US 96 is one of the worst numbering violations in the US route system, because it is wrong on several levels:
At the time, the south terminus of US 59 was in Port Arthur, and the diagonal highway between Houston and Laredo was designated US 96:
That was the case until 1939, when the US 59 designation was truncated at Tenaha, and instead extended southwest, essentially via its current route, which goes through Houston and ends in Laredo:
Obviously that did not happen, and today US 96 stands out as a blatant violator of route numbering guidelines. As a part of the aforementioned 1937 policy, AASHO also stated, "U. S. routes, less than three hundred miles in length, heretofore established and located wholly in one State, shall be eliminated either by consolidation with other U. S. routes or by reverting to State routes, as rapidly as the State Highway Department and the executive committee of the American Association of State Highway Officials can reach agreement with reference thereto." Clearly that has not been done either. It should be noted that there are several other routes in addition to US 96 that meet these criteria, and in some cases there is not really an acceptable way to eliminate them. However -- by involving a couple other US routes -- there is a relatively graceful way to eliminate the US 96 designation. This preview map provides all the details, or you can click the icon in the upper right to bring up the full version in Google Maps:
In 2001 construction began on Denver's "T-Rex" project (TRansportation EXpansion). This involved widening I-25 and adding light-rail service along the corridor through the south metro area. It was a great investment benefitting Denver commuters, but one unfortunate casualty was the old Colorado and Southern Railway bridge over I-25 (and unmarked US 87), just north of Evans Avenue. The rail line had not been used for years, but its bridge was a cool landmark that provided a little extra character in south Denver.
People who do not realize that a railroad historically cut through this area probably see all these odd, slightly-diagonal lot lines and wonder what in the world was going on when this place was laid out.
In about 2014, a pedestrian bridge over I-25 was installed in almost the same location as the historic railroad bridge (shown in the first photo on this page). It would have been really cool if the old bridge could somehow have been repurposed for that function.
This map shows the historic routing of the Colorado and Southern Railway through the Denver area.
CO-NE-WY corner, US 138, Nags Head, Bay Area, Quad Cities, Milwaukee, US 54, US 213, Ocean City, US 16, US 275, US 281, US 370, US 319, US 378, US 75, West Memphis, US 371, US 53, US 140, US 20, Miles City, US 95, Laredo, US 2(W), US 80, US 141, US 90, US 187, US 260, US 43, US 422W, US 450, US 24, Bristol, Dallas, US 171, US 28, US 270, US 21, US 8, US 154, US 164, Waverly, US 122, US 280
Currently Sikeston is the only place where three consecutive US route numbers intersect -- US 60, US 61, and US 62:
Historically US 23, US 24, and US 25 had a junction in Toledo, but in 1974 the US 25 designation was removed from both Ohio and Michigan:
...please comment if you are aware of any other examples.
Texas brag: the Lone Star State is big enough to contain most of the mass in the inner Solar System: besides Mercury, there are also towns in Texas named Venus and Earth.
Established in Dec. 2016, the primary intention is to provide more ways for people to be informed when an update is made to the website. Additionally, the blog provides a platform for presenting interesting topics that may not have enough material to warrant a dedicated web page. The image at the top of this page shows the US 19 New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, and is courtesy of H.B. Elkins.