Shadow (dariaphoebe) wrote,

The world drags me down, and the world turns around

On November 25, 2002, six years ago today, PennDOT cut the ribbon on the PA26 bypass freeway, signed US220 at its opening, from the Mount Nittany Expressway to a point just shy of I-80. The freeway is theoretically "Future I-99", and while I'll ignore comments on numbering, it's interesting that it's *still* future I-99.

On that day, as the barrels were rolled away,
US220 Expressway State College 11/25/2002
I was in the first vehicle to roll though the entrance at the south end from the surface road there (East Park Avenue).

When PA 43 opened south from route 51 to I-70, I was in the line of vehicles which entered there.

Yesterday, I biked over to Oakland for the ribbon-cutting of the Boulevard of the Allies bridge. What changed? Well, I didn't use the bridge after it opened, in a car. I used it before it opened, on foot. Whereas before, I wanted to use new facilities as a motorist, now, I want to see them as a part of history.

To be fair, today I did have the opportunity to use the new bridge. I did.

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