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See Ya Later Inner Loop. Hello, Inner Horseshoe?

December 11th, 2014

Google Maps updated their map of Rochester this week. Notice anything different?
By Mike Governale

Google Maps updated their view of Rochester external link this week. Notice anything different? Let’s zoom in on that visual a bit…

The east side of the Inner Loop has been replaced with Union Street!
That’s right. The east side of the Inner Loop has been replaced with Union Street!

For 50 years that visual of the Inner Loop encircling downtown Rochester has been etched into our minds. Now, like someone flipped a switch, the noose has been broken.

Someone asked me last week what we should call it now that it’s no longer a loop. It’s sort of become an awkward protrusion of I-490. Like a little lost strand of spaghetti, unsure of what to do with itself.

How about the Inner Horseshoe? I know, it doesn’t have quite the same RING to it. Heh heh.

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21 Responses to “See Ya Later Inner Loop. Hello, Inner Horseshoe?”

  1. Jim Mayer says:

    How about the “C” of Rochester?

  2. Elliot says:

    That was me! I contributed the edits that eventually got approved on Google Map Maker. I had to be persistent, the reviewers didn’t take my link to the project website as sufficient evidence at first.

    You too can correct Google Maps using Google Map Maker.

  3. Richard DeSarra says:

    Here is a stab at the renaming; UNLOOP or UNLOOPED

    I was a frequent user of the Loop when I worked downtown.

    I am glad it is gone and look forward to the new Union St. becoming part of the downtown landscape.

  4. Jim says:

    How about the wishbone.

  5. Eric K says:

    The ‘Inner Spur’?

  6. daggar says:

    The Inner Noose is now the Inner Clamp. Somewhat less constricting.

  7. deaconbluue says:

    I agree it looks like a wishbone

  8. Andrew says:

    It looks like a U if you tilt your head to the right, the “new U of R?”

  9. Ben says:

    Sounds like this is technically a “spur route” now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur_route

    490 Spur? North Spur? THE SPUR?

  10. Ben says:

    Actually I think I got it. The Lovely Spur.

  11. Roadsguy says:

    I like “Inner Spur.” 490 was part of the loop, but now that the eastern half of the loop is gone, it’s now pretty much I-490 and a spur from it.

  12. sally says:

    I like Jim’s idea – the Wishbone!

  13. Adrian Martin says:

    Looks like a wagging finger pointing at the east side

  14. Irene says:

    I don’t like any name that implies the remaining roads are a single thing, no matter how clever the name. What we have now is two distinct roads
    – 490, a typical highway cutting through the city, and which does serve some useful purposes
    – That little spur road on the North side. There were reasons why that section wasn’t tackled as part of the current loop removal project but, long term, that section could possibly go away too. In the meantime, it needs its own name. Northern Spur?

  15. Elliot says:

    I think it should continue to be called the Inner Loop highway and that Union and Howell should be signed as part of the Inner Loop. There’s nothing that says the entire route has to be one type of roadway to have a single designation.

  16. Jim Mayer says:

    I, too, would like to see the rest of the loop safely buried. Towards that end, I wish to throw my support to Ben’s suggestion of “The Lovely Spur”. That would give all the people who oppose anything associated with the Mayor something constructive to do with their Facebook time.

  17. J.P. says:

    How about 490A?

  18. Jim Mayer says:

    Really, though, I think Irene’s argument for the “Northern Spur” makes a lot of sense. It’s no longer a single coherent road.

  19. Bill says:

    I didn’t see any pictures of the closed, snow covered inner loop yet and decided to take some today: http://billfinan.smugmug.com/Exploring/Out-Of-The-Loop-121414/i-3pzrCLs

    And as far as what to call the new road? All our other highways are just called by their numbers, 390, 490, 590, 531, 104. How about assigning it Route 490A, or even 431 (to label it as an alternate to 31 on Monroe/W Main/W Broad), and letting that route include both the remaining freeway and the newly created street?

  20. Kevin Yost says:

    There should be no boulevard on the current Inner Loop, just land on the tax rolls to be developed and the traffic on Union, Pitkin, and Howell streets. The Inner Loop should become a boulevard or parkway north of Main Street, however, taking in Delevan, Cumberland, and Allen streets and intersecting with Grape, Maple, and Wilder streets and Jefferson Avenue at a new roundabout. NY Route 31 should be on Union and Pitkin between Monroe and Main streets and down this parkway to Grape Street back to Lyell Avenue. The current route, including the Broad Street bridge and tunnel should become “Business Route 31.”

  21. aaron says:

    The appendix


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