Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oakdale, Pre I-295

Strange Maine has posted the next installment of the "The City has Ghost Streets" with some great old photos and the history of the Back Cove area where the highway now goes through.

By the completion of highway I-295 (November 1974), a massive project with city-wide ramifications, a swath of elevated expressway effectively separated Oakdale from Parkside and the remainder of downtown Portland. Parallel road-construction projects included Franklin Arterial, extending Preble Street onto the landfilled Marginal Way, extending State Street through Deering Oaks Park, and creating the Libbytown interchange at Libby’s Corner.