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August 30
1967 Without ceremony, workers remove barricades blocking the final section of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) in New York, the first long-distance, toll-free Interstate highway completed in the State. Construction of the $208-million, 176-mile highway began in 1957. On Mach 5, 1967, Parade Magazine had announced that the 23-mile section from Lake George to Pottersville was the Parade Scenic Highway for 1966 -- the new road that best embodies the principles of good design, beauty, and utility. Parade says, "At this time of year, those driving the Northway are enjoying snow-coated mountains or frozen reaches of Schroon Lake. In a few months . . . they will be seeing blossoms and mountain greenery. Whatever the season, few highways anywhere are more enjoyable to drive than Parade's Scenic Highway for 1966."
Photo: Award-winning section of I-87/Adirondack Northway
Award-winning section of I-87/Adirondack Northway in New York.
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