Historic road infrastructure on Old State Road 37 and the Dixie Highway in Morgan County, Indiana
Concrete road and a concrete-arch bridge on Old SR 37/Dixie Highway in Morgan County, Indiana
Old US 40/National Road alignment in Putnam County, Indiana
An old US 40 alignment, with a 1920s bridge and period concrete pavement, in Putnam County, Indiana.
Is old road pavement worth preserving?
A 90+-year-old section of continuous concrete pavement was recently removed as Indiana State Road 37 undergoes conversion to Interstate 69.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Canon PowerShot S95 2015
Improving the rutted National Road in Ohio
Imagining what a road was like in years gone by draws me out to find the old alignments and the old pavement. This is why I’ve recently shared photos of left-behind brick and concrete segments of Ohio’s National Road with you – photos, I’m sure, that were interesting only to readers with a healthy inner roadgeek.…
Concrete evidence of the National Road in Ohio
We take for granted that we can drive anywhere in the nation today, but such was not always the case. I have a book here that is a transcribed diary of a family driving from California to Indiana in 1913. Most roads were dirt; some were gravel. Out west, the family found many places were…
Straightened, widened, and moved
My last post mentioned how the National Road and US 40 has been repeatedly straightened, leveled, widened, and outright moved. As I began this trip west down the National Road from Indianapolis, I came across three out of four of those right away. This image from Bing Maps shows the road around the Marion-Hendricks county…