Post by Andrew M. Saucci, Jr.
Driving down the I-395 portion of the Connecticut Turnpike this
afternoon, I noticed that the sequential exit numbers of the Turnpike
have been replaced with what appear to be distance-based numbers.
Unfortunately, the distance seems to be in miles rather than
forward-looking kilometers. What a waste of money this is when it will
only have to be done over again in kilometers. Then we'll have a plate
"Old Exit 6" over top of a plate "Old Old Exit 78" over top of "New Exit
It is inconceivable in the present political climate that Congress
would appropriate any money for a conversion to metric. Besides,
too many powerful business interests oppose it due to the short-term
increase in expenses that it would bring.
There was a move toward metric in the late 1970s when Carter was
president. The main streets in where I live here in Alabama had
speed limit signs with both the mph and kph values shown. The
kph signs quietly disappeared after Reagan took office and
presumably the program was defunded by Congress.
As much as I wish it would happen, I don't expect to live to see
the US convert to metric (I'm in my 50s). The Cubs will win the
world series before the US goes metric. :^)