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Sign County Route G15 and the 1923 Metz Tunnel

One of the more unique ways to get to the western annex of Pinnacles National Park requires an alternate route to US Route 101 via Sign County Route G15.  Sign County Route G15 rides the edge of the Gabilan Range above Salinas Valley and provides a view of the 1923 Metz Tunnel. Sign County Route G15 ("G15") is a 18.68 mile highway located entirely within Monterey County.  G15 begins at US Route 101 ("US 101") in King City and travels north along the westernmost flank of the Gabilan Range just above Salinas Valley to California State Route 146 ("CA 146").  As noted above G15 provides a view of the 1923 Metz Tunnel and incorporates some of the original alignment of US 101 in King City.   The approximate routing of G15 can be seen below.  Part 1; the history of Sign County Route G15 According to CAhighways.org what is now G15 was first defined in 1965.  At the time of G15's commissioning US 101 was still active on 1st Street and Broadway within downtown

Closing the Gap - How Interstate 77 in North Carolina and Virginia Came To Be

Interstate 77 through the Virginias and Carolinas was not an original Interstate Highway proposal.  In 1957, Interstate 77 was born as an over 400-mile southwards extension of a previously approved Cleveland to Canton, Ohio Interstate.  The new road would extend through four states before terminating at Interstate 85 near Charlotte, North Carolina.  This extension would bring an additional north-south highway connecting the industrial Midwest to the South.   During the early planning stages of Interstate 77 from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, North Carolina and Virginia had different plans routing the Interstate that took over five years to settle. While the new Ohio to Charlotte Interstate would follow the WV Turnpike to its terminus at US 460 near Princeton, its route through the remainder of West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina was uncertain.  The route south from Princeton into Virginia and to Interstate 81 near Wytheville consisted of two options.  An eastern option

Small Towns of Virginia Series - Alberta

Alberta is a small town of about 300 people just off of US 1 in Brunswick County.  Easily overlooked by both Interstate 85 and US 1, Alberta was established in 1928. Alberta General Store Brunswick County is the birthplace of Brunswick Stew - a tomato-based stew featuring beans, vegetables, and meat.  And the Alberta General Store is one of the stops on the Brunswick Stew Tour .  The store makes their homemade "Unkol" Chuck's Brunswick Stew - which can also be purchased at the store or numerous Farmer's Markets within Southside Virginia. Though Alberta is a very quiet town, its downtown has several great old buildings and ghost signs. A former bank in Alberta All photos were taken by post author - January 3, 2009. Site Navigation: Return to Small Towns of Virginia Series Index Links: Alberta General Store How To Get There:

Former US Route 99 in Weed (US Route 97 and California State Route 265 on Weed Boulevard)

Weed Boulevard previously was the through segment of US Route 99 in downtown Weed of Siskiyou County, California.  Presently segments of former US Route 99 on Weed Boulevard are retained in the State Highway System as US Route 97 and California State Route 265.  As noted above both US Route 97 ("US 97") and California State Route 265 ("CA 265") are aligned on former US 99 within the City of Weed on Weed Boulevard.  Approximately 0.430 miles of US 97 is aligned on Weed Boulevard along with 0.435 miles of CA 265.  The remaining 0.088 miles of CA 265 are aligned as access to Interstate 5 ("I-5") via Chaparral Drive.  Notably; US 97 and CA 265 on Weed Boulevard are also co-signed as Historic US 99 in addition to I-5 Business.     Part 1; the history of highways in the City of Weed The City of Weed is named after after it's founder Abner Weed.  In the 19th Century Abner Weed noted that the winds near the present site of the City of Weed were especially good