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(September 18-26, 2010)

Chas Adlard

Bubbles on the Crossroads

Russ Addie

Panorama Drive

Panorama Drive and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Denver Pennsylvania, USA

September 24, 2010, 2:20 pm

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I choose this for "Crossroads" for several reasons. First I realized that the road to the right is called Panorama Road (on a sign on the bridge in Google Earth) and thought it was fitting as it crosses over the turnpike and the road sign can be seen in green on the bridge. The turnpike runs the length of Pennsylvania and has a few unique things about it. In almost all cases the turnpike does not go on bridges and has every road which it crosses goes over it on its own bridge. This allows the turnpike to not cross over bridges, which could freeze in the winter and creates a safer road. It also has some 7 tunnels, which the traveler passes through when crossing the state.

Construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike began in 1937 and was completed from Ohio to New Jersey in 1956. When the first section opened in 1940, it was built to higher design standards and extended over a longer distance than any other limited-access divided-highway in the United States. Before the war it was popularly known as the "tunnel highway" because of the seven mountain tunnels along its route. Today the Pennsylvania Turnpike is a toll highway system operated by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States. The turnpike system encompasses 532 miles (856 km) in three sections. Its main section extends from Ohio (west) to New Jersey (east) and is 359 miles (578 km) long. Its Northeast Extension extends from Plymouth Meeting in the southeast to Wilkes-Barre and Scranton in the northeast, is 110 miles (180 km). Its various access segments in Western Pennsylvania total 62 miles (100 km).

The highway serves most of Pennsylvania's major urban areas. The main east/west section serves the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia areas, while its Northeastern Extension serves the Allentown/Bethlehem and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas.

Despite having an Interstate designation for its entire length, the highway is mostly not up to modern interstate highway standards. It was created before the formation of the Interstate Highway System, and so it is grandfathered from interstate standards.
Pa Turnpike - http://www.paturnpike.com Wikipedia info on Turnpike http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_Turnpike

Canon 40D, Costal Optics lens, Manfredo tripod, Ipix rotator and software, Photoshop.

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