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Highway History

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Interstate System

From its launch under President Eisenhower in 1956, the Greatest Public Works Project in History has transformed the Nation.

Federal-Aid Legislation

The laws that shaped the Federal-aid highway program were affected by the times in which they were created.

History of FHWA

Tracing its start to the Bicycle Craze of the 1890s, FHWA has helped make the U.S. the most mobile country in history


Read about travel in the 19th century, the named trails and U.S. highways, "The Road to Civil Rights," the origins of NEPA, and more.