Skip to main content

SWPA Roads Project


Pittsburgh is a city of unique personalities and entertaining stories.  The same can be said about its transportation history.  Pittsburgh is more than the "City of Bridges."  It is said throughout the region that "you can't get there from here." And perhaps it's true. 

However, it is all those quirks, those idiosyncracies, the leftovers, the plans that never were, that make Pittsburgh's transportation history so unique.  The SWPA Roads Project tells those stories from the mundane to the colorful, the obscure and the controversial, and all of those in between.

Ride The Belt System: Uniquely Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Belt System is a post-World War II relic that connected the seemingly endless municipalities within the county.
  • Orange Belt - The Longest - and the one I grew up on
  • Yellow Belt - The perfect Day Trip Belt
  • Green Belt - In Development
  • Blue Belt - In Development
  • Red Belt - In Development
City Beautiful Boulevards and More: They are the Boulevards we all know and love (or complain about) by name.
The Pittsburgh That Could Have Been: The endless proposals and plans for highways and transit that just never came to be.
Unique Stories:
Gone or Completely Forgotten: Abandoned, torn down, or just plain forgotten about 
Highway Histories:
Interstate 70:

Have photos, stories, or information to share - just drop a line in the comments or send me a note!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The history of US Route 80 and Interstate 8 in California

The historic corridor of US Route 80 and Interstate 8 through the borderlands of southern California share a largely mutual history.  Both highways originated in the city of San Diego and departed the state at the Colorado River into Yuma, Arizona.  Both highways share numerous famous geographical components such as the Mountain Springs Grade and Algodones Sand Dunes.  This article serves as a comprehensive history of the combined US Route 80/Interstate 8 corridor in California from the tolled stage route era of the nineteenth century to the development of the modern freeway.   The blog cover photo features US Route 80 along the Mountains Springs Grade through In-Ko-Pah Gorge during late 1920s.  This photo is part of the Caltrans McCurry Collection. Part 1; the history of US Route 80 and Interstate 8 in California US Route 80 and Interstate 8 in California share a largely mutual history.  The backstory of both highways is tied heavily to the corridors of the Old Spanish Trail, Legisl

The Midway Palm and Pine of US Route 99

Along modern day California State Route 99 south of Avenue 11 just outside the City limits of Madera one can find the Midway Palm and Pine in the center median of the freeway.  The Midway Palm and Pine denotes the halfway point between the Mexican Border and Oregon State Line on what was US Route 99.  The Midway Palm is intended to represent Southern California whereas the Midway Pine is intended to represent Northern California.  Pictured above the Midway Palm and Pine can be seen from the northbound lanes of the California State Route 99 Freeway.   This blog is part of the larger Gribblenation US Route 99 Page.  For more information pertaining to the other various segments of US Route 99 and it's three-digit child routes check out the link the below. Gribblenation US Route 99 Page The history of the Midway Palm and Pine The true timeframe for when the Midway Palm and Pine (originally a Deadora Cedar Tree) were planted is unknown.  In fact, the origin of the Midway Palm and Pine w

North Carolina Continues to Move Forward with Rail

2023 and the first half of 2024 have seen continued growth in North Carolina's passenger rail system.  From increased daily trains from Raleigh to Charlotte, federal funds for studying additional corridors, and receiving a historic grant to begin the construction of high-speed rail between Raleigh and Richmond, the last 18 months have been a flurry of activity at NCDOT's Rail Division.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg. As ridership and routes increase - the engine of North Carolina passenger rail trains will become a more common sight. (Adam Prince) Increased Passenger Train Service: On July 10, 2023, a fourth Piedmont round-trip rail service between Raleigh and Charlotte commenced.  The four Piedmont trains plus the daily Carolinian (to Washington, DC, and New York) bring the total of trains serving the two cities daily to five. The current daily Piedmont and Carolinian schedule between Charlotte and Raleigh (NCDOT) The result was over 641,000 passengers utilized pa