July 2, 2009
Useless but Interesting Tidbit of Information
Did you know that U.S. Highway 60 (aka Shelbyville Road) which most people who live in Kentucky are familiar with, runs almost the breadth of the United States?
"U.S. Route 60 is an east-west United States highway, running 2,670 miles from eastern Virginia to western Arizona. Despite the final "0" in its number, indicating a transcontinental designation, the 1926 route formerly ended in Springfield, Missouri, at its intersection with the major U.S. Route 66. In fact, Route 66 was almost given the US Route 60 number.
As of 2005, the highway's eastern terminus is in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at Pacific Avenue in the city's oceanfront resort district at the Rudee Inlet Bridge. Its western terminus was in Los Angeles, California, from 1932 to 1966, but that was moved to east of Quartzsite, Arizona, to an intersection with Interstate 10 after the highway was abandoned in California in 1964. Some US 60 signs can be seen at this intersection — that is about five miles west of Brenda, Arizona. Interstate 10 replaced US 60 from Arizona to Beaumont, California, and California State Highway 60 replaced US 60 from there to Los Angeles. On August 31, 2009, Route 60 will have western terminus back to Los Angeles, California.
Posted by Barry McClain