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Kennedy Expressway (Interstates 90, 94 and 190)

On a recent trip to the Mid-West I drove a section of freeway I haven't been on since the late 1990s; the Kennedy Expressway from Chicago O'Hare International Airport east to Interstate 290 in downtown Chicago.


The Kennedy Expressway is a designation of 17.8 miles of freeway consisting parts of Interstate 190, 90 and 94 between Chicago O'Hare and I-290 in downtown Chicago.  Expressway designations in the Chicago Area refer to free access freeway grades as opposed to limited access toll roads.  Much of the Interstate network around Chicago consists of toll road segments.  In the case of the Kennedy Expressway the free designation has made it the main east/west arterial freeway in the Chicago area which carries a massive peak daily traffic count of approximately 327,000 vehicles.

In short; construction of the Kennedy Expressway began in 1955 with portions opening 1958.  The entirety of the Kennedy Expressway opened in November 1960 with reversible lanes opening up in early 1…
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1889 Lanes Bridge Location (Old California State Route 41)

Recently I visited the location of the 1889 Lanes Bridge along what was California State Route 41 north of the Fresno City limits on the San Joaquin River.


Previously I touched on former alignments of CA 41 in the Fresno Area which can be found on the following three blogs:

1941 Lanes Bridge Renovations (Old CA 41) 

Old CA 41 in Southern Fresno County and the Expressway that never was

Old CA 180 and CA 41 surface alignments in Fresno

As stated in the 1941 Lanes Bridge blog the original crossing of the San Joaquin River was the 1889 Lanes Bridge.   The original Lanes Bridge was located about a mile up river north of the 1941 bridge roughly where Lanes Road ends today at the San Joaquin River.  The original Lanes Bridge was first called the Yosemite Bridge but soon became known as the Lanes Bridge due Lanes Station which was a general store in close proximity which opened in 1894.  In 1917 the original Lanes Bridge had a partial collapse but was quickly repaired.  By 1934 the origin…