The Roads that Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - History - 255 pages
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The year 2006 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Interstate System, the most incredible road system in the world. Created by Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose WW II experiences taught him the necessity of a superhighway for military transport and evacuation in wartime, today's Interstate System is what connects our coasts and our borders, our cities and small towns. It's made possible our suburban lifestyle and caused the vast proliferation of businesses from HoJos to Holiday Inns. And if you order something online, most likely it's a truck barreling along an interstate that gets the product to your door. Written by bestselling author Dan McNichol, The Roads that Built America is the fascinating story of the largest engineering project the world has ever known.

 

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Contents

The Roads that Built America
8
Americas First Interstate
14
Roads of Iron and Mud
35
The Great American Partnership
54
A Radical Idea Numbered Highways
64
Ikes Grand Plan
85
The Interstate Decade 19561966
112
The Interstate Goes Downtown
139
104 Tunnels
193
The Road Ahead
219
Sources
246
Index
251
Bibliography
253
Acknowledgments
254
Picture Credits
255
Copyright

54663 Bridges
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About the author (2006)

McNichol currently leads management seminars, lectures and popular bike tours of the project. He lives in a loft deep in the heart of the Big Dig construction, and loves to sail in Boston Harbor with his dog Emma.

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