"The National System of Interstate and Defense Highways," 1964

Summary

The Interstate Highway System includes more than 48,000 miles of controlled-access roadways spanning the United States. Championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the system was authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The network, as originally envisioned, was completed in 1992 but continues to be expanded. It remains the largest public works project in history.

The Interstate Highway System includes more than 48,000 miles of controlled-access roadways spanning the United States. Championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the system was authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The network, as originally envisioned, was completed in 1992 but continues to be expanded. It remains the largest public works project in history.

Artifact

Map (Document)

Date Made

1964

Creators

Portland Cement Association 

General Drafting Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

United States, New Jersey, Convent Station 

Creator Notes

Designed by General Drafting Co., Inc., Convent Station, New Jersey. Published by Portland Cement Association, Chicago, Illinois.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

87.135.1809

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Automobile Club of Michigan.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 23.75 in  (unfolded)

Width: 33 in  (unfolded)

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