1967 Map of Unbuilt D.C. Highways

Why doesn't 395 cut through Washington, DC? This is the history of highways in DC.
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Here’s a fascinating map we stumbled across at the Library of Congress. It shows the proposed paths for highways through D.C. These were never built, but at the time highways were taking over all major cities across the country. Washington was one of the few cities that survived the era without having neighborhoods bulldozed in favor of concrete freeways.

If you’ve driven 395 from Virginia into the District and through to New York Ave. NW, you might be puzzled as to why it just dumps out rather than continuing through the city. Check out this post for some great background on what happened — A Trip Within the Beltway.

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Source: Library of Congress

Check out the piece we wrote about the never-built Three Sisters Bridge across the Potomac.

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