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The Genesee Expressway

 
 
The Genesee Expressway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 6, 2019
1. The Genesee Expressway Marker
Inscription.  
Yes, it looks like an ordinary highway. But Interstate 390, also known as the "Genesee Expressway” has an impressive family history.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways is the root of this expressway's family tree, better known as the Interstate Highway System. It was born from the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 under President Eisenhower. Since that time almost 48,000 miles of highways have been built across the country, and has been rightly called "The Greatest Public Works Project in History.”

But this expressway almost became a "black sheep” of the family. There was strong citizen opposition to a highway bisecting historic Genesee Valley Park. A variety of options were suggested, even an underground tunnel. The ultimate solution was an aesthetically pleasing viaduct, where the expressway flies over the heart of the park, maintaining and enhancing access to this important green space. The conflict taught transportation professionals to develop partnerships with citizens and the community, a philosophy used extensively today.

The Genesee Expressway
The Genesee Expressway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 6, 2019
2. The Genesee Expressway Marker
at 71 miles in length, is a comparatively short Interstate highway with a very important role in our Region's transportation system. It provides a cultural and economic connection to the nation while providing emergency access in times of need.
 
Erected 2015 by New York State Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 43° 6.972′ N, 77° 37.947′ W. Marker is in Brighton, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is on Kendrick Road, on the left when traveling west. At the bridge over I-390. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Is this the Erie Canal? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canalway Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Hillhouse (approx. half a mile away); Clara Barton Red Cross Trail (approx. half a mile away); Curtis Point (approx. half a mile away); Bausch & Lomb Riverside Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian Town (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ).
 
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The Genesee Expressway image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, April 6, 2019
3. The Genesee Expressway
Looking south along I-390 from bridge
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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