A lot of roadgeeks can't stand the real i-99, for a couple reasons. First
of all, i-99 violates the interstate highway numbering system. Generally
speaking (talking about odd numbers here), low 2 digit interstates run north-
south along the western part of the country, high 2 digit interstates run
north-south along the eastern part of the country. As a few examples, I-5
runs along the west coast (there's no I-1 or I-3). I-95 runs along the
east coast. I-97 is a short highway east of I-95 in Baltimore. I-55 runs
along the Mississippi River. Most other odd 2 digit interstates fill in
the grid nicely from low (on the west coast) to high (on the east coast).
Getting to my second point, then representative bud shuster decided to
legislate a freeway through his district (western PA). He also wrote it into
law that this highway was to be designated I-99. Therefore, now we have I-99
fitting into the grid between I-79 and I-81.
Personally, I don't know that much about western PA. According to Jeff Kitsko
(a roadgeek a little closer to i-99), there is a need for a freeway through
the area. I think the freeway should either be a 3di, or even downgraded
to US status. Maybe designate the freeway as US-220, and leave the I-99
designation for a corridor that deserves it.
My I-99 freeway starts in Savannah, GA, runs right up the coastline to
northern NJ, then runs through New York to an end at I-95 in Greenwich, CT.
On the way, it complements NC-12 along the outer banks, providing a link
from one end to the other without the use of a ferry. It runs across the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, then provides a route up much of the Delmarva
peninsula without any traffic lights. It picks up US-9 in Lewes, DE, and
runs to New Jersey along a bridge-tunnel, again eliminating the need for
a ferry. The New Jersey portion of I-99 really isn't a fictional freeway
at all. I have it being routed along the Garden State Parkway and NJ-440.
The only portion that is fictional is a 4 mile portion near the southern
end of the parkway, which now has at grade junctions and a few traffic
lights. I-99 also runs across another lengthy bridge across Long Island
Sound, eliminating the need to go through New York City to get from Long
Island to Connectict.
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