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Monthly archives: April, 2009

Washington State Route 530 ‘Pioneer Highway’

Pioneer Highway. A nice curvy specimen of roadcraft and an apt name as well, since the road curves here and there all over the Stillaguamish River valley. The pavement is a little rough and appears to be surprisingly light-duty for what is a state highway, after all. There’s significant bumps along the road and small …

Vantage Highway

Now, don’t act all surprised that I’ve posted yet another old highway alignment. This one however is rather nice and much twistier than the parallel Interstate 90 a few miles to the south. This one is quite a bit of fun, actually. It winds along the valleys that lead down to the Columbia River and …

Idaho Route 13 ‘Harpster Grade’

This is road is another member of the Grangeville Gang. There just seems to be no end of lovely twisty little roads that go hither and yon through the countryside here, much like parts of Northern California. Every time you turn around, you find a new twisty road to run up and down. It doesn’t …

Genesee-Juliaetta Road

This road is one of those little country roads that ends up being curvy by virtue of the fact that it has to go in between existing farms, and it’s conveniently situated to go over to the town in the next valley. It’s a tableau full of sweepers, executed in chipseal with excess-gravel shoulder, but …

Kirby-Mayview Road / Lower Deadman Road

This is a truly fantastic road. On one end of the road, you have a fairly well-maintained US Highway (US Route 12), and on the other you have one of the Snake River’s more fascinating civil engineering projects, the Lower Granite Dam. The Kirby-Mayview Road departs US 12 at an acutely-angled intersection a few miles …