Interstate Highway System

The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, Interstate Freeway System, Interstate System, or simply the Interstate) is a network of freeways that forms a part of the National Highway System of the United States. The system is named for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed its formation. Construction was authorized by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, and the original portion was completed 35 years later. The network has since been extended, and as of 2010, it had a total length of 47,182 miles (75,932 km), making it the world's second longest after China's. As of 2010, about one-quarter of all vehicle miles driven in the country use the Interstate system. The cost of construction has been estimated at $425 billion (in 2006 dollars), making it the "largest public works program since the Pyramids". The system has contributed in shaping the United States into a world economic superpower and a highly industrialized nation.

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Interstate 70 In Colorado - History - Construction - Glenwood Canyon
... highways ... the last remaining obstacle for I-70 to be an interstate commercial artery was the two lane, non-freeway portion in Glenwood Canyon ... Engineers designed two separate tracks for the highway, one elevated above the other, to minimize the footprint in the canyon ...

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