I-95: The Road Most Traveled
Interstate 95 may be one of the least romantic roads ever built. But what it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in utility. How has this asphalt Amazon transformed the economy of the Eastern Seaboard?
When Interstate 95 was being built 50 years ago, high-speed roadways and high-tech cars were a fantasy of things to come. These days, I-95 commuters fantasize about simply being able to move. With smarter cars and sky-high roads, the future may just come to their rescue.
September 4, 2010 In their seven-year love affair with Interstate 95, Stan Posner and Sandra Phillips-Posner have found the best Polish sausage, Berger cookies and a battleship you can spend the night on.
September 4, 2010 When the growing season ends in the North, migrant farm workers along the East Coast will head south, often on Interstate 95, in search of work. For the undocumented workers who make up the majority of that labor pool, the journey can be harrowing.
August 29, 2010 The Delaware Travel Plaza was never so classy. It just reopened, and now the 42,000-square-foot roadside stopover may just be worth an extended stay.
August 29, 2010 Past the very northern end of Interstate 95, traffic dwindles to just a few thousand cars a day. Past that, there's no sign of the highway residents were promised more than 60 years ago.
August 28, 2010 Interstates changed the way we think about cities. The highways helped create the suburbs, the megalopolis and the 90-minute commute. In return, Interstate 95 demanded sacrifices that changed some communities forever.
August 22, 2010 Just a small part of I-95 runs through Georgia, but it's a vital part of a pipeline that hauls goods to and from the Port of Savannah. Some call the port "The Quiet Giant," and its economic impact is enormous.
August 21, 2010 Interstate 95 stretches nearly 2,000 miles, an unbroken ribbon of highway from the top of Maine to the southern tip of Florida — with one big exception. Finally, after 25 years in bureaucratic limbo, work on the final 12-mile stretch is set to begin.
August 21, 2010 All along the Eastern Seaboard, Interstate 95 has helped shape the daily lives and vacation dreams of the roughly 100 million people who reside alongside it. In the series "I-95: The Road Most Traveled," NPR takes a closer look at this great river of traffic.