The Picture Box

A look back at the construction of our local highways.

This aerial view of the Route 40 and Interstate 79 junction at Laboratory is dated Sept. 27, 1961.
This aerial view of the Route 40 and Interstate 79 junction at Laboratory is dated Sept. 27, 1961.
This aerial view of the Route 40 and Interstate 79 junction at Laboratory is dated Sept. 27, 1961.

These days, we lament about construction on our already-congested highways or issues navigating roundabouts and diverging diamonds. It’s hard to imagine, but just 50-60 years ago, the conveniences of highways in the area didn’t really exist. Check out these photos of the roads under their initial construction from our archives.