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St. Louis Roadgeek Meet
Day 2
April 19, 2008

These photos are from my trip to the St. Louis roadgeek meeting. They are from Indiana, Illinois and Missouri, and were taken on April 19, 2008. To view the full-sized photos, click on one of the thumbnails on this page. You will then be presented with navigation controls to view the images on individual Web pages as a slide show.

Day 2 begins as we head north on I-164.

Terre Haute, not Vincennes or Princeton, is the control city for US 41 north.

This is the first mention of Mt. Vernon, which is the Illinois city where I-64 and I-57 intersect.

Rain and darkness totally screwed up this shot of the "Welcome to Illinois" overhead. Fortunately I got a much better shot the next day.

This oil well is located at the Illinois welcome center on westbound I-64.

Rainy weather affected this shot, too, but again, I got a better one the next day.

High water was evident across much of southern Illinois.

Not to be confused with Nashville, Tenn., I suppose.

These signs, including the lower one marking the 50th anniversary of the interstate system, can be found periodically.

Getting in to the metro St. Louis area.

Now on I-255 south.

There should also be an IL 3 sign on this assembly.

Memphis is the control city for I-55 south; Tulsa is for I-44 west.

Mileage to the two control cities.

Approaching I-255's Mississippi River crossing.

Welcome to Missouri. Thankfully the threatening sky didn't open up on us during our roadgeek meeting tour.

Kansas City? What happened to Tulsa?

Webster Groves was the location of the restaurant where the meeting was held.

This is our exit!

The focal point of the meeting's tour was the reconstruction of I-64/US 40 west of downtown St. Louis. This is near the southern terminus of I-170.

The I-170/I-64 interchange being rebuilt.

An old embossed right-of-way marker.

That's David Backlin ("US 71") taking a photo of the South Forty Drive" sign.

Note the cute little fleur-de-lis sign topper.

A trip to Missouri isn't complete without a photo of a secondary route sign.

Until US 40/61 is upgraded to full interstate standards to I-70, this is the western terminus of I-64.

On the outer loop of I-270.

A van for the Highway 61 Roadhouse, the site of our meeting.

The restaurant's sign.

On Laclede Station Road at I-64.

Blurry photo. Oops.

Eastbound I-64.

There are two double-decker segments of I-64 in downtown St. Louis. This is the westernmost.

The Gateway Arch is in the background.

Getting ready to enter the second double-decker section.

There is no connection from I-64 east to I-55 south or I-70 west.

On the Mississippi River bridge.

Back in Illinois.

The first mention of Louisville on I-64.

Approaching the split of I-64 from I-55/I-70.

At the split.

Another 50th anniversary sign.

There are "Kingshighways" on both sides of the river here. I don't understand why the unusual spelling.

Cable barrier in the vicinity of I-255.

Another 50th anniversary sign.

First mileage sign with Louisville included.

On US 50 eastbound.

Even on an existing duplex, Illinois will sign a new junction for both routes at their split.

A segment of US 50 west of Carlyle is two lanes on a four-lane right of way. It's not quite a "super 2" because there are some at-grade intersections. The grade work isn't complete but bridges across streams are complete. The two lanes run in what would be the westbound lanes of a four-lane route.

Here's a shot of one of the completed but unused bridges.

The road uses all four lanes in some spots.

Another unused bridge.

This shows how the right of way is four lanes wide.

Isn't this the title of Van Halen's first album with Sammy Hagar?

In Illinois, intersections with interstates use major nearby cities as destinations instead of the major control cities (which here would be Chicago and Memphis).

Illinois still signs the Lincoln Heritage Trail.

A Rock City barn.

There is another Clay City besides the one in Kentucky? Interesting...

This bridge, on an old alignment of US 50, has not been torn down.

The first mention of Vincennes on a mileage sign.

Illinois uses "Busn" for an abbreviation for "Business."

Cincinnati shows up on a mileage sign in Illinois.

Unfortunately dark and overcast skies started to negatively impact photography.

Another example of why it's not a wise idea to allow different route systems to share numbers.

IND 65 should also be on these overheads as it is multiplexed with IND 64.

First mention of Henderson on a mileage sign on US 41.

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