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Title: Information Sheet, 1950's Highway Proposal, Glover-Archbold Park
Glover Archbold Parkway
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Glover-Archbold Parkway would appear as a portion of a 1939 proposal
for the Fort Drive Parkway, linking the circle of city forts.During
the 1950s, Glover-Archbold Park was viewed by roadplanners as the
potentially most desirable route for the continuation of a U.S. Route
240 Freeway (I-70S) roughly along Wisconsin Avenue, to the south of
Tenley Circle, as seen in a 1957 study; however with this idea precluded
by the 1948 NPS agreement prohibiting a road allowing trucks. Hence,
by 1959, this road was proposed as a Parkway prohibiting trucks, and
connecting southward to a Three Sisters Bridge, with a separate freeway
spur for the I-70S continuation (from a split just south of Tenley
Circle) eastward paralleling Tilden place, crossing Rock Creek Park,
and slicing a new swath through hundreds of homes in Mt. Pleasant,
known as the Cross-Park Freeway. Both
the 1957 Glover-Archbold Freeway and the 1959 Glover-Archbold Parkway
would be protested, before even the latter was enjoined by the U.S.
District Court in January 1960, and disappear from formal regional
planning by 1962.
In 1957, a study
upon extension Route 240/I-70S south of the Capital Beltway and into
Washington, D.C., would include two (2) route options roughly paralleling
Wisconsin Avenue NW to just south of a tunneled underpass beneath
Tenley Circle, and continuing south along through Glover Archbold
Park, with one of these route options continuing through the Park
before turning east via Whitehaven Park towards Embassy Row, meeting
the Inner Loop between 23rd and 24th Streets NW and Massachusetts
Avenue, and the other option traveling essentially the entire length
of the park to the western Georgetown waterfront to connect with a
Three Sisters Bridge to Virginia, a Palisades Parkway, and an expanded
Whitehurst Freeway which would connect to the Inner Loop at 27th Street
NW and K Street.
from 1957 publication "Should Glover-Archbold Park Be Destroyed"
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