Where I-64 Might Have gone
was given the official government plans for I-64. There were
several possibilities of where this Interstate would travel in the late 50s. Many
millions of dollars were spent on each plan, but THIS plan was so wild
that I cant even imagine traveling this highway today. I also
cant help but wonder what the engineers thought when they found
themselves up in the deepest darkest jungles of West Virginia while
plotting this route. It's really unbelievable, so come along for
a ride up the planned I-64. You'll enjoy the trip!|
( You can see a complete map of this trip at the end of your journey)
Lets start in North Charleston
Running along the hillside of old West Washington Street, then turning towards Patrick St.
Big interchange at Patrick St. then swinging North to Washington St again.
Running through the West Side on Washington Street.
Interstate at this point travels to the Elk River and crosses just
about where it does today. It continues along the path that we're
all familiar with, traveling along Piedmont Road. But once it
gets out of town, a surprising thing happened....
IT TURNED UP CAMPBELLS CREEK!
If I were an engineer, I would have gone up Campbells Creek about a mile and thought "nope, this will never work". But our government had billions for studies like this, and so they pressed on.....
On and on up Campbells Creek they went...
Further and further....
OK... we're getting close to Putney now!
Can you just Imagine a four lane Interstate running through the narrow valley of Campbells Creek?
OK, now we're past Putney. But where in the world are we going from here?
To find out, see page Two HERE