Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Betka Road / Badtke Road

About the time 290 became a full freeway, the railroad crossing was rebuilt to allow a full four-lane road later on. It's nice future proofing, but one wonders why they also didn't do this for Becker Road further down. This intersection also marks where Hempstead Road rejoins the freeway. The westbound lanes were removed but the two eastbound lanes become the new two lanes for the frontage road all the way to at least Mueschke Road. For a time in the late 1990s and very early 2000s, before the actual freeway portion was built in this section but after the bypass to Hempstead was built, the highway abruptly dead-ended as an entrance ramp took you onto the not-yet-a-freeway 290. Unfortunately, we don't have any aerials of what that looked like, all we have is some blurry undated photos by Marty Blaise.

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