Most of the people who read this blog have probably driven to Cleveland on I-90 many times. But how people remember when I-90 was only finished to State Route 83?
That’s what’s being celebrated in the photo above, which ran in the Journal on November 14, 1970: the completion of the stretch of the highway from State Route 611 to State Route 83 (although back then, today’s Route 83 still had its original 76 designation).
I remember the temporary Route 83 terminus of I-90 well. By 1975 I was driving, and I used to go to Avon Lake once a week (for band practice). The highway conveniently ended where I would have gotten off anyway.
It was the same thing with State Route 2 going west. For many years, it ended at Baumhart Road (which is where I exit it now to go home).
It wasn’t until the late 1970s when I took I-90 all the way to Cleveland for the first time.