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End of US highway 30

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Photo credits: Chris Elbert; Mike Wiley; me

Approx. time period East terminus West terminus
1926-present Atlantic City, NJ Astoria, OR

Since the beginning in 1926, US 30 has always been a coast-to-coast route, and the west end has always been in Astoria OR (you can view photos from there on this page).

The east end of US 30 has always been in Atlantic City NJ. The photo below is looking east on Absecon Boulevard, which comes in diagonally to the rest of the street grid:

Wiley, 2000

The two cars coming towards the camera are southbound on Adriatic Avenue. Where Absecon veers slightly to the right is eastbound Virginia Avenue. Robert Goodman wrote to say that the US 30 designation used to continue ahead, down Virginia to the one-way pair of Atlantic and Pacific avenues, where it met the historic east terminus of US 40/US 322 (more on this page). Unfortunately, Chris reports that "End" sign was gone as of 2006, replaced by lane diagrams. In fact, there are no standard route shields posted at this intersection - the only mention of US 30 is found on city street signs, an example of which you can see in the photo below:

Elbert, July 2006

That's looking south on Adriatic; the sign is enlarged below:

Elbert, July 2006

The east beginning of US 30 is to the right. About two blocks that direction is a confirming assembly:

Elbert, July 2006

As you might expect from a primary coast-to-coast highway, US 30 had quite a few split routes over the years. One of the most notable was the division into US 30N and US 30S between Granger WY and Burley ID. That split existed until 1972, but the eastern junction's location changed a few times over the years. The photo below shows what I believe was the original junction:

me, Mar. 2001

That's looking west on Sweetwater County Road 2, which I believe was the original US 30. Old US 30N went right; Granger is about a half-mile that direction. US 30N followed the same basic route as does today's mainline US 30. The road to the left is another county road (16 maybe?), also known as Old Little America Road. It was the original US 30S; today it meets up with I-80 at exit 48 near Lyman. From there, US 30S generally followed what is now I-80 southwest to Echo Jct. in Utah, then I-84 northwest through Odgen and northern UT.

To accomodate heavy use, the alignment of US 30 and its split routes in this area changed over the years. Below are a couple more photos of junctions that may or may not have served as places where US 30 split. The one below is looking north on modern US 30 (former US 30N) at its junction with the aforementioned C.R. 2 (which you can just make out on the lefthand horizon):

me, Mar. 2001

The shot below is at Granger Junction (between Little America and Granger). Today this is where US 30 splits off from I-80. But for a time, it was US 30N that went right here, and US 30S went left:

me, Mar. 2001

The photo below shows modern signage at the other end of this split, in Burley ID:

me, Mar. 2001

Eastbound US 30 came to this point (about a mile east of downtown) and split. To the left was US 30N through Pocatello and Kemmerer WY, and to the right was US 30S through Odgen UT and Evanston WY. US 30S didn't follow today's I-84 corridor into Utah; rather it was routed along today's ID 81 to the Utah border, where it becomes U-42. That route ends at U-30, which was old US 30S east to I-84 near Snowville. US 30N and 30S were decommissioned in 1972; US 30 was then signed only along the route of former US 30N.

At the Idaho/Oregon border, US 30 had another alternate route, running between Fruitland ID and Weiser Jct OR. Photos from those places can be viewed on my US 630 page. Later the modern US 30 was built (better known today as I-84). It followed a more direct line from Ontario OR to Farewell Bend. After that happened, US 30N was extended west from Weiser Jct. to join with US 30 at Farewell Bend.