Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Bridges - US 66 / I 40

To retrace historic Highway 66 takes some doing.  From Oklahoma City through New Mexico US 66 roughly parallels Interstate 40.   Except that I 40 runs straight while US 66 wanders just north of I 40, then south.  Where it is still in use for local traffic that means US 66 frequently crosses I 40 back and forth through a pair of underpasses.  The temptation is to bypass the old road and stay on the 4 lane, but that would be cheating.  We passed through a number of these little crossunders when we retraced Route 66 from Tulsa to Santa Fe in October of 2009.

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Andy said... [Reply to comment]

I like the perspective and the look of the dirty road.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Both US Route 40 and 66 were the way to go back in the day.

Tanya Breese said... [Reply to comment]

i like the way you photographed this!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

you were on a perfect spot to take this photo. did you stop traffic here?:p

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

I'd of cheated. Great pic.

Crafty Green Poet said... [Reply to comment]

very nicely composed shot

Louis la Vache said... [Reply to comment]

Ah yes! Route 66!
One reason I-40 runs more straight than old 66 is that when Eisenhower began the Interstate Highway program, he stipulated that certain sections of each Interstate be straight to accommodate emergency use of the road as landing/takeoff strips.
It would be great fun to take the trip you took.

When you passed through Amarillo, did you see the Cadillac Ranch?

A welcome contribution to Sunday Bridges.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

But what a fun adventure!! :0)

Louis la Vache said... [Reply to comment]

Speaking of Route 66...

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

A dirt road? Wow! Gotta have the right car to drive on these.