July 20, 1989 |
Peasants stoop low in the rice paddies, their straw conical hats over black pajamas standing starkly against the geometric squares of incandescent green. Children perch on the backs of water buffaloes. Wizened old women trudge along carrying bananas in baskets hanging from poles on their shoulders. Barkers motion passing cars to roadside noodle stands. Bicyclists pedal on, leaving the impression as the miles slip away that they are part of a human chain linking one end of the country to the other.
June 17, 1987 |
As construction crews continue to convert the dotted line on the Gloucester County map to a real Route 55, they are making perhaps the most important incision in the face lift of Gloucester County. For some residents who live along the route, however, the highway is an angry, four-lane scar that slashes though their homes, their farms and their way of life. "It's not like it used to be," said Charles Zimmerman, 66, whose father began farming their Washington Township land in 1910.
April 27, 1999 |
Ralph Cipoletti sits in a chair outside his gas station waiting for customers. It doesn't take too long before a car pulls in for a fill-up, but he remembers a time when he never sat down. After more than 40 years in business, Cipoletti's Texaco on Route 73 is struggling. It stands among a row of failed businesses that litter the South Jersey highway that connects with the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. "The highway's dead. It's never coming back," said Cipoletti. "The business isn't here anymore.
June 4, 1990 |
A Pittsgrove Township man was struck and killed on a Salem County highway Saturday by a motorist just minutes after he had been left there unconscious after being involved in a roadside fistfight. James Garvey, 31, of the Picnic Grove Trailer Park, Pittsgrove Township, was pronounced dead of injuries at 10:46 p.m. at Elmer Community Hospital in Elmer, according to state police in Woodstown. Police said that witnesses looked on while Garvey allegedly fought with John F. Provenzano, 23, of Baltimore, about 10:10 p.m. on an empty stretch of Route 40 near Buck Road.
May 19, 2012 |
A motorcyclist struck a concrete barrier on the Roosevelt Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill and flipped off his bike early today, plunging 40 feet into a gorge under the highway, Philadelphia police said. The 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was reported in extremely critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Police said the motorcyclist had exited the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) at a "high rate of speed" and was northbound on the boulevard (US 1)
August 23, 1999 |
Last year, Congress passed a bill to spend $200 billion on new highways, bridges, and other transportation projects over the next six years. Now, the second-largest privately held company in the nation hopes to spend some of that money - and make a little on the side - by pursuing highway-construction ventures usually reserved for government. Wichita, Kan.-based Koch Industries' interest is based on the theory that private industry can do a better job of building roads than the government can. If Koch (pronounced "coke")
August 5, 2014 |
You'd have thought we'd have taken a long road trip years ago, stoked as we were in our younger days by Steppenwolf's anthem to 1960s wanderlust, "Born to Be Wild. " Alas, we two never were very wild. And adventure to us always seemed more accessible by air or sea than by highway. We had never really taken off across the country just to see what's there. But last spring, we decided it was high time we gassed up the car to go road-tripping to see friends, family, landscapes, tourist attractions, and famed sights scattered across America's midsection.
September 25, 1988 |
Poet Robert Frost would surely have taken Highway 45 in Brown County, Indiana. It's the road less traveled. It winds west from its intersection with Highway 135, at the IGA grocery in Beanblossom, from which the two roads diverge into the yellow woods. It's the kind of road that's easily overlooked. Nothing happening down there. Doesn't go anywhere. Odd people live in those woods, you know. There's plenty happening on Highway 135, the road most taken during the autumn through Indiana's spectacular hardwood forests.
April 9, 2014
EXPECT to see a lot of highway road crews this spring. They will be out in force for two reasons: Our wicked winter left behind a record number of potholes, and PennDOT crews and contractors will be repaving and rebuilding a record number of area roads and bridges. A resurfacing of City Avenue is on the list, as is the rebuilding of the Spring Garden Street Bridge. Stretches of I-95 and the Blue Route will be repaved. As the Inquirer reported recently, 52 major highway projects, worth about $500 million, are getting under way in the region in the coming weeks.
October 15, 1990 |
Andrew Remaley figures he got a deal. A building contractor, he built his own $400,000 house on a wooded half- acre lot on the Main Line. It has an upscale Villanova mailing address. It has Radnor schools, nice and reliable. It has tons of privacy. Without Remaley's even asking, the state has erected a huge, 16-foot wall atop an embankment near the side of his house that stretches the entire length of his property - and then another 20 or so miles, for good measure. It's so high, he can't possibly see his neighbors.