Spaghetti Junction

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This article is about the nickname for a complicated road traffic interchange. For the original interchange called Spaghetti Junction, see Gravelly Hill Interchange. For other uses, see Spaghetti Junction (disambiguation).
The Gravelly Hill Interchange in Birmingham, England - the original Spaghetti Junction

"Spaghetti Junction" is a nickname sometimes given to a complicated or massively intertwined road traffic interchange that resembles a plate of spaghetti. The term was originally used to refer to the Gravelly Hill Interchange on the M6 motorway in Birmingham, United Kingdom.[1] In an article published in the Birmingham Evening Mail on 1 June 1965 the journalist Roy Smith described plans for the junction as "like a cross between a plate of spaghetti and an unsuccessful attempt at a Staffordshire knot", with the headline above the article on the newspaper's front page, written by sub-editor Alan Eaglesfield, reading "Spaghetti Junction".[2][3][4] Since then many complex interchanges around the world have acquired the nickname.

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  • Red Cow interchange is a major road junction in west Dublin, Ireland on the M50, meeting the N7 Naas Road (to Cork and Limerick) at a free-flow grade separated junction which incorporates a light railway line. The junction was approved and built between 1972 and 1973 to help accommodate the increased flow of traffic coming into Dublin from southern Ireland, mainly transporting goods from the city of Cork and surrounding areas.

Japan[edit]

Japan, somewhat colloquially, has adopted the term "Tentacle Junction" in lieu of the Western phrase.

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An aerial view of San Francisco International Airport near San Bruno, California. A spaghetti junction connects the passenger terminal roads to U.S. Route 101.
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Aerial photo of the Circle Interchange, looking southwest, Chicago.

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The Kennedy Interchange in Louisville.

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Philadelphia International Airport centred upon the spaghetti junction interchange on Interstate 95.

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Utah[edit]

The "Spaghetti Bowl" in South Salt Lake, Utah.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spaghetti junction". English Collins Dictionary. HarperCollins Publishers LLC. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Addison, Paul (2010). No Turning Back. Oxford: OUP Oxford. p. 139. ISBN 0192192671. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Spaghetti Junction myth is untangled". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Moran, Joe (2010). On Roads. London: Profile Books. p. 45. ISBN 1846680603. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Google. Interchange of Hwys 401, 427 and 27, Ontario (Map). http://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=43.673149,-79.581656&z=15. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ Google. Six Points Interchange, Etobicoke, Ontario (Map). http://maps.google.ca/maps?ll=43.641083,-79.534922&z=17. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ Byers, Jim (7 January 2008). "Untangling Etobicoke's messy Six Points interchange If the late Jane Jacobs had nightmares, they looked like this". Toronto Star (Star Media Group). Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Google. Map of interchange on Google Maps (Map). http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&hl=de&geocode=&q=51.442,+6.805&ie=UTF8&ll=51.441998,6.805&spn=0.00642,0.015557&t=h&z=16. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  9. ^ Chartres, John (18 December 1970). "'Spaghetti Junction' opens, without warning signs". The Times (London: News Corporation). Retrieved 21 June 2012. (subscription required)
  10. ^ JJohnson, W.M. "A627(M) Rochdale–Oldham Motorway". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Larsen, Dave (September 6, 2012). "Malfunction Junction crashes down 90%". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ End of the road in sight for $1 billion Grapevine project, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, retrieved 21 Jan 2014 
  13. ^ Google. I-95?395/495 Interchage (Map). http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=9690101918537651758,38.791575,-77.239369&time=&date=&ttype=&q=lynbrook,+va&ie=UTF8&ll=38.790403,-77.174556&spn=0.012209,0.020084&z=16&om=0. Retrieved 13 May 2013.