This is a bit macabre. Squeamish readers might want to skip directly past this entry and check back in a couple of days when I post a new article. I received some great input from reader Ethan who added another example of a state highway trespassing on the territory of an adjoining state. You can see his original comment and my response at the bottom of the "New York Steals Roads from its Neighbors" post.
Sure enough, there’s a little section of Minnesota Highway 23 that clips Wisconsin near Duluth, MN / Superior, WI, as confirmed by Wikipedia. I wish I’d known that a couple of years ago when I visited Duluth because I would have driven through it most assuredly. Oh well, that’s another item to add to the "wish list" that I’ll never be able to complete in any given lifetime.
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The segment through Wisconsin stretches only a half-mile or so, making it perfect for viewing remotely in Google Street View. You know how much I love traveling roads vicariously if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile so I decided to give it a try this evening. I stumbled across a distressing site.
I’m displaying this as a screen print rather than an image pulled dynamically from Google Street View. That’s because it will change the next time Google sends a camera through the area to update its imagery. I’ll be left stranded just like when I wrote about the last phone booth that’s now a concrete pad. Readers from the distant future will wonder if I have some type of mental impairment. If you absolutely must see the current imagery then go ahead and click here.
For the record, I don’t think the deer cared much that it passed away within a geo-oddity. Poor thing. Still, if you have to go, it might as well occur somewhere interesting.
This got me thinking, though. When something happens along a detached stretch like this, who deals with the consequences? What constitutes "maintenance" exactly? The local wildlife will take care of this particular situation in due time, but what about traffic violations or accidents or anything other than keeping the road paved and passable?