The 25th anniversary of I-78's opening in the Lehigh Valley will be in 2014.
The construction of the interstate highway and the exits along it have certainly changed many towns and townships near it forever, but for places like Upper Saucon Township—which became more accessible via the routes 145/309 interchange—the changes have been even more dramatic.
As with anything, the highway has its pros and cons.
In the years since it opened, commerce and real estate values have increased—but some residents might argue that their quality of life has decreased, as a result of increased traffic, congestion and crime.
If you were a resident of the Southern Lehigh area before I-78 opened, tell us how you think the highway has changed both the local landscape and culture.
And if you're a recent transplant to the area, did I-78's proximity influence your decision to move to Southern Lehigh?