Washington Roads - US 2
Photos are WB unless otherwise noted.
Any way you like your 2 shields, that's the way we've got them. One-piece, shrunken digit, oversized digit, wide shield. In the mix is the new interchange with Future US 395, the North Spokane Corridor. Someday, the WB-SB ramp will have two lanes, probably when the corridor is complete to I-90. Though it's only called Future US 395, there's a chance that someday it'll carry US 2 around downtown as well (but not in the short term).
In the meantime, here's Spokane's take on Washington's old font. Follow US 2 through town on the US 395 page linked at bottom.
Stepping westward through the state, stopping in Davenport and across Goose Creek (1931 bridge) entering Wilbur.
My first EB photos, with Banks Lake in the background and then in Waterville.
US 97 is the T at the bottom of this hill, and those photos are on the US 97 page linked at bottom.
Past US 97, here's the 1931 Main St. bridge into Peshastin.
Crews were hard at work replacing the Wenatchee River bridge near Chiwaukum Creek in May 2013. By October, the replacement opened and this truss was unfortunately removed.
As part of the construction, Hatchery Creek Rd. was realigned to parallel US 2 to the south for a few hundred feet northwest from the bridge, separating the intersection from that crossing and any sightline issues.
Moving on to the 1938 bridge crossing the South Fork of the Skykomish River, west of Skykomish State Airport, nearing the Town of Skykomish.
The 1939 5th St. bridge across the same river into the same town.
US 2 was tunneled through the mountain near Money Creek Campground in 1937. There's an Old Cascade Highway alignment that comes back in just west of here, so you now know everything about US 2 in this area.
Pieces of the railroad bridge crossing Barclay Creek just north of US 2.
Remember the South Fork of the Skykomish River? How could you forget it? Let's cross it again right where it meets the North Fork to become just plain Skykomish River, on another truss dating to 1933.
A unique way to cross under a railroad at a shallow angle east of Gold Bar.
Across the Wallace River between Gold Bar and Startup, with a railroad bridge to the left. The US 2 truss dates to 1940, but I don't have a date for the railroad.
A look back east at the pair.
Another railroad/US 2 truss pair is just a few miles west across the Sultan River. The US 2 truss again dates to 1940, and the railroad bridge apparently dates to 1919 but the truss was put in 1945. I wonder what occasioned that - was a section of bridge damaged?
In 2013, Bickford Ave. was being converted from a T intersection at a 2-lane US 2 east of the short divided freeway near Everett into a divided interchange at the beginning of the 4-lane section of US 2. US 2 was already widened by the time I got there, but the Bickford Ave. ramps were not yet ready. The resultant interchange lacks a WB-SB ramp, which requires exiting at WA 9 and using local streets. Although there never was a WB left turn here historically, I still think the interchange should have been built with all movements. Why is a NB right more useful than a WB left?
US 395 and US 2/395
Former US 2/97
WA 285, former US 2
US 97 and US 2/97
Onto Future US 395
Into Idaho on US 2
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