Wednesday, October 6, 2010

USA - Greetings From Along Interstate 95

Greetings From Along Interstate 95.
The Interstate Highway System comprises approximately 43,000 miles of expressways throughout the United States. Interstate 95 is the major north-south corridor in the Eastern U.S. linking northern Maine to South Florida. I-95 will be approximately 1,850 miles in length when completed; today over 1,700 miles are in use.

Sent by Claudia, a postcrosser from Florida, USA.

This is from Wikipedia : Interstate 95 (I-95) is the main highway on the East Coast of the United States, paralleling the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Florida and serving some of the most populated urban areas in the country, including Boston, New York City, Providence, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Jacksonville and Miami. It is one of the north–south routes of the Interstate Highway System, and replaced older U.S. Highways, mainly U.S. Route 1. The oldest sections of I-95, including several toll roads, predate the Interstate System; the route has yet to be completed in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey area. Construction of the missing connection is scheduled to be completed by the 2010s (tentatively 2017).

I-95's two pieces total 1,925 mi (3,098 km). The southern terminus of I-95 is at U.S. Route 1 in southern Miami, Florida. The highway heads north along the Atlantic through Jacksonville, Florida to Savannah, Georgia, and then takes a slightly more inland route through South Carolina and North Carolina to Richmond, Virginia. From Richmond past Washington D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, I-95 follows the fall line, where the Atlantic Coastal Plain meets the Appalachian Piedmont. The highway continues northeast through Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, after which traffic must use other roads to continue towards Newark, New Jersey until the completion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project (planned for 2017). I-95 crosses the George Washington Bridge into New York City, and then passes through New Haven, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island, around Boston, Massachusetts, and through Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Augusta, Maine on its way to the Houlton/Woodstock Border Crossing to the short New Brunswick Route 95, which connects to the Trans-Canada Highway.

It is the longest north–south Interstate Highway (five east–west routes are longer: Interstate 10 (2,460 mi (3,959 km)), Interstate 40 (2,555 mi (4,112 km)), Interstate 70 (2,153 mi (3,465 km)), Interstate 80 (2,899 mi (4,665 km)), and Interstate 90 (3,099 mi (4,987 km))), and it passes through fifteen states, more than any other Interstate; the Interstate that passes through the second-most number of states is Interstate 90, at thirteen. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only five counties along the route — two in South Carolina, one in southern Virginia, and two in northern Maine — are completely rural.[5] According to the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the region served by I-95 is "over three times more densely populated than the U.S. average and as densely settled as much of Western Europe".

As of 2007, I-95 is the only non-cancelled long-distance Interstate in the original plans that has not been completed. A discontinuity exists between two separate sections in New Jersey due in part to the freeway revolts of the 1960s and 1970s; thus it is not possible to directly travel the entire length of I-95 without interruption, since the two sections are about 10 miles (16 km) apart from each other (though this gap is currently being addressed).

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