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Old 09-18-2019, 06:46 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WF-1MFZ4jA

I am obviously too young to know this, but did any of you remember the 1960s when I-280 was built? The construction was so interesting. They had to chop off "First Mountain" in West Orange and Orange, which had many nice victorian and historical homes and residential areas. I wish there were pics of what was on top of the mountain before it was carved. I also heard they had to build a temporary railroad to transport the mountain rubbish to East Hanover to raise the highway up a little bit since the East Hanover stretch was in a flooding zone.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:11 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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There were recent posts online with drawings of various proposals such as lowering the grade to be less steep by building a tunnel through the mountain and other ideas. On an FB group, such as NorthEast Roads or similar.

If I find the posts later I will update.

I remember the completion and opening of I-280 sometime like the summer of 1973 ish give or take a year, I had a part time or summer job in Livingston and it change a lot of commute pstterns.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:23 PM
 
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See if this displays https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:56 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this interesting video!

I remember the Harrison portion of I-280 opening around 1980-ish. I was just starting to commute to college (by train) in NYC.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:44 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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There were recent posts online with drawings of various proposals such as lowering the grade to be less steep by building a tunnel through the mountain and other ideas. On an FB group, such as NorthEast Roads or similar.

If I find the posts later I will update.

I remember the completion and opening of I-280 sometime like the summer of 1973 ish give or take a year, I had a part time or summer job in Livingston and it change a lot of commute pstterns.
Did it alleviate traffic since people had a highway and they no longer had to use local roads to get to Newark or far westward?
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:47 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I agree with that poster's last paragraph, because the tunnel would have prevented the construction of an S shape which is the dangerous part of 280. 280 would be safer if there was a tunnel. Lots of people drive 90 to 95 mph on 280 and that S shaped part is so dangerous and even I go speeding down that part.
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