Northeast 65th Street Interchange Improvement
This project will construct a conventional diamond interchange along Highway 94 at Northeast 65th Street in Los Endos, in addition to making improvements to 65th Street between Highway 94 and Los Endos Boulevard.
Highway 94, the Desert Lakes Highway, is a major east-west highway through the Los Endos area and is in the process of being upgraded to freeway standard, to help accommodate the massive population growth in the region. At the time of this project, however, only the Highway 33/18th Street and 50th Street crossings have been grade-separated. 65th Street currently meets Highway 94 with an at-grade intersection, which has become extremely dangerous with recent residential and commercial expansion in East Los Endos. The project will also aid the City of Los Endos' transportation plan, which proposes making 65th Street a major north-south arterial.
Existing 65th Street/Los Endos Boulevard intersection (facing north). As you can see in this pic, 65th is appears to be a rather inconsequential road with a mere 25mph speed limit.
The at-grade crossing with Highway 94 has already been demolished on the south side, and a temporary alignment to access the north side has been built, to allow access while the overpass is being built (facing east).
Work on the overpass. 65th is being widened from 2 to 4 lanes between the new interchange and Los Endos to accommodate the anticipated traffic load upon opening. (facing east)
To prevent further traffic congestion, and to allow for a nice smooth grade up to the overpass, 65th is being elevated over Still Street, eliminating the intersection. Motorists will use Waverly Street to the south to access Still from 65th (facing east).
The overpass is now completed across Highway 94 and ready to be connected to the northern section of 65th (facing east).
The connection completed (facing east).
The ramps from the highway are being built (facing east).
The ramps are now completed and the interchange is effectively open (facing east).
Landscaping has been finished, and the land on the north side of the intersection has already attracted commercial development. In the second pic, you'll notice a small retention pond (both facing east).
65th Street just south of the interchange with the improvements in place (facing east).
A map of the finished product:
That does it for this installment of Tarkusian Cities. Next update, we'll be looking at some other improvement projects in East Los Endos, including the start of the new Jan Haskins Parkway (named after our 600th poster, Swamper77).