Bert Case at the soon-to-be replaced I-55 interchange at Madison in 2000 (Source: WLBT)
I-55 interchange at Hwy. 463 from Skycopter in 2000 (Source: WLBT)
Groundbreaking for new interchange in 2000 (Source: WLBT)
Highway 463 over I-55 in 2000 (Source: WLBT)
Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler of Madison in 2000 (Source: WLBT)
FLASHBACK to MARCH 2, 2000: Ground is broken on a new $27 million interchange on Interstate 55 at Highway 463 in Madison.
The original bridge over I-55 was just two lanes wide, which was sufficient when the interstate was built in the 1960s. As Madison grew, however, so did the traffic count. Soon, traffic jams were common during the morning and evening rush hours, so work began on a complete redesign of the interchange.
The project was unique for a couple of reasons. It was the state's first "Single Point Urban Interchange," so named because all the traffic on the bridge comes together at one point in the center, regulated by traffic lights. It was also covered in a red-brick facade, in keeping with other architecture in the Madison area.
The new interchange, which opened to traffic in the fall of 2002, necessitated the relocation of two gas stations:
The Texaco at the northeast corner of the junction was replaced by a new station that was built right next to it, to the east. It has since become a Valero station. The old building has housed several restaurants over the years: Times Change, the Haute Pig, and (currently) Taqueria La Guadalupe.
The Shell station at the southeast corner was torn down. A new, larger Shell was built right next to it, where it remains.
Since the new interchange was built, Highway 463 has been widened from Moss Road to Highway 51. Developers have continued to open new businesses in the area, especially on the west side of I-55.