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Long closed California State Route 39 at Islip Saddle

Back in 2016 I visited the long closed segment of California State Route 39 in the Islip Saddle of the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County.


Islip Saddle is a mountain pass in the San Gabriel Mountains located at 6,680 feet above sea level.  Islip Saddle serves as the junction of CA 2/Angeles Crest Highway at the north terminus of CA 39/San Gabriel Canyon Road.  While the junction of CA 2/CA 39 unto itself is noteworthy due to the striking views from Islip Saddle southward through San Gabriel Canyon it has been become far more known for the long standing closure on the latter route since 1978.

CA 39 was one of the original 1934 State Highways and was made up of Legislative Route Number 171 south of what was US Route 101 in Buena Park and LRN 62 north of it.  In the case of LRN 62 it was created during the 1919 Third State Highway Bond Act.  The original legislative definition of LRN 62 had it running north from Azuza to Pine Flats in the San Gabriel Mountains to LRN 61 (which b…
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Dan Ryan Expressway (Interstate 90 and 94 in Chicago)

Recently while visiting the City of Chicago I drove the entirety of the Dan Ryan Expressway.


The Dan Ryan Expressway refers to a freeway section of Interstate 90 and Interstate 94 in Chicago.  The Dan Ryan Expressway is 11.47 miles in length and begins at junction of I-290 with I-90/I-94 in downtown Chicago.  The Dan Ryan Expressway is fully traversed southward by I-94 to a junction with I-57.  I-90 is only partially aligned on the Dan Ryan Expressway as it splits away from I-94 on the the Chicago Skyway Tollway.  The Dan Ryan Expressway is one of the busiest freeways in the country with daily traffic counts exceeding 300,000.

According to chicagoroads.com construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway began in 1958 when the first contract bids were accepted.  The first 3 mile portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway opened in 1961 with the majority of remaining alignment opening in 1962.  Interestingly I-90 was originally aligned on the entirety of the Dan Ryan Expressway whereas I-94 split onto …

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…