker!) It opened in 1962.




Continuing on the Sherman Minton. The unnumbered BGS for New Albany is for the ramp that feeds into Elm Street.




West on I-64 near Evansville, IN, we're greeted with this bit of roadly news: Part of the vastly unpopular I-69 extension through southern Indiana is now open, judging by the sign. (The sign references the small town of Petersburg, IN.) Despite I-69's unpopularity, plans are for it to absorb I-164. For its part, I-164 was completed in 1991.




A view of Evansville from I-164.




The Bi-State Vietnam Gold Star Bridges. This pair of bridges carries US 41 (a divided highway) from Evansville to Henderson, KY. Here we're going south. Indeed, the bridges are wholly in Kentucky, because the state line is to the north of the Ohio River (after the river changed course during the 1812 New Madrid earthquake). The northbound side opened in 1932, but this side opened in 1966.




Continuing on the US 41 bridge towards Henderson.




Downtown Henderson, looking northwest on 2nd from Green Street.




Southwest on US 60 (Morgan Street) in Morganfield, KY. Also, this is at least the third appearance in this photo shoot of something to do with Fifth Third Bank - which is known for Johnny Bench appearing in its ads. (How come Bubble Fudge doesn't have 3 appearances here?)




West on KY 56 from Morganfield.




Continuing on KY 56 near Spring Grove.




KY 56 uses this somewhat high bridge over the Ohio River to Old Shawneetown, IL. There it becomes IL 13. The bridge opened in 1955.




West on the bridge to Illinois. Does this span have any pedestrian or bike access at all?




Descending the bridge and entering Illinois.




West on IL 13 near Old Shawneetown.




Who expected to see mountains in Illinois? This is on an unidentified road near Shawneetown.




A photo from the area around Karbers Ridge and Herod, IL.




And another. What mountain range is this anyway?




Back on IL 13 - which takes the form of Poplar Street here in Harrisburg, IL. (Remember the DJ who always used to say "takes the form of"?)

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