To whom it
may concern at the and readers of the
Touring Association Website:
always been interested in the
Highways. Since reading Stewart's US 40 when I was ten years
old the transcontinental routes intrigued me.
planned to trace a number of them from my home state,
to whatever termini are extant.
case of US 6 I had traced it in stages from
Oh. On a recent trip to the West coast I found myself in a
position to trace the highway from Bishop, Ca. east (picked the week of the heat
wave this past summer – 2006).
case I followed the road from Bishop to the Utah/Colorado State Line.
Here is where the difficulty began. US 6 is not
signed anywhere (except the
where it multiplexes with I-70, I-25, and I-76 (western portion).
It is signed locally through
and several other communities between
but not continuously.
case, just west of Glenwood Springs,
there is a full blown sign reading WEST 6 (the official black and white shield
sign) with a right oriented 45 degree arrow beneath directing one down a dead
end street. The street is a frontage road for I-70 and may
have once gone through but no longer does. The road end is
far from recent but the sign looks almost new. It diverges
from a traffic circle which encompasses the I-70 interchange. There
are many signs depicting the circle as one approaches it detailing WEST 6 down
this dead end frontage road.
Notwithstanding the fact that I may be the devoted eccentric Stewart spoke of,
just from the point of view of traffic safety this is a bad situation.
is notorious for not posting multiplexed federal highways (in the case of US 87
I can see why) but to post a sign directing a major highway (although minor by
local standards) down a dead end street is unsafe and irresponsible. I do not
want to think about what might happen to the "befuddled motorist" Stewart wrote
about careering down this highway at high speed "especially at night" only to be
confronted with a barbed wire fence.
was running on and I had to get back to
I gave up tracing 6 in western
and just set off on I-70 to
where I picked it up again.
advent of the Internet, I've seen many nostalgic web sites dealing with
famous/defunct highways. US 6 has not been decommissioned
though. Surely something could be done to mark these extant
highways more efficiently. (In the case of US 87 could it
not be rerouted along US 310, Hwy. 789 and Co 13 or else decommissioned?)
For you US
6 fans in the West, I hope you get the chance to view 6 here in the East.
Despite its proximity to
it never comes within 40 miles of the city, the road is quite varied. Across
Pennsylvania, US 6 is
quite beautiful (especially in the fall).
New York as well as Pennsylvania is very
mountainous (believe it or not) and 6 crosses these mountains on some very
spectacular roads although it does multiplexes with a future Interstate highway
for about 10 miles. From
the road traverses outer suburbia and several secondary and tertiary cities as
well as multiplexing with I-84 several times. Eastern
however, is picturesque and of course the drive out to the end of
is very nice.
I have not
given up tracing 6 though and will return to
when time permits to finish those portions of 6. I hope this
story will make for interesting reading.
See you on