The last project from America’s golden age of infrastructure is almost finished—61 years later


#TIA – Actually, 61 years isn’t bad when it comes to the record for federal projects.”If ever” was the previous title holder. 

“Interstate 95, or I-95, is the main highway down the east coast of the United States. It is 1,900 miles (3,060 km) long and connects Florida in the south to the US border with Canada in Maine in the north. I-95 serves 10% of the US landmass and 40% of its population. It is the most used road in America.

And it is almost finished.

I-95 has always had a missing section between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where drivers were forced off the highway and on to local roads for eight miles before getting back on again. The gap was due to local opposition—it was to cut through Hopewell Valley, an affluent area near Princeton—and the energy crisis of the 1970s (paywall). (Though, to be fair to the politicians of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there was a 34-mile gap in Florida that wasn’t closed until 1987.)”

Read more at Quartz