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A now-unused ramp in Portland, Oregon at the western terminus of I-84 on the east bank of the Willamette River[1] formerly a connection to US99W/Steel Bridge
An unused section of divided highway approaching Interstate 189 in Burlington, Vermont (looking southward from: 44°26′57″N 73°13′3″W / 44.44917°N 73.21750°W / 44.44917; -73.21750); some lanes are now blocked by discarded electronics; VTDOT has since begun work to make this segment part of Champlain Parkway.
The 1956 span of the Gandy Bridge between Tampa and St. Petersburg was closed to traffic in 1997 and used as a recreational trail from 1999 until 2008, when it was closed for safety reasons. It remained in place as officials decided between demolition or renovation. In 2015, demolition of the unused bridge began.

An unused highway is a highway or highway ramp that was partially or fully constructed, but went unused or was later closed. An unused roadway or ramp may often be referred to as an abandoned road, ghost road, highway to nowhere, stub ramp, ghost ramp, ski jump, stub street, stub-out, or simply stub.[2]


A section of the 1915 Ridge Route in Lebec, abandoned when US 99 (later upgraded to I-5) was constructed over the Tejon Pass in order to make the travel straighter and safer

Some examples of reasons for unused highways include:

Abandoned section of Pennsylvania Route 61 covered in graffiti, which was abandoned due to the Centralia mine fire

See also


  1. ^ Google (23 March 2010). "I-5 at I-84, Portland, Oregon" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  2. ^ City of Union, Kentucky (23 June 2006). "Special Business Meeting Minutes". City of Union, Kentucky. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2007.
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. "PA 23 EIS: Project History". Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved 28 December 2006.
  4. ^ Google (23 March 2010). "Essex" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  5. ^ Google (23 March 2010). "Essex" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  6. ^ Google (23 March 2010). "Essex" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  7. ^ Lindblom, Mike (24 January 2013). "520 'Ramps to Nowhere' to Come Down". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013.
  8. ^ Google (July 2011). "Marche". Google Street View. Google. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  9. ^ Google (12 September 2017). "Masspike Ghost Ramps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  10. ^ Google (23 March 2010). "I-70, Baltimore, MD" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  11. ^ Wikimapia contributors (23 February 2008). "Unused Stretch of A47, Rutland" (Map). Wikimapia. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  12. ^ Google (23 March 2010). "Corporate Woods Blvd. Albany, NY" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 March 2010.