A few weeks back we posted about the 1961 Ebasco Plan and how its twin-loops solution for traffic pretty much screwed up downtown. But for all that negative impact there's so much more in the plan that was never implemented. Most obvious are the grandiose on-and-off ramps that were designed to create an 'outer ring' of limited access roads drivers could use to bypass downtown and (supposedly) congestion.
Above is a proposed on-off ramp for Maple St. and I-90. It's crazy huge, and compared to the current day view it's interesting how little was implemented - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Let's face it, the area around 2nd/3rd and Maple isn't the prettiest part of the CBD, but a monster like this certainly wouldn't have helped things along down there. Next up - Butterflies just aren't for expo.