Today In History- June 29

Today In History- June 29

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The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

Interstate highways created in largest public works project in history.

  • Washington D.C., USA

On June 29, 1956, the Federal-Aid Highway Act is signed.  As a result, the U.S. Interstate Highway System is created, establishing over 40000 miles of interstate highways over the next 10 years.  This was a supreme public works undertaking, with Eisenhower believing the highways to be necessary for the national defense of the country.  This was evident with the increase of suburban population centers, with highways built to urban areas, making commutes much easier and quicker.


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