The Ideal Section – a vision of the future

In 1923, this was the most advanced 1.3 miles of road in the world. This “seedling mile” was built by the Lincoln Highway Association after consulting 17 of America’s top highway experts, and was hailed as a vision of the future.

The experts met between December 1920 and February 1921, and specified:

a right-of-way 110 feet (34 m) in width
a concrete road bed 40 feet (12 m) wide and 10 inches (254 mm) thick to support loads of 8,000 pounds (3,600 kg) per wheel
curves with a minimum radius of 1,000 feet (300 m), banked for 35 mph (56 km/h), with guard rails at embankments
no grade crossings or advertising signs
a footpath for pedestrians

The “Ideal Section” lies between Dyer and Schererville in Lake County, Indiana. Features included underground drainage, lighted, landscaped, bridge, and pedestrian pathways.

The Ideal Section looks a lot like most highways nowadays, and it is easy to miss.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Taken: 8 July, 2013
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

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