October 10 - 1982: How Route I-25 got the "Ingersoll Bulge"

Cape Cod farmer wins a twenty-five year battle for her road
The Ingersoll property.

1982: 77-year-old Hope Ingersoll fights city hall and wins after a quarter century

On this day in 1982 Hope Ingersoll got her road. ''I think it's true that you can fight City Hall,'' Mrs. Ingersoll said after hearing the news. Today that means a major detour around her property for the Route I-25 connector over the bridge in Bourne.

The New York Times covered the fight, in an article which begins here:

Farmer wins 25-year fight over Cape road

In 1957, Hope Ingersoll began a fight to prevent state officials from running a highway through her family's farmland to help vacationers get to Cape Cod.

Mrs. Ingersoll, who is now 77-years-old, finally prevailed Thursday when state transportation officials announced that they had adopted her plan to run the final 2.5-mile section of Route 25 around most of Grazing Fields Farm, her property. State officials said the decision, forced by environmental consideration, would eventually save many Cape Cod travelers up to two hours of delay on peak summer weekends.

''I think it's true that you can fight City Hall,'' Mrs. Ingersoll said after hearing the news. ''But you've got to have a lot of persistence, and help-and luck. We started this long before anyone was worried about the environment. We don't use pesticides. We have always been concerned with protecting the land.''

Read the entire story here.

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